Fayżī, Abū al-Fayż “Fayżī” (later “Fayyāżī”) ibn Šayḫ Mubārak Nāgūrī d. 1004/1595
Abū al-Fayż “Fayżī” ibn Šayḫ Mubārak Nāgūrī passed most of his life in the service of the Mughal Emperor Akbar as a court poet and one of the emperor’s most trusted companions. He tutored at least one of Akbar’s sons and was included in “official deliberations and military expeditions”. Fayżī’s greatest literary talent lay in poetry. He attempted to compose a Ḫamsa
in imitation of the Ḫamsa
of Niẓāmī (see author 176), but was only able to finish two of the five poems. Among the two that were completed was Nal-Daman
, which is considered to be his best-known poem. Fayżī also produced a commentary on the Qur’an and translated a Sanskrit book on arithmetic at Akbar’s behest. It has been said that Fayżī composed 101 works, but only a handful are known or extant. Fayżī was the older brother of Abū al-Fażl “ʿAllāmī” ibn Mubārak (see author 7). He died in 1004/1595.
Vāqiʿāt is a series of letters written to the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the thirty-sixth year of his reign