Ashfaq Ahmed

It is with great sadness that I learned that a great Urdu dramatist, novelist and intellectual, Ashfaq Ahmed has passed away. I always thought of him and his wife, Banu Qudsia, as the gentle, wise uncle and aunt of Urdu. I met him on a few occasions and remember, with great fondness, his kindness.
I used his short story Gadaria [The Shepherd] in my class this spring and it got an amazing reaction from all the students. It is the story of Pundit Chintaram, a scholar of Persian and Arabic, who tutors an affluent son of a Muslim. When the riots break out, and the Pundit is surrounded by a screaming mob demanding that he recite the kalimah, he simply asks: Which one? In that tale of people crossing political, cultural and religious boundaries, that sentence stayed with me for a long time. A mohajir himself, Ashfaq Ahmed arrived at Walton Camp along with a million other refugees and made Lahore his home. Partition and the horrors done in the name of religion and state were mainstays in his literature. He gained his popularity from his teleplays, Eik Muhabbat Sau Afsanay and Tota Kahani on PTV.

You can read a better obit here. My thoughts and prayers go with his family.

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101 thoughts on “Ashfaq Ahmed”

  1. I like baba ji & forever.I appeal the Government of Islamic republic of Pakistan that books of Ishfaq Ahmed should be part of education sallybus………thanx

  2. Salaam brothers and sisters, can anyone help me… is there an english translation of Man Chalay ka Sauda? Has there been any? Or at least the Roman transliteration of the original Urdu?

    I would love to translate the work in Indonesian for the benefit of those with the sufistic bent of mind and “heart”!

    Please help!

    Allah Haafiz – a.k.

    PS: It would also help if there is the tv serial with english subtitles. Meherbaani

  3. Allah kay payaray Hazrat Ashfaq Ahmed , was not only a writer or novelist, there are thousands of writers and speakers but no one read them and no one listen them , He was a WALII. Who never told this to any one , people think he make stories but d’t think that a preacher of ISlam can’t lie ,How he can told you created stories or lie. He told all the things what was happening.
    Luckly once I read answers of people’s letter written by Baba jee of Ashfaq sab ( at Noor Walon Ka Daira. Dr. Ali Muhammad Sab ..younger son of baba jee) after that i know ashfaq sab was also becom a BABA( main ranja ranja kar de apay ranja hoe)

  4. nhe marty jo rhty ha ktabo ma, wo rhy gy sida kshbo ke tra. kia insan tha kia soch the akal dang ra jate ha. mare jo sub sa zida kabel izat personality the Ashfaq Ahmad …………….i am not express our feelin abot ashfaq ahmad

  5. “I love ashfaq ahemd”, what is it that you love about him? can you tell us some more? I am curious…

  6. he was great personality,outstanding writter,i learn his book zavia,which is a guide of our life,i share my personal experience that when i face some problem and i cant reach on any deccioun of life,when im in restlessnes or diplomat then i learn any story of zavia that relite 2 my problem,n such i fell relax n get some way of solution,so read it n think what iz zavia of ur life

  7. Ashfaq uncle was a gr888888888888 writer. He wrote amazing books like zavia, no doubt Zavia is a book which tell us how we become our life simple and eazy. Ashfaq uncle thorugh Zavia told us that problems are not so big as we think. i m a bigggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg fan of Ashfaq uncle. May Allah rest his soul in haeaven. AMEEN

  8. Although i m 17 but i realy love the short stories… he was the perfect writes as for as i m concerned… i would say 2 all youth that plz read and apply his teachings in ur lives.. u will enjoy and feel calm and cool & peace of mind…………. be happy nd make otherz happy…. do best and hope 4 the best……. Allah Hafiz.!

