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Khwaja Ghulam Farid (Urdu: خواجہ غُلام فرید‬) or Khwaja Farid (1845–1901) was a 19th-century Punjabi[2] sufi poet of the Indian subcontinent. He was a scholar and writer who knew several different languages.[1] He belonged to Chishti–Nizami Sufi order. He was born in and died at Chachran town and was buried at Mithankot, Punjab, Pakistan.[1]

Khwaja Ghulam Farid
خواجہ غُلام فرید
Khawaja Ghulam Farid tomb at Kot Mithan.jpg
Tomb of Khwaja Ghulam Farid
Born 1845[1]
Chachran, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan)
Died 24 July 1901 (aged 55)[1]
Chachran, Punjab, British India (now Pakistan)
Venerated in Islam
Influences Baba Farid
Influenced Countless Sufi poets
Tradition or genre


Early life and careerEdit

His mother died when he was four years old and he was orphaned around the age of twelve when his father, Khwaja Khuda Bakhsh, died. He was then brought up by his elder brother, Khwaja Fakhr-ud-Din, and grew up to become a scholar and writer. He mastered Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, Saraiki, Sindhi, and Braj Bhasha, and also wrote poems in Punjabi, Urdu, Sindhi, Persian, and Braj Bhasha languages.[1]

Nawab Sadeq Mohammad Khan V of Bahawalpur took Khwaja Farid to his palace at Ahmad pur sharkia for his religious education by a scholar, when he was 8 years old.[1] His elder brother Khwaja Fakhr-ud-Din who had brought him up after his parents' deaths, also died when Khwaja Ghulam Farid was 28 years old. Khwaja Farid then left for Rohi area or Cholistan Desert and lived 18 years there.[1]


His most significant works include:

  • Deewan-e-Farid (poem collection in Multani, 1882; in Punjabi, 1883 ; in Urdu, 1884)[1]
Khwaja Farid composed as many as 272 kafis of high literary merit.[3]
  • Manaqabe Mehboobia (in Persian prose)
  • Fawaid Faridia (in Persian prose)
In his poetry, he frequently uses the symbolism of a desert. Sometimes he touched the topic of political affairs, opposing the British rule in Bahawalpur state.

Awards, recognition and legacyEdit

  • The 20th century saw development of an entire branch of literary studies into the life and work of Khwaja Ghulam Farid, named faridiyat.
  • Today, many religious and educational institutions in Pakistan and India are named after him (e.g., Government Khawaja Farid College in Rahimyar Khan, Pakistan) as are streets and town quarters.
  • A Khwaja Ghulam Farid Award is awarded by the Government of Pakistan in literature, its recipients including Ismail Ahmedani, Noshi Gilani and others.[citation needed]
  • In 2001, on Khwaja Ghulam Farid's 100th death anniversary, Pakistan Post issued a memorial stamp to honor him in its 'Poets of Pakistan' series[1]

The book was not compiled by Khawaja Sahib's son and thus the entire claim be taken with a pinch of salt.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Profile of Khwaja Ghulam Farid on Pakistan Post Office website, Retrieved 21 June 2017
  2. ^ Suvorova, Anna (22 July 2004). "Muslim Saints of South Asia: The Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Profile of Khwaja Ghulam Farid on website, Retrieved 21 June 2017

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