However, Ahmed Faraz can be regarded as one of the most popular poets. He passed away on 25th August 2008 in Islamabad. Inna Lila He Wa Inna Ilay He Rajioon. Faraz wrote many ghazals and poems that got very popular. Many of his poetry was composed by the music directors and sung by renown singers. His real name was Syed Ahmed Shah and he was born in Nowshehra on 14th January 1931.
Ahmad Faraz was a great man as he always fought against Army dictators in Pakistan through his pen. Just a little before his death, he joined the lawyers in their movement against Musharraf. In a Geo TV Talk Show ‘Capital Talk’ he criticised Army generals who have been involved in the politics.
Ahmed Faraz also remained out of country during the black reign of Gen. Zia Ul Haq. He was also put behind the bars by Gen. Zia. Gen. Musharraf also did not treat him well and ordered police to throw his luggage out of his home in Islamabad.
Poetry of Ahmed Faraz comprises of simple but beautiful words that can be easily understood even by a common man. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004 by the Pakistani Government. Faraz’s death is a big loss for Urdu poetry that is not easily coverable. May Allah bless his soul with eternal peace…Amin!
Our poet, Ismail Ajaz (Khayal) has expressed his feelings over Faraz’s death in these words: