ISLAMABAD: In connection with the holy month of Ramazan, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) organised the online Brahvi International Hamdiya and Naatiya mushaira.

The event was presided over by Johar Brahvi (Dadu) and Prof Abdul Razzaq Sabir (Quetta) was the chief guest. Noor Khan Mohammad Hassani (Quetta), Prof Susan Brahvi (Quetta), Ustad Mehboob Aajez (Qatar) and Sail Mengal (Qatar) were the guests of honor. Poets from all over the country and abroad recited poetry.

According to a statement, PAL Chairman Dr Yousuf Khushk in his introductory remarks said that Brahvi, like other Pakistani languages, has had a tradition of Hamd since ancient times.

“Hamd is present in everything from folk literature to modern Brahvi poetry as a special creation and a spirit of devotion. If we look at the tradition of Hamd and Naat in Brahvi literature, then Naat has been a part of our folklore, classical literature and ancient poetic tradition. Hamd and Naat were first found in written literature in Malik Dad Kalati’s bookTahafta-i-Ajaib(1760) and then in 1870 by Maulana Abdul Hakim Mashwani,” he said.

“An excellent example of divine love and love of the prophet can be seen in the words of the famous Brahvi sufi poet Taj Mohammad Tajal. Tajal’s poetry exists for the colour of sufism. We see a clear glimpse ofFana Fi AllahandFana Fi Rasoolin the words of Taj Mohammad Tajal as well as in the words of Faiz Mohammad Faizal Faqir,” Dr Khushk added.

Participants of themushairawere Hussain Shehzad (Mastung), Zauq Brahvi (Khuzdar), Mehr Zahid Nalvi (Naal), Ahmad Mehr (Oman), Zahid Brahvi (Islamabad), Chakar Brahvi (Larkana), Akbar Naseem (Mangchar), Zahoor Zeb Brahvi (Qalat), Abdul Aziz Bizenjo (Saudi Arabia), Nooruddin Mengal (Saudi Arabia), Saadullah Saad (Qatar), Prof Hafeez Sarpara (Quetta), Imran Fariq (Bahrain), Abdul Manan Mohammad Hassani (Saudi Arabia), Dr Azam Bangalzai (Quetta) and Dr Alam Ajib Mengal (Noshki).

Moreover, Prof Anjum Brahvi (Surab), Hussain Bakhsh Sajid (Quetta), Hanif Mazaj (Quetta), Yousuf Naseem (Quetta), Hameed Aziz Abadi (Mastung), Neelam Momal (Quetta), JahanAra Tabassum (Quetta), Nazir Shakir Brahvi (Shikarpur) and others recited Hamd and Naat in Brahvi.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2021

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