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1911 Faiz Ahmed was born on February 13th in Kala Qadir, Sialkot, Punjab. Faiz’s mother was Sultan Fatima and father, Chaudhry Sultan Muhammed Khan, was an educated person who wrote the biography of Amir Abdul Rehman, the ruler of Afghanistan.
1915 Faiz started memorizing the Holy Quran at the age of four.
1916 Faiz started his formal education in the famous school of Moulvi Ibrahim Sialkoti, and learned Urdu, Persian and Arabic.
1921 Faiz was admitted to the Scot Mission High School in class IV.
1927 Passed his Matriculation Examination in the 1st Division from Murray College, Sialkot and during this period learnt Persian and Arabic from Allama Iqbal's teacher, Shamsul Ullama Moulvi Syed Meer Hasan and Professor  Yousuf Saleem Chishti, who tought Urdu.
1929 Start writing poetry in Urdu language.
1931 Faiz’s father died.
  Passed his B.A. (Honours) in Arabic from the Government College, Lahore.
1932 Passed M.A. in English from the Government College, Lahore.
1934 Passed his M.A. in Arabic in the 1st Division, from Oriental College, Lahore.
1935 Appointed lecturer English at M. A. O. College, Amritsar and then at Hailey College of Commerce, Lahore.
1936 Faiz started a branch of Progressive Writers' Movement in Punjab.
1938 Alys George went to India and met and fell in love with Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

In October Faiz married Alys and the ceremony was performed by Sheikh Abdullah, the Lion of Kashmir. Those who attended the ceremony included Dr MD Taseer.

1942 Under the instruction from the Communist Party of India joined the British Army as Captain and worked in the department of Public Relations in Delhi.

Was promoted to the rank of Major.

  First collection of verses Naqsh-e-Faryadi (Sorrowfull Pattern) was published.
1944 Was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
1947 Resigned from The British Army and returned to Lahore.
  On Febraury 4, the newspaper: Pakistan Times began regular publication with eight pages. The Quaid-i-Azam's name appeared under the masthead as founder , while the printline bore the names of Mian Iftikharuddin as publisher and printer and Faiz Ahmed Faiz as acting editor.The new publication played an undeniable role in energising League party workers , students and women. The newspaper began regular publication on 4 February 1947 with eight pages. The Quaid-i-Azam's name appeared under the masthead as founder , while the printline bore the names of Mian Iftikharuddin as publisher and printer and Faiz Ahmed Faiz as acting editor. Faiz also headed the editorial board of its sister publications, the Urdu daily Imroze and the literary and political weekly Lail-o-Nahar. Faiz was then only 37 years old. As the editor of the Pakistan Times, the English-language left-leaning newspaper from Lahore, he wrote on an array of issues from 1947 until his arrest in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case in 1951. All these publications part of the Progressive Papers Limited.
  August 14, British India was divided into India and Pakistan.
  Became editor of monthly magazine: ‘Adb-e-Latif’ and remained in this capacity till 1958.
  Became active in the newly formed Pakistan Trade Union Federation (PTUF). The PTUF was affiliated with the Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP), and he worked closely with other stalwarts like CR Aslam.

Became the Office Secretary of the Railway Workers Union which was established by Mirza Ibrahim.

  Daily Imroze was launched in the year. Maulana Charagh Hassan Hasrat and Faiz Ahmed Faiz were its editors.
1950 Faiz became a member of the World Peace Council.
1951 In March 9th, arrested for seditious activities under Safety Act and charged in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy case, and having borne the hardships of imprisonment for four years and one month in the jails of Sargodha, Montgomery (now Sahiwal), Hyderabad and Karachi, was released on April 2nd, 1955. Others arrested with him included Syed Sajjad Zaheer (General secretary of Communist Party of Pakistan) and about a dozen officers (ranking from major general to captain) and three civilians met at General Akbar Khan's house.
1953 While in prison, the Communist Part of Pakistan was banned.
  The year Dast-i Saba (Wind's Palm) was published, Faiz Ahmed Faiz had been in jail for almost two years. He would remain in jail for another two.
1954 Progressive Writers Association was also banned by the Pakistani government as a subversive organisation.

People’s Publishing House published Victor Kiernan’s first translations of a selection from Faiz. The book, Poems by Faiz, had the Urdu text, prepared by Kiernan’s closest collaborator, Nazir Ahmed, the well-known teacher in Lahore. It also had the Urdu transliterated into English, and then two translations, one literal and the other with flourishes.


