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Akbar Allahabadi

1846 - 1921 | Allahabad, India

The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.

The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.

aa.ī hogī kisī ko hijr meñ maut

mujh ko to niiñd bhī nahīñ aatī

aai hogi kisi ko hijr mein maut

mujh ko to nind bhi nahin aati

aah jo dil se nikālī jā.egī

kyā samajhte ho ki ḳhālī jā.egī

those sighs that emerge from this heart so fiiled with pain

do you truly think unanswered these will now remain?

aah jo dil se nikali jaegi

kya samajhte ho ki KHali jaegi

those sighs that emerge from this heart so fiiled with pain

do you truly think unanswered these will now remain?

āshiqī ho burā us ne bigāḌe saare kaam

ham to a.b meñ rahe aġhyār b.a ho ga.e

aashiqi ka ho bura us ne bigaDe sare kaam

hum to ab mein rahe aghyar ba ho gae

ab to hai ishq-e-butāñ meñ zindagānī maza

jab ḳhudā sāmnā hogā to dekhā jā.egā

ab to hai ishq-e-butan mein zindagani ka maza

jab KHuda ka samna hoga to dekha jaega

agar maz.hab ḳhalal-andāz hai mulkī maqāsid meñ

to shaiḳh o barhaman pinhāñ raheñ dair o masājid meñ

agar mazhab KHalal-andaz hai mulki maqasid mein

to shaiKH o barhaman pinhan rahen dair o masajid mein

akbar dabe nahīñ kisī sultāñ fauj se

lekin shahīd ho ga.e biivī nauj se

akbar dabe nahin kisi sultan ki fauj se

lekin shahid ho gae biwi ki nauj se

aql meñ jo ghir gayā lā-intihā kyūñkar huā

jo samā meñ aa gayā phir vo ḳhudā kyūñkar huā

aql mein jo ghir gaya la-intiha kyunkar hua

jo sama mein aa gaya phir wo KHuda kyunkar hua

asar ye tere anfās-e-masīhā.ī hai 'akbar'

allahabad se lañgDā chalā lahore tak pahuñchā

asar ye tere anfas-e-masihai ka hai 'akbar'

allahabad se langDa chala lahore tak pahuncha

B.A bhī paas hoñ mile bī-bī bhī dil-pasand

mehnat hai vo baat ye qismat baat hai

BA bhi pas hon mile bi-bi bhi dil-pasand

mehnat ki hai wo baat ye qismat ki baat hai

bas jaan gayā maiñ tirī pahchān yahī hai

dil meñ to aatā hai samajh meñ nahīñ aatā

bas jaan gaya main teri pahchan yahi hai

tu dil mein to aata hai samajh mein nahin aata

batā.ūñ aap ko marne ke ba.ad kyā hogā

polāo khā.eñge ahbāb fātiha hogā

bataun aap ko marne ke baad kya hoga

polao khaenge ahbab fatiha hoga

bole ki tujh ko diin islāh farz hai

maiñ chal diyā ye kah ke ki ādāb arz hai

bole ki tujh ko din ki islah farz hai

main chal diya ye kah ke ki aadab arz hai

boot Dawson ne banāyā maiñ ne ik mazmūñ likhā

mulk meñ mazmūñ na phailā aur juutā chal gayā

boot Dawson ne banaya main ne ek mazmun likha

mulk mein mazmun na phaila aur juta chal gaya

but-kade meñ shor hai 'akbar' musalmāñ ho gayā

be-vafāoñ se koī kah de ki haañ haañ ho gayā

but-kade mein shor hai 'akbar' musalman ho gaya

be-wafaon se koi kah de ki han han ho gaya

butoñ ke pahle bande the misoñ ke ab hue ḳhādim

hameñ har ahd meñ mushkil rahā hai bā-ḳhudā honā

buton ke pahle bande the mison ke ab hue KHadim

hamein har ahd mein mushkil raha hai ba-KHuda hona

būḌhoñ ke saath log kahāñ tak vafā kareñ

būḌhoñ ko bhī jo maut na aa.e to kyā kareñ

buDhon ke sath log kahan tak wafa karen

buDhon ko bhi jo maut na aae to kya karen

coat aur patlūn jab pahnā to mister ban gayā

jab koī taqrīr jalse meñ leader ban gayā

donning fancy clothes beame a gentlean avowed

and turned into a leader on speaking to a crowd,

coat aur patlun jab pahna to mister ban gaya

jab koi taqrir ki jalse mein leader ban gaya

donning fancy clothes beame a gentlean avowed

and turned into a leader on speaking to a crowd,

college se aa rahī hai sadā paas paas

ohdoñ se aa rahī hai sadā duur duur

college se aa rahi hai sada pas pas ki

ohdon se aa rahi hai sada dur dur ki

da.avā bahut baḌā hai riyāzī meñ aap ko

tūl-e-shab-e-firāq ko to naap dījiye

dawa bahut baDa hai riyazi mein aap ko

tul-e-shab-e-firaq ko to nap dijiye

Daal de jaan ma.ānī meñ vo urdu ye hai

karvaTeñ lene lage tab.a vo pahlū ye hai

Dal de jaan maani mein wo urdu ye hai

karwaTen lene lage taba wo pahlu ye hai

dam laboñ par thā dil-e-zār ke ghabrāne se

aa ga.ī jaan meñ jaan aap ke aa jaane se

dam labon par tha dil-e-zar ke ghabrane se

aa gai jaan mein jaan aap ke aa jaane se

dhamkā ke bose lūñgā ruḳh-e-rashk-e-māh

chandā vasūl hotā hai sāhab dabāv se

dhamka ke bose lunga ruKH-e-rashk-e-mah ka

chanda wasul hota hai sahab dabaw se

dil vo hai ki fariyād se labrez hai har vaqt

ham vo haiñ ki kuchh muñh se nikalne nahīñ dete

dil wo hai ki fariyaad se labrez hai har waqt

hum wo hain ki kuchh munh se nikalne nahin dete

dinner se tum ko fursat kam yahāñ faaqe se kam ḳhālī

chalo bas ho chukā milnā na tum ḳhālī na ham ḳhālī

dinner se tum ko fursat kam yahan faqe se kam KHali

chalo bas ho chuka milna na tum KHali na hum KHali

duḳhtar-e-raz ne uThā rakkhī hai aafat sar par

ḳhairiyat guzrī ki añgūr ke beTā na huā

duKHtar-e-raz ne uTha rakkhi hai aafat sar par

KHairiyat guzri ki angur ke beTa na hua

duniyā meñ huuñ duniyā talabgār nahīñ huuñ

bāzār se guzrā huuñ ḳharīdār nahīñ huuñ

I live in this world tho for life I do not vie

I pass through the market but I do not wish to buy

duniya mein hun duniya ka talabgar nahin hun

bazar se guzra hun KHaridar nahin hun

I live in this world tho for life I do not vie

I pass through the market but I do not wish to buy

ek kāfir par tabī.at aa ga.ī

pārsā.ī par bhī aafat aa ga.ī

ek kafir par tabiat aa gai

parsai par bhi aafat aa gai

falsafī ko bahs ke andar ḳhudā miltā nahīñ

Dor ko suljhā rahā hai aur sirā miltā nahīñ

falsafi ko bahs ke andar KHuda milta nahin

Dor ko suljha raha hai aur sira milta nahin

ġham-ḳhān-e-jahāñ meñ vaq.at kyā hamārī

ik nā-shunīda uf haiñ ik āh-e-be-asar haiñ

gham-KHan-e-jahan mein waqat hi kya hamari

ek na-shunida uf hain ek aah-e-be-asar hain

ġhamza nahīñ hotā ki ishārā nahīñ hotā

aañkh un se jo miltī hai to kyā kyā nahīñ hotā

ghamza nahin hota ki ishaara nahin hota

aankh un se jo milti hai to kya kya nahin hota

ġhazab hai vo ziddī baḌe ho ga.e

maiñ leTā to uTh ke khaḌe ho ga.e

ghazab hai wo ziddi baDe ho gae

main leTa to uTh ke khaDe ho gae

hañgāma hai kyuuñ barpā thoḌī jo hai

Daakā to nahīñ maarā chorī to nahīñ hai

barely have I sipped a bit, why should this uproar be

It's not that I've commited theft or daylight robbery

hangama hai kyun barpa thoDi si jo pi li hai

Daka to nahin mara chori to nahin ki hai

