Pray that the sorrow in your life is not so much as to destroy you and is not

so little that your eyes remain forever without tears.

–Sufi Poet Wasif Ali Wasif.

Wasif Ali Wasif was a teacher, writer, poet and sufi intellectual from Pakistan. He was famous for his unique literary style. He used to write short pieces of prose on topics like love, life, fortune, fear, hope, expectation, promise, prayer, happiness, and sorrow. He was a regular columnist of the Daily Nawa-i-Waqt. His first column was named “Muhabbat”. During his life most of his columns were combined to form books. He recited mystic poetry in Urdu and Punjabi languages. Probably no contemporary Urdu writer is more cited in quotations than he is. In his later years he used to answer questions in specially arranged gatherings in Lahore attended by the notable community. Some of these sessions were recorded in audio and were later published as talk series. His mehfils never had a set subject nor did he lecture on chosen topics. His way was to ask people if they had questions and then he responded to these in his highly original style. His work was centered on mysticism, spirituality and humanity all of which are very important for our decaying society today.