Islamabad – In these times of chaos and intolerance, Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s writings can help the individuals to realize our real identity in order to emerge as a tolerant, peaceful nation. This was the message of the scholars speaking at the launch of the first book on Faiz Ahmed Faiz, titled “Faiz Saddi: Muntakhib Mazameen” (Selected essays on Faiz) on Thursday at National Language Authority (NLA).
2011 has officially been declared the Faiz Centenary Year and to begin the celebrations of the 100th birth anniversary of Faiz, an exclusive book has been compiled by renowned poets and scholars Professor Yousaf Hasan & Dr. Rawish Nadeem and published by NLA. The book launching ceremony organized by Progressive Writer’s Association, Islamabad-Rawalpindi branch and attended by a large number of scholarly figures of the country paid tribute to the renowned Pakistan poet, Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Sharing Faiz’s contribution in Pakistan culture, Prof. Malik recalled that “Pakistan National Council of Arts, National Theatre and Folf Heritage, are all brainchild of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.”
Prof. Yousaf Hasan, a literary critic and compiler of the book narrated the evolution of Progressive Writer’s Association on the occasion as Faiz was on the leading front of the progressive writers’ movement with all his scorching poetry, as well as dialogues from different platforms, he added.
Faiz started a branch of Progressive Writers’ Movement in Punjab in 1936. Yousaf speculated if the centenary celebrations of Faiz will only remain confined to the personality of Faiz or will extend to expand the message of progressive writers in the society.
‘Faiz Ahmed Faiz’ — Muntakhib Mazameen’ explores the various aspects of the life and work of Faiz Ahmad Faiz at different periods of time. It also reflects Faiz’s intellectual resentment against an unjust social order, which he rejected on rational grounds as inhumane. The aim of Faiz to project the real image of Pakistan by disseminating the message of humanity, peace and brotherhood was also reiterated by the scholars at the book launch.
Ashfaq Saleem Mirza recited “Meray Dil, Meray Musafir” by Faiz and discussed few passages from the book on Faiz by prominent writers of the country.