Doha 30 April 2018
Renowned Indian and Pakistani Urdu scholars,- Syed Muhammad Ashraf and Dr. Mazhar Mahmood Shairani have been named winners of the 22nd Aalmi Frogh-e-Urdu Adab Awards for the year 2018.
The annual awards instituted since 1996 by Qatar based world renowned literary organization, Majlis-e-Frogh-e-Urdu Adab (Forum Promoting Urdu literature) will be presented to the winners at a glittering ceremony in November this year.
2018 nominated awardee from India Syed Muhammad Ashraf was born on 8th July,1957 in Sitapur. He served in Government’s Indian Revenue Service and held the position of Income Tax Commissioner, Aligarh.
In recognition of his services in promoting of Urdu literature, Syed Mohammad Ashraf has been honoured with the highest literary awards in India including Sahitya Academy Award (2003), UP Urdu Academy Collective Services Award (2013), Madhya Pardesh Govt.’s ‘Iqbal Samman Award’ (2017) and ‘Katha award’ (1995).
Dr. Mazhar has compiled innumerable articles of Hafiz Mahmood Shairani spread over a number of different books, magazines and journals, in 10 heavy volumes, which were published by Majlis-e- Taraqqi Adab. He wrote his valuable footnotes over these books . These articles are invaluable asset to Urdu research and literature
Dr. Mazhar’s Ph.D. thesis also had great depth in it. He wrote it in two volumes about Hafiz Mahmood Shairani’s works, which is a guide for all Urdu research workers. This book was titled ” Hafiz Mahmood Shairani aur unki ilmi w adabi khidmat”.