Ibn-e-Safi’s novels are gems of Urdu literature

This was a long overdue post and was delayed due to unavoidable reasons. The seminar on Ibn-e-Safi was held in Delhi sometime back.

Eminent Urdu scholar from Germany, Christina Oesterheld said that the characters of Ibn-e-Safi’s novels live a Western lifestyle but are quintessentially Oriental when it comes to their behaviour towards women.

The main characters Imran and Faridi don’t look at women as an object of sex, rather for them a woman is a symbol of purity and dignity. They treat her as equal in all regards. Dr Christina, who is the senior lecturer at Institute of South Asian Studies, Heidelberg, Germany regretted that Ibn-e-Safi’s writing was not given enough attention in comparison to so-called serious literature.

Ibn-e-Safi

The Sahitya Akademi president Dr Gopi Chand Narang questioned why ‘Jasoosi Adab’ is not considered literature and if it is not literature then why the word ‘adab’ (literature) is attached to it, during such seminars. He said that Ibn-e-Safi was published in Devanagari and Bengali as well, and rather than ignoring his works, there is need to change our own attitude.

Professor Akhtarul Wasey said that Ibn-e-Safi not only taught Urdu to a generation but also taught us nuances of language, story plot and an understanding of the world, especially the third world countries. He said that Ibn-i-Safi B.A. had indicated several things in the 60s and 70s which we are witnessing today.

The participants said that the novels of Ibn Safi are gems of Urdu literature. Often in serious literature the readers is left detched and searching for answers, which is not the case in his novels. And they are serious nonetheless on another plane as the satire is unmistakeable.

Another famous litterateur, Izhar Asar, who has written hundreds of novels and considered a pillar of ‘popular literature’, attended the seminar, which was held under the aegis of Urdu Acdemy. Yunus Dehlvi, Khalid Mahmood, Dr Sadiq, Shabana Nazeer, Najma Rahmani, Kifayat Dehliv, Sheen Kaf Nizam, MR Qasmi, Abu Bakr Abbas, M Arif Iqbal, Arujumand Ara, Maula Bakhsh, Seemab Sultanpuri and Moin Shadab were amongst the other participants.

Interestingly, later at a seminar in Mumbai, legendary Urdu writer Intizar Husain, who apparently tried to shock the audience with the comment that he ‘had neither read Ibn Safi nor felt he was important enough‘, invited flak for his comments. There was severe criticism of the comment on the stage itself. Several litterateurs reminded Intezar Hussain that though one may be entitled to his personal views, and his literary status apart, Ibn Safi can’t be simply dismissed as just another writer.

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57 Responses

  1. For more details on Ibne Safi visit my Website http://www.ibnesafi.info.

    I know you have already visited the site because Ibne Safi’s photograph is taken from the same website.

  2. You are sadly mistaken. The photos of Ibn-e-Safi are available at http://www.compast.com/ibnesafi/images/ibnesafi43.jpg

  3. i want more and mro about ibne safi pls tell me about his son ahmadsafi

    thanku

    masood asim

  4. my self shahnawaz and my request is that you should release ibne safi sahabs novels on the internet.
    please…………….

  5. i have read almost all the novels of ibn-e-safi.Mr safi is a great writer….who is this intezar hussain….who is this intizar husain.. i have never read Intizar husain and nor intend to in future..he seems to be a NUT.

  6. You can read novels of Ibn a Safi Jasoosi Duniya at http://www.jasoosiduniya.com.

  7. Thanks for this article. I pay my respect to this great soul. I learnt Urdu from his books. I read some of them atleast 10 times or more. I enjoyed knowing all his character. It was the might of his pen that depicted all the characters so very well that they all looked real life drama. I liked the Alfanse series the most. Zulmat ka devta, Jonk ki wapsi, sholon ka naach. wow they were all great

    best wsihes
    anser azim, Chicago

  8. i want all of ibne safi collection of jasoosi duniya in hindi how can i get that. i live in Gorakhpur. please reply on my mail id

  9. my mail id is zendercage2007@rediffmail.com

  10. I LIKE THIS WEBSITE

  11. Theres an old man laying on the beach naked
    and a little girl was pasing buy she stops and
    stairs at the man and asked mister what is that.
    the man says what the little girl says that between
    your legs the man says oh that well the thing
    that is standing is the bird the two things
    on the side are the eggs and the thing around
    it is the nest ok the old man asked her to leave
    so he can get some sun he falls asleep when
    he wakes up there are peramedics around him
    he asked what happen the peramedic said ask
    the little girl the old man calls her over
    what happen the little girl said when you went
    to sleep I tryed to make the bird fly I pulled
    and pulled but he got big and spit at me so
    I kicked the bird smashed the eggs and burnd
    the nest.

