sunniridwi bhai jaan, i think that your comment is out of place. (b) there is circumstantial evidence that he was a shia but not absolute (c) (b) has nothing to do with the greatness of his poetry i.e. even if he was a shia it wouldn't make him less of a poet (d) i personally do not think such a great sunni alim as hazrat mawlana fazl e haqq khayrabadi would have been "best friends" with a shia! (e) where can i get that book? maulanax - yes he was. but he was also a man of deep faith and had great love for the welfare of muslims in general. He often would quote the famous couplet of Shaikh Saadi about, "Ishq e Muhammad" صلى الله عليه وسلم Interested readers should read The Oxford India Ghalib: Life and Letters. Urdu readers can read the Diwan e GHalib and also his bio by Hali.