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Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Remembering The Legendary Resistance Poet On 108th Birth Anniversary

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February 13th marks the 108th birth anniversary of legendary resistance poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

The legendary poet was born in Sialkot on this day in 1911.

Faiz’s poetry has inspired thousands through the years, but his poetry recited by his own self has no alternative.

After completing his schooling from Scotch Mission School, Faiz went to the Murray College in Sialkot for intermediate studies. In 1926, he enrolled in the Department of Languages and Fine Arts at the Government College University in Lahore.

Faiz wanted to be a cricketer.

In this interview, he talks about things he wanted to do but could not. He said one was that he wanted to be a cricketer and the other was that he could not complete his memorizing of the Holy Quran.

Later he went on to serve as the editor of Mahanama Adab-e-Lateef (from 1938-1942), while he also served as a lecturer at MAO College in Amritsar in 1935 and at Hailey College of Commerce in Lahore.

In 1951, he was arrested for ‘conspiring’ a coup attempt to overthrow the civilian government lead by Liaquat Ali Khan. He spent the next 4 years in prison and produced poetic masterpieces during that time.

His notable works include Naqsh-e-Faryadi, Dast-e-Sabah and Zindan-Nama, Aks Aur Jehten among many others.

In 1963, Faiz became the first Asian poet to be awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, which is the Soviet Union’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize shortly after his death in 1984.

Last Mushaira of Faiz Ahmed Faiz before he passed away. He was undoubtedly one of the country’s greatest. 

He was also the recipient of other awards including the Nigar Awards, HRC Peace Prize, Nishan-e-Imtiaz and Avicenna Prize. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) declared 2011 as the year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Last year, Naya Daur covered the Faiz Mela in February 2018. The event was a huge success as scores of people gathered to pay tribute to and relive the life and works of Faiz.

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