Jon Elia

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Jaun Elia, جون ایلیاء
Occupation Urdu Poet, Scholar Philosopher
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Muhajir
Genre Ghazal Poetry
Notable works Shayad, Yaani, Lekin, Gummaan, Goya, Farnood, Ramooz
Spouse Zahida Hina
Children Fainaana Farnaam, Zaryoon Elia, Sohaina Elia
Relatives Shafiq Hasan Elia (father), Rais Amrohvi (brother), Syed Muhammad Taqi (brother), Najafi (Sister)

Jaun Elia (Urdu: جون ایلیاء‎, 14 December 1931 – 8 November 2002) was a Pakistani Urdu poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar. He was the brother of Rais Amrohvi and Syed Muhammad Taqi, two renown journalists and psychoanalysts. He was fluent in Arabic, English, Persian, Sanskrit and Hebrew.

Early life[edit]

Jaun Elia was born on 15 December 1931 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed] He was the youngest in his siblings. His father, Shafiq Hasan Elia, was worked in art and literature. Shafiq also worked as an astrologer and a poet as well.[citation needed]

During his young age, Pakistan became an independence Muslim state. Being a Communist, Elia was averse to the idea, but finally accepted it as a compromise.[citation needed] He migrated to Pakistan in 1957, and decided to live in Karachi. Poet Pirzada Qasim said: "Jaun was very particular about language. While his diction is rooted in the classical tradition, he touches on new subjects. He remained in quest of an ideal all his life. Unable to find the ideal eventually, he became angry and frustrated. He felt, perhaps with reason, that he had squandered his talent."[1]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Shayad, 1991. [1]
  • Ya'ani, 2003. [2]
  • Gumaan, 2004. [3]
  • Lekin, 2006. [4]
  • Goyaa, 2008.

Inshaye aur Mazaameen[edit]

  • Farnood, 2012 [1]
  • Ramooz, Coming Soon [2]


  1. ^ Samiuddin, Abida (2007). Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Urdu Literature (2 Vols. Set). Global Vision Publishing. p. 201. ISBN 9788182201910.