A Mystic Poet


On 31 October 2010 on Late Urdu poet Zahid Laeeq’s 2nd Anniversary.



ON 2nd anniversary


Multilingual Mushehra/KaviDarbar



Janab Zahid Laeeq



Canadian Punjabi Cultural Association and Punjabi Sahit Sabha Abbotsford

Urdu poet Late Janab Zahid Laeeq, Chief Editor of International Multilingual SHAHPARA Canada passed away on 31 October 2008. Zahid Laeeq was the founder of Multilingual SHAHPARA monthly literary magazine and it was his passion of life. He started it within a year after coming to Canada in 2000. When he launched it first time it was in Urdu/Shahmukhi but within a year he made it multilingual – Urdu/Shahmukhi, Punjabi/Gurmukhi, Hindi/Devnagri and English/Roman. He wanted to see SHAHPARA as a shining star in Canada’s multicultural and multilingual mosaic.

Zahid Laeeq was a fine and sensitive mystic poet of Urdu and won hearts of Urdu/Punjabi/Hindi audience by singing his gazals in his golden voice. His poetry mostly gazals sound mystic-romantic dedications to some higher spirituality. He was a kind and carefree mystic ‘darwesh’ wherever he went wherever he read his poetry he touched the hearts of many. Whosoever is familiar with his poetry they know Zahid Laeeq used to be the life of every mushehra/kavidarbar in the Lower Mainland, and his absence is felt deeply each time by his admirers.

Zahid Laeeq publications included three books of poetry – “Ziaey Hira”, “Akas Barmala” in Shahmukhi and  “Aaks Barmala” in Gurmukhi (2007) was awarded with “Certificates of Congratulation” by Honourable MLA Dave Hayer on behalf of Provincial government for the contribution and dedication to Urdu-Punjabi literature in Canada.

On:    31 October 2010  At: 1:00- 4:00PM

At :    Progressive Community Centre

Unit #126 -7536, 130 Street Surrey

Surjeet Kalsey, Coordinator, Punjabi Sahit Sabha Abbotsford  604-526-2342.





On October 2nd Gandhi Jayanti   

Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi known as Mahatma Gandhi was born on 02 October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat India. He died on 30 January 1948 after accomplishing the struggle for India’s independence. Indian philosopher, writer, thinker and internationally esteemed for his doctrine of non-violence. Gandhiji was a great politician and spiritual leader of India.

Gandhiji said:

  • “Ahimsa (non-violence) is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full. We must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as humanly possible from violence.”
  • “Hatred ever kills, love never dies; such is the vast difference between the two.”
  • “Hate the sin and not the sinner”.
  • “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “Truth is the breath of my life. The only virtue I want to claim is Truth and Non-violence. I lay no claim to super human powers. I want none.”
  • “Humanity is the key to success.”
  • “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”
  • “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”
  • “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for Unity, Love and Peace.”
  • “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

(Remembering a great teacher)