  9. A great novelist, playwright and intellectual no doubt, however…

    He was Qudratullah Shahab’s bosom buddy, and a part of Shahab’s Writers’ Guild, whose first session was inaugurated by our wonderful Field Marshal…

    As the editorial in Dawn notes, he was made the editor of Lail-o-Nahar when the Faujis took over the Progressive Papers Limited…

    If this wasn’t enough, he was all for Zia’s coup and all that went on afterwards in the name of Islam…

    I know the timing isn’t great for saying all this, and it isn’t nice speaking bad of the dead, especially the recently departed, but this is just an attempt at objectivity, not an attempt to disagree with what you all have said regarding his humility and kindness, not to mention his obvious skills with the pen… after all, if his short essay on Faiz ( the famous “Mala’amati Sufi” one) can appear at the beginning of one of Faiz’s books, who am I to condemn him for being on the other side of the fence…

    “The Philosophical Anthem of Asfaq Ahmed”

    As I heard the News of the Death of Asfaq Ahmed on PTV-World at 9:30 Night , I was paralyzed for a short movement and I did not remember for how much time I Persistently Saw the TV Screen with Stunted eyes. My Tears was floating on my face frequently at that Time and I had not much Energy that I would stand on my own feets. And I regretted

    “Asfaq Ji itni Jal de kia teh”

    The Millions of Peoples around the World Mourns the Death of Asfaq Ahmed.The people who Loves him are in Millions.Asfaq Ahmed Appeared to be a Shy, Bold, and and having small eyes on his face often fallen down in the keen observation of Contemporary Social Issues.Asfaq ahmed was a rare bid in the Classical Conservative Movement Chain of Intellectual that appears around 60′s.Asfaq’s Adherence to his Classic and Traditional Conventions and ideas were so deeply rooted that he did not left them and Consistenlty teahes them in his distingusih preaching Style.
    In 1950-51 who can forget these Words of great Sadat Hassan Minto

    Minto: “Asfaq Tu ne Agar “Gadaria” jese ik do novel aur lehk deye tu mein tera Hashar Kharab Kar doen Ga”

    Asfaq Sayed: “Kion Sir kia Bat ho gaye”
    Minto Sayed: ” Oe Mera Kia Ho Ga. Mein Tu Urdu ka sab se bara Afsana Nigar Hoon Na”
    Asfaq sayed: “ji Sir is mein Kia Shak hai”

    These Conversation of Minto and Asfaq Ahmed can not be glimpse away by the Giant of Urdu Literature.

    The drama of Asfaq Ahmed truly characterized the Desire Human instings and Model the super natural influences on the human life, that he was destined to be presented.
    His famous “BABA” which he had owes as his spiritual Guide was the heart of his total Philosophy.
    The summonization part of the drama really gone down through the veins of viewer
    tells that for What Drama Stands for.
    The Regular Program “Zawiya” that he had been hosted at PTV for some time was a program with high intellectual and Spiritual Fertility. That was also admitted my Jamiludin Aale in his column of sunday 12-9- 2004 printed in jang edition and above conservation of MINTO,ASFAQ AHMED.
    The Space created with the death his death is hardly to be filled.
    I requested you to recite a fateha for the soul of asfaq ahmed.

  10. Wow, Ashfaq Ahmed seems to have reached almost the same level of imbecile sainthood as Allama Iqbal.
    I am not going to change any minds here, but in my old age I have figured out that its still useful to let people know that there ARE real people from Lahore who dont buy this allama iqbal/ashfaq ahmed/qudratullah shahab bullshit. (and yes, Iqbal was a genius and the other two are arranged in descending order of IQ , but the magic thread that runs through all three is the notion that pretending to believe in magic will make magic happen)…As Hazrat Ice Cube (RH) would say “f–k that shit….”

  11. Allah talah un ky liy aasaniyan peda kary or on ky ehwal ko sakoon dy……..
    Allah tala ny un main iss terhan ki khasosiyat peda ki thi ky un ki andaz_e_beyan main hi nazer a jata tha.or hy .main ny personally unhain jub bhi dekha or suna hemesha un sy acha hi seekha.woh aik aise hassti thi ky main un ky liy yeh kahoon gi ky he is * one and only * un jesa koi nae.ap ki sukhseyat aisi thi ky uss sy her koi faizyab hota tha,He is an ideal personality for sofiyana and for normal personality people.un ki bhat sari batain zindagi ky choty choty maraahaloon py kam aty hain

  12. salam to all respected readers,
    wel i wana say that
    goor pea koe hoor
    u r still alive in my soul BABA JEE
    n u r my soul satisfaction.

  13. Ashfaq Ahmed is one the greatest writer I have ever seen. I really inspired his personality. He was the great man. His observation was very deep.

  14. I start a journey to know Ashfaq Ahmed from Zaviya. He made me a slave of his Outstanding Expressing way.
    Than time passed away, and i go addicted of his writings.
    Alas, he is not among us phhysically, but spiritually.
    He has too much effect my life, and made me “”YOUNG BABA””.
    May ALLAH rest his soul in peace.

  15. Ashfaq Sahab was a lagend..he is living in our hearts…he could not be die…i wish i can meet him only one time…i feel that he was my frd,my brother and you know he plays an important role in my life even after his death…I love the novels, stories of Ashfaq’s sahab…He was grate and he will be inshsallah….
    i am sure you are in Jannat and i know you cant read my words but its only for you..
    I dont knw about your baba jee but you are my Baba Jee….Miss You Baba Jee…
    God Bless You…

  16. salam to all
    ashfaq ahmad is one of the great writers i have ever seen i realy inspired of his personality and i dont know why but whenever i watch him i just think he is one of my own things what ever he is saying is saying specialy for me may be it is because of his personality i realy love him and its true we never gonna get an other ashfaq ahmad he has a gread role in my life i learnt alot of things from zavia
    ashfaq sahab you deserve to be in jannah
    MAY GOD BLESS HIM WITH

  17. Aslam-0-Alaikum,
    i request you all people to plz send me in mail anything that u have belonging to this Great person. My id is “baset@ymail.com” i will be so much thankful.

  18. I love u BABA JEE. U always taught to love and respect human beings. U always asserted to give people back their self esteem. Allah ap ko Jannat men AALA maqam ata farmaye

  19. Ashfaq Ahmed Ashfaq was a man who teache me the lession how to be a man while being a common man. 12 Aug 08

  20. Zanjeer ki sab se kamzor kari hi uss ki mazboot kari hoti hai… kio ke wo jab chahe uss zanjeer ko tor sakti hai….

    Ashfaq Ahmed

  21. ashfaq ahmad sb is a matchless man.GOD has gifted ashfaq sb to us.after many centuries such a personality GOD bostows us.he is living in our hearts.i have no words to say about his work.my fav.play is QURATULLLAIN.MAY GOD SHOWER BLESSSINGS UPON HIM. AMEEN.

  22. main yeh comments bano apa k naam likh rahi hon k bayshak ap razi ba raza raihnay walay log hain per phir bhi meray ustad ka hukam hai k Allah ki makhlok ko pyar do. main jitni bar bhi lahore aie to nayhar say guzartay waqt mujhay aik hi insan ki yad aie jo hum sab k mohsin thay. Allah humain or apko asanian day or asanian takseem kernay ka sharf ata keray.ameen

  23. hi,
    dear this is a very good site.
    i see your site this is vonderful.
    my last visit to pakistan i bought man chalay ka sauda, both the book and the drama, along with more of his and his wife’s works. i am so sad he’s gone! what a great loss

  24. ais dunia may insan ki kadar us kay janey kay bad hoti hay.ishfaq ahmad wo writer thaey jo ais dunaya ko bhot kuch dana chatey thay muger afsos asa na ho saka.ab or bhot log pada hon gay muger baba jasey mahi

  25. a great sufi muslim i remember him throught out my life i want to meet him in my life but unfortuntaly i could not get this chance may allah un ka darjaat ko buland karay or anay wala her lamaha un per apni ramtoon aur fazal furmian ameen ya alrahman ya raheem

  26. i read guderia which is based on sufi ism and understand the late ishfaq ahmed god bless him

  27. Here’s the link to quite a few episodes of “Zavia”. Enjoy! By the way you are all good people if you follow a man like Ashfaq Sahib and Pakistan needs you all!

  28. when i used to see ashfaq ahmed’s program zavia i thought him as my grandpa. At sep7, 2004 i lost my grandpa.
    the plays of ashfaq ahmed are like that if you can’t understand then still you understand but you do not find words to express your feelings and understanding.he is still great writer of Pakistan and nobody can replace him

  29. He who gave Zawia to my thinkings is not in this world;
    the greatAshfaq Ahmad..
    He was the one who was Infact “The one”.

  30. Ashfaq Ahmed (in my view) was a living sufi whom we had the good fortune to see with our own eyes. We are very lucky to still have him with us through his books and TV programs. We should not feel sad or mourn his passing. We should celebrate his life and be happy that he lived and gave us so much wisdom. May God bless his soul. Amen!

