|Birth Day:||June 29, 1914|
|Death Date:||May 11, 1974 (age 59)|
As per our current Database, Majeed Amjad died on May 11, 1974 (age 59).
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He studied Persian and Arabic at a Punjab mosque and later entered Islamia College in Lahore. He published his debut poetry collection, Shab-e-Rafta, in 1958.
Amjad was born on 29 June 1914 in Jhang, a small town in the Pakistani province of Punjab. He was taught by his maternal grandfather. Then for a few years he studied Arabic and Persian at a local mosque before enrolling in first grade in a government school. He obtained his Matriculation certificate in the first division from Islamia High School, Jhang. Two years later he completed his Intermediate exam, also in the first division from Government College, Jhang. Later he moved to Lahore for higher education that was not available in Jhang. He eventually received his bachelor's degree in 1934 from Islamia College, Lahore.
During the great depression economic opportunities were limited even for educated people like Amjad, who returned to Jhang and joined a weekly newspaper named Arooj. He remained as an editor of the newspaper until 1939 and regularly published his own prose and poetry. At the advent of the Second World War, a poem of his against the British Empire was printed on the front page of Arooj and he was forced to leave the newspaper. After that he found a job as a clerk in the Jhang District Board. In 1944, the government set up a civil supplies department to ration food and clothing. He passed an entrance exam and joined this department and served on with the Food Department until his retirement in 1972. He lived in many small and large towns all over Punjab during his employment with the Food Department including Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Gojra, Muzaffargarh, Rawalpindi,Arifwala, Lahore and Montgomery. In 1939 he married his cousin, a school teacher, but they had different opinions and divorced. Amjad lived the last 28 years in Sahiwal, while his wife stayed in Jhang. He died on 11 May 1974.
Amjad's first collection of poetry, Shab-e-Rafta, was published in 1958 for which he wrote a preface in verse. This was published by Naya Idara in Lahore and was the only collection published in his lifetime even though he had written steadily throughout his life. After his death, the manuscripts of his unpublished poetry were preserved by Javaid Qureshi who was then the deputy commissioner of Sahiwal. In 1976, Javaid Qureshi and others published a second collection of his poetry titled Shab-e-Rafta Ke Baad. It was not until 1989 that the Urdu critic Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya edited and published a complete collection of his works called Kuliyat-e-Majeed Amjad. Samira Gilani has published several articles on Majid Amjad's poems at the universities of Tehran and Punjab.
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