By: Arshad Dijoo
Budgam: Life foundation Charari Sharief Monday released “Rupwan” a poetic collection of Assadullah Afaqi on his eighth death anniversary here on Monday in presence of an August gathering.
The book release coincided with the marking of “Afaqi Day” held on every death anniversary of the noted poet, writer and expert on Sheikh ul Aalam (RA) studies.
The book release function was attended by Professor Farooq Fayaz, Professor GN Khaki, GN War, Professor Zaman Azurda, Professor Shaad Ramzan, Muhammad Amin Bhat, Ali Muhammad Ehsan, Bilal Ahmed Pampoori, Dr Gazanfar Ali, Dr Aijaz Ashraf, Professor Bashar Bashir, Dr Javid Ahmed Wani, GN Adfar amongst others.
Also the ‘Afaqi Award’-2021 was conferred upon GN Adfar for his life time achievements and contributions to Sheikh ul Alam (RA) studies.
The day commenced with the recitation of the verses of holy Quran by Life School students who later paid tributes to Assadullah Afaqi and made presentations on different sayings of Sheikh ul Alam in presence of an august gathering.
The best presenters were felicitated by the distinguished guests and presented momentos in presence of Nazrul Islam chairman Life Foundation Charai Sharief.
Assadullah Afaqi, a resident of Budgam district’s Charai Sharief was a renowned poet, writer, thinker, researcher and author of several books on Sheikh ul Alam (ra) having a chequered service career as an administrator and financial advisor in J&K government having also served as Chairman of Sheikh ul Alam Chair at Kashmir University.
He is survived by his spouse with three sons and two daughters.