Ghulam Farid Sabri
Ghulam Farid Sabri

Ghulam Farid Sabri along with his brother Maqbool Sabri were known as Sabri Brothers and earned much fame in Qawwali.”Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa”, “Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad” and “Taajdar-e-Haram” are some of their most acclaimed qawwalis.He belongs to a leading member of the Sabri Brothers, a leading qawwali group in Pakistan in the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s.He was also known as a Sufi mystic along with connected the Chishti Order.

Name:Ghulam Farid Sabri
In Urdu:غلام فرید صابری
Famous As:Qawwali Singer
Profession:Qawwali Singer
Member of :The Sabri Brothers
Connected to :The Chishti Order
Also Known as:Sufi Mystic
Awards : Pride of Performance Award
By:President of Pakistan
Place:Kalyana, Rohtak, British Punjab
Children:5 Sons including Amjad Farid Sabri and 6 Daughters
Parents:Inayat Sabri (Father)
Siblings :Maqbool Ahmed Sabri (Brother)
Date:5 April 1994
Rest Place:Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation(s):Qawwali Singer
Genres:Qawwali, Ghazal, Sufi music
Professional Work
Years Active:1946–1994
Instruments:Vocals, harmonium

Qawwali SingerSufi mysticPakistani Famous QawwalMember of Sabri BrothersWhile Singing Qawwali


Ghulam Farid was born in Rohtak a village in Indian Punjab, back in 1930.His family belongs to the Sabriyya order of Sufism, which is why he has the surname Sabri.He was migrated to Karachi after Partition. He began training in qawwali under his father Inayat Sabri, who was also a renowned musician.Ghulam Farhid Sabri was a legendary Qawwal singer, and a member of the Sabri Brothers group, led by him and his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. After his death, his son Amjad Farid Sabri took over the family tradition until his own death in 22 June 2016.[1]  Biography 


The qawwal was just 16 when he delivered his first performance, at the urs of Mubarak Shah in Kalyana, India. After relocating to Karachi, Ghulam Farid and his brother Maqbool got together and soon came to be known as the acclaimed Sabri brothers who introduced a new, raw side of qawwali in Pakistan.Their careers took off soon after Ghulam Farid released his 1958 qawwali Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa. Thereafter, the duo delivered success after success, with qawwalis such as Sarela Makan Se Talab Hui, Bhardo Jholi Meri, Saqia aur Pila and Tajdar-e-Haram, amongst many others.[2]  Career 

Sabri Brothers

Ghulam Farid Sabri was one of the most versatile Qawwali singers of modern times and, as one of the Sabri Brothers, the first to bring this devotional music, invented by medieval Sufi poets and mystics, to audiences in the West. With his younger brother, Maqbool, he composed and performed several Indian and Pakistani film scores in the Qawwali style, had recorded hits and began the poetic embassies from the subcontinent to the expatriate Indo- Pakistani populations of the United States and Britain.


Though the repertoire of the Sabri brothers was substantially devotional and one of their biggest recorded hits was ‘Tajdaar-e- haram’ (‘King of Medina’); a hymn to Muhammad, it included love lyrics and Qawwalis which could be construed as Sufi defiance of orthodoxy.[3]  Tajdaar-e-Haram 

Golden Era

The Sabri brothers formed the golden era of qawwali in Pakistan. Even today, some of our villages have a tradition to start their day by listening to the voice of Ghulam Farid Sabri,” folk singer Shoukat Ali told The Express Tribune. Time passes and we forget those who have passed away too. But that’s not the case with Ghulam Farid…people are still listening to Tajdar-e-Haram. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed forever.

Sher Ali and Meher Ali

Another renowned qawwal duo, Sher Ali and Meher Ali, claimed that the very history of qawwali in Pakistan kick started with the Sabri brothers. “There may be many people who listen to or sing qawwali but its true followers will know that only three names matter in the genre: Ghulam Farid Sabri, Nusrat Fate Ali Khan and Sher Ali and Meher Ali,” they said, jointly. “Amongst us, Ghulam Farid was the most popular as he introduced qawwali in Pakistan. After him, Amjad was taking his music further but he was also martyred. We salute the services the Sabri family had made to qawwali,” they added.

