Faiz Ahmed Faiz biography

Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Poet, Author

1911 – 1984


Who was Faiz Ahmed Faiz?

Faiz Ahmad Faiz MBE, NI, was an influential left-wing intellectual, revolutionary poet, and one of the most famous poets of the Urdu and Punjabi language from Pakistan. A notable member of the Progressive Writers' Movement, Faiz was an avowed Marxist. Listed four times for the Nobel Prize in poetry, he received the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union in 1962. Despite being repeatedly accused of atheism by the political and military establishment, Faiz's poetry suggested a more nuanced relationship with religion in general and with Islam in particular. He was, in fact, greatly inspired by both secular poetry and South Asia's Sufi traditions. His popular ghazal Hum Dekhenge is an example of how he fused these interests.

Faiz was controversially named and linked by Prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan's government for hatching the conspiracy against Liaquat Ali Khan's government, along with a left-wing military sponsor Major-General Akbar Khan. Having been arrested by Military police, Faiz among others received a maximum sentence by JAG branch, although his sentence was commuted after the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan in 1951.

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Feb 13, 1911
Also known as
  • Faiz Faiz
  • Faiz Ahmad Faiz
  • Shri Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  • Faiz Ahmed
  • Islam
  • Pakistan
  • Government College University
  • Murray College
  • Oriental College, Lahore
  • University of the Punjab
Lived in
  • Lahore
  • Sialkot
Nov 20, 1984

on July 23, 2013

Modified by juancax
on June 23, 2020