Wasif Ali Wasif (R.A)
Wasif Ali Wasif (R.A) (15 January 1929 – 18 January 1993), a Saint of modern era from Pakistan, well known as educationist, writer, poet, reformer and a mystic intellectual. He was famous for his unique literary style. He used to write short pieces of prose on topics like love, life, fortune, fear, hope, expectation, promise, prayer, happiness, sorrow and so on. Many M Phil and PhD theses have been conducted in various Universities of Pakistan on his life and work,. In one of the theses he is stated as Reformist of Pakistan مصلحِ پاکستان . As a reformist his work in awakening the nation is considered in continuum with Iqbal.
He wrote regular essays, commonly referred as columns, on weekly basis, in Pakistani Urdu newspaper Daily Nawa-i-Waqtنوائے وقت His first ever column entitled “Muhabbat” (love) published in 1984 in literature section of Nawa-i-Waqt, bewildered many in literary circles. In his life, most of his columns were compiledin the forms ofbooks, with his own selected titles, DIL DARYA SAMANDER دل دریا سمندر and QATRA QATRA QALZA قطرہ قطرہ قلزم. and HARF HARF HAQEEQAT حرف حرف حقیقت. Probably no contemporary Urdu writer is more cited in quotations than he is. His aphoristic style of writing has become proverbial and a bench mark in Urdu literature, commonly termed as Wasifian Style of prose writing. His is considered a founder of a new thought system called WASFIYAAT واصفیات, a blend of mystic wisdom, ethics and patriotism. He has beautifully amalgamated Pakistanism with mysticism. His Mystic teachings, taking roots directly from Shariah ( Quran and Hadees) represent the inner core and real essence of Islam. He got a gifted art of creating a rainbow of meanings with the help of very few droplets of words. He may be considered the pioneer of aphorism in Urdu literature.
“His poetic work is available in Urdu and Punjabi languages. His poetry bears classical notes of Sufi traditions. His Eulogy نعتیہ کلام is worth mentioning as it harbours specific notes of Love for Holy Prophet ﷺas well as pray for Pakistan; and it has become increasingly popular.”
He used to conduct question-answer sessions محفل گفتگو in specially arranged gatherings at Lahore attended by the notable community of intellectual, writers and seekers of truth from various walks of life. Luckily most of these sessions were recorded in audio and transcriptions of these sessions were later as Guftagoo (گفتگو) series. His mehfils never had a pre-set subject nor did he ever delivered sermons on a chosen topics. His way was to ask people if they had any question; and then he used to respond to these quarries and curiosities in his highly original style. He mastered in resolving paradoxes of intellect, thought and beliefs. There are more than 40 books to his credit including prose, poetry and transcripts of his dialogue. His books as well as recordings of talks are a treasure house of wisdom and an ultimate shelter of seekers of truths.