He was born on January 1, 1950 in Indore to Rafatullah Qureshi, a cloth mill worker, and his wife Maqbool Un Nisa Begum. He was their fourth child. He did his schooling from Nutan School Indore from where he completed his Higher Secondary. He completed his graduation from Islamia Karimia College Indore in 1973 and has passed his MA in Urdu literature from Barkatullah University Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) in 1975. Equally competent in prose and poetry, Rahat was awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University of Madhya Pradesh in 1985 for his thesis titled Urdu Main Mushaira.
He started teaching Urdu literature in IK College, Indore. According to his students he was the best lecturer in the college. He became very busy with Mushairas and started receiving invitations from all over India and abroad. He quickly became a well-known figure in the world of Urdu literature. He was not only good at studies but was also the captain of the football and hockey team at school and college level. He recited his first sher in his college days when he was only 19. In those days his style of writing was surprising, advanced and had a freshness to it.
Awards – Some of the Awards amongst countless Honours – Honour, Embassy of India, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Honour, Jung News Paper Publications, Karachi, Pakistan – Mohd. Ali Taj Award, MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal – Maulana Mohd Ali Johar Award – Jamia old Boys Association, New Delhi – Adeeb International Award – Sahir Cultural Academy, Ludhiana – Haq Banarasi Award – Anjuman Nawa e Haq, Banaras – Sahitya Saraswat, Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag – Indira Gandhi Award, National Federation, Haldwani – Pradesh Ratna, Hindi Sahitya Parishad, Bhopal – National Integration Award, Indian Cultural Society, New Delhi – UP Hindi Urdu Sahitya Award, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Luchnow – Rajiv Gandhi Literary Award, Hum sab Ek Hain, Bhopal – Award of Excellence in Urdu Poetry, Social Educational & Welfare Association (SEWA), Mumbai – Sadbhaawna Award, Bazm E Gango Jaman, Ujjain – Aafaq Haider Award, Shamim Memon Memorial Foundation, Varanasi – Faani o Shakil Award, Dr. Urmilesh Jan Chetna Samiti, Badaun – Nishwar Wahidi Award, National Book Fare Trust, Kanpur – Netaji Subhash Alankaran, Subhash Manch, Indore – Dr. Zakir Hussain Award, Delhi Govt., New Delhi – Nishan E Aijaz, Dr. Shakil Welfare Educational Society, Bareilly – Kaifi Aazmi Award, Bhartiya Rashtriya Ekta Parishad, Varanasi – Urdu Award, Jhansi – Mirza Ghalib Award, Jhansi. via: wiki
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