  12. Sir,

    How can we get all the gems together written by Ibn Safi, I would like to keep all the Jasoosi novel in Lib

    Thanks

  13. All the Novels of ibne safi are being published again in volumes. Till now 25 volumes have been published. you can purchase them from the following address:
    Farid Book Depot(Pvt.) Ltd.
    2158, M.P.Street, Patudi House, Darya Ganj, New Delhi-2.
    email : farid@ndf.vsnl.net.in

    Osman Traders
    Alkareem Market, Main Kareem Street,
    Urdu Bazaar, Lahore.

  14. Any body know how can i read Ibnesafi imran series online???

  15. i am a fan of ibne safi. i want to read novels of jasoosi dunya.Please tell me the site from where i can download these novels- najma

  16. I’ve been reading late Ibne safi’s novels for the last fifty years and am his great fan.Own
    nearly all his books although some of them are in a very bad state.It will be a great idea as well as a great tribute to his soul if his books are translated in English.I don’t know
    whom to contact for permission and formalities etc but people maybe interested to do the job.
    I congratulate u for starting this site.Thanks
    AHQuraishi

  17. R/sir
    I belong from a urdu speaking family.But i learn urdu by ibn.e.safi’s novels.IBN.E.SAFI IS GREAT. His characters are great his novels are great.iread his novels 20 to 25 time and all time i enjoy new taste .

  18. I want to purchase all the books written By Ibne Safi in Hindi. Where from I can get the same. Plinform.

  19. Assalamu Alaikum
    I started reading Jasoosi Novels from Imran Series by Mazhar Kaleem M.A, almost 10 years ago and by that time I never read any books by Ibne Safi. I just started reading Ibne Safi’s novels a year ago and I will say He is the Man, “IS” because he is still alive because of his work. His novels are real Jasoosi and Mystery based. Mazher Kaleem is more action based.
    I know a few websites for free online Ibne Safi’s novels,
    http://jasoosi_novel.sitesled.com/
    http://www.imranseries.com/
    http://www.jasoosiduniya.com/JD/default.aspx
    Wassalam

    • how dare u fool people with these spam sites u should be ashamed of urself by trying to fool people in the name of literature and ibne safi ..
      SHAME ON YOU !!!

  20. I have read all the Jasoosi Duniya in Hindi
    some of them more than 10 times

    He is my favorite writer.
    I think he was one of the greatest writers in the world.

    I want to purchase the entire collection in Hindi. Please let me know where I can get them. e-mail : saini62@emirates.net.ae

  21. I salute you all fans of great Ibne Safi. Fortunately i belong to his native place, Allahabad. The place of jasoosi duniya and Nikhat publications and of corse legendry Abbas husaini saab the renowned novelist.Though the son of Abbas husaini Mr Imtiyaz Haidar tried to carryon the legacy of Jasoosi Duniya by repeating and reprinting of novels but couldn’t do it for long.Anyway Ibne Safi is in memories of myriads of his fans through his immortal creations.
    I have a proposal for all there. Why we dont put all our collections of Ibney Safi at one place on the net. I have aroud 65 of his books.I may submit the title if someone wishes.
    You fellow fans can respond me at my id meraj@india.com

    • Hello Friend

      i am From Himachal india and having more than 100 hindi novels of ibne safi plz call me om 09418060454 or email at himinfo@yahoo.com

      Yogesh

      • i want hindi novels of ibne safi

        can u tell me where can i get them……

        plz plz plz

        with regards

  22. Salam,,,,
    sum1 of can help me i wan 2 read online imran series by mahzar kaleem ma plz plz plzzzzzz sum 1 of u can tell me hw i can ————— my idd is mishal_498@yahoo.it plz contact if u know abt sum web pages whre i can read imran series by mahzar saab hope u will never disappiont me

