Wasif Ali Wasif

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Wasif Ali Wasif
Born15 January 1929
District Khushab
Died18 January 1993
Other namesBaba g Huzur
OccupationPoet, Teacher, Writer
Known forBooks, Columns, Saint, Sufi,

Wasif Ali Wasif (15 January 1929 – 18 January 1993) was a teacher, writer, poet and sufi intellectual from Pakistan. He was the son of Muhammad Arif. Wasif Ali Wasif received his early education from Khushab before going to Jhang where he passed matriculation, intermediate and bachelors in the first division.

He was proficient at playing hockey and received many awards during his school and college time. After completing his bachelor's degree, he opted for English literature for his master's degree. Wasif started writing for the college magazine named "Ravi". He wrote on many topics. His two writings on the topics “College Miserable Life” and “Farewell Party” survive to this day.

He also passed the civil service exam but did not pursue it. In 1962 he established his own institute named "Lahore English College" near Anarkali in Lahore. Wasif had an interest in Sufism from his very childhood. He strived to meet Sufis and visited different shrines.

He is famous for his literary works. He is said to have been cited in quotations more than any other contemporary Urdu writer. Master of aphorism, he has downright a miraculous ability to capture a rainbow of meaning in a few dewdrops of well-chosen words. Many of his aphorisms have become proverbs in recent years. His book "Kiran Kiran Suraj(کرن کرن سورج)" containing these aphorisms remained a best seller for many many years. He used to write short essays on topics like love, life, fortune, fear, hope, expectation, promise, prayer, happiness, sorrow and so on with the clear objective of highlighting the true spirit of Islam. He was a regular columnist of Pakistani Urdu daily newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt. His column was named "GUFTGOO (گفتگو)" and it started publishing in a newspaper in 1984. His shrine is in Lahore in the famous Mianiasaab graveyard where his Urs is celebrated on 22–24 Rajab annually.


Wasif Ali Wasif on the cover of his published book "Dil Darya Samundar".

Here is a list of the books by the Wasif Ali Wasif.[1]

  • Shab Chiragh (Urdu Poetry) 1978
  • Kiran Kiran Sooraj (Aphorism) 1983
  • The Beaming Soul (English Version of Kiran Kiran Sooraj) 198?
  • Dil Darya Samundar (Essays) 1987
  • Qatra Qatra Qulzum (Essays) 1989
  • Ocean in Drop (English version Of Qatra Qatra Qulzam) 19??
  • Harf Harf Haqeeqat (Essays) 1994
  • Bharay Bharolay (Punjabi Poetry) 1994
  • Shab Raaz (Urdu Poetry) 1994
  • Baat Say Baat (Aphorism) 1995
  • Gumnam Adeeb (Letters) 19??
  • Mukalama (Dialogue, Speeches & Interview) 19??
  • Ziker-e-Habeeb (Na'tia Poetry) 2004
  • Dareechay (Aphorism) 2004
  • WasifYat (Essays) 2013
  • Kulyat-e-Wasif Ali Wasif (Poetry) 2014
  • Aqwaal-e-Wasif Ali Wasif Ka Encyclopedia 2014
  • Guftgoo (Questions & Answers Series – 30 volumes)
  • Guftgoo 1–5 (volume 1) 2015
  • Guftgoo 6–10 (volume 2) 2015
  • Guftgoo 11–15 (volume 3) 2015
  • Guftgoo 16–20 (volume 4) 2015
  • Guftgoo 21–25 (volume 5) 2015


Further notes[edit]

  • Staff report (21 September 2003). "Wasif Ali Wasif's Urs begins". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  • Staff report (9 August 2007). "Wasif Ali Wasif remembered". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  • Correspondent (10 July 2009). "Capturing the wisdom of modern mystic". The News International (Pakistan). Retrieved 2009-08-06.
  • Ajaz ul Haq (2009). Ferma'ish. Islamabad, Pakistan: National Book Foundation.

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