Dohe

‘Doha’ is an Indian genre of poetry which has been adopted and used by many Urdu poets and has now an established tradition in Urdu as well. ‘Doha’ is an independent couplet of two lines, with each line having 24 matras. Within each line the matras are distributed in two halves of 13 and 11 matras, with a pause between the two. Azmatullah Khan, Jameeluddin Aali and Nida Fazli are prominent among the Urdu poets who have adopted the Doha as a medium of expression.

bachcha bolā dekh kar masjid ālī-shān

allāh tere ek ko itnā baḌā makān

bachcha bola dekh kar masjid aali-shan

allah tere ek ko itna baDa makan

Nida Fazli

naqsha le kar haath meñ bachcha hai hairān

kaise dīmak khā ga.ī us hindostān

naqsha le kar hath mein bachcha hai hairan

kaise dimak kha gai us ka hindostan

Nida Fazli

vo suufī qaul ho panDit gyaan

jitnī biite aap par utnā sach maan

wo sufi ka qaul ho ya panDit ka gyan

jitni bite aap par utna hi sach man

Nida Fazli

sīdhā-sādhā Dākiya jaadū kare mahān

ek thaile meñ bhare aañsū aur muskān

sidha-sadha Dakiya jadu kare mahan

ek hi thaile mein bhare aansu aur muskan

Nida Fazli

maiñ royā pardes meñ bhīgā maañ pyaar

dukh ne dukh se baat bin chiTThī bin taar

main roya pardes mein bhiga man ka pyar

dukh ne dukh se baat ki bin chiTThi bin tar

Nida Fazli

ghar ko khojeñ raat din ghar se nikle paañv

vo rasta kho gayā jis raste thā gaañv

ghar ko khojen raat din ghar se nikle panw

wo rasta hi kho gaya jis raste tha ganw

Nida Fazli

sab puujā ek alag alag har riit

masjid jaa.e maulvī koyal gaa.e giit

sab ki puja ek si alag alag har rit

masjid jae maulwi koyal gae git

Nida Fazli

mujh jaisā ik aadmī merā hamnām

ulTā sīdhā vo chale mujhe kare bad-nām

mujh jaisa ek aadmi mera hi hamnam

ulTa sidha wo chale mujhe kare bad-nam

Nida Fazli

nainoñ meñ thā rāsta hirdai meñ thā gaañv

huī na puurī yātrā chhalnī ho ga.e paañv

nainon mein tha rasta hirdai mein tha ganw

hui na puri yatra chhalni ho gae panw

Nida Fazli

aadat se lāchār hai aadat na.ī ajiib

jis din khāyā peT bhar soyā nahīñ ġharīb

aadat se lachaar hai aadat nai ajib

jis din khaya peT bhar soya nahin gharib

Akhtar Nazmi

maiñ bhī bhī yātrī chaltī ruktī rail

apne apne gaañv tak sab sab se mel

main bhi tu bhi yatri chalti rukti rail

apne apne ganw tak sab ka sab se mel

Nida Fazli

us jaisā to dūsrā milnā thā dushvār

lekin us khoj meñ phail gayā sansār

us jaisa to dusra milna tha dushwar

lekin us ki khoj mein phail gaya sansar

Nida Fazli

bhārī bojh pahāḌ kuchh halkā ho jaa.e

jab merī chintā baḌhe maañ sapne meñ aa.e

bhaari bojh pahaD sa kuchh halka ho jae

jab meri chinta baDhe man sapne mein aae

Akhtar Nazmi

chiḌiyā ne uḌ kar kahā merā hai ākāsh

bolā shikrā Daal se yūñhī hotā kaash

chiDiya ne uD kar kaha mera hai aakash

bola shikra Dal se yunhi hota kash

Nida Fazli

aaj mujhī par khul gayā mere dil raaz

aa.ī hai hañste samay rone āvāz

aaj mujhi par khul gaya mere dil ka raaz

aai hai hanste samay rone ki aawaz

Bhagwan Das Ejaz

aa.e muTThī band liye chal diye haath pasār

vo kyā thā jo luT gayā dekho soch-bichār

aae muTThi band liye chal diye hath pasar

