Find out more about the greatest Afghan, including Rumi, Ashraf Ghani, Hamid Karzai, Ahmad Shah Massoud and Mohammed Zahir Shah.

Afghanistan, a landlocked country between South and Central Asia, is amongst the largest and populous countries of the world. With a history dating back to the Middle Paleolithic Era, Afghanistan has since then been home to multiple cultures, traditions, ethnicity and military campaigns. Its strategic location as a crossroads helped this Islamic country build up a multi-ethnic society that has people from diverse cultures and background. The ancient Afghanistan’s turn to modernization began during the 18th century. Afghanistan boasts of a long list of peope who have put in their bit to build a nation rich in culture and heritage. Right from Hamid Karzai who served as the first President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Fatema Akbari who founded the Gulistan Sasaqat Company, the list is endless. Abdul Ahad Mohmand, an astronaut, was the first Afghan and the fourth Muslim to travel in the outer space. In the field of administrative work too, Afghans made a name for themselves. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, once the President of San Jose State University, today serves as the Chief Adviser on Infrastructure and technology to the President of Afghanistan. This section provides you details about the life and works of famous Afghans.
RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

17 December 1273

Balk (present-day Afghanistan)

Libra

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
(13th President of Afghanistan)

12 February 1949

Logar, Afghanistan

Aquarius

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
(Former Afghan Military & Political Leader)

02 September 1953

09 September 2001

Bazarak, Panjshir, Afghanistan

Virgo

Hamid KarzaiHamid Karzai
(Former President of Afghanistan)

24 December 1957

Karz

Capricorn

Mohammad NajibullahMohammad Najibullah
(President of Afghanistan)

06 August 1947

27 September 1996

Gardez

Leo

Mohammed Zahir ShahMohammed Zahir Shah
(Former King of Afghanistan)

15 October 1914

23 July 2007

Kabul

Libra

Mahmud of GhazniMahmud of Ghazni
(Ruler)

02 November 0971

30 April 1030

Ghazni

Scorpio

Mohammed OmarMohammed Omar
(Former President of Afghanistan)

03 January 1960

23 April 2013

Kandahar

Capricorn

RoxanaRoxana
(Alexander the Great's ex-wife, Princess)

0344 BC

0310 BC

Balkh

Siyar BahadurzadaSiyar Bahadurzada
(Afghan mixed martial artist)

17 April 1984

Kabul

Aries

Mohammad NabiMohammad Nabi
(Cricketer)

01 January 1985

Logar Province

Capricorn

Mohammed Daoud KhanMohammed Daoud Khan
(Politician, Diplomat)

18 July 1909

28 April 1978

Kabul

Cancer

Abbas I of PersiaAbbas I of Persia
(Politician)

27 January 1571

01 January 1628

Herat

Aquarius

Abdullah AbdullahAbdullah Abdullah
(Politician, Ophthalmologist, Diplomat)

05 September 1960

Kabul

Virgo

Hafizullah AminHafizullah Amin
(Politician)

01 August 1929

27 December 1979

Paghman

Leo

Burhanuddin RabbaniBurhanuddin Rabbani
(Politician, Educationist, University teacher)

20 September 1940

20 September 2011

Badakhshan Province

Virgo

Babrak KarmalBabrak Karmal
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

06 January 1929

03 December 1996

Kamari

Capricorn

Nur Muhammad TarakiNur Muhammad Taraki
(Politician, Poet, Writer, Journalist)

15 July 1917

14 September 1979

Ghazni

Cancer

Mohammad ShahzadMohammad Shahzad
(Cricketer)

31 January 1988

Jalalabad

Aquarius

Abdur Rahman KhanAbdur Rahman Khan
(politician)

1844 AD

01 October 1901

Kabul

Mujeeb ZadranMujeeb Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

28 March 2001

Khost

Aries

Mohammed Nadir ShahMohammed Nadir Shah
(Diplomat)

09 April 1883

09 November 1933

Dehradun

Aries

JamiJami
(Poet)

07 November 1414

09 November 1492

Greater Khorasan

Scorpio

Ahmad ZahirAhmad Zahir
(Singer)

14 June 1946

14 June 1979

Kabul

Gemini

Asghar StanikzaiAsghar Stanikzai
(Afghan cricketer)

22 February 1987

Kabul

Pisces

Aryana SayeedAryana Sayeed
(Afghan singer)

14 July 1986

Kabul

Cancer

NaghmaNaghma
(Singer)

23 April 1954

Kandahar

Taurus

Sher Ali KhanSher Ali Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan)

1823 AD

21 February 1879

Afghanistan

Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya
(Politician, Feminist)

25 April 1978

Farah

Taurus

Habibullah KhanHabibullah Khan
(Politician)

03 June 1872

20 February 1919

Tashkent

Gemini

Dost Mohammad KhanDost Mohammad Khan

23 December 1793

09 June 1863

Kandahar

Capricorn

Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-BalawiHumam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi
(Jordanian doctor)

25 December 1977

30 December 2009

Kuwait

Capricorn

Mozhdah JamalzadahMozhdah Jamalzadah
(Singer)

07 December 1985

Kabul

Sagittarius

Abdul Ahad MohmandAbdul Ahad Mohmand
(Aviator)

01 January 1959

Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

Capricorn

Sibghatullah MojaddediSibghatullah Mojaddedi
(Former President of Afghanistan)

1926 AD

Kabul

Azita GhanizadaAzita Ghanizada
(Afghan-American actress)

17 November 1979

Kabul

Scorpio

Farhad DaryaFarhad Darya
(Afghan singer)

22 September 1962

Kabul

Virgo

Vida SamadzaiVida Samadzai
(Afghan-American actress)

22 February 1978

Kabul, Afghanistan

Pisces

Shapoor ZadranShapoor Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

07 March 1985

Paktia Province

Pisces

Dawlat ZadranDawlat Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

19 March 1988

Paktia Province

Pisces

Peroz IPeroz I
(king)

0484 AD

Najibullah ZadranNajibullah Zadran
(Cricketer)

18 February 1993

Afghanistan

Aquarius

Jamal al-Din al-AfghaniJamal al-Din al-Afghani
(Activist)

1838 AD

09 March 1897

Asadabad

Ahmed Shah AbdaliAhmed Shah Abdali

1722 AD

16 October 1772

Herat

Ahmed Shah MassoudAhmed Shah Massoud

02 September 1953

09 September 2001

Bazarak

Virgo

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad RumiJalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
(Poet)

30 September 1207

17 December 1273

Balkh

Libra

Naveen-ul-HaqNaveen-ul-Haq
(Afghan cricketer)

23 September 1999

Kabul

Virgo

Amānullāh KhānAmānullāh Khān
(Sovereign)

01 June 1892

25 April 1960

Paghman

Gemini