  31. WE WILL NEVER FORGET U BABA. UR A GREAT MAN. I WILL NEVER FORGOT UR WORDS ” DONT EVER LOSE UR HEART KEEP ON TRYING AND ALLAHA WILL HELP YOU.”

  32. ISHFAQ AHMAD was great urdu writer and novelist GOD almighty ALLAH and keep him in peaceful place AAMIN

  33. ‘m in tears when i read the above posted comments by different people…..

    Pause ……… tears …….. eyes tearfull … screams ….

    He is our hope … his work and philosphy is guide for us to fulfill chaos of our society…

    We love you Ashfaq sb …. and we all are motivated young people to stand by the side of each other shoulder to shoulder for Ummah and Nation …. We won’t let u down …

    Pakistan and Muslim Umah Zindabad Paindabad

  34. I still remember Ashfaq uncle talking about BABA LOG. He use to say that every body should have a BABA JEE. And i cant forget him saying “AllAH AAP KO ASANIYA ATA FARMAYE AUR ASANIYA TAQSEEM KARNEY KI TAUFEEQ ATA FARMAYE” AMIN.

  35. i was always been impressed by the group of these legendry writers, friends, ashfaq ahmad, bano qudsia, Qudrattullah shahab, mumtaz mufti, unfortunately when i started getting know them two of them were not here in this world, only ashfaq n bano were alive, it was my greatest wish to meet both of them, but another unfortunate is that i am in family where such wishes are hardly recognized. n then he passed away..Allah my rest his soul in peace.

  36. Ashfaq ahmed(Marhoom) was not only a great writer for all ages,he was a great teacher of Islamic ideology>He was my favourit Ostad.

  37. Koi muj sa badnaseeb b ho ga k jub meray learning ka time aya to jo mujay sikhata woh hi chal basa kahin door jahan main us ko awaz b nahin day sakta

  38. He wass father of Urdu literature. He and his Wife has worked a lot for urdu literature and pakistan.

    I miss him too much

  39. He is one of those where words are meaningless. He shaped the intellect of an entire generation especially during the dark days of Zia ul Haq. His work, and contribution to Pakistani society and TV is of great value. I personally feel his loss.

    Rizwan

  40. BABA G !!! I Miss You very very much …

    mere pass alfaz nai k main un k bare main likh sakon. har lafz un k liye kam lagta hai. Main un se bahut muhabbat karta hon. Un ki har bat aisi hai jaise Aaina. un ka “Zavia” aisa zavia hai, k kainaat ka zavia lagta hai ….

    main un se milna chahta hon … kash muje koi bata de k main un se kaise mil sakta hon … I love him very very much …

  41. Ahsan ,HAq mojood .

    Shayad tum ny BABA je ka zavia program nahin dykha .BABA je kaha karty thy khod ko pahichano aap ko sab pata cal jaey ga .

    jis ny khod ko pahichana us ny GOD ko pahicana .

    GOD bhe kahita hy na ky main bandy ka raaz hnoo or banda meara raaz hy .

    GOD is love and beauty hy.

    BABA je kahy karity thy aap sab baby hani

    khod ko pahichano.

    toseef

  42. Dear Sir / Madam

    I am a fan of great writter

    MR. ASHFAQ AHMED

    Inna-lilla-he-wa-inna-elaihe-rajioun…May Allah grant him Jannah and give patience to his family.AMEN

    I need to know the name of drama/play written by the great writer MR. ASHFAQ AHMED in which HUMA AKBER & UZMA GILANI appeared as college student/begger was aired on PTV in or about 80s or so.

    Kindly help me out.

    I am looking forward.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Mirza

  43. i m fan of Ashfaq Ahmad…

    very 1st when i buy book i purchase books of ashfaq ahmad (eik mohabbat 100 afsanay), since that time i m searching love but uptill now i m unluck to find love… i had a desire to meat this persnality but i m not lucky one…

    i have a request for all the viewers of ashfaq ahmad that plz tell me what is love….

  44. Baba G is great………such personalities never die.His memories will stay with me for the rest of my life…..

  45. hi there he was a one who described the truth in a very polite way he made it understand to every one May Allah bless him for the sake of My Aqa(SAW) and my Murshad Pak.

