Abu Al Asr Hafeez Jalandhari, a well known name in the history of Pakistan, a poet, writer, philosopher and active participant of the Pakistan Movement before partition.
Hafeez Jalandhari was born in Jalandhar, British India on January 14, 1900. Son of Shams-ud-din, who was Hafiz-e-Quran, Hafeez Jalandhari got his early education at a mosque and later on he was sent to a local school for acquiring higher education.
His areas of writing were religion, society, romance, patriotism, independence and awareness. He used his writings for the noble cause of partition of sub-continent and independence of our homeland. His enthusiastic, patriotic and joyful songs and literature contributed extensively and proved him to be a true patriot. He got married three times, two were from her relatives and one wife was an English woman, he had 7 daughters from the first wife and 2 daughters from the other wives. His first wife died early and the second marriage ended up in divorce.
After partition he migrated from India to Pakistan and settled at Lahore where he spent the rest of his life, till death and served the nation. In early 1948 he joined the forces for the freedom of Kashmir and got wounded and imprisoned for some time. Besides his writing and poetry he served the Pakistan Army, as Director General and got a very important role as adviser to the President Field marshal Muhammad Ayub khan.
The greatest achievement that he made was composing Pakistan National Anthem, other remarkable awards and honors are Pride of performance and Hilal-e-Imtiaz, the highest known awards of Pakistan.
His poetry is evergreen and an asset for the country, most of his writings are sung by famous singers of his time. His finest piece of work is Shahnama-e-Islam, which is one of his great contributions in Urdu literature as it covers the history of Islam and brought recognition, fame, and more respect to his name.
Hafeez Jalandhari was died on December 21, 1982 and was buried in Model Town, Lahore but later his grave was shifted to his tomb near Minar-e-Pakistan.