Abu-Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari, the creator of the country’s national anthem being remembered on his death anniversary today. He was born in Jalandhar, Indian Punjab on January 14, 1900. Hafeez was a writer, poet and above all, the creator of the national anthem of Pakistan that was composed by SG Chhagla, which was his big achievement.
Hafeez Jalandhari’s father, Shams-ud-din, was a ‘Hafiz-e-Quran’. After the independence in 1947, Hafeez moved to Lahore and was privileged to be advised by the great Persian poet, Maulana Ghulam Qadir Bilgrami. His dedication, hard work and advice from such a learned person carved his place in the poetic pantheon.
Hafeez Jalandhari also wrote the Kashmiri anthem ‘Watan Hamara Azad Kashmir’.
He wrote many patriotic songs during the Pak-India war in 1965.
His poetry generally deals with romantic, religious, patriotic and natural themes.
He chose his themes, images and tunes from the subcontinent and his language is a fine blend of Hindi and Urdu diction, reflecting the composite culture of South Asia.
His most notable work was the Lyrics of the National Anthem of Pakistan, poem Shahnama-e-Islam & Hymn of Kashmir. He was awarded by ‘Pride of Performance’ and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
He died on December 21, 1982 at the age of eighty two years. He was buried in Model Town, Lahore but later on his body was re-buried in the tomb near Minar-e-Pakistan.