Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini Qawwal (born in Hyderabad, India) is a Pakistani Sufi devotional singer.[2] He belongs to the Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi.[3][4][5]

Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal
Fariduddin Ayaz Al-Hussaini

(1952-11-13) November 13, 1952 (age 71)
OccupationQawwali Group
Known for
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2020

He and his relatives are the flag-bearers of that school of music (gharana), which is also known by the name of the city as the Delhi gharana. He performs various genres of Hindustani classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumri, and dadra. Ayaz leads the qawwal party with his younger brother, Abu Muhammad.[6]

Fareed Ayaz is a descendant of Mir Qutub Bakhsh, who was awarded the title of Tanras Khan by the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Tanras Khan was also the tutor in music and court musician of Zafar.

Early life


Fareed Ayaz was born in Hyderabad, India in 1952.[1][5] In 1956, his family shifted to Karachi, Pakistan.[5] He started his training in classical music with his father Munshi Raziuddin Ahmed Khan Qawwal. Their roots can be traced to the family tree of one of the earliest disciples of Amir Khusro.[3] Their father Munshi Raziuddin Qawwal also used to sing with his cousins Qawwal Bahauddin Khan and Manzoor Niazi Qawwal (maternal uncle of Farid) early in his career.[1][6]

His nephew Hamza Akram is also a qawwali singer.[7]



Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwal Brothers are popular for their Sufi performances. They are considered the most popular Qawwal party in Pakistan and one of the only few left. They have performed in the United Kingdom,Australia United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, India, Bahrain, Kenya, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Belgium, Iran, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Romania, Mauritius, Hong Kong and South Africa by Bazme Chirag e Faqir Chishti International a non-profit Sufi organization.[8][9][10]

They also performed at Aman ki Asha, organised by Times of India and Pakistan's Jang Group of Newspapers.[11]



Awards and recognition


See also



  1. ^ a b c d e (Asif Farrukhi) Interview with Fareed Ayaz: An unbroken tradition Dawn (newspaper), Published 18 August 2013, Retrieved 2 October 2022
  2. ^ "Tehran Times: 'We preach the message of love through Sufi music'". website. 30 August 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers". website. 6 May 2017. Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Ayesha binte Rashid. "Profile of Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali Group". Coke Studio (Pakistan) website. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Borah, Prabalika M. (25 September 2011). "Message delivered". The Hindu (newspaper). ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Qawwali night takes listeners back in time". Daily Times (newspaper). 9 April 2004. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  7. ^ "The Qawwal also rises". The Express Tribune. 12 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Spotlight: An esoteric experience". Dawn (newspaper). 25 August 2002. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  9. ^ Sufi Cultural Festival arranged in Hong Kong Daily Times (newspaper), Published 19 August 2017, Retrieved 2 October 2022
  10. ^ Shahzad Shah Jilani (2 May 2008). "Spiritualism, culture and art come under one roof at International Sufi Music Festival". Daily Times (newspaper). Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  11. ^ Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers perform at Asia Society You Tube, Published 11 May 2017, Retrieved 2 October 2022
  12. ^ Conferment of Pakistan Civil Awards The News International (newspaper), Published 14 August 2019, Retrieved 2 October 2022