About Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) is one of the most eminent poets of the Urdu language. He was often compared to his friend, revolutionary poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda of Chile. Faiz was a teacher, an activist for human rights and civil liberties, a renowned journalist and editor of literary magazines, a trade unionist, and a film song writer; however, it is his poetry which will undoubtedly best survive the test of time.

Early life

Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born on 13 February 1911, in Kala Qadir (Faiz Nagar), District Narowal, Punjab, British India. Faiz hailed from an academic family that was well known in literary circles. His home was often the scene of gatherings of local poets and writers from whom he imbibed a love of poetry and literature. His father Sultan Mohammad Khan was a self-made man who, by virtue of his intelligence and hard work, rose from poverty to eventually become the 'Mir Munshi' (Chief Secretary) to the Emir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman.


Education

Faiz received his early education in Sialkot under the tutelage of renowned scholars Maulvi Ibrahim Mir 'Sialkoti' and "Shams-ul-Ulema" Sayyid Mir Hasan (who also taught Faiz's poetic predecessor Allama Muhammad Iqbal) at the Scotch Mission High School.
After matriculation, he joined Murray College at Sialkot and in 1929, on the recommendation of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz was admitted to Government College Lahore. Faiz obtained a BA (Honors) from Government College in 1933 and then a Masters in English followed by a Masters in Arabic from Oriental College, Lahore. He then started his teaching career at MAO College Amritsar as a Lecturer in English in 1935.


Works

  • Nuskha hai wafa - Collected Works 1983

    • Naqsh-e-faryadi (1941)
    • Dast-e-saba(1952)
    • ZindaaN nama (1956)
    • Dast-e-tah-e-sung (1965)
    • Sar-e-wadi-e-Sina (1971)
    • Shaam-e-shehr-e-yaraaN (1978)
    • Meray dil meray musafir (1982)
    • Ghubar e ayaam.
  • Mah-o-saal-e-aashnai - 1979

  • Payaam e Mashriq (Selections from Iqbal, versified translations by Faiz) - 1977

  • Hamari qaumi saqafat - 1976

  • Saleebein Mere Dareechay MeiN (Letters from prison) - 1976

  • Mata e loh o Qalam - 1973

  • Meezan (Essays) - 1965

  • Safar Nama Cuba

Prizes / Awards