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

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

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
(13th President of Afghanistan)

12 February 1949

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

02 September 1953

Hamid KarzaiHamid Karzai
(Former President of Afghanistan)

24 December 1957

Mohammad NajibullahMohammad Najibullah
(President of Afghanistan)

06 August 1947

Mohammed Zahir ShahMohammed Zahir Shah
(Former King of Afghanistan)

15 October 1914

Mahmud of GhazniMahmud of Ghazni
(Ruler)

02 November 0971

Mohammed OmarMohammed Omar
(Former President of Afghanistan)

03 January 1960

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

0344 BC

Mohammad NabiMohammad Nabi
(Cricketer)

01 January 1985

Siyar BahadurzadaSiyar Bahadurzada
(Afghan mixed martial artist)

17 April 1984

Mohammed Daoud KhanMohammed Daoud Khan
(Politician, Diplomat)

18 July 1909

Abbas I of PersiaAbbas I of Persia
(Politician)

27 January 1571

Abdullah AbdullahAbdullah Abdullah
(Politician, Ophthalmologist, Diplomat)

05 September 1960

Burhanuddin RabbaniBurhanuddin Rabbani
(Politician, Educationist, University teacher)

20 September 1940

Hafizullah AminHafizullah Amin
(Politician)

01 August 1929

Mohammad ShahzadMohammad Shahzad
(Cricketer)

31 January 1988

Asghar StanikzaiAsghar Stanikzai
(Afghan cricketer)

22 February 1987

Babrak KarmalBabrak Karmal
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

06 January 1929

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

15 July 1917

Abdur Rahman KhanAbdur Rahman Khan
(politician)

1844 AD

JamiJami
(Poet)

07 November 1414

Mohammed Nadir ShahMohammed Nadir Shah
(Diplomat)

09 April 1883

Ahmad ZahirAhmad Zahir
(Singer)

14 June 1946

Aryana SayeedAryana Sayeed
(Afghan singer)

14 July 1986

NaghmaNaghma
(Singer)

23 April 1954

Sher Ali KhanSher Ali Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan)

1823 AD

Habibullah KhanHabibullah Khan
(Politician)

03 June 1872

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

25 December 1977

Dost Mohammad KhanDost Mohammad Khan

23 December 1793

Shapoor ZadranShapoor Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

07 March 1985

Malalai JoyaMalalai Joya
(Politician, Feminist)

25 April 1978

Mujeeb ZadranMujeeb Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

28 March 2001

Abdul Ahad MohmandAbdul Ahad Mohmand
(Aviator)

01 January 1959

Sibghatullah MojaddediSibghatullah Mojaddedi
(Former President of Afghanistan)

1926 AD

Mozhdah JamalzadahMozhdah Jamalzadah
(Singer)

07 December 1985

Azita GhanizadaAzita Ghanizada
(Afghan-American actress)

17 November 1979

Vida SamadzaiVida Samadzai
(Afghan-American actress)

22 February 1978

Farhad DaryaFarhad Darya
(Afghan singer)

22 September 1962

Najibullah ZadranNajibullah Zadran
(Cricketer)

18 February 1993

Peroz IPeroz I
(king)
Jamal al-Din al-AfghaniJamal al-Din al-Afghani
(Activist)

1838 AD

Dawlat ZadranDawlat Zadran
(Afghan cricketer)

19 March 1988

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

30 September 1207

Ahmed Shah MassoudAhmed Shah Massoud

02 September 1953

Ahmed Shah AbdaliAhmed Shah Abdali

1722 AD

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

23 September 1999

Amānullāh KhānAmānullāh Khān
(Sovereign)

01 June 1892