Muzaffar Warsi

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Muzaffar Warsi
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Muzaffar Warsi
مظفروارثی
Died 28 January 2011(2011-01-28) (aged 77)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Era Modern era
Region Islamic Philosophy
School Ahl as-Sunnah wa'l-Jamā'h
Main interests
Poetry

Muzaffar Warsi (Urdu: مظفروارثی‎) (born 23 December 1933 in Meerath, British India, died 28 January 2011) was a prominent Urdu poet, critic, essayist, a lyricist par excellence, and a scholar of Pakistan. A humble man with humble beginnings who is unafraid of experimenting. He began writing more than five decades ago.He wrote a rich collection of not just Na`ats, but also several anthologies of Ghazals and Nazms including his autobiography Gaye dinon ka suraagh which is considered to be a classic book. He was writing quatrains every day for Pakistan's renowned daily newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt.

Early life[edit]

Muzaffar Warsi was born as Muhammad Muzaffar ud Din Siddiqui into the family of Alhaaj Muhammad Sharf ud Din Ahmad known as Sufi Warsi (Urdu: صوفی وارثی‎). It was a family of landlords of Meerath. Sufi Warsi was a scholar of Islam, a doctor and poet. He received two titles: 'Faseeh ul Hind' & 'Sharaf u Shu'ara'. He was the friend of Sir Muhammad Iqbal {(Allama Iqbal (علامہ اقبال)}, Akbar Warsi, Azeem Warsi, Hasrat Mohani, Josh Malihabadi , Ahsan Danish, Abul Kalam Azad and Mahindar Singh Bedi.[1] His family raised him with deep religious grounding. He has one brother namely Dr. M. S. Zafar Warsi who was also associated with the State Bank of Pakistan as Assistant Director. Muzaffar Warsi's Nephew Usman Warsi is a Singer, Music Composer and a Poet. His grandson Amsal Qureshi is also a singer, guitarist, composer, song writer and a poet.

Muzaffar Warsi remained attached to State Bank of Pakistan (the Central Bank of Pakistan) as Deputy Treasurer. Muzaffar Warsi started writing his poetry by writing lyrics for songs for Pakistani movies but gradually changed direction and his style of poetry became more oriented towards praising Allah and the Islamic prophet Muhammad (Salallah o Alaeh'i Wa Aalihi Wa Salam). In other words, he started writing Hamd and Na`ats. He also wrote, regularly, a stanza or two on current affairs in the Newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt until just before he died. His most Na`at remains Mera Pamaybar azeem tar hai(My Prophet is the highest). He died on 28 January 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Literary work[edit]

  • Alhamd. (Hamdiya Kalaam)
  • Lashareek. (Hamdiya Kalaam)
  • Kaaba-e-ishq. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Noor-e-azal. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Baab-e-Haram. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Meray Achay Rasool. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Dil Sey Dar-e-Nabí Tak. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Sahib-ut-Taaj. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Ummi Laqabi. (Naatia Kalaam)
  • Gaye Dinon Ka Suraagh. (Khud-nawisht)- an autobiography
  • Barf Kí Nao. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Khulay Dareechay Band Hawa. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Lehja. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Raakh Kay Dhair Main Phool. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Tanha tanha guzri hai. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Dekha jo teer kha kay. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Hisaar. (Ghazliyaat)
  • Zulm na sehna.
  • Lahu ki haryali.
  • Sitaroon ki aabju.

Awards[edit]

Famous verses[edit]

  • Kya bhala mujh ko parakhney ka natija nikla

Zakhm-e-dil aapki nazron se bhi gehra nikla

Film Hamrahi (1966) was a milestone film in renowned Pakistani playback singer Masood Rana's singing career. All songs of 'Hamrahi' are relegated as the 'Best of Masood Rana'. Thousands of movie-goers watched film Hamrahi (1966) just because of the all-time great songs of Masood Rana.

Film 'Hamrahi's seven songs are listed here below:

  • 'Kiya kahoon aye duniya walo, kiya hoon mein' (film: 'Hamrahi': 1966, lyrics: Muzaffar Warsi, music: Tasadduq Hussain)
  • 'Karam ki ik nazar hum per...ya Rasool Allah'
  • 'Ho gaye zindigi mujhay pyari'.
  • 'Naqsha teri judaye ka ab tak nazar mein hai'.
  • 'Mujhay chore kar akela, kaheen dooor janay walay'.
  • 'Qadam, qadam pay naye dukh'.
  • 'yaad karta hai zamana unhi insano ko', sung by Masood Rana was a tribute song to Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The most famous aspect of him was his Hamd " Koi to hay jo nizam e hasti chala raha hay" which was later sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

'Pukara hai madad ko, bay kaso nay, haath khali hai...bacha lo doob nay say ye...ya Rasool Allah' will never be forgotten by 130 million Pakistanis.

Articles on Muzaffar Warsi[edit]

  • Gaye dinon ka suraagh- Aapbeeti k tawana lehjey (Urdu), Qudratullah Shehzad, 2005.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muzaffar Warsi passes away, Dawn newspaper, Karachi 28 January 2011, Retrieved 28 January 2015