Naeem Akhtar Awan History & Biography

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Naeem Akhtar Awan is a well renowned literary figure of South Asian Literature. He is a poet of various languages including (Urdu and Punjabi) and an acknowledged prose writer. He attributes a great deal of his style to the Sultan Bahu, Baba Bulleh Shah and Mian Muhammad Bakhsh --whom he read in an early phase of his life. His poetry is infused with high intellectualism while maintaining a sensuousness of language. His lyrics are like a chariot that flies the reader in the realm of mysticism, spiritualism and humanism. His works are translated in many foreign and native languages.
Naeem Akhtar Awan History & Biography

Naeem Akhtar Awan History & Biography


 


Introduction:


Naeem Akhtar Awan is a well renowned literary figure of South Asian Literature. He is a poet of various languages including (Urdu and Punjabi) and an acknowledged prose writer. He attributes a great deal of his style to the Sultan Bahu, Baba Bulleh Shah and Mian Muhammad Bakhsh --whom he read in an early phase of his life. His poetry is infused with high intellectualism while maintaining a sensuousness of language. His lyrics are like a chariot that flies the reader in the realm of mysticism, spiritualism and humanism. His works are translated in many foreign and native languages.


Personal Life:


Neeam Akhtar Awan was born on March 15 March 1971 in a small village of Rawalpindi, Dhok Garja in an ethnic Awan family. His father Hassan Deen was a formally educated and religious person, who served as a cornerstone for the poetic career of Naeem Akhtar.


Childhood:


Childhood is marked with the spirit of religion and mysticism. In the early years of his life, Naeem Akhtar was sent to his maternal village Ladhyal from where he received his primary education. He was grown up in very religious and culturally cultivated entertainment. It is described that the grandfather of Naeem used to take him Mosque five times a day to offer prayers. It is also assumed that it was his grandfather and aunt who laid the fountain of religion in the heart of Naeem Akhtar. After the very basic education of Islam, he took admission in Govt. Primary School Ladhyal, from where his mind sharpened and soul, was dusted in the hands of Muhammed Afsar and Syed Sabar Hussein Shah. This school was in the courtyard of the mosque which was quite near to his grandfather's home.


Sabir Hussain Shah Sahib opened the vistas of Naeem Akhtar's mind in every field of life and started teaching him Islam along with secular education. Moreover, Sabir Shah taught him Shariat and he took him to the speaker to give Adhan in the mosque. When he was five years old, Shah Ji used to tell stories of saints with faith-inspiring events, in which he was lost. His heart was now filled with religion, faith and love of God.


Outside the courtyard of this mosque was the grave of an old man, whom he often wondered why this grave is alone. One day he asked Nana ji, whose grave is this?he said this grave is of a well-known saint. One night Naeem saw a man covered in white clothes (he identified that it was Hazrat Khidr) was offering prayer outside the grave. He went close to the grave and recited Surah Fatiha on his grave. Meanwhile, his teacher came took him to a mosque to offer Tahajjud prayer. After this incident, this Tahajjud prayer became a permanent part of his life. This sight had great effect on his mind. In childhood Naem was quite a different fellow from others, he hardly had gone out with his fellows to play and enjoy which are common things among children.
His education with Mr. Syed Sabir Hussain Shah continued for about four years, and then he came back to his home in Garja. Here, he started his education in Government Middle School Dhokh Garja. Later, Maulana Abdul Razzaq, who was their Imam of the mosque, started teaching him the Qur'an, and at the same time, Naeem started reciting the Qur'an with translation. In this phase of life, he was much witty and a series of questions about the existence of man and god were occupying his mind. After passing the middle school examination, he entered F.G.R.A Bazaar, Rawalpindi. The school was very busy and noisy, which made him very uncomfortable. With all these diverse conditions he kept himself involved in education and passed matriculation from there.


