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Imdad Ali Bahr

1810 - 1878 | Lucknow, India

āñkheñ na jiine deñgī tirī be-vafā mujhe

kyuuñ khiḌkiyoñ se jhāñk rahī hai qazā mujhe

aankhen na jine dengi teri be-wafa mujhe

kyun khiDkiyon se jhank rahi hai qaza mujhe

kausar jaam us ko ilāhī nasīb ho

koī sharāb merī lahad par chhiḌak gayā

kausar ka jam us ko ilahi nasib ho

koi sharab meri lahad par chhiDak gaya

banāvaT vaz.a-dārī meñ ho be-sāḳhta-pan meñ

hameñ andāz vo bhātā hai jis meñ kuchh adā nikle

banawaT waza-dari mein ho ya be-saKHta-pan mein

hamein andaz wo bhata hai jis mein kuchh ada nikle

yaar tak le na ga.e ashk bahā kar ham ko

is ko bhī dekh liyā dīda-e-tar kuchh bhī nahīñ

yar tak le na gae ashk baha kar hum ko

is ko bhi dekh liya dida-e-tar kuchh bhi nahin

qatl par biiḌā uThā kar teġh kyā bāñdhoge tum

lo ḳhabar apnī dahan gum hai kamar miltī nahīñ

qatl par biDa uTha kar tegh kya bandhoge tum

lo KHabar apni dahan gum hai kamar milti nahin

qaazī ko jo riñd kuchh chaTā deñ

masjid baġhal meñ mai-kada ho

qazi ko jo rind kuchh chaTa den

masjid ki baghal mein mai-kada ho

ḳhuub chaltī hai naav kāġhaz

ghar meñ qaazī ke maal aatā hai

KHub chalti hai naw kaghaz ki

ghar mein qazi ke mal aata hai

maiñ haath joḌtā huuñ baḌī der se huzūr

lag jā.iye gale se ab inkār ho chukā

main hath joDta hun baDi der se huzur

lag jaiye gale se ab inkar ho chuka

juutā nayā pahan ke vo panjoñ ke bal chale

kapḌe badal ke jaame se bāhar nikal chale

juta naya pahan ke wo panjon ke bal chale

kapDe badal ke jame se bahar nikal chale

dikhāyā us ne ban-Than kar vo jalva apnī sūrat

ki paanī phir gayā ā.īne par dariyā-e-hairat

dikhaya us ne ban-Than kar wo jalwa apni surat ka

ki pani phir gaya aaine par dariya-e-hairat ka

mujh ko rone to do dikhā dūñgā

bulbulā hai ye āsmān nahīñ

mujh ko rone to do dikha dunga

bulbula hai ye aasman nahin

ke masjidoñ meñ bhare taaq bhī bahut

us but bārgah meñ na pahuñchā kisī tarah

ja ja ke masjidon mein bhare taq bhi bahut

us but ki bargah mein na pahuncha kisi tarah

bāloñ meñ bal hai aañkh meñ surma hai muñh meñ paan

ghar se nikal ke paañv nikāle nikal chale

baalon mein bal hai aankh mein surma hai munh mein pan

ghar se nikal ke panw nikale nikal chale

kisī ne ka.aba banāyā kisī ne but-ḳhāna