  46. i just love him. and i know i m going to miss him alot.and my greatest wish was to meet him. God bless him.

  47. And the Sun Sets…..

    That baba g was a Icon for Pakistan,an Icon of decency and for me he was more like a “Old Tree”….you can sit as long as you wish under the shelter whenever you are tierd–

    i know–we are all going to Miss that shelter surrouded by the fragrance of his words and wisdom”–but i have a strong faith on the Spiritual system laying beneath all the systems on this world…..I believe–Pakistan was and will be safe becuase of the prayers and presence of these Baba’s –Baba’s that once shown the miracle of “Pakistan”–that made Lahore–“Data ki NAGRI”–Baba’s that still pray in front of Allah for the future of pakistan..

    Ashfaq Ahmed—God bless you

  48. Hi,
    Could any body tell me from where you find Zavia ? I am living abroad and didn’t have a chance to watch it live. It would be nice if you can drop me some words about it on nsaquib@yahoo.com.

    Najam

  49. IM a big fan of Ashfaq ahmed hes influenced me greatly.My whole outlook towards the world has changed,i wont say that im sad that hes dead, im happy for him that after all hes gone up in the heaven to meet his beloved God.HIs last moments remind me of the last scene of “man chalay ka sauda” in which khayam sarhadi tells the people around him not to cry but b happy for him because this is the the moment for which i have strived for so long,im going to meet my lord.Ashfaq ahmed i thank u for changing my life & many other people in this world.

  50. Asalamu Alikum,
    Well all the brothers and sisters said so much about our Baba Gee that i can not add anything, but i would like to say something. He is the one who awekend my soul and give me the insipiration to find my Real Teacher.This is what , he always talked about. Find your real Baba Gee.
    Once i met with him and he advised me “Manay ka Liya Jana Zoori Nahee”.For those who love with his body, he may die .But for those who love with his soul. He is alive and will alive.May be Baba Gee is the one of those people who acted on this Hadis Schrif Of Prohpet Mohammed (PBUH) “Die before you Die”.
    May Allah increase his station (Ameen).
    AlFatiha.
    -Umar Sherwani-

  51. i love him .his work will guid us in every norm of daily life,Muhmmmad (peace be upon him)said if 4 muslim witness for good deed of a person.jahnath get wajib on him.may Alllah give him bast part of heaven to him

  52. baba ji ,
    app ki batain dil may uter jati hain, app nay logoon ki zindigi may achi change lain…. app jasay log bhut kum is dunya may hote hain… i love u baba ji… app ki death ka sub ko dukh hai…

  53. Life is too short & phelosophy is unlimited , let us read that what phelosophy teach us by our phelosophers…..like Baba Ji(Ashfaq Ahmed).
    Sir i will miss you till my death!

  54. Ashfaq Ahmed was a great personality of Pakistan. He is still alive in our Hearts. He has done a lot of work or his people. I love his program Zavia and now i am reading the book(ZAVIA). I would recomend that every pakistani should read this book. Every chapter is consist of so many messeges and there are so many interesting stories of his life too. Ya-Allah Mahroom Ashfaq Ahmed ko Jannat naseeb Farma. AMEEN.

  55. Ashfaq Ahmad is a great personality of his era, i learned alot about life from his writing and sayings. I consider those moments though few but most precious of my life that i spent in meeting with him.
    I wish if i could follow his way of thinking and could bring easiness in the lives of people.
    “Allah ap sab ko asaanian ata farmaye or asaanian takseem karne ka sharf ata farmaye” (Ameen)

  56. My heart cried on the news of his demise. May Allah have His special mercy on him and bless his soul and increase his stature.
    Ashaf Ahmed and the likes are a blessing for any nation. With few of these remaining with us, let us not only pray for the souls of the departed but also encourage and support the existing.
    Ashfaq Ahmed’s Zawiya changed my life for ever. I recommend this book to everyone and if someone can find copies of tv recordings, I recommend seeing those first, as I did. It made feel Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed’s presence because the book itself is but transcription of the tv lecture. And I could depict his speaking style in my mind’s eye while reading it. He was and still is my “Baba”.

  57. I am simply speechless at this time & dont have the words to portray such a enormous idol….i consider ashfaq ahmed as my father as he has surly made lots of changes in my life…i owe it all to him…..such persoanlities are born in centuries…..he was & is an asset…please do not consider him dead…because….such people do not die…& always live on…….may allah bestow his blessings on him & his family…ameen.

