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Irfan Siddiqi

1939 - 2004 | Lucknow, India

One of the most-prominent modern poets, famous for his neo-classical poetry.

One of the most-prominent modern poets, famous for his neo-classical poetry.

aaj tak un ḳhudā.ī se hai inkār mujhe

maiñ to ik umr se kāfir huuñ sanam jānte haiñ

aaj tak un ki KHudai se hai inkar mujhe

main to ek umr se kafir hun sanam jaante hain

ab aa ga.ī hai sahar apnā ghar sambhālne ko

chalūñ ki jaagā huā raat bhar maiñ bhī huuñ

ab aa gai hai sahar apna ghar sambhaalne ko

chalun ki jaga hua raat bhar ka main bhi hun

abhī se rāsta kyuuñ rokne lagī duniyā

khaḌe hue haiñ abhī apne rū-ba-rū ham log

abhi se rasta kyun rokne lagi duniya

khaDe hue hain abhi apne ru-ba-ru hum log

ai lahū maiñ tujhe maqtal se kahāñ le jā.ūñ

apne manzar meñ har rañg bhalā lagtā hai

ai lahu main tujhe maqtal se kahan le jaun

apne manzar hi mein har rang bhala lagta hai

ai parindo yaad kartī hai tumheñ pāgal havā

roz ik nauha sar-e-shāḳh shajar suntā huuñ maiñ

ai parindo yaad karti hai tumhein pagal hawa

roz ek nauha sar-e-shaKH shajar sunta hun main

ajab harīf thā mere saath Duub gayā

mire safīne ko ġharqāb dekhne ke liye

ajab harif tha mere hi sath Dub gaya

mere safine ko gharqab dekhne ke liye

ajnabī jaan ke kyā nām-o-nishāñ pūchhte ho

bhaa.ī ham bhī usī bastī ke nikāle hue haiñ

ajnabi jaan ke kya nam-o-nishan puchhte ho

bhai hum bhi usi basti ke nikale hue hain