banā na ek gharauñdā tumhāre ghar tarah

kisi ne kaba banaya kisi ne but-KHana

bana na ek gharaunda tumhaare ghar ki tarah

ham na kahte the hañsī achchhī nahīñ

aa ga.ī āḳhir rukāvaT dekhiye

hum na kahte the hansi achchhi nahin

aa gai aaKHir rukawaT dekhiye

amiir shaal do-shāloñ meñ garm-e-rāhat-o-aish

ġharīb ke liye jāḌoñ meñ zindagānī dhuup

amir shaal do-shaalon mein garm-e-rahat-o-aish

gharib ke liye jaDon mein zindagani dhup

na mohabbat hai diloñ meñ na hayā āñkhoñ meñ

ye sanam ne banā.e haiñ ḳhudāyā kaise

na mohabbat hai dilon mein na haya aankhon mein

ye sanam tu ne banae hain KHudaya kaise

kyā ḳhabar thī sub.h ho jā.egī tere nuur se

shaam se merā charāġh-e-ḳhāna ruḳhsat māñgtā

kya KHabar thi subh ho jaegi tere nur se

sham se mera charagh-e-KHana ruKHsat mangta

naama kyā yaar ko pahuñchāyā ki me.arāj huī

arsh par baiTh ke gūñjegā kabūtar apnā

nama kya yar ko pahunchaya ki mearaj hui

arsh par baiTh ke gunjega kabutar apna

kāfir-e-ishq huuñ maiñ sab se mohabbat hai mujhe

ek but kyā ki samāyā hai kalīsā dil meñ

kafir-e-ishq hun main sab se mohabbat hai mujhe

ek but kya ki samaya hai kalisa dil mein

haDDiyāñ merī agar paa.eñ to kuuḌe tarah

pheñk deñ ahl-e-zamīñ charḳh-e-kuhan se bāhar

haDDiyan meri agar paen to kuDe ki tarah

phenk den ahl-e-zamin charKH-e-kuhan se bahar

ḳhizāñ meñ jo sair ko nikle

hare ho jaa.eñ be-bahār daraḳht

tu KHizan mein jo sair ko nikle

hare ho jaen be-bahaar daraKHt

har tarah ham dil-e-nā-fahm ko samjhā leñge

daaġh maujūd haiñ phūloñ ko ḳhizāñ hone do

har tarah hum dil-e-na-fahm ko samjha lenge

dagh maujud hain phulon ko KHizan hone do

uñgliyāñ ne jo ai rashk-e-chaman chaTkā.īñ

mujh ko ġhunchoñ ke chaTakne sadā.eñ aa.iiñ

ungliyan tu ne jo ai rashk-e-chaman chaTkain

mujh ko ghunchon ke chaTakne ki sadaen aain

uḌ ga.ī Topī bhī sar ke jab chalī bād-e-vabāl

tāj-e-shah ko morchhal āñdhī jhoñkā ho gayā

uD gai Topi bhi sar ke jab chali baad-e-wabaal

taj-e-shah ko morchhal aandhi ka jhonka ho gaya

jaan sadqe ek bose par kareñge umr-bhar

dekh lo muñh se milā kar muñh hamārā jhuuT sach

jaan sadqe ek bose par karenge umr-bhar

dekh lo munh se mila kar munh hamara jhuT sach

koī haram ko gayā koī dair ko ai 'bahr'

hazār shukr na maiñ is dorāhe meñ bhaTkā

koi haram ko gaya koi dair ko ai 'bahr'