    Azhar Razaq khugyani
    Peshawar

  58. i love u baba jee…who says u have gone..u r and u ll always be in our hearts….i love ur following words and always try to promote coz in this simple sentence u gave us the messege of life of a true muslim..
    ” Allah aap ko asaniya ata fermay or asaniya tekseem kernay ke toufeeq ata fermay.”Ameen
    this sentence brought a great change in my personality..no doubt he was a soofe..dervesh….and i dont have words for him may his soul rest in peace forever and ever…and ever…with all my love and prayers for my cute and loving baba jee
    naz

  59. Ashfaqe Ahmads drama Man Chalay ka Sauda was really mesmerising with lots of understanding layers into it.
    He was a true philosopher and Sufi.I wanted to meet him in December as I live in Austria and my vacation were in December but he did not wait for me.But I know that he is not dead just behind the veil and I cannot see him but he is around.
    God Bless Him.
    Amber.

  60. i was in autralia …when i heard abt baba g past away……which gave me a shock.I know him from a very long time buti first time read his book ZAVIYA about couples of month ago , which gave me a sense how to spend life….. some time i feel myself unlucky bcoz i can never meet him. may his soul rest in heaven.everone plz remember this rule of baba g “doosroon ka liya asaniya paida karain”

  61. please help me i want to get ASHFAQ AHMAD adio converseation or book in which he write his deep thinking please help me any one

  62. HELLO ASHFAQ AHMAD IS A VERY NICE HUMAN , I USE IS BEACOUSE HE WILL ALIVE IN OVER HEARTS I LICK THEM VERY MUCH AND ITS MY FIRST COMMENTS ABOUT ANY PARSNALITY WHICH I FELL EXSTRA INTEALIGENT I WANT AN ADIO CONVERSEATION WILL ANY HELP ME ABOUT ITS. THANKS BYE

  63. I Am not Know him very well but his saying is very impressive and thoughtful. I have seen some episodes of Zaviya i really feel that he talk to the current moment that could be come after.
    i love and have a lot of respect for ashfaq ahmad
    I requested you to recite a fateha for the soul of asfaq ahmed.
    I request that these people are the expensive amount of pakistan please Consider Them ……?

  64. i love and have a lot of respect for ashfaq ahmad because he loved pakistan,because he was clear in his mind about the idiology and circumstances of creation of pakistan and what muslims of this region paid in return in 1947.he never forgot, and he always tried muslims to keep remembering that account.such people are real army of pakistan.there are a lot of people in pakistan who think like ashfaq and want to live like ashfaq and it will never be easy to defeat them,yes.the body of ashfaq can go behind the scene but his ideas for pakistan’s respect and honour would never.

  65. I just learned that Ashfaq Ahmed passed away. He was a great scholar and I loved his show “Zawiya”. He had great depth and used to give us a new perspective over life. In this diyar-e -ghar he reminded me the teachings of my homeland.
    May Allah rest his soul in peace.

  66. what can i say about him so more biggest then my words but i really wish that this world really needs such peoplz…so lets pray to Allah to send us more peoplzz like him otherwise we will be destroyed..i beg you all please try to understand the norms of our relegion and society..ek din ayee gaa en gorroo ke tradition apna ker ke “hum dhobbi ke kuttay bun jaye ga na ghar ke na ghat ke” please today our children even cannt one good application in urdu…yaar tarss khayo ess generation per..yehe kehtay hoye ashfaq bhai chalay gayy…sochoo yarr..

