Dr Rehan Azmi, a world-renown poet of mourning literature, passed away in Karachi at the age of 63. His family reported he’d been ill for a long time and was admitted to a private hospital in Karachi where his condition remained critical till he passed away. He was born in 1958 in Karachi, Sindh. His real name is Syed Rehan Abbas and he earned a BA Degree from Sirajuddaula College, Karachi.
Azmi was a reputable poet in the Shia community, as well as all Urdu-speaking groups in Pakistan. He was a great religious poet who wrote a number of naats and Qasidas such as, Khuwaab Se Tabeer Tak, Manzar Ba Manzar Karbala, Qalam Tor Dia and several more. He had the honour of being a ‘Guinness World record’ holder for the 7th speediest poetry writing in the world in 1997. He was associated with PTV for a long time as a singer, and penned more than 4,000 songs, including popular Pakistani song ‘Hawa Hawa Aye Hawa‘ sung by Hassan Jahangir and ‘Khushboo Ban Kay Mehak Raha Hai’.
His fans mourned and prayed as #RehanAzmi trended number 1 on Twitter.