Spiritual Journey:


After the matriculation, he continued in education as a private candidate. He did F. A from Allama Iqbal Open University and later He studied B A from the University of Sargodha and the education is still going on. After matriculation, He started looking for a job. His house was in dire financial straits. As the eldest of siblings, he had this responsibility to support his family financially, so he started working as a laborer. He applied for different jobs but failed to secure any position. This continuous failure annoyed him.
Being teased by the incidents of life he found asylum in Literature. He found spiritual enlightenment in the small library of his father. He started reading Saif Ul Mulook from his father's collection


It was during this period that he began to read literature, including Ghalib, Mir, Momin, Waris Shah, Balha Shah, and the special book Tazkira-e-Ghousia by Ghous Ali Qalandar. One night, when he woke up for Tahajjud prayer he saw a strange scene, that there is a path of infinite light, and on this path, there were blue fire thorns, there was a voice, "come on this path, if you can walk," He walked towards the voice.
When he reached the other side, an old man was standing, Whitebeard in white dress. He touched his hand and said, "from today you are my disciple and you have to go to some person in your area." He wanted to ask the name of that old man but his lips could not open and he fell asleep. Later when he woke up he found himself weightless, and he felt the same light in the room and went straight to that mentioned man the next day.
When he knocked on the door, he came out, opened the door, smiled and said, "Come in." He told Naeem that the old man whom he met in his dream was Hazrat Ghous (R.A). He further told him that people whom he makes disciples in dreams are known as inner disciples. Afterward, Naeem Akhtar started to meet many saints and he started receiving spiritual blessings from them.


Practical Life:


After applying for more than 67 jobs he finally secured his position in Punjab Police. He has been rewarded for his exemplary performance many times, and he increased badges on his shoulder. Now, he is discharging his duties as a Sub-Inspector.


Fiction and Poetry:


The literary career of Naeem Akhtar Awan was started from his matriculation. Once, he wrote two ghazals and went to the office of Nawa-E-Waqat, a well-renowned newspaper in Rawalpindi at nine o'clock in the morning. He met the editor of the literature department. There were two ghazals written on one page. He marked the cross with a pen and threw it at him. He said, "It is weightless (without rhythm, metre)." He was astonished and asked, "What is the scales that you have weighed?" He smiled and asked a man take Naeem to take to Habib Jalib's office. Haibib Jalib looked at them and said "weightless". He told him about the metre in poetry but everything went over Naem's head. He was frustrated with his poetry, but the suffering inside him was always forcing him to express it.
The police atmosphere was just the opposite of Naeem. One day, a few policemen were standing at the Chishtiaabad check post. He sat apart. His heart started crying and a feeling of regret suppressed his mind. He went to Golra Moor Pakistan Hotel for tea. He hardly took one sip of tea that he heard someone singing a ghazal inside in the hotel. They were talking about weight (metre) in poetry. On hearing this, he left a cup of tea on the table and went inside and sat after taking permission from fellows.
There were three or four people sitting inside the cabin. When their party was over, he took the mentor aside and described that he likes to write but does not understand weight (metre). Then, mentor taught him weights (metre) and that was nobody else but his teacher and friend Akhtar Raza Salimi. His first ghazal was published in Nawa-e-Waqt in 2001. And so far almost all literary journals, be they domestic or foreign, have published his fiction and poetry. His literary figure includes one volume of Pothohari ghazal, a volume of Punjabi ghazal, a collection of Short Stories and an Urdu novel are under the process of publication. The subject of his poetry and fiction is man, self-negation, existentialism, the relationship of God and man, love and humanism.


Married Life:


Neam Akhtar realized in the very early years of his life that naturally, his journey is in the opposite direction of the water. Therefore, he decided not to get married but later got married in 2007 at the insistence of his mother. Now, he is blessed with a son. To conclude, Naeem Akhtar Awan is a highly reputed literary figure of the 21st century. His words are complicated, twisted in nature and ornamental in the style which illuminates the dark heart and repressed feelings of the reader, which makes him stand in the line of great and sensational Sufis of Punjabi and Urdu language.


 


 


 


 

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