  67. If anyone knew how I can find all Zaviya programs on Cassettes or CD-DVD and “mun-chalay ka sodha” please post that information or send me an e-mail

    May his soul rest in peace and may we learn from the fact that “Zammeen kha gae Assman kaisay kaisay”
    JAK

  68. “The Philosophical Anthem of Asfaq Ahmed”

    As I heard the News of the Death of Asfaq Ahmed on PTV-World at 9:30 Night , I was paralyzed for a short movement and I did not remember for how much time I Persistently Saw the TV Screen with Stunted eyes. My Tears was floating on my face frequently at that Time and I had not much Energy that I would stand on my own feets. And I regretted

    “Asfaq Ji itni Jal de kia teh”

    The Millions of Peoples around the World Mourns the Death of Asfaq Ahmed.The people who Loves him are in Millions.Asfaq Ahmed Appeared to be a Shy, Bold, and and having small eyes on his face often fallen down in the keen observation of Contemporary Social Issues.Asfaq ahmed was a rare bid in the Classical Conservative Movement Chain of Intellectual that appears around 60’s.Asfaq’s Adherence to his Classic and Traditional Conventions and ideas were so deeply rooted that he did not left them and Consistenlty teahes them in his distingusih preaching Style.
    In 1950-51 who can forget these Words of great Sadat Hassan Minto

    Minto: “Asfaq Tu ne Agar “Gadaria” jese ik do novel aur lehk deye tu mein tera Hashar Kharab Kar doen Ga”

    Asfaq Sayed: “Kion Sir kia Bat ho gaye”
    Minto Sayed: ” Oe Mera Kia Ho Ga. Mein Tu Urdu ka sab se bara Afsana Nigar Hoon Na”
    Asfaq sayed: “ji Sir is mein Kia Shak hai”

    These Conversation of Minto and Asfaq Ahmed can not be glimpse away by the Giant of Urdu Literature.

    The drama of Asfaq Ahmed truly characterized the Desire Human instings and Model the super natural influences on the human life, that he was destined to be presented.
    His famous “BABA” which he had owes as his spiritual Guide was the heart of his total Philosophy.
    The summonization part of the drama really gone down through the veins of viewer
    tells that for What Drama Stands for.
    The Regular Program “Zawiya” that he had been hosted at PTV for some time was a program with high intellectual and Spiritual Fertility. That was also admitted my Jamiludin Aale in his column of sunday 12-9- 2004 printed in jang edition and above conservation of MINTO,ASFAQ AHMED.
    The Space created with the death his death is hardly to be filled.
    I requested you to recite a fateha for the soul of asfaq ahmed.

  69. i am very fortunate to listen to his last views on dr. shahid masood;s program in which he stated that if he was young now, he would come on streets with people to let every one know that pakistan government is making the whole nation cowerd by telling them that if we donot do what america want us to do ,americans will eat us! these words did not open our eyes unfortunate!very unfortunate

  70. kom kahita ky mot aaey gee to mar ja onooo ga main ,
    main too dariya hnoo samandar main ootar jaonoo ga.
    lagita hy yy alfaz ASHFAQ sahab kileey kahy gay hain .
    ay sa adimee ,adimee tha ya , main ny zindagee main nahin dykha .
    BABA jee ka program ZAVIA main nahin bhoola skita us progiram ny moghy khod ko pahichany main bohat madd dee.
    Qoran main hy ky har koom ky pas ak pygamba zaroor aata hy. BABA ASHFAQ AHMED bhee hamary pass ak pygamber he thy, jin ka pygam kabhee mar nahin skita . vo dariya tha ab samandar utar gaeey hain.

  71. This web site consists of flimsy and unimportant comments of different people,without any real depth or scholarly analysis of the works & thinking of ashfaq Ahmed.

  72. Baba ji !

    aap boha baray hain aur mere paas itnay baray alfaz nahi kay main kuch kahoon

    buss just i wanna say

    I will miss you for my whole life ..

    Allah aap ko aasaniyan ata farmaye aur hum ko asaniyan taqseem karnay ka
    Aameen

  73. i really inspire with great personality he is my soul father i dont know how to express my feelings
    i really watched his programe zawia and saferai meena safer dersafer and other afsaanai he is a great artist i wont use use was because good people are always alive he is mt soul baba on one occasion he said insaan bohat jeld ghebra jaata hai haalankai Allah us ka i saath rehmatki titly rekhtai hain takai us kai aib chup jaain mager woh baikhaber hai
    aur un aakhir main yeh duaai alfaaz Allah aap ko asaaniyaan ata kerai aur asaaniyaan baantnai ka sherf ata kerai these wrods veryprcious for all of us now its our work is to promote this type of literature and try to build our personality like asfaq ahmed he is great

  74. well verrry unfortunately i never ever had the oppertunity to meet this great personality in person or even see him live in person but still he is one of those personalities whome i adore n respect the most and on hearing the sad newz of his demise i felt as one of the most significant parts of me had seized to exist .. as if some one from my own family had left this world …

    well i can go on on on like this … can never write what this great personality truly deserves …

    i wish his soul is blessed with all of Allah never ending blessings …

    Aaameeen

  75. RE: Shakirís comments:

    Asfaq sahib is famous for his literary genius and not his political views.

