Alys Faiz


Alys Faiz

Alys Faiz (Urdu: ایلس فیض) (September 22, 1914 - March 12, 2003) was a British-born naturalized Pakistani poet, writer, journalist, human rights activist, social worker and teacher.

She is best known as the wife of the famous Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. By birth she was British but later adopted Islam and Pakistan as her religion and country. She married Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the 1930s. They had two daughters.

After her death, Habib R. Sulemani wrote in "The Dawn" newspaper, “During my decade-long stay in Lahore, as a silent observer of the literary-scene, I was fascinated by her life-story which made me believe that women are stronger than men and have an immense power and talent for reconciliation and bridging the gaps between two families or nations. Alys gave courage to many western women who were married to Pakistanis and now live here as citizens. Alys gave many sacrifices. Faiz Ahmad Faiz's life and poetry have influenced hundreds of thousands of people in one way or the other, but Alys has shaped his life and poetry. A study of Faiz, as a person and a poet, cannot be complete without a study of Alys. Rather I should say she needs a special treat on her own right as a writer and a poet.” [ [http://dawn.com/2003/03/18/letted.htm#2 "Dawn", March 18, 2003, Letters – A tribute to Alys Faiz] ]

External links

* [http://www.faiz.com Faiz Ahmed Faiz]
* [http://www.mushaira.org/ppage.php?poet_name=Faiz+Ahmed+Faiz Mushaira.org entry]

References

* [http://www.dawn.com/2003/03/13/top16.htm Dawn, March 13, 2003 – Alys Faiz passes away, By Nasir Jamal]
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1126779.ece Obituary] The Times, April 5, 2003: "Alys Faiz – Journalist whose ideals drew her to India, marriage, then Pakistan"
* [http://www.newsline.com.pk/NewsApr2003/inmemapr2003.htm Newsline (Pakistan), April 2003 – All About Alys] "I.A. Rehman, in a poignant remembrance, gives us an insight into the real Alys Faiz."


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