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)