Introduction of qawwali

Musician Mohsin Raza echoed similar sentiments. “It wasn’t just Pakistan Ghulam Farid introduced qawwali to but the rest of the world too. He was just as popular abroad as he was in Pakistan and his style was unique and impressive, hesaid. “Such greatness comes once in centuries and his work will remain an asset to Pakistan forever.”

Famous Qawwalis

Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa, Bhardo Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad and Taajdar-e-Haram, are some of their most acclaimed qawwalis.[4] Famous Qawwalis The Sabri brothers sang in every language available to Qawwali, from the traditional Urdu to Persian, Poorbi, Punjabi and Sindhi.


Ghulam Farid Sabri died on 5 April 1994 in Liaquatabad, Karachi following a massive heart attack.The night before he died, Sabri was discussing a tour of Germany later this year. His appearances in Britain and the United States set a pattern and began to build an audience for what has now come to be known as ‘World Music’. Following the Sabris to London and the US came other Pakistani Qawwals, the most famous of whom is Nusrat Fatch Ali Khan.Haji Ghulam Farid leaves behind him five sons, six daughters and a legacy to an art that he assisted in making international.His funeral was attended by approximately 40,000 mourners.

List of Qawwalis

  1. Mera Koi Nahi Hai Tere Siva (Rehman Ramdan)
  2. Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad
  3. Mera Koi Nahi Hai
  4. Phir Dikha De Haram 
  5. Savere Savere – Live Version 
  6. Balaghal Ulla Be Kamale Hi 
  7. Ban Gayi Baat 
  8. Bhar Do Jholi Meri 
  9. Jis Ne Madine Jana 
  10. Saqia Aur Pila 
  11. Bar Sabil E Dil Farsi 
  12. Kash Yeh Dua Meri 
  13. Khasa E Khasane Rasool 
  14. Ramzan Aa Gaya 
  15. Rok Leti Hain Aap Ki Nisbat
  16. Karam Mangta Hoon
  17. Mein Qabar Andheri Mein
  18. Tauba Qabool Ho Meri
  19. Ya Rab Meri Soi Hui Taqdeer 
  20. Ajmeer Ke Wali 
  21. Kaabe Ki Raunaq 
  22. Kaisa Lage Ga 
  23. Mere Liye Har Gulshan E Rangeen 
  24. Sare Lamakan Se Talab 
  25. Savere Savere 
  26. Tajdar e Haram 
  27. Allah Hoo
  28. Karam Karam Gharib Nawaz 
  29. Karam Yeh Mujh Pe Hamesha 
  30. Khabram Rasida (Farsi) 
  31. Salle Alla Subhan Allah 
  32. Taiba Ke Janey Waley 
  33. Ya Ali Maula Ali Mushkil Kasha 
  34. Kaabe Ki Raunaq – 2nd Version 
  35. Lal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bhala 
  36. Sakhi Lajpal Ho Sarkar 
  37. Tajdar-E-Haram Ho Nigha-E-Karam 
  38. Deewana Deewana Khawaja Ka 
  39. Haleema Gaud Mein Teri
  40. Allah Allah Allah 
  41. Andhere Ke Dil Main Chirag-e-Mohabbat 
  42. Main Nazar Karo Jaan-e-Jigar 
  43. Touloh-e-Seher Hau Sham-E-Galander 
  44. Sare La-Makaan Se 
  45. Ya Muhammad SAW 
  46. Dua
  47. Ya Mustafa 
  48. Meri Tauba Qabool 
  49. Morey Angna 
  50. Ya Muhammad Noor-e-Mujasam 
  51. Utho Rindo Piyo Jaam-e-Qalandar[5] List of Qawwalis