barely have I sipped a bit, why should this uproar be

It's not that I've commited theft or daylight robbery

ham aah bhī karte haiñ to ho jaate haiñ badnām

vo qatl bhī karte haiñ to charchā nahīñ hotā

I do suffer slander, when I merely sigh

she gets away with murder, no mention of it nigh

hum aah bhi karte hain to ho jate hain badnam

wo qatl bhi karte hain to charcha nahin hota

I do suffer slander, when I merely sigh

she gets away with murder, no mention of it nigh

ham aisī kul kitābeñ qābil-e-zabtī samajhte haiñ

ki jin ko paḌh ke laḌke baap ko ḳhabtī samajhte haiñ

we do deem all those books fit for confiscation

that sons read and think their father

hum aisi kul kitaben qabil-e-zabti samajhte hain

ki jin ko paDh ke laDke bap ko KHabti samajhte hain

we do deem all those books fit for confiscation

that sons read and think their father

ham kyā kaheñ ahbāb kyā kār-e-numāyāñ kar ga.e

B.A hue naukar hue pension milī phir mar ga.e

hum kya kahen ahbab kya kar-e-numayan kar gae

BA hue naukar hue pension mili phir mar gae

haqīqī aur majāzī shā.erī meñ farq ye paayā

ki vo jaame se bāhar hai ye pājāme se bāhar hai

haqiqi aur majazi shaeri mein farq ye paya

ki wo jame se bahar hai ye pajame se bahar hai

har chand bagūla muztar hai ik josh to us ke andar hai

ik vajd to hai ik raqs to hai bechain sahī barbād sahī

har chand bagula muztar hai ek josh to us ke andar hai

ek wajd to hai ek raqs to hai bechain sahi barbaad sahi

har zarra chamaktā hai anvār-e-ilāhī se

har saañs ye kahtī hai ham haiñ to ḳhudā bhī hai

each speck does glitter with heavens brilliant glare

each breath proclaims if I, exist God too is there

har zarra chamakta hai anwar-e-ilahi se

har sans ye kahti hai hum hain to KHuda bhi hai

each speck does glitter with heavens brilliant glare

each breath proclaims if I, exist God too is there

hayā se sar jhukā lenā adā se muskurā denā

hasīnoñ ko bhī kitnā sahl hai bijlī girā denā

how easy is for these maidens to make the lightening fall

haya se sar jhuka lena ada se muskura dena

hasinon ko bhi kitna sahl hai bijli gira dena

how easy is for these maidens to make the lightening fall

hue is qadar mohazzab kabhī ghar muñh na dekhā

kaTī umr hoTaloñ meñ mare aspatāl kar

stayed away from home, on being so gentrified

spent ones life in hotels, in hospitals then died

hue is qadar mohazzab kabhi ghar ka munh na dekha

kaTi umr hoTalon mein mare aspatal ja kar

stayed away from home, on being so gentrified

spent ones life in hotels, in hospitals then died

ilāhī kaisī kaisī sūrateñ ne banā.ī haiñ

ki har sūrat kaleje se lagā lene ke qābil hai

ilahi kaisi kaisi suraten tu ne banai hain

ki har surat kaleje se laga lene ke qabil hai

in ko kyā kaam hai muravvat se apnī ruḳh se ye muñh na moḌeñge

jaan shāyad farishte chhoḌ bhī deñ doctor fees ko na chhoḌeñge

in ko kya kaam hai murawwat se apni ruKH se ye munh na moDenge

jaan shayad farishte chhoD bhi den doctor fees ko na chhoDenge

in ko kyā kaam hai muravvat se apnī ruḳh se ye muñh na moḌeñge

jaan shāyad farishte chhoḌ bhī deñ doctor fees ko na chhoḌeñge

in ko kya kaam hai murawwat se apni ruKH se ye munh na moDenge

jaan shayad farishte chhoD bhi den doctor fees ko na chhoDenge

is gulistāñ meñ bahut kaliyāñ mujhe taḌpā ga.iiñ

kyuuñ lagī thiiñ shāḳh meñ kyuuñ be-khile murjhā ga.iiñ

is gulistan mein bahut kaliyan mujhe taDpa gain

kyun lagi thin shaKH mein kyun be-khile murjha gain

is qadar thā khaTmaloñ chārpā.ī meñ hujūm

vasl dil se mire armān ruḳhsat ho gayā

is qadar tha khaTmalon ka chaarpai mein hujum

wasl ka dil se mere arman ruKHsat ho gaya

ishq ke iz.hār meñ har-chand rusvā.ī to hai

par karūñ kyā ab tabī.at aap par aa.ī to hai

ishq ke izhaar mein har-chand ruswai to hai

par karun kya ab tabiat aap par aai to hai

ishq nāzuk-mizāj hai behad

aql bojh uThā nahīñ saktā

ishq nazuk-mizaj hai behad

aql ka bojh uTha nahin sakta

ishva bhī hai shoḳhī bhī tabassum bhī hayā bhī

zālim meñ aur ik baat hai is sab ke sivā bhī

ishwa bhi hai shoKHi bhi tabassum bhi haya bhi

zalim mein aur ek baat hai is sab ke siwa bhi

jab ġham huā chaḌhā liiñ do botaleñ ikaTThī

mullā dauḌ masjid 'akbar' dauḌ bhaTTī

jab gham hua chaDha lin do botalen ikaTThi

mulla ki dauD masjid 'akbar' ki dauD bhaTTi

jab maiñ kahtā huuñ ki allāh merā haal dekh

hukm hotā hai ki apnā nāma-e-āmāl dekh

when I seek to say, O Lord look at my state

he bids me to the account of my deeds to date

jab main kahta hun ki ya allah mera haal dekh

hukm hota hai ki apna nama-e-amal dekh

when I seek to say, O Lord look at my state

he bids me to the account of my deeds to date

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