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Allah Baksh

Date of birth : 1907-01-21
Date of death : 1971-01-15
Birthplace : Karachi
Nationality : Pakistani
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-04-09

Allah Baksh Sarshar 'Uqaili was born on January 21 in 1907 in the city of Karachi.

Allah Bux purchased his first book, "Ramooz-un-Nisa" in 1920, his second in 1923, "Dawat-e-Islam", in 1924 "Manasik-e-Hajj" and in 1929 " Khalid bin Walid". During this time his poetry and articles used to appear in magazines like "Al-Waheed", Sindh Madarisa magazine, Al-Hafiz al-jamia Sindh College. He wrote in Urdu for the magazine "Tasawuff", published in Lahore under the pen name "Sarshar 'Uqaili".

He also served as the editor of "Al-Waheed news paper" for four years. From 1942 till 1945 Uqaili shb served as chief Officer of District Local board in Karachi, in the same period he also used to serve as the president of "Rajmikal music club" in Karachi and in the same period he wrote a book entitled as "The history of Sindhi Rag (Sindhi mystic folks)".

Also, books like "ilm-e-hinat (The study of astronomy)" appeared in his name. In 1947 when Pakistan and India separated, he was given the office of "food and live stock" in the government of Sindh and used to broadcast historical and literary speeches from Radio Pakistan, and wrote for "Nai Zindagi" magazine.

From 1950 to 1953 Sarshar Uqaili served as City Collector of Karachi.

In October 1950 he founded a centre for literary studies and served as its President, and served in many other such centres. His affection for Sindh poetry led him to compile a large collection of Sindhi national poems by the title "SINDH JO TARANO", which was published by the "Sindh Society". In November 1955 he founded "Sindh library" in Karachi and at the same time founded "Bazm-Talib-ul-Mola" academy in Hyderabad. Due to all these efforts, Makhdoom Muhammad Zaman Talib-ul-Mola declared him as his vice gerent in 1952.

After that he ran the office of Director of Settlement Services in Hyderabad. Following his tenue at that post, he was designated as Commissioner and District Magistrate of Hyderabad and was an active member of the "Sindh adabi board".

Amongst his other contributions is that he collected his family tree. In his last days, 'Uqaili suffered dacoity at his house in Thatta. His personal library, with all his of writings were stolen and many of his works were lost. Since then much of his work is believed to have been plagiarized.

On January 15, 1971, when he was only 64, the sufi poet ascended to the heavens to meet his true love and was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Thatta, leaving behind a widow, his younger brother N M Uqaili 4 daughters and a son who married the grand daughter of Allama Makhdoom Muhammad Hashim Thattvi."


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