PESHAWAR 2oth Death anniversary of Sufi poet Hamza baba was observed at Peshawar Garrison Hall on 18th February,2014 .
Secretary P&D,Fata Secretariat, Shahzad Bangash was the chief guest at the auspicious ceremony which was attended by a large number of males and females from FATA and different areas of KP province. In the Start Haroon Shinwari, President of Hamza baba Adabi Society Peshawar opened the programme with thanking all the guests. He told that his Society has been organizing Hamza baba’s Anniversary programmes every year since 14 years. Syed Tahir Bukhari, a disciple of Hamza baba paid glowing tributes to the Father of Pashto Gazal in his short essay. Chief Guest Shehzad Bangash told the jam packed Hall of Peshawar club that no stone would be left unturned to promote such gatherings in future too.He said that men as great as Hamza baba need to be remembered through such gatherings. A mushaira was also held who was participated by different poets of FATA and KP province. After dinner break Hamza baba Sufiana Kalam was sung by famous Pashto singer Fayaz Kheshki with instruments.
A multifaceted personality and literary gaint Hamza Baba attained the status of classic poet in his life time. He influnece almost three generation of poets and writers through his writings. Though empty handed, Hamza baba was a sincere lover of his mother tongue spending his all for enriching and bringing a new life to pashtu poetry and literature. He had his own individuality both in content and style. there is no denying the fact that he gave a new meaning to Pashto ghazal though he respected traditional classic poets. He has rejuanated Pashtu Gazal. Hamza baba’s peotry reperesents 21st centuary man and his problems both physical and spiritual.
Born in 1907 in Landikotal, Khyber Agency, Hamza Baba could only complete 9th grade education but he kept reading books on variety of subjects. In his early life he was inclined to leftist views but during a visit to the shrine of Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti (R.A) in the late 1930s, he turned to sufism and became a practicing sufi. He also adocated pakhunwali in its true sense in his peotry which is drenched in modern romanticism as he served as a bridge between old and new trends in Pashto literature. Hamza Baba had launched he illustrious poetic career in Urdu but turned to Pasht on the advice of his spiritual guide Syed Abdul Sattar Shah [Badshah Jan, (R.A)], who knew that young Hamza would contribute more to his mother tongue instead of Urdu. He was proved right because Hamza Baba made immense contribution to pashtu language and literature. Hamza Baba also penned books in Urdu. He was well versed in Urdu, Persian and Arabic and was also aware of Eurepean literature and Philosophy through translations. He wrote than thrity books on varied themes, in those books ten are in Urdu. His some books are about Philosophy of human life and mysticism, love and romanticism, social evils, values etc. He also translated Rahman Baba’s Divan into Urdu and two books of Dr. Allama Iqbal (R.A) in Pashto.
Pakhtunwali and Sufism are a trade mark of Hamza Baba’s Poetry. He accomplished Pashto Ghazal to the extent threat literary critics unanimously conferred on him the most coveted title of
Hamza Baba died on 18th Feb 1994. In tribute to his great efforts for Pashto language, government constructed his tomb (Mazar) in the name of “Amir Hamza Shinwari Complex” at Landikotal in 2003. The complex consists of Mazar (Tomb), a liberary and an auditorium. He was also awarded Presidential Pride Award even in his life time.