Rais Amrohvi

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Syed Muhammad Mehdi, known as Rais Amrohvi (or Raees Amrohvi) (رئیس امروہوی) (1988-1914) was a noted scholar, Urdu poet andpsychoanalyst from Pakistan.

He was born on September 12, 1914 in Amroha, India, in a notable family of scholars. Almost all the members of his family were poets. He migrated to Pakistan on October 19, 1947 and settled in Karachi.

He was known for his unique style of Qatanigari (quatrain writing). For decades he penned quatrains for Pakistan’s daily newspaper Jang. He also supported the Urdu language and the Urdu-speaking people of Pakistan.

He established an institution called Raees Academy which trained people for the improvement of their emotional and moral well being.

He penned a number of books on metaphysics, meditation, and yoga. He also tried to produce a standard Urdu translation of the Bhagavad Gita. He was assassinated on September 22, 1988, reportedly by a religious fanatic.