Writer & Spoken Word Artist

Raheel Farooq

Raheel Farooq is a writer and spoken word artist based in Punjab, Pakistan. His first book titled Zaar (a collection of his Urdu poetry) was published in 2010. He takes keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between religion and science. His latest book, Why I Am a Muslim: And a Christian and a Jew, illustrates his approach towards the problem.

He is vociferous in support of tradition in Urdu ghazal. His poetry is known for its classic diction, idiomatic excellence and adherence to the legendary tradition of Indo-Iranian ghazal.

As a spoken word artist, Raheel’s debut album, Classics of Urdu Literature (Ghazal Poetry), has just been released in 2021. It contains a selection of the masterpieces of Urdu ghazal recited by him. He also blogs on internet’s first Unicode Urdu domain, اردو.com.