الأستاذ الدکتور محمد شفقت الله
حافظ محمد أکرم الأزهري
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was one of the most eminent leaders of the freedom movement from Punjab. The man with extraordinary abilities ranging from oratory to poetry and from politics to journalism is mainly acknowledged as the father of Urdu journalism. Due to his extraordinary talent he got prominence among the great political leaders of the time, who were busy in their struggle for an independent sovereign state for the Muslims of the subcontinent.
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was born in 1873 at KotMehrath, District Sialkot. He received his early education in Mission High School, Wazirabad and Mahindra Singh College, Patiala. After a brief job in Post and Telegraph Department he joined M.A.O. College Aligarh and graduated in 1895. After graduation he was appointed Secretary to NawabMohsin-ul-Mulk who was then in Bombay. Later he worked for sometime as a Translator in Hyderabad Deccan, rising۔He was a great poet, an orator, an essayist of exceptional merit and a journalist. His interest in poetry began in his childhood and his poems were full of religious and political sentiments. He died on November 26, 1956.
Keywords: Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, eminent leaders, poetry, religious and political, father of Urdu journalism.