  23. Salam,,,,
    sum1 of u can help me i wan 2 read online imran series by mahzar kaleem ma plz plz plzzzzzz sum 1 of u can tell me hw i can ————— my idd is mishal_498@yahoo.it plz contact if u know abt sum web pages whre i can read imran series by mahzar saab hope u will never disappiont me

  24. IBN-E-SAFI. ONE OF THE FAVOURITE WRITER OF MINE.I LEARNT MOST OF THE URDU FROM HIS NOVELS.I READ MOST OF HIS BOOKS AND I AM ADDICTIVE NOW. I CAN’T SLEEP WITHOUT IBN-E-SAFI’S NOVELS. WHO IS INTEZAR HUSSAIN…HOW DARE HE SAID BAD WORDS ABOUT WOLRD GREATEST AND IMMORTAL CREATURE(IBN-E-SAFI). GREAT PERSONS NEVER DIE..AND ALWAYZ LIVE IN OUR MINDS.
    MAZHER KALEEM(MA) AND OTHER WRITERS WHO WRITING IMRAN SERIES ARE BEING SURVIVING BECAUSE OF IBNE-E-SAFI’S CHARACTERS.

  25. Hi,
    Is there any Hindi/English version of Ibn e Safi sahab is available on internet?can any body please help me out? I’ll be very thankfull.

    Please mail me on my below ID
    asfar8@gmail.com

  26. Dear All!
    Visit http://www.ibnesafi.info, a great website by M Hanif Sahab – read my article while clicking essays – urdu essays – There u will find “Qalam ka Qarz” – Plz rwad and send me mail at zest70pk@gmail.com

    RASHID ASHRAF
    Chemical Engineer
    Working in an Oil Refinery in KARACHi – PAKISTAN

  27. I want all Ibne Safi’s Collection of Jasoosi Dunia in Hindi Version. Where I can find them let me know please because they are gems of all time mystery novels. feel free to contact us at my email ramesh_rafi@rediff.com or at my mobile no. +91 09810282068

  28. WE ALL WANT TO READ IBNE SAFIS COLLECTION IN HINDI.HOW TO GET HIS COLLECTION IN HINDI .IT IS VERY SAD HIS WORKS AVAILABLE ONLY IN URDU. ANY HELP ANY IDEA PL MAIL.
    ramsinny@yahoo.in

  29. Salam,
    sum1 of u can help me i wan 2 read online imran series by Ibn-e-Safi ma plz plz plzzzzzz sum 1 of u can tell me hw i can write my idd is aamirrahman@yahoo.com.it plz contact if u know abt sum web pages whre i can read imran series by Ibn-e-Safi saab hope u will never disappiont me.

  30. Six Novels of Ibn-e-Safi (3 Imran + 3 Jasoosi Dunia) and One Tanz o Mazah Book (Shetan Sahib) is online on urdu library website http://www.kitaabghar.com

    The plus point of this site is, the font is excellent and very easy to read.

    Hassan

  31. A huge free collection of Ibn-e-Safi Novels completely free

    http://imranseriesnovels.welive.ws/
    http://jasoosi-duniya-novel.welive.ws/

  32. I want that u will make a list of the character list in such a way that how did IMRAN get JOSEPH? Instantly the answer was challis iak bawan,similary THANDI AAG was the answer of faridi&hameed, larkal ka janjal, kamtali ka maidan, in one of the novel,Imran had his lunch in a hotel, name was MASTAN HOTEL,in 1974 we the friends were in CALCATTA, WE FOUND A MASTAN HOTEL,FOODS WERE VERY NICE, ALL THE SERVENTS & OWNER ALL THEY WERE FANS OF IMRAN & AHMED KA MAL FARIDI address of the hotel is H-6, NEW MARKET, S. S. HOGG STREET . CALCATTA- 13. INDIA

