Introduction

Mumtaz Mufti (Urdu: ممتازمفتی) – September 11, 1905 – October 27, 1995 , unique in style and in diction, happened to be a trend setter in Urdu fiction; “short stories, novels, travelogue, persona writings and Radio drama”. He was born and raised in batala, a part of British East Punjab at the time. He then moved on to Lahore for higher education. Mumtaz Mufti started his career in British Rule as an English teacher in southern Punjab .After the Partition of India, he spent few years in Lahore and later settled for good in Islamabad.Mumtaz Mufti started as an Urdu short story writer and was first published in 1936.(His initial work portrayed him as a nonconformist and liberal writer, whose writing was apparently influenced by Freud) .Most of his initial writings including his iconic novel “AlipurkaAily” were the exhibits of that era. His transformation from Liberalism to Sufism, marked by his timeless piece of writing “Lab-baik” and later by his voluminous autobiography “Alakh-Nagri”, is accredited most to his spiritual journey towards Allah and his guide QudratUllah Shahab (A Sufi writer and senior civil servant). In  “Alakh-Nagri” , Mumtaz Mufti shared the influences that a character like Qudratullah Shahab had on his personality and his life, especially for the last chapter of his book “Shahab Nama”, “ChhotaMou Bari Baat”. He told every secret without which that chapter of “Shahab Nama” could not be comprehended. He supported his point of view with his first-hand knowledge and as an eye witness to the mystic behavior of QudratUllah Shahab. In the same book he narrated his associations with his contemporary close friends like Ahmed Bashir, Ishfaq Ahmed, BanoQudsia and AbdaalBela.His grandeur status in literary world cannot be challenged, and furthermore his disciples like Abdaal Bela who compiled the biggest Anthology of about 1600 pages  titled “Mufti Ge” in his honour strengthen this view about MumtazMufti.He has about twenty highly acclaimed valuable books to his credit from “Un Kahi” to “KahinaJaye”. He wrote the famous travelogue of India “Hind Yatra” and many persona writing books in addition to his books of Radio drama. His Swan Song “Talash”, takes us through the realms of Sufism, the quest in search of God and the ones who spend their lives trying to understand the true meaning of Spirituality.Mumtaz Mufti has a large group of followers throughout the Urdu reading world and happens to be a legend for many notable writers of all time. His writings are unique in articulation, formation, style and appeal. In recognition of his lifetime of extra ordinary devotion and achievements in Urdu literature, he was conferred with Sitara-e-Imtiaz Pakistan in 1986 and MunshiPrem Chand Award from india in 1989. He died at the age of 90 on 27th of October 1995 in Islamabad and was buried close to his life time friend QudratUllah Shahab at H-8 Graveyard of Islamabad.

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