Those who remember the grand old days of PTV, would remember a very distinguished gentleman reciting Naats and Hamd-e-Bari Taala in his riveting voice. His famous hamd, “Koie to hai jo nizam-i-hasti chala raha hai” is one of the best hamd of all time. It has been recited separately by the likes of Nusrat Fateh Ali as “Wohi Khuda Hai”. The distinguished gentleman’s name was Muzaffar Warsi, who passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011 in Lahore. He was 77 years old and was living alone for the last couple of years.
A migrant from Meerut after partition, Warsi Sahab began his career as a lyricist for Pakistani films in the 1950’s and later on moving towards penning Naats and Hamds.
His famous Hamd can be seen here:
His another famous naat was “Mera Payambar Azeemtar Hay”
He was a true Aashiq-e-Rasool and a great Muslim, unlike those who claim to be a lover of the Holy Prophet and then kill in his name. May Allah rest his soul in peace.
Muzaffar Warsi passes away
Dawn, January 29, 2011
LAHORE, Jan 28: Noted Na’at Khwan and poet Muzaffar Warsi passed away on Friday after a protracted illness. He was 77.
He won wide acclaim for lending his melodious voice to Na’ats many of which have become popular mobile ringtones. One of the famous recitals over the years has been: “Koie to hai jo nizam-i-hasti chala raha hai”.
His son, Haseeb Warsi, told Dawn that he (Muzaffar Warsi) had been bed-ridden for the last couple of years. Of late he had developed complications and remained hospitalised for a couple of months.
On Friday night, Haseeb said, his father collapsed at his home in Johar Town and died on way to hospital.
Funeral will be taken out from 297 A-3, Johar Town, at 8:30am on Saturday (today).
Muzaffar Warsi was born on Dec 23, 1933, in Meerath, India. He was a prominent Urdu poet, critic, essayist and lyricist. Among his publications were collection of various poetry genres and autobiography entitled “Gaye dinon ka suraagh” which was considered a classic. He also used to write for Urdu newspapers.
It was as a Na’at Khwan he won celebrity and the government honoured him with Pride of Performance.
Muzaffar Warsi was born as Muhammad Muzaffaruddin Siddiqui into the family of Alhaaj Muhammad Sharfuddin Ahmad (who was better known as Sufi Warsi). It was a family of landlords of Meerath.