Wasif Ali Wasif (15 January 1929 – 18 January 1993) was a writer, poet and sufi from Pakistan who was famous for his unique literary style. He used to write short pieces of prose on topics like life, fear, expectations, happiness, and so on. He was the regular columnist of Pakistan Urdu Newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt. In his life most of his columns were combined to form books with his own selected title. He did 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 specially arranged gatherings at Lahore attended by the notable community. Some of these sessions were recorded in audio and were later published as Guftago (talk) series.
Wasif Ali Wasif was born in 15th January, 1929 at District Khushab. His father was Malik Muhammed Arif. Wasif Ali Wasif received his primary education under the supervision of his father in Khushab. After this, he went to his maternal in Jhang, where he did graduation in first division. Then he moved to Lahore; here he obtained MSC in Mathematics from Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore and Masters in English from Government College, Lahore.
Wasif Ali Wasif died on January 18, 1993. Being famous for Sufism and respected by many people, he is usually referred to as Hazrat Wasif Ali Wasif. His shrine is located in Lahore at 25 Bahawalpur Road, near Chawk Chuburjee. His Urs (Religious Festival) is celebrated every year from 22nd to 24th of the month of Rajab.
A brief selection of his famous quotes is presented below:
When the eye becomes the heart, the heart becomes the eye
The world is ancient, but it has not lost its newness
Remove the conflict between your desires and your duties, peace will come
Fortunate is the person who remains pleased with his fortune
If you are looking for evil, look within and if you are looking for good, look without
A more fearful thing than death is the fear of death
We earn to live but we live to earn.
When the child is ill, the mother will know how to pray.
If the roof begins to fall; flee but if the heavens are falling! Stay on!
Some are dead in life and some are alive in death.
He who has no light in his heart, what will he gain from the festival of lamps
If you want to live long then die for nation and Islam
He who survives dying dies after survive
A man is happy who is happy with his Naseeb