Professor of Urdu (1966-1971)
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Prof. Inayat Ali Khan joined Cadet College Petaro
in 1966 to teach Urdu and left in 1971.
He was born on 13 April 1935 at the princely
state of Tonk in United India, and married Mrs.
Fatima on 1 September 1965 in Hyderabad Sindh.
They had 5 children - (late) Mazhar Ali Khan,
Arshad Ali Khan, Ayesha, Athar Ali Khan and
Amongst all my teachers, the one who had a deep
impact on my thought process was none other than
Prof. Inayat Ali Khan.
His father was a Customs inspector in Tonk and his
grandfather was a police inspector. Soon after the
partition of India and Pakistan in August 1947, the
Nawab of Tonk opted to accede to the Union of India, and
the state of Tonk was integrated into the Rajasthan
Sahib's father then took a decision to move to Pakistan,
and a year later the family moved, coming by train via
Rajasthan to Munabao and then crossing over to Pakistan.
It was the day of Eid ul Adha, i.e. 13 October 1948.
They settled down in Hyderabad Sindh.
years prior to their moving to Pakistan, the situation
was rather disturbed, and the young Inayat Ali Khan
could not get an opportunity to have formal education.
It was only after their move to Hyderabad that he was
admitted to a formal school. Initially he studied for a
few months at Jami'ah Arabiya, which then made it
possible for him to get admission to the Govt. High
School Hyderabad in Class 6. He passed his Matric (Arts)
examination from there in 1955.
after passing his Matric, he started to work and also
joined City College Hyderabad taking evening classes. He
passed his Intermediate in 1957 and B.A. in 1959. He
then sat privately for B.Ed. and M.A. Urdu examinations
while he continued to work. Despite his heavy work
schedule, he obtained first position in M.A. Urdu in
his degrees in hand, he finally got his first job with
the Govt. of West Pakistan in the Education Dept in
1963. He was first posted to Khairpur and then
transferred to Hyderabad for a short while. In 1965 his
job was confirmed and he was posted out to Gujjar Khan
in the Punjab area. A year later, Prof. A.A. Faruqui
coaxed him into joining Cadet College Petaro, which he
did in 1966.
he was at Petaro, he was also one of the coaches for
cricket in addition to being one of the popular Urdu
teachers. His students remember him with great fondness
for his teaching style and humbleness.
stay at Petaro was relatively short. He worked full time
until 1969, and then took leave to join Tameer-e-Nau
School in Sukkur at the request of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Likewise, he contested a seat during the 1970 national
elections on Jamaat-e-Islami ticket, but he could not
1971, he formally left Petaro and became the Principal
of Ghazali College Hyderabad. Unfortunately, in 1972 all
educational institutions were nationalized by the
government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and Ghazali College
was one of them. This brought an end to his career with
this college towards the end of 1972.
early 1973, he then joined Muslim College Hyderabad as
professor of Urdu and worked there for nearly 25 years
when he took retirement in 1997.
he was still at Muslim College Hyderabad, he had the
opportunity to teach at Islamia English School in Abu
Dhabi for 3 months. He also taught CSS classes at Sindh
Inayat Sahib was my Urdu teacher. I was very weak in
Urdu language, and was therefore relegated to the ďsalees
UrduĒ class. It was our fortune that Inayat Sahib
was assigned the task of bringing us up to speed.
point I would like to make here is that it was Inayat Sahibís
thought process, his behaviour, his attitude, and his
simplicity that had a tremendous lasting impression on me. He was
the epitome of humbleness, and he was a true reflection of the
characteristics demanded of a Muslim.
continued to correspond with Inayat Sahib even after I left
Petaro while I was in Turkey and the USA. During the summer of 1973, I
was visiting Pakistan from Boston. By then, I had become
deeply involved with Muslim community activities at MIT. I
traveled from Karachi to Hyderabad especially to meet Inayat
Sahib. Hafeez (kit no. 542) accompanied me. And we sat at Inayat
Sahibís house for probably more than 6 hours trying to solve
the problems of the world. Those were the days of idealism.
And Inayat Sahib was also relatively young and full of vigor.
I met him was more than 28 years later at the great reunion of
my batch mates in 2001. What a man! He had not changed at
all. The same simplicity, the same demeanor, the same
humbleness! All of this despite the fact that over the years
he has gained fame as a satirist and a poet of national
stature. His books and poems are worth reading. He
has been in great demand on TV shows, seminars, mushairas, and
other gatherings. He charges up his audiences with his
has multifarious facets. He is a master of satire which is
aimed at the problems of our society and our attitudes. He
addresses issues of social behaviour and realities of life
that have brought deterioration in the life of the common man
in Pakistan. At the same time, he also tries to point towards
solutions from within the ambit of Muslim thought and
education. He has also written poems of Hamd (praise of Allah)
and Naat (praise of the Prophet). His ghazals are also quite
popular. Most of his poetry is in very simple Urdu that goes
directly to the heart of the common man.
involvement with public life goes back to the 1960s. He
started doing programs on Radio Pakistan since 1965. These
included children's programs, music programs, and religious
programs. Since 1975, he has been a star on mushairas (poetry
reading sessions) on Pakistan TV, which continues to this day.
popularity for his poetic skills went beyond Pakistan. He has
been invited and sponsored several times by Pakistanis abroad
to visit them and recite his poetry. This took him to Oslo
(Norway), India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Doha
and many other places.
Inayat Sahib's admirers
have created a website where one can read his poems and also
download the recitations of these poems in his own voice. The
website is www.inayaat.com.
published five collections of his poems - "Az raah-e-Inayat",
"Inaayaat", "Inayat Nama", "Inayaten kya laayen" and "Kulliyat-e-Inayat".
The last book is the combination of the first four works.
has also been one of the key writers of text books on Urdu,
History and Islamiyat which were published by the Sindh
Textbook Board. He has authored over a dozen titles.
During the Golden Jubilee
celebrations of CCP, Inayat Sahib was a star when he delivered
his speech in prose and poetry on 24 February 2007. Please
click on the following links to see his presentation:
Allah grant Inayat Sahib a long life with health!