Jameela Nishat’s Shaheen has given wings to women in Hyderabad was born in 1955 to Syed Bin Mohammad, a portrait artist, and Fatima Sayeed. Her father was an excellent painter. A Nawab in Hyderabad spotted Syed’s artistic skills and sponsored his education in fine arts. Syed Bin Mohammad became a painting professor at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture in Hyderabad.
Jameela Nishat’s father observed that the views expressed through her poems did not concur with the traditional and conservative Islamic culture. He decided to get her married to M S Rehman, a self-declared atheist, believing both would complement each other.