    In India, we have millions of people who admire his writings and dramas.

    Ashfaq sahib was a preacher of truth.

  76. oh my God, i can’t believe ashfaq ahmad passed away! i was hoping to meet him on my next visit to pakistan. my last visit to pakistan i bought man chalay ka sauda, both the book and the drama, along with more of his and his wife’s works. i am so sad he’s gone! what a great loss!

  77. Burraq:
    Those Who never watch the Zaviya, please visit the following Link
    http://www.urdupoint.com/adab/books-mazmoon/Zaviya.shtml
    Inna-lilla-he-wa-inna-elaihe-rajioun…May Allah grant him Jannah and give patience to his family.AMEN
    Some people may not like his approach but there is no doubt about his sincerity for Pakistan and nation of Pakistan. Which is currently a very rare thing in our people. May Allah provide us opportunity so we can love our country and our people like him and have the relationship with Allah like his relation with the Creator. Ameen

  78. May Allah Almighty rest his soul in peace and betow him a high place in paradise. we both ( me and my wife) used to evervnjoy his wise talk in ZAWIA on TV.Back in 70`s perhaps, I used to listen him on RADIO, in his very popular program: HIYADAT ULLAH TAIN TARAQI NAHEEN KARNI: I was very much enjoyed by people of all age.Indeed, he
    was a great scholar and would be missed by all of us.

  79. Sonee, Shakir: I never saw Zawiya, being in pardees and all. glad you guys did though.

    Umar: you are right. i even wrote something about the Shahabnama and him but deleted it. it ain’t the place.
    thanks, though, for reminding me of the Malamati Sufi. I had forgotten about that.

  80. A great novelist, playwright and intellectual no doubt, however…

    He was Qudratullah Shahab’s bosom buddy, and a part of Shahab’s Writers’ Guild, whose first session was inaugurated by our wonderful Field Marshal…

    As the editorial in Dawn notes, he was made the editor of Lail-o-Nahar when the Faujis took over the Progressive Papers Limited…

    If this wasn’t enough, he was all for Zia’s coup and all that went on afterwards in the name of Islam…

    I know the timing isn’t great for saying all this, and it isn’t nice speaking bad of the dead, especially the recently departed, but this is just an attempt at objectivity, not an attempt to disagree with what you all have said regarding his humility and kindness, not to mention his obvious skills with the pen… after all, if his short essay on Faiz ( the famous “Mala’amati Sufi” one) can appear at the beginning of one of Faiz’s books, who am I to condemn him for being on the other side of the fence…

    May his Soul rest in peace, Amen…

  81. It was a great loss to urdu literature. I must say that a big pillar of urdu litrature has fallen. Most of the people admire his drama `man chalay ka soda¥. But I was very young by that time to understand the difference between spiritualism and materialism.
    But when I saw his program of ¥zaviya`, it changed my mind and gave me a new concept of the relationship between man and ALLAH.
    last year, I went to lahore to meet him. I called him and requested him to give some time.
    but he had to go somewhere else. Then i insisted him to talk on telephone for sometime.
    he did so, he was so kind and humble that i could¥nt believe.
    May ALLAH rest his soul in peace.

  82. I was always enligthened by Ashfaq Ahmed’s PTV Forum ‘Zawiya’ and for me his greatest explanation ever was, when he defined the difference between a Muslim and a Momin, ‘ Muslim Wo Jo Allah Ko Maan Kay Chalay’ aur ‘Momin Wo Jo Allah KI Maan Kay Chalay’ … Inna-lilla-he-wa-inna-elaihe-rajioun…May Allah grant him Jannah and give patience to his family.AMEN

  83. My all time fav. has been “Man Chalay Ka Soda”. Plan to read it over and over again till I get it. The drama made on this book was very moving as well, I wonder not many people recall it. Unfortunately, the man who brought this legacy stays no more with us. We’ll all miss him. May his soul rest in peace (Amen)

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