By Bayan Nalubwama
Ugandans on Tuesday joined Iranians living in Uganda to pay tribute to a great Persian poet Khwaja Shamsu-ud-Din Mohammad Hafez Shirazi on Hafez National Day that is celebrated every October 12.
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.
During the celebration of Iran’s great poet, Mohammad Reza Ghezel Sofla, the Cultural Counsul of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda revealed 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,” he said
Adding: “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.”
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.
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.