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Azad Bilgrami
Poet/Writer
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Azad Bilgrami is one of the most significant scholar of Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages in 18th centuryIndia. He is the first Indian poet of Arabic whose poetic compilation is available. The King of Yemen had had acknowledged his poetic genius and accorded him the title of Hassan Al-Hind.
 
 His original name was Mir Ghulam Ali Husaini Wasiti. (1116-1200/1704-1786) however he is best known as Ghulam 'Ali Azad Bilgrami. He was born in Bilgram, a small town of scholars in Awadh and gained reputation for possessing command over all topics of literature and learning. He was instructed in language, by Mir Abdul Jalil of Selsibil; in prosody and polite literature by Mir Saiad Muhammad; in the Koran by Shaikh Muhammad Hayat; and in all excellences by Shaikh 'Abdul Wabhat Tantawi. According to the Masalati Shuara, he studied eloquence with Muhammad Aslam Salim and Shaikh Saad Ullah Gulshan of Ahmedabad. As a youth he left Bilgram and stayed for two years in Delhi. He visited Lahore and Multan and made acquaintance with scholars of these cities, and lived for five years in the province of Sind. He then traveled to the cities of Mecca and Medina, where he devoted himself to religious studies particularly specializing in Sihah-i-Sittah i.e. six books of traditions of Muhammad Ismail Bukhari, Muslim Nishapuri, Ibn Majah, Abu Daud, Abu Isa Tirmizi and Abu Abdul Rehman Nisai.
 
He returned from Hijaz to India and lived in the city of Aurangabad, Deccan till his death. Nasir Jang and other nobles of the Nizam’s state were his devotees but he avoided worldly favours and preferred life of piety and poverty. Azad was a poet and a biographer of poets. He was the friend of Shah Nawaz Khan, and when the latter was murdered, he collected his friend's manuscripts (Ma'asir al-umara) which were scattered in all directions, and published them. 
 
Azad compiled his two diwans of poetry in Arabic and Persian. But among the works of lasting value were the dictionaries of poets." 
 
  Works
 
1 Yad-i-Baiza – Biographies of 532 poets.
2 Ma asir ul-Kiram Tarikh-i-Bilgram, which delt with 80 sufis and 70 learned men of the author’s home town.
3 Sarw-i-Azad gave sketches of 143 poets born in India.
4 Khizanah-i-Amirah - notices of 135 poets famous for obtaining rich rewards from potrons. It also contained details of events to which Azad was eye witnesses.
5 Rauzat ul Auliya on lives of saints buried in Khuldabad.
6 Ghizlan ul Hind a book on Indian womanhood as reflected in Persian literature.
7 Anis ul Muhaqqiqin - on Indian saints.
 
Azad's skill as a poet, especially as a panegyrist of the Prophet Muhammad, has long been recognized. His one critically edited Arabic work, the Subhat al-marjan(The coral rosary), is approvingly cited for its praise of India, which describes India as the first domicile of Adam and for Azad's knowledge of Indian languages and culture, and for his literary-critical and poetic sensibilities.
 
The Miratu-l Khayal or " Mirror of fancy" by Shir Khan Lodi, mentions that " the author of the Khazanahi A'amirah calls himself 'Azad, Husaini, Wasiti, and Balgrami," and says that in H. 1176 'Azad composed the Tazkirah at the request of his relation Muhammad Auladi Muhammad. Ibrahim Khalil gives the life of ' Azad in his Suhuf, and states that " up to the present time, which is the 7th year of Shah 'Alam, he is still occupied in the composition of Persian and Arabic poetry. His works are numerous, and among others, he has arranged three Tazkirahs of poets,-the first called Yadi Bayza; the; second Servi Azad; and the third Khazanahi Aamirah." In the Khulasat ul 'Afkar, it is mentioned that “Azad was a distinguished poet settled at Aurangabad, where he was much honoured, and associated on friendly terms with the sons of 'Asaf Jah. He wrote a Persian diwan, and a book of Arabic elegies and mesnawis. His Tazkirahs are considered noble proofs of his proficiency in everything connected with prosody, versification, and composition, both in Persian and Arabic."
 
His works in Persian and Arabic are of great value and have been relied upon by scholars and historians ever since they appeared, though Azad's Persian works have received more scholarly attention than his Arabic ones. He was celebrated all over India, Arabia, and Egypt for his learning and literary productions.[4] Azad is largely unknown outside India, to the scholars of modern Arabic. This is due in large part to the fact that Arabist scholarship pays little attention to Arabic literature produced after 1517 and before 1798, and to literature produced outside the Arab heartland.
 
He lies buried near the Dargah of Sufi saint Amir Hasan Dihlawi Sijzi (d.1336) at Khuldabad near Aurangabad India.
 
Source : Wikipedia
 
 

 

 
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