Ugandans have been advised to emulate Khwaju Shamsu-ud-Din Mohammad Hafez Shiraz, a man considered to be tge worlds greatest poet of all times.
The call was made by the Iranian Cultural Chancellor in Uganda, Hajji Mohammad Reza Ghezelsofla during the commemoration of the Hafez National Day that is celebrated every October12.
The event in Uganda was held at the Iranian Cultural Embassy in Uganda.
Khwaja Shamsu-ud-Din Mohammad Hafez Shirazi was born in 1325 in Shiraz. He worn himself title of ‘Hafez’ (memorizer) for having memorized the holy Quran at an early age.
During his lifetime in the 14th century, Mohammad Hafez composed melodious sonnets, intertwining a taste of Persian culture into his poetry.
Speaking at the event, Ghezelsofla said that even after his death, many literature experts consider Hafez as the greatest voice in the Persian Culture and mysticism and indisputable master of sonnet.
“The theme of his sonnets is spiritual, humanistic and understandable for the readers,his strong influence on the lives of Persian speakers can be found in the frequent use of his poems in Persian traditional music, visual arts and Persian calligraphy and in proverbs or sayings,” Ghezelsofla said.
He also revealed that the secret of Hafez’s success throughout centuries lies in the fact that he brought a kind of innovation of indifferent discourses of mysticism, love, philosophy and criticism.
Ghezesofla further revealed that Hafez’s life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-fourteenth century Persian writing more than any other author.
Mohammad Hafez died in 1389 but the collection of his sonnets in Divan-e Hafez is very popular in the Persian-speaking world.
Thousands of fans and enthusiasts visit the poet’s tomb, Hafezyeh, in Shiraz every October 12 to pay tribute because his works are widely considered as the essence of the Iranian Culture.
At the event, a string of cultural programs, including workshops, exhibits and book fairs, were also organized to mark the day.
The secret of Hafez’s success throughout centuries lies in the fact that he brought a kind of innovation of in different discourses of mysticism, love, philosophy and criticism.