After his release from prison, Faiz moved to London for a year.

1956 Attended the first Conference of Asian Writers in Delhi.
  Zindan nama, the third collection of verses published.
1958 Attended the Asian and African Writers Conference in Tashkent.
1959 Appointed as Secretary, Pakistan Arts Council and worked in that capacity till 1962.

Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn), a film directed by A.J. Kardar and script and lyrics penned by Faiz Ahmed Faiz released.

1962 Faiz was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize, the Soviet Union equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Despite the warnings of the pro-American military government not to accept the award, Faiz proceeded to Moscow to receive the award. Faiz was the first Asian poet, others awarded with Lenin Peace Award included WEB Du Bois, Fidel Castro, Pablo Picasso, Bertold Brecht, Pablo Neruda, Mahmoud Darwish, Salvador Allende, Kwame Nkrumah and Angela Davis. In accepting the Lenin Prize, Faiz said: "Every foundation you see is defective, except the foundation of love, which is faultless.” It takes moral courage to love even when you see the ugly face of tyranny, and have felt its heavy hand on your ...In accepting the Lenin Prize in Moscow in 1962, Faiz said: "Every foundation you see is defective, except the foundation of love, which is faultless.” It takes moral courage to love even when you see the ugly face of tyranny, and have felt its heavy hand on your personal self. Faiz demonstrates that moral courage. It is in this moral courage as well as the enduring value of love that one has to look for the greatness of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. However, Faiz was no social reformer.  

Meezan (Scales), a collection of critical articles on literature published.


Fourth collection of verse: A Hand Pressed Under a Stone was published


Returned from London and settled down in Karachi and was appointed as Principal, Abdullah Haroon College, Karachi.

1965 In the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, he worked in an honorary capacity in the Department of Information.
  Harf harf was published.
  Dast-e tah-e sang was published.
1971 Crosses on My Windows published.
  Poems by Faiz, translated by V.G. Kiernan was published.

Became chairman of the Arts Council of Pakistan.

1973 Attended the Asian and African Writers conference in Alma-ta.
1974 Faiz visited Bangladesh, as part of an official delegation as an advisor on culture. This visit prompted him to write ‘Hum ke thehre ajnabi’ (We who have been rendered strangers).
1975 Faiz awarded the Afro-Asian Literary prize.
  Rat di rat was published
1977 General Zia-ul-Haq came to power in a military coup. And imposed martial law. He unleashed reactionary and fascistic terror in the name of Nizam-e-Mustafa (Islamic system). The lives of many progressive individual unbearable in Pakistan.
1978 In February went into self-imposed exile for a period of five years. Faiz went to war-torn Beirut and worked with Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the editor of Lotus, the magazine of the Afro-Asian Writer’s Association.
  Sham-e shahri-yaran, was published.

Faiz penned one of his most famous poems: Dua (Prayer) directly challenging Zia’s military regime.

1980 Mere Dil, Mere Musaafir (My Heart, My Wanderer) was published. Faiz dedicated his book to the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.
1982 Left Beirut after Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Faiz came back to Lahore, Pakistan.
1984 Nuskha-Hai-Wafa, was published.
  Faiz died in Lahore on 20th November.
1985 Faiz Amman Mela was initiated an annual event to pay homage to Faiz.
1987 The True Subject: Selected Poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, translated Naomi Lazard was published.

Agha Shahid Ali translation of Faiz’s poems ‘The Rebel’s Silhouette’ was published.

1995 Revised edition of The Rebel's Silhouette: Selected Poems, translated by Agha Shahid Ali was published.
1988 Poems of Faiz Ahmad Faiz: A Poet of the Third World, translated by Mohammed Zakir, and M.N. Menai was published.
2002 Selected poems of Faiz Ahmad Faiz: With original Urdu text, roman and Hindi transliteration and poetical translation into English was published.
  100 poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, 1911-1984, edited by Sarvat Rahman was published.
2006 Culture And Identity: Selected English Writings of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Apr 26, the second International Faiz Ahmed Faiz Peace Festival took place in Toronto. Writers, poets and activists from the Greater Toronto Area and from around the world gathered to oppose the war and violence.

2011 Faiz Centenary celebrated in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America, including Britain.