  33. Ibn-e-Safi’s Novels are also free available at http://www.urdufans.com/

  34. All the people are saying that IBN-E-SAFI IS/WAS agreat writer,I DO AGREE, NO BODY IS SAYING THAT (BHAIGAN ISRAR)IS THE GREATEST TEACHER OF HIS TIME,WRITERS NEVER DIE, HE REMAIN IN HARTS OF THE PEOPLE,HE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT RULE TO TO BUILD THE CHARACTORS OF THE YONG PEOPLE ,WE DID NOT SMOKE,WE USED TO GO TO GIM,TRYING TO LEARN ALL SORTS OF THINGS,NEVER EVER WE TEASED THE GIRLS, NOR WE ALLOWED THE OTHERS TO DO SO MANY TIMES WE HAVE GANG FIGHT because we use to thik we are shadows of FARAIDE or IMRAN.ALLAH BHAI ISRAR KO GANAT-E-FERDOUS KAY MAQUAM MAY MAHFOOZ RAKHAY AUR DOZAK KE AAG UNPER HARAM HOO. AMEEN SUMA AMEEN.

  35. ibe safi is greatest writer in (jasoosi duniya)
    urdu world

  36. check ibne safi’s jasoosi Duniya at

    http://www.esnips.com/web/uzairxi-ibneSafiJasoosiDuniya

    site is updated regularly

  37. HI SIR, MUJHE IBN-E-SAFI KE NOVEL BAHOT PASAND HAI …. PLEASE PROVIDE ME.

  38. HI SIR, I LOVE IBN-SAFI’S NOVEL. PLEASE PROVIDE ME.

  39. Check my folder (Rashid Ashraf) at esnips for the following collection:
    (http://www.esnips.com/web/rashidashraf-jasoosi dunya folder dunya)
    1- Jasoosi Dunya Novels
    2- Rare pictures of Ibne Safi last days
    3- Obituary Articles on Ibne Safi’s death
    4- Obituary Poetry on Ibne Safi’s death
    5- Obituary letters on Ibne Safi’s death
    6- Aqeel Abbas Jafri Interview published in daily Ummat on 29-8-2008
    7- Comments on Qalam Ka Qarz by Rashid Ashraf
    8- Mr. Mubeen Ahsan Article on Ibne Safi
    9- Azhar Kaleem’s essay on Ibne Safi
    10- Jasoosi Dhunya Novel-85-Dhuyan Uuth Raha Tha

  40. see Ibne Safi’sGraves rare pictures at the following link:
    http://www.esnips.com/…/44f41153-7cd0-47a5-bbd5-329919f099bd

  41. An urdu blog especially for Ibn-e-Safi’s writings has been created at: blogspot dot com.
    ibnsafi dot blogspot dot com

  42. hi akhtar i am looking to download all tha
    novel written by ibne safi.
    can some one help me my mail id is
    xxx007smart@gmail.com

  43. STILL I AM SPELLBOUND, HOW CAN A PERSON WRITE SO
    SO MANY BOOKS.IN 30 DAYS TWO BOOKS. I AM A TEA
    CHR OF MATHEMATIC.I HAVE DELOPED A HABIT OF REA
    ING A BOOK OF BHAI ISRAR BEFORE SLEEPING WHEN I
    WAS A STUDENT OF CLASS 4.ICANT SLEEP WITHOUT READIN

  44. جناب ابن صفی کے لازوال کردار استاد محبوب نرالے عالم کے بارے میں تازہ مضمون پڑھنے کے لیے وزٹ کیجیے:
    http://www.ibnesafi.blogpost.com

    خیر اندیش
    راشد اشرف

  45. i want hindi novels of ibnesafi too.

    where can i get them….

  46. Urdu Adab Ibne Safi Saab ka ehsan kabhi nai bhula payega.. woh hamesha hamare zehno mai mehfooz rahenge…

  47. i want hindi novels of ibnesafi too.

    can u tell me where can i get them?????

    plz plz plz

    with regards

  48. I invite all ibne safi lovers to visit a non comemrcial site:
    http://www.wadi-e-urdu.com

  49. بہت دکھ ہوا،محترم انتظارحسین کی بے اعتنائی کے بارے میں جان کر
    سہیل احمد صدیقی
    Sohail Ahmed Siddiqui,
    Writer, Poet, Journalist, TV writer-cum-host
    Founding Editor, Haiku International

  50. انتظار حسین صاحب نے اپنی تازہ خودنوشت جستجو کیا ہے میں ابن صفی صاحب کا ذکر کرکے کچھ تلافی کی ہے

  51. Ap kiya gaye Gulshan hi lelegaye
    Urdu adab ki sari hansi sath Le gaye

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