hazar shukr na main is dorahe mein bhaTka

shab-e-vaslat to jaate jaate andhā kar ga.ī mujh ko

tum ab bahrā karo sāhab sunā kar naam ruḳhsat

shab-e-waslat to jate jate andha kar gai mujh ko

tum ab bahra karo sahab suna kar nam ruKHsat ka

na niklegā dil us ke gesū meñ phañs kar

ye kaalā kabhī man ugaltā nahīñ hai

na niklega dil us ke gesu mein phans kar

ye kala kabhi man ugalta nahin hai

bhaTak ke koī gayā dair ko koī ka.abe

ajiib bhūl-bhulayyāñ hai marhala dil

bhaTak ke koi gaya dair ko koi kabe

ajib bhul-bhulayyan hai marhala dil ka

dīvāngī meñ pheñk rahe the jo ham libās

utrī qabā buḳhār badan se utar gayā

diwangi mein phenk rahe the jo hum libas

utri qaba buKHar badan se utar gaya

choTī guñdhvā.ī huī yaar ne khulvā Daalī

rahm aayā koī mahbūs-e-rasan yaad aayā

choTi gundhwai hui yar ne khulwa Dali

rahm aaya koi mahbus-e-rasan yaad aaya

yaar ko dekhte mar ga.e ai 'bahr' afsos

ḳhaak merī koī āñkhoñ meñ qazā jhoñke

yar ko dekhte hi mar gae ai 'bahr' afsos

KHak meri koi aankhon mein qaza ki jhonke

mire baġhair na ik-dam use qarār aatā

zarā bhī zabt jo mujh be-qarār meñ hotā

mere baghair na ik-dam use qarar aata

zara bhi zabt jo mujh be-qarar mein hota

pūchhe rindoñ se koī in muftiyoñ jhuuT sach

do dalīloñ se ye kar lete haiñ da.avā jhuuT sach

puchhe rindon se koi in muftiyon ka jhuT sach

do dalilon se ye kar lete hain dawa jhuT sach

āshiq se nāk-bhauñ na chaḌhā o kitāb-rū

ham dars-e-ishq meñ ye alif bhī paḌhe nahīñ

aashiq se nak-bhaun na chaDha o kitab-ru

hum dars-e-ishq mein ye alif bhi paDhe nahin

abr-e-bahār ab bhī jachtā nahīñ nazar meñ

kuchh āñsuoñ ke qatre ab bhī haiñ chashm-e-tar meñ

abr-e-bahaar ab bhi jachta nahin nazar mein

kuchh aansuon ke qatre ab bhi hain chashm-e-tar mein

merā lahū chaTā.egā jab tak na teġh ko

qātil ko dahne haath se khānā harām hai

mera lahu chaTaega jab tak na tegh ko

qatil ko dahne hath se khana haram hai

be-tarah dil meñ bharā rahtā hai zulfoñ dhuāñ

dam nikal jaa.e kisī roz na ghuT kar apnā

be-tarah dil mein bhara rahta hai zulfon ka dhuan

dam nikal jae kisi roz na ghuT kar apna

muḳhtār haiñ vo likkheñ na likkheñ javāb-e-ḳhat

sāhab ko roz apnā arīza report hai

muKHtar hain wo likkhen na likkhen jawab-e-KHat

sahab ko roz apna ariza report hai

pyaar aañkh se dushman ko bhī jo dekhte haiñ

ham ne aise bhī haiñ allāh ke pyāre dekhe

pyar ki aankh se dushman ko bhi jo dekhte hain

hum ne aise bhi hain allah ke pyare dekhe

vā.izo ham riñd kyūñ-kar kābil-e-jannat nahīñ

kyā gunahgāroñ ko mīrās-e-pidar miltī nahīñ

waizo hum rind kyun-kar kabil-e-jannat nahin

kya gunahgaron ko miras-e-pidar milti nahin

zālim hamārī aaj ye baat yaad rakh

itnā bhī dil-jaloñ satānā bhalā nahīñ

zalim hamari aaj ki ye baat yaad rakh

itna bhi dil-jalon ka satana bhala nahin

bhalā huā ki na haath aayā jāma-e-pur-zar

gazī ke kapḌe badalte to ham badal jaate

bhala hua ki na hath aaya jama-e-pur-zar

gazi ke kapDe badalte to hum badal jate

na paayā amn musalmān se na kāfir se

kahīñ huā maiñ zabīha kahīñ huā jhaTkā

na paya amn musalman se na kafir se

kahin hua main zabiha kahin hua jhaTka

ġhair par kyuuñ nigāh karte ho

mujh ko is tiir nishāna karo

ghair par kyun nigah karte ho

mujh ko is tir ka nishana karo

kamāl-e-tālib-dūñ-e-dūñ hai pīr-e-haram

ḳhudā ke ghar meñ hai lekin ḳhudā se bāhar hai

kamal-e-talib-dun-e-dun hai pir-e-haram

KHuda ke ghar mein hai lekin KHuda se bahar hai

hogā zarūr ek na ik din mubāhisa

rizvāñ se aur kū-e-sanam ke muqīm se

hoga zarur ek na ek din mubahisa

rizwan se aur ku-e-sanam ke muqim se

kab tālib-e-rāhat hue zaḳhmī-e-mohabbat

marham jo hājat huī tezāb banāyā

kab talib-e-rahat hue zaKHmi-e-mohabbat

marham ki jo hajat hui tezab banaya

chillā rahā huuñ qulqul-e-mīnā-e-mai shakl

de jaam ke laboñ se mujhe sāqiyā javāb

chilla raha hun qulqul-e-mina-e-mai ki shakl

de jam ke labon se mujhe saqiya jawab