Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai
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Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai
17 May 1917|
|Died||15 January 2017|
|Occupation||Scholar, writer, poet|
Early life [ edit ]
He was born in 1917 in Hyderabad Hunza, to a Burushaski speaking religious family. In his early childhood, he was inclined towards the esoteric meanings of Islam. He was inspired by the preachings and teachings of Pir Nasir Khusraw.
Allamah Nasir was also a Sufi poet and writer. He has written numerous books on the topics of the Quran, Islam, Sufism, Isma'ilism and spirituality in general. His books have been translated into English, French, Swedish, Persian, Turkish and Gujarati. He is the first person to have a Diwan of poetry in Burushaski, his mother tongue, and is known as "Baba-i Burushaski" (Father of Burushaski) for his services to that language. He also composed poetry in three other languages: Urdu, Persian and Turkish. His contribution to spiritual science is widely recognised.
The former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf conferred upon Nasir al-Din Hunzai the award of Sitara-i-Imtiaz on 23 March 2001 in recognition of his outstanding services in the fields of literature and scholarship. He developed the first Burushaski-German dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany. He had worked with a group of volunteers from Gilgit-Baltistan in the development of the first Burushaski-English dictionary in association with Heidelberg University, Germany.
Lifetime Achievements [ edit ]
In his 100 years life, overcoming a lack of secular education in the isolated mountain fastness of Hunza, Northern Areas of Pakistan, he left a legacy of over a hundred books related to the esoteric interpretation of the Quran. He has written both prose as well as poetry. He is the first person to have a Diwan of poetry in Burushaski, his mother tongue, which is a language isolated and is known as "Baba-yi Burushaski" (Father of Burushaski) for his services to it. He has composed poetry in three other languages: Persian, Urdu and Turkish. He coined the term "Spiritual Science" and his contribution to it is widely recognized. His work includes "The Wise Quran and the World of Humanity", "Book of Healing" "Practical Sufism and Spiritual Science", "Balance of Realities" and "What is Soul?". He co-authored a German-Burushaski Dictionary with Professor Berger of Heidelberg University and ""Hunza Proverbs" with Professor Tiffou of University of Montreal, Canada. He collected and provided the material for a Burushaski-Urdu dictionary, prepared by the Burushaski Research Academy (BRA) and published by Karachi University. He is a recipient of "Sitarah-yi Imtiaz" awarded by the government of Pakistan for his contribution to Literature.
Death [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- Hunzai, Allama Nasir Al-Din Nasir (2017). Precious Treasure. Pakistan: Institute of Spiritual Wisdom and Luminous Science. p. 1. ISBN 9781903440575.
- "Allama Nasir-al-Din Nasir Hunzai has passed away". Pamir Times. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
- Hunzai, Imran (6 February 2017). "Father of Burushaski language laid to rest in his hometown of Hyderabad, Hunza". GBee News. Retrieved 6 February 2017.