On Mirza Ghalib’s 220th Birth Anniversary… A Tribute To The Legend

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December 27, 2017

On Mirza Ghalib’s 220th Birth Anniversary… A Tribute To The Legend

“Na tha kuchh to khudaa tha, kuchh naa hota to khudaa hota,
Dubayaa mujhko honay ne, na hota main toh kya hota ?”

Mirza Ghalib, a name synonymous with deep, philosophical and love poetry in Urdu and Persian, is considered one of the most popular and influential poets of the Mughal Era. A large part of Mirza Ghalib’s poetry focuses on the praise of Prophet Muhammad and then there are many about life and love which leave a deep imprint on heart and mind. His fame came to him after his death and the ‘treasure chest’ of his poetry, shayari and ghazals was recognized, making him one of the most revered and celebrated poets of the present generation. On Mirza Ghalib’s 220th birth anniversary today, here are some of the famous sher by the legendary poet that manage to pierce the heart:

Is qadarr tora hai mujhaay uss ke be-wafaai nay “ghalib”
Abb koi agarr pyar se bhi daikhaay to bikharr jata hoon mai …

Kitnaa khouff hota hai shaam kay andheroon mein,
Poonch un parindoo say jin kay gharr nahi hotay …

Hum toh fanaah ho gaye uskii ankhen dekh kar Ghalib,
Naa janay woh Aainaa kiasay dekhte hogey …!

Unkay dekhnay say jo aa jaati hai muh par raunaqq,
Woh samajhatey hai ki bimaar ka haal achcha hai …

Dil say terey nigaah jigarr tak utarr gaye,
Dono ko eik adaa mein razaamand karr gaye …

Hathoon key lakiroon pay matt jaa ae Ghalib,
Naseeb unkay bhi hotay hain jinkaay haath nahi hotay …

Kaiday-hayaat, banday-gham asal may dono eik hain,
Maut say pahlay aadmey gham say nigaat paye kyun ?

Matt poonch key kya haal hai mera tere pechhee,
Tu dekh key kya rangg hai tera meray aagay …

Hazaroon khwaheeshen aise ki har khwahesh pay dum nikale,
Bahhut nikale meray armaan lekin phirr bhi kam nikale …

Nazzaare nay bhe kaam kiya waan naqaabb ka,
Mastey say harr nigaah terey Rukhh par bikharr gaye …

Jala hai jism jahan dil bhi jal gaya hoga,
Kuraydtay ho jo ab raakkh, justjoo kya hai ?

Sarayy raah jo unsaay nazarr mili,
To naksh dil kay ubharr gayay,
Hum nazarr mila kar jhijhag gayay,
Woh nazarr jhukaa kar chalay gayay ….

Sabnay pahnaa tha baday shaukk se kaagaz ka libaas,
Jis kadarr logg thay baarish me nahaanay walay,
Adal ke tum na humay aas dilaaoo,
Katl ho jatay hain, zanzeer hilanay walay …

Nuktaa chi hai gam e dil, key sunayaa na banay,
Kya baat banay wahan, jahan baat banyay na banay,
Ishq par zorr nahi hai yeh woh attissh Ghalib,
Jo lagaye na lagay bhujhaye na banay …

Har eik baat pay kehtay ho tum key ‘toh kya hai’ ?
Tumhi kaho key ye andaaz-e-guftguu kya hai ?
Ragon may daudtay firnay kay ham nahi qayal,
Jab aankh hi say na tapkaa to firr lahoo kya hai ?

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