Abrar-ul-Haq (Urdu/Punjabi: ابرار الحق) (Abrar is also spelled as Ibrar) is a Pakistani pop, bhangra and folk Legend singer. On his first album "Billo De Ghar" his name appears as simply "Abrar". His best-known work is the song "Billo De Ghar". Before becoming a singer, he was a Geography teacher at the Aitchison College in Lahore.
He was born on July 21
. Like many other young Pakistani artists, Abrar had kept his year of birth secret from public in order to hide his age, but in a recent interview he said he was born in 1968. He used to give clues in TV programs saying he was quite young and not that old, and said he was born in the 1960's.He got his initial education from Gujrat
. Took his Bachelor's degree
from Sir Syed College (Rawalpindi) and acquired Master's degree
in social sciences from Quaid-i-Azam University
He joined Aitchison College’s permanent faculty in 1996. He had to quit teaching to pursue his career in pop music; although he considers the day he joined Aitchison College the proudest day of his life.
He primarily sings in Punjabi which is the main language of bhangra genre, language of most populated province of Pakistan and Abrar's native language. He sings in Urdu too. His popular single "Sanu Tere Nal" is in English and Punjabi.
Abrar's first single "Billo De Ghar" was an instant hit along with his album. According to his website more than 16 million copies of his debut album have been sold.
RECENTLY!- Abrar Ul Haq was asked to play a lead role in a Punjabi movie along with Gurdas Maan. Gurdas had been asking Abrar for a long time but Abrar refused because of personal issues.
He belongs to Jat clan of Kahloon based in District Narowal. His elder brother Maj (R) Israr ul Haq Kahloon is an active politician in Narowal District.
His first cousin Jawad Kahloon is also a singer,Jawad revealed that in a TV interview but he never used Abrar's popularity as a support for his music career. Jawad's debut song was 'Udeekan' featuring Shahzaman, which was a hit, he reportely has released an album named 'Lyallpur Kare Aashiqi'.
Abrar will appear as a judge on upcoming reality show called Pakistan Idol
alongside Hadiqa Kiyani
, Ali Azmat
, Nauman Rana and Sajjad Ali
Like many other famous singers Abrars's musical work also has caused public debates.
Billo De Ghar
His debut single, Billo De Ghar
, erupted great controversy and gathered much debate. Billo
is a fairly common female nickname
among predominantly Muslim Punjabis of Pakistan. First line of the song, Assan Tay Jaana Billo De Ghar, Kinnay Kinnay Jaana Billo De Ghar
: We will go to Billo's home, who else will go to Billo's home), was used as tease by street bullies
for Billo named young-adult
females. This caused a fierce reaction from the families of female victims, often resulting in physical fights. In order to avoid any more of such situations in his another single, Preeto
, Abrar used a non-Muslim female nickname Preeto
. This name is almost extinct in Pakistan.
Nach Punjaban Nach
Nach Punjaban Nach
: Dance Punjabi (woman) Dance
; Punjaban is female for Punjabi
), second line of Abrar's single Punjabi Touch
also caused a public outrage as it was taken as an address to all Punjabi women of Pakistan (more than 97% of Pakistani Punjabis are Muslims
). Abrar was sued in Lahore High Court
. He personally went to the court and told the judge that he would change the word Punjaban
. He re-recorded the song and new batch of copies of his album, Assan Jana Mall-o Mall
, has the modified version of the song. However, copies of the album with older version are still available and were never pulled from the market. During a TV interview
, he was asked about the meaning of Majajan
. He said, "Majajan
is not a word. Real word is Majajni
. I changed it to Majajan
Abrar has created some controversy with his newest album's song "Parmeen." He has been criticized for the usage of Parveen, a common female name in Pakistan, in an odd way. The renowned columnist Javaid Chaudhury
wrote a column in protest of Abrar's song when Javaid received a letter from a girl name Parveen on the effects of the song on her life. The girl claimed that she had stopped attending college in Lahore
because of harassment from male students. The case was taken to Pakistan's Supreme Court, which ordered Abrar to change the lyrics. He stated that he would abide by the court's decision.
SAHARA for Life Trust
He is the founder and chairman of SAHARA for Life Trust
(tax exempted charity organization), a charitable organisation promoting health and education in remote areas. The term SAHARA stands for: "S
imed at H
ealth and A
wakening in R
The abbreviation SAHARA has been chosen very cleverly as it is Roman script or transliteration for a word of Urdu (سہارا) which means aid or assistance.
Recently, Abrar has teamed up with Gurdas Mann and Sukshinder Shinda in a Punjabi single called Collaborations. The song was an immediate success. (2006)
he is a very popular singer in Pakistan and India. He is not only popular in India and Pakistan but worldwide. He had done concerts in many countries of the world like Denmark, USA, Canada, UK, UAE and etc.
Regular studio albums
Hits compilations / Studio albums
- He has developed quite different personal image considering his field of music. He has never appeared in any elaborately fashioned dresses which are normally associated with pop music. He almost always appears in business casual dress except for rare occasions where he wore salwar kameez, the national dress of Pakistan.
- In 2000, PTV World gave him award for best folk singer and following year he won award for best pop singer from the same institute.
- It is alleged that he belongs to Tarar family and is related to Muhammad Rafiq Tarar but there is no proof to accept or reject this claim but actually he belongs to Jat clan of Kahloon of Narowal District.