Hafiz Mazhar Ud Din Ramdasi was an Islamic scholar, columnist, poet and especially a Naatia Poet. He was famous by title of Hassan Ul Asar. The famous Kashmir Anthem 'Mary watan teri jannat main aain gay ik din'میرے وطن تیری جنت میں آئیں گے اک دن was written by him. He was born in Satkoha, Gordaspur in 1914. He was son of Maulana Nawab ud din Ramadasi Chishti(1870–1946) who himself was a notable scholar. Hafiz got early education in Ali Pur Sayyedan under the supervision of Peer Jamat Ali Shah, then received the Islamic education in Hizb ul Ahnaaf, Lahore. After completing his education, he started his career as an Islamic scholar and also served as a teacher of Islamic Studies in Hizb ul Ahnaaf. His main literary work is on Naatia Poetry and religious articles/newspaper column. He also served in the Newspaper Kohistan with renowned Historic Novel writer Naseem Hijazi. Hafiz introduced Islamic column segment under title 'Nishan-e-Rah'. in Rawalpindi, his house was famous as 'Hareem-e-Adab' (حریمِ ادب).
Early life and Education
He passed his early days in Gurdaspur. He made Bay'at on hands of Hazrat Qibla-e-Alam Shah Siraj-ul-Haq Gurdaspuri in his childhood. Hafiz basic education in Ali Pur Sayyedan under supervision of Peer Jamat Ali Shah. Afterwards, he received formal Islamic education in Hizb ul Ahnaaf Lahore. He proved to be a brilliant disciple of Maulana Abu ul Barkat. After completing education, he started his career as an Islamic scholar and also served as teacher in Hizb ul Ahnaaf. In Poetry, he took guidance from Hazrat Seemab Akbarabadi.
Literary workHafiz showed interest in Poetry and literature from his childhood. Upon seeing his interest, Maulana Ramdasi encouraged him by purchasing him literary books. Hafiz started his poetic career journey under the supervision of famous Urdu poet Hazrat Seemab Akbar Abadi.
The literary activities of Hafiz Mazhar ud din contributed much in Subcontinent and in Pakistan. At the age of 17, he wrote his first book by the name "Khatim ul Mursalin" discussing the Finality of Prophet-hood. The book gained instant recognition and became a reference work against Qadianis. He remained editor of "Al Faqar" magazine in Gordaspur till the partition of Indian subcontinent. After partition he moved to Multan (Punjab) and started job in rehabilitation department. He also organized and managed religious ceremonies. After spending some years in Multan, he moved to Rawalpindi. He transferred spiritual activities to Maulana Ghulam Rabbani of Chisht Nagar Jahanian. In Rawalpindi, he started his career by joining the newspaper Kohistan of Naseem Hijazi.
He also wrote in Kohistan and Nawaiwaqt newspapers as Islamic columnist. Collection of these articles were published by the name of 'Nishan-e-Rah (I and II) and 3rd part as Hadees-e-Ishq. Eleven parts of these collections are yet to publish.
A new corner came in life of Hafiz, where he devoted himself towards Naat.'Jalwa Gah', 'Tajaliat', 'Bab e Jibreel', 'Meezab' were his greatest creations. He was famous by title of Hassan Ul Asar.
In addition to Natia Kalaam , Hafiz also has two collections 'Noor o Naar' (ghazliat) and 'Shamsheer o Sana' national poems. Hafeez jalandhari expressed appreciation for poetry and also showed a lot of religious devotion for Maulana Nawab ud Din Ramdasi.
Maray watan teri jannat main aain ga ik din میرے وطن تیری جنت میں آئیں گے اک دن was most famous anthem on Kashmir published in Shamsheer o Sanan
Social ImpactHafiz mazhar ud din has a social and spiritual influence. Peer Naseer ud din of Golra Sharif was his admirer and took guidance in poetry. Hafeez jalandhari, Ehsan Danish, Sahir Siddiqui, Hafiz Ludhianvi, Hafeez Taib, Abid Nizami, Peer justice karm shah alazhari, Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi, Ahmad Faraz, Kosar Niazi and other lot of personalities got inspiration and spiritual attraction from Hafiz Mazhar ud din.
Hafiz Mazhar and Hafeez Jalandhari had a great mutual love .One day Hafiz was passing by a mosque, He heard a loud voice "Mazhar", Hafiz saw here and there but nobody seen.It occurred three time.Hafiz much worried as it was the style of his father Molana Nawab ud din Ramdasi. Suddenly, Hafeez Jalandhari came out behind the wall of mosque and said laughing "In this style Molana nawab ud din call u?". Hafeez Jalandhary, Haji Laq Laq and Maulana Murtaza Khan Maikash made Bay'at physically on hands of Maulana Nawab ud din and spent a considerable with Maulana Ramdasi for their spiritual atonement.
DeathHafiz Mazhar died in 1981. Upon his death he was buried in Rawalpindi. A year later his body was moved to Chatter, few kilometers from Rawalpindi towards Murree following his will/advice. When his body was taken out from grave, his body gave such living expression that every body at that time inspired and expressed it a great status of Hafiz Mazhar due to his love of of Muhammad. A verse is on his tomb reads as:
- TERI MATTI WAHI KI HAI MAZHAR
- TUJH SAY AATI HAI BOO MADINAY KI
تجھ سے آتی ہے بو مدینے کی