WEB DESK: November 20, 2015 marks the 31st death anniversary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the revolutionary poet whose work was never made a part of Urdu syllabus because of his rebellious thoughts.
Faiz’ poetry holds impeccable appeal for its sophistication on one hand and simplicity on the other. It startles ones mind that how easily yet in an intense manner one can convey his thoughts in as little words as possible.
Faiz was basically a revolutionary poet for he has written mostly for the poor, persecuted and, deprived. His poems and anthems like Bol ke lab azad hain tere and Hum daikhain gey come to life every time the winds of change blow in the motherland. Simply put, the more you read Faiz, the more you yearn for his poems.
So in an humble attempt to commemorate the legend’s demise thirty years back let’s recall some of his simple yet piercing couplets:
Ker raha tha gham-i-jahan ka hisaab
Aaj tum yaad bay hisaab aye
2. Moon Lit Night
So rahi hai ghanay darakhton per
Chandi ki thaki hui awaz
Aye kuch abr, kuch sharaab aye
Iss ke baad aye jo azab aye
4. Prayer (Dua)
Baat niyyat ki sirf hy wrna
Waqt saray dua k hutay hy
5. On his own self
Faiz zinda rahain woh hain to sahi
Kya hua gar wafa shuaar nahi
The real award for a poet is the love and appreciation of his fans. Faiz stands among those who enjoy both simultaneously. Awarded with Lenin Peace Prize in 1963, as the first Asian poet, Faiz was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for literature.
Moreover, the poet has also been honored by the Pakistan government with the nation’s highest civil award, Nishan-e Imtiaz in 1990.
Long live Faiz’s Legacy.