Rafeeq Ahamed was born to Syed Sajjad Hussain and Thithayikutty on 17 December 1961 in Akkikavu, Trichur. He graduated in English literature from Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur. He started his film career through the 1999 film Garshom directed by P. T. Kunju Muhammed. His second work as a lyricist was Perumazhakkalam , directed by Kamal. It was music director M. Jayachandran who suggested Rafeeq to Kamal, based on an experience of working with Rafeeq for the title song of a television serial Samanathaalam. Rafeeq penned the lyrics of much acclaimed song Rakkilithan for perumazhakalam and has since written more than 600 songs for about 300 Malayalam films. He received Kerala State film award for best lyrics five times. He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006 for his poetic work, Aalmara. His first novel, Azhukkillam, was serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly.