Wasif Ali Wasif
Wasif Ali Wasif was a teacher, writer, poet and sufi intellectual from Pakistan. He received his early education from Khushab before going to Jhang where he passed matriculation, intermediate and bachelor’s in 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 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.
Wasif Ali Wasif 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 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 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 newspaper in 1984. His shrine is in Lahore in the famous Mianiasaab graveyard where his Urs is celebrated on 22–24 Rajab annually.
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