Wasif Ali Wasif was born on 15 January 1929 at District Khushab. He was a teacher, writer, poet and sufi intellectual. He was the regular columnist of Pakistani Urdu daily newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt. Most of his columns have been combined to form books. He wrote poetry in Urdu and Punjabi languages. Probably no contemporary Urdu writer is more cited in quotations than he is. Later years he used to answer questions in especially arranged gatherings at Lahore attended by the notable community. Some of these sessions were recorded in audio and were later published as Guftgoo (talk) series. His mehfils never had a set subject nor did he lecture on chosen topics. His way was to ask people if they had questions and then he responded to these in his highly original style. His thought was more on mysticism, spirituality and humanity. There are about 40 books to his credit including “Shab Chiragh”, “Kiran Kiran Sooraj”, and “Dil Darya Samundar”. Wasif Ali Wasif was indeed a dervish and sufi and in the final part of his life acted as a murshid to many. Qudratullah Shahab, Ashfaq Ahmed and Hanif Ramay attended his lectures. He died on January 18, 1993. His shrine is located in Lahore at 25 Bahawalpur Road, near Chowk Chauburji.
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