wo kya tha jo luT gaya dekho soch-bichaar

Dr. Naresh

urdu vaale hindī vaale donoñ hañsī uḌā.eñ

ham dil vaale apnī bhāshā kis kis ko sikhlā.eñ

urdu wale hindi wale donon hansi uDaen

hum dil wale apni bhasha kis kis ko sikhlaen

Jameeluddin Aali

apnī ḳhushiyāñ bhuul sab dard ḳharīd

'saifī' tab kar kahīñ terī hogī eid

apni KHushiyan bhul ja sab ka dard KHarid

'saifi' tab ja kar kahin teri hogi eid

Saifi sironji

Duub chalā hai zahr meñ us āñkhoñ har ruup

dīvāroñ par phail rahī hai phīkī phīkī dhuup

Dub chala hai zahr mein us ki aankhon ka har rup

diwaron par phail rahi hai phiki phiki dhup

Muneer Niyazi

har ik baat meñ Daale hai hindū muslim baat

ye jaane alhaḌ gorī prem hai ḳhud ik zaat

har ek baat mein Dale hai hindu muslim ki baat

ye na jaane alhaD gori prem hai KHud ek zat

Jameeluddin Aali

satī to maiñ ho jā.ūñgī par ye mujhe batā

pahle agar maiñ mar ga.ī jalegā bhī kyā

sati to main ho jaungi par ye mujhe bata

pahle agar main mar gai jalega tu bhi kya

Qateel Shifai

saaf batā de jo ne dekhā hai din raat

duniyā ke Dar se na rakh dil meñ dil baat

saf bata de jo tu ne dekha hai din raat

duniya ke Dar se na rakh dil mein dil ki baat

Makhmoor Saeedi

āñgan ke ik peḌ ThanDī mīThī chhāñv

shahr meñ jaise aa gayā chal kar merā gaañv

aangan ke ek peD ki ThanDi miThi chhanw

shahr mein jaise aa gaya chal kar mera ganw

Saleem Ansari

chheḌ-chhāḌ kartā rahā mujh se bahut nasīb

maiñ jiitā tarkīb se haarā vahī ġharīb

chheD-chhaD karta raha mujh se bahut nasib

main jita tarkib se haara wahi gharib

Akhtar Nazmi

khol diye kuchh soch kar sab pinjroñ ke dvaar

ab koī panchhī nahīñ uḌne ko tayyār

khol diye kuchh soch kar sab pinjron ke dwar

ab koi panchhi nahin uDne ko tayyar

Akhtar Nazmi

'ālī' ab ke kaThin paḌā dīvālī tyauhār

ham to ga.e the chailā ban kar bhayyā kah ga.ī naar

'ali' ab ke kaThin paDa diwali ka tyauhaar

hum to gae the chaila ban kar bhayya kah gai nar

Jameeluddin Aali

ghar baiThe ho jā.egā īshvar se bhī mel

bachcha ban kar do ghaḌī bachchoñ ke sañg khel

ghar baiThe ho jaega ishwar se bhi mel

bachcha ban kar do ghaDi bachchon ke sang khel

Bismil Naqshbandi

jīvan jiinā kaThin hai vish piinā āsān

insāñ ban kar dekh lo o 'shañkar' bhagvān

jiwan jina kaThin hai wish pina aasan

insan ban kar dekh lo o 'shankar' bhagwan

Shahid Meer

bhītar kyā kyā ho rahā ai dil kuchh to bol

ek aañkh ro.e bahut ek hañse khol

bhitar kya kya ho raha ai dil kuchh to bol

ek aankh roe bahut ek hanse ji khol

Bhagwan Das Ejaz

aage pīchhe rakh nazar zāhir bātin bhāñp

ġhāfil kar Das na le āstīn saañp

aage pichhe rakh nazar zahir baatin bhanp

ghafil pa kar Das na le aastin ka sanp

Navak Hamzapuri

āsmān par chhā ga.ī ghaTā ghūr-ghangor

jaa.eñ to jaa.eñ kahāñ vīrāne meñ shor

aasman par chha gai ghaTa ghur-ghangor

jaen to jaen kahan virane mein shor

Bhagwan Das Ejaz

aañsū se nadī bane nadī samundar jaa.e

parbat ronā magar koī dekh na paa.e

aansu se nadi bane nadi samundar jae

parbat ka rona magar koi dekh na pae

Badnam Nazar

us ko burā kah de magar sun le itnī baat

apne andar jhāñk kar dekh apnī auqāt

us ko bura kah de magar sun le itni baat

apne andar jhank kar dekh apni auqat

Shakeel Jaipuri

nadiyā ne mujh se kahā mat aa mere paas

paanī se bujhtī nahīñ antarman pyaas

nadiya ne mujh se kaha mat aa mere pas

pani se bujhti nahin antarman ki pyas

Akhtar Nazmi

achchhā hai ki lagā nahīñ unheñ pyaar rog

aate aate ā.eñge raah pe agle log

achchha hai ki laga nahin unhen pyar ka rog

aate aate aaenge rah pe agle log

A.D.Rahi

āñkhoñ ko yuuñ bhā gayā us rūp-anūp

sardī meñ achchhī lage jaise kachchī dhuup

aankhon ko yun bha gaya us ka rup-anup

sardi mein achchhi lage jaise kachchi dhup

Farooq Engineer

hogī ik din ghar mire phūloñ barsāt

maiñ paglā is aas meñ hañstā huuñ din raat

hogi ek din ghar mere phulon ki barsat

main pagla is aas mein hansta hun din raat

Bhagwan Das Ejaz

kyuuñ rātoñ jāgiye kar ke us ko yaad

patthar dil par kab asar kartī hai fariyād

kyun raaton ka jagiye kar ke us ko yaad

patthar dil par kab asar karti hai fariyaad

A.D.Rahi

dariyā dariyā ghūme māñjhī peT aag bujhāne

peT aag meñ jalne vaalā kis kis ko pahchāne

dariya dariya ghume manjhi peT ki aag bujhane

peT ki aag mein jalne wala kis kis ko pahchane

Jameeluddin Aali

tum bin chāñd na dekh sakā TuuT ga.ī ummīd

bin darpan bin nain ke kaise manā.eñ eid

tum bin chand na dekh saka TuT gai ummid

bin darpan bin nain ke kaise manaen eid

Bekal Utsahi

āñkheñ dhokā de ga.iiñ paañv chhoḌ ga.e saath

sabhī sahāre duur haiñ kis pakḌeñ haath

aankhen dhoka de gain panw chhoD gae sath

sabhi sahaare dur hain kis ka pakDen hath

Shams Farrukhabadi

kis kis ko samjhā.egā ye nādānī chhoḌ

chehre ko sundar banā ā.īna mat toḌ

kis kis ko samjhaega ye nadani chhoD

chehre ko sundar bana aaina mat toD

Arshad Abdul Hamid

zikr vahī āThoñ pahar vahī kathā din raat

bhuul sake to bhuul ga.e dinoñ baat

zikr wahi aaThon pahar wahi katha din raat

bhul sake to bhul ja gae dinon ki baat

Akhtar Nazmi

aañkh putlī sab kuchh dekhe dekhe na apnī zaat

ujlā dhāgā mailā hove lageñ jo maile haat

aankh ki putli sab kuchh dekhe dekhe na apni zat

ujla dhaga maila howe lagen jo maile hat

Kishwar Naheed

sājan ham se mile bhī lekin aise mile ki haa.e

jaise sūkhe khet se bādal bin barse uḌ jaa.e

sajan hum se mile bhi lekin aise mile ki hae

jaise sukhe khet se baadal bin barse uD jae

Jameeluddin Aali

ghar ghar kar jo sune logoñ fariyād

us ko apne ghar meñ mile na koī daad

ghar ghar ja kar jo sune logon ki fariyaad

us ko apne ghar mein hi mile na koi dad

Aasim Shahnawaz Shibli

TuuTī phūTī kashtiyāñ dariyā meñ girdāb

mere marne ke liye ye lamhe nāyāb

TuTi phuTi kashtiyan dariya mein girdab

mere marne ke liye ye lamhe nayab

Shahryar

yaad aa.ī pardes meñ us ik ik baat

ghar din din miyāñ ghar raat raat

yaad aai pardes mein us ki ek ek baat

ghar ka din hi din miyan ghar ki raat hi raat

Sheen Kaaf Nizam

dhartī ko dhaḌkan milī milā samay ko gyaan

mere jab jab lab khule uThā koī tūfān

dharti ko dhaDkan mili mila samay ko gyan

mere jab jab lab khule uTha koi tufan

Nazir Fatehpuri

paise bauchhār meñ log rahe hamdard

biit ga.ī barsāt jab mausam ho gayā sard

paise ki bauchhaar mein log rahe hamdard

bit gai barsat jab mausam ho gaya sard

Bekal Utsahi