Amin-nu-Rahman, Moulana Aamir Usmani was a great author, critic, humourist, satirist and a poet. He was born in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India in 1920. His father's name was Matloob-u-Alam, who was an engineer by profession. Aamir was an Islamic scholar and student of Darul-Uloom-Deoband and also cousin brother of great Islamic Scholar Shabir Ahmad Usmani.
After finishing education from Deoband, he embarked on the business of kite making and selling. After failing to earn much from this job he learned the art of writing on glass.
Moulana also tried to use his pen in the field of Bollywood. It was Matloob-u-Alam who warned his son that he will not bring a single penny earned from the Bollywood. This was the reason that Moulana said goodbye to Bollywood and went to Deoband again.
In Deoband he started monthly magazine “Tajali” in Urdu. It is because of this magazine today whole world knows this legend.
Readers of “Tajali” still call back the monthly column “Masjid Se Maikhane Tak” in which Moulana not only criticized western civilisation, but he also openly criticized those scholars and Muslims who only focus on particular knowledge.
It is said that only to read the column of Moulana, readers used to buy the copy of monthly Tajali. Moulana Amir was a God-gifted poet. On April 13, 1975, he died in Pune after reading an Islamic poem “Khawab Jo Bikhar Gaye.”
Moulana being a Deobandi scholar defended Jamati-e-Islami at Deoband and also in other parts of India. This was none other than Moulana Aamir Usmani who answered and cleared the confusions of all those who wrote books and article against Moulana Madudi’s (Founder of Jamati-e-Islami) famous book “Khilafat wa Mulukiyat”.
He also answered all those who criticized the Revolutionary Commentary of Quran by Syed Mududi namely “Tafheemul Quran” and wrote the book “Tafheem-ul-Quran Per Aitirazaat Ki Ilmi Kamzorian”. This book to some extent cleared all confusions regarding “Tafheemul Quran”.
He is the person who hugged and acted as hero for Jamati-e-Islami in the palace were Maulana Madudi was known as Fitnah. He was the single person who defended Jamati-e-Islami and Maulana Madudi in Darul Uloom Deoband.
Legendary poet and Editor of Faraan Mahirul Qadiri wrote that, “Moulana Aamir was the sea of knowledge. Whenever Maulana Aamir argued or defended anything, he defended and argued on the basis of knowledge and powerful intellect. There was attraction, humour and satire in his writings. His monthly magazine Tajali was equally well filled with remarkable and revolutionary writings.”
It is unfortunate that there is a section of Urdu literature loving people who have no idea about some personalities who did miracles in the field of poetry and prose.
I would like to suggest the students of Urdu literature, not to only focus on Galib, Iqbal and Mir but there are also other poets and writers who deserve attention. One among these poets and writers is also Moulana Aamir Usmani.
Aamir Usmani as a writer not only contributed in the field of prose, but he also penned down a collection of poetry titled as “Yah Qadam Qadam Balaen.” This book can be counted as a masterpiece in the orbit of Islamic Adab.
When one reads his poem “Khawab Jo Bikhar Gaye” from the book, the reader’s eyes automatically turn moist because poem contains such warmth which forces to accept that he was really a great poet as well.
He also penned down “Shah nama-e-Islam Jadeed” following the demarcation of “Shahnama-e-Islam” written by Abul Asar Hafeez Jalandhari.
At last, I would like to share these verses from his poem “Khawab Jo bikhar Gaye”
Jinhe Seher Nigal Gayi, Wo Khawab Doondta Hou Mein
Kahaa Gayi Wo Neend ki Sharaab Doondta Hou Mein
Magan Tha Mein Ki Piyar Ke Bohot Se Geet Gawunga
Zubaan Gung Hogayi Galay Mein Geet Gut Gaye
Kati Huwi Hai Ungliya Rabaab Dhoondta Hu Mein
Jinhe Seher Nigal Gayi, Wo Khawab Doondta Hu Main