Life History: Ashfaq Ahmed, (August 22, 1925 – September 7, 2004) was an intellectual, distinguished writer, playwright and broadcaster. He did his Masters in Urdu Literature from Government College, Lahore. His wife, Bano Qudsia, was his classmate at Government College. She is also a novelist.
He got a job in Radio Azad Kashmir, did a short stint of two years teaching at Dayal Singh College, Lahore and later went to Italy and joined Radio Rome as an Urdu newscaster. He also taught Urdu at Rome University. After returning to Pakistan, he published his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango, and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer. In 1962, he started his weekly popular radio program, Talqeen Shah which ran for three decades, the longest weekly radio show in the subcontinent. He served as director of the Markazi Urdu Board (Later renamed as Urdu Science Board). He also served as adviser in the Education Ministry during General Zia-ul-Haq’s regime.
In the 1960s, he produced a feature film, Dhoop aur Saie (“Sunshine and Shadows”), which was not very successful at the box office.
He wrote many TV drama series; which include Aik Muhabbat Sau Afsanay, Uchhay Burj Lahore Dey, Tota Kahani, Lekin, Hairat Kadah and Mun Chalay ka Sauda. He wrote over twenty five books including a travelogue, Safar Dar Safar. In his later days, Ashfaq Ahmed was greatly inclined towards sufism. His close association with Qudrat Ullah Shahab and Mumtaz Mufti was also attributed for this inclination. He appeared in television’s programs Baithak and Zawiya and gave logical answers to the audience, mostly youth, in a mystic style.
He was awarded the President’s Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz for his laudable services in the field of literature and broadcasting.
This page has a collection of best quotes of Ashfaq Ahmed in Urdu about love, life, and other aspects of life.
Autograph of Ashfaq Ahmed
Grave of Ashfaq Ahmed and It’s Tombstone
A Woman Cannot Understand Your Logic
Ashfaq Ahmed about Difference Between Momin and Muslim
Who is a Muslim?
English Translation: I asked Baba Gee, “Who is a Muslim?” Sufi Sahib said, ” Note that a Muslim is that person who’s heart is clean and hands are dirty”. I said, “Sir, I don’t understand it”. He said, “The one who keeps helping his brothers, his hands are obviously going to be dirty rather than the person who keeps his hands in the glove. How can his hands be dirty? (Quote of Ashfaq Ahmad from the TV Show “Zawiya“).
Gulab Aur Kanta (Rose and Thorn) – Zawiya 3
Ander Bahir (In Out) – Zawiya 3
AShfaq Ahmed about a Teacher in the Court in Rome (Italy)
Ilm-e Nafeh, Murshid aur Ustaad
Ashfaq Ahmed: Love is Not Sacrificing Your Life for Someone
Baba Kone? (Who is Baba?)- Zawiya 3
Ilm Aur Danish (Knowledge and Wisdom) – Zawiya 3
Ashfaq Ahmed about Love and Sadness
14. Emaan (Faith) Shahrag Ka Drawing Room- Zawiya 3
Ashfaq Ahmed about a Cat’s Faith in Her Master
Ashfaq Ahmed about a Child’s Strong Faith in Allah
46. Zarab-Taqseem (Multiplication and Division); Ashfaq Ahmed about Multiplication of Love
13. Aurat (Woman)
26. Khauf (Fear)
35. Loose Shoe Laces
30. Sahib-e Asmaar (Having Fruit)
Ashfaq Ahmed about ‘Dhoka’ (Deceit) – Zawiya 3
52. Talib-e Khuda, Baba Sahiba by Ashfaq Ahmed
Ashfaq Ahmed about Learning from Life
50. Difference Between a Human Being and a Wall- “Deewar” by Ashfaq Ahmed
48. Baghdad’s Baker – ‘Hot Line’, Zawiya 2
62. Allah Per Yaqeen (Belief in God)
Firm Faith in Allah by a Car Mechanic. One has to understand the essence of belief. No one is saying that one should not wash one’s hands. Everyone knows that “safai nisf iman hai”. Probably the germs are not killed by reciting the kalma but look at the firm trust of this car mechanic in Allah. It is called tawakal. The moral of this story is about tawakal in Allah.
Dialogue Between a Sparrow and a Dove (Zawiya; Wafa Kay Moti)
54. Tit for Tat – Zawiya 3
Taqdeer Aur Tadbeer
32. Her Waqt Mojood, Her Jagah Mojood (Omni Present)
38. Heart is a Dangerous Thing
About Happiness, Relations and Sentiments
44. Atta-e Khudawandi (God’s Gift)
Ashfaq Ahmed about Amma Sardar Begum
63. Paansa (Dice)
33. Khair (Good Deed)
29. Dua (Supplication) – Zawiya 3
Happiness is Permanent – Zawiya 3
Multinational Wishes – Zawiya 2
English Translation: I asked Baba Gee, “Sir, why we feel restlessness? Why there are so much worries around us that we are unable to sit with satisfaction and peace in heart?” He replied, ” Look! Don’t keep your bundle of problems in front of you, take them to Allah. He will solve them. You struggle to solve those problems all by yourself, but you will not be able to solve them. (Quote of Ashfaq Ahmed from “Zawiya 2“, Chapter “Multinational Wishes”).
17. Aib (Shortcoming) – Talawat Al Wajood
16. Pakeezgy (Purity)
Ashfaq Ahmed about Pakistan
Where Does One Get Protection?
Hold Your Logic and Save the Man – Zawiya
Khoobsurat Damaad (Beautiful Son-in-Law)
Duniya (World) – Zawiya 3
Motor Aur Pull (Motor and Bridge) – Zawiya 2
Mout (Death) – Zawiya 2
Rukki Hoi Umar (Stagnant Age)
Bhakaari Aur Khairaat
Is Youth Good or Old Age?
Never Let the Childhood Die in You
Tawla Pun (Hurriedness)
Death and Worldly Possessions
Give Importance to Your Thoughts
Roti, Kapra Aur Makaan
What is Love?
Shak (Doubt), Zawiya 2
Sabar Shukar (Patience and Gratitude)
Tasawar-e-Khuda (Image of God)
Bud-Dua (Praying for Curse)
Azaab (Divine Catastrophe) – Zawiya 3
Shariyat, Tariqat, Haqiqat, Marfat
Diye Say Diya – Zawiya 1 – Sheikh Majadid Alif Sani
Daata Aur Mangta (Alms Giver and Beggar)
Sakoon Ki Talash (Search for Tranquility) – Zawiya 3
Muashra (Society) – Zawiya 3
Izhaar-e-Ilm (Display of Knowledge)
Ilm Aur Ammal – Zawiya 3
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