The famous Urdu and Persian poet of India, Amir Ahmad Meenai
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 16th of the Islamic month of Sha'ban in 1244 AH, the famous Urdu and Persian poet of India, Amir Ahmad Meenai, was born in Lucknow. He started writing poems as of the age of 15 years. He had studied logic, law, geography, mathematics, medicine, history, religion, music, philosophy and wrote some 50 books in Urdu and Persian.
His works in prose and verse are simple and delicate. He joined the court of Wajed Ali Shah of Oudh, and after the British overthrew the dynasty of Iranian Naishapuri origin, he moved to the court of the Nawab of Rampur, where lived the rest of the life, before travelling to Haiderabad-Deccan in the south where he died at the age of 76. Meenai helped popularise the na’t genre in Urdu poetry and the popularity of his poems in this fields in praise of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) proved to be a trend-setter among other poets.
His works “Khayaban-e Aafrinish”, “Noor-e Tajalli” and “Abr-e Tajalli” deal with the birth and life of the Prophet in both poetry and prose. His ghazals and mathnawis were published in two volumes titled “Miraat-ul Ghaib” and “Sanam Khana-e- Ishq”.