It has not been found out yet how the founder of Hamdard came upon the name ’Rooh Afza’. Some think that this name is the product of his mind. Others express the view that it came from some book of ancient myths and legends. Of such books, one is very famous, the Masnavi Gulzar-e-Nasim which was first published around 1254 hijri. In this book, the name of a character is ‘Rooh Afza’ who, according to the writer , was the daughter of Muzaffar Shah, the king of Firdaus(Heaven).
‘Rooh Afza’ was also the name of a weekly, which used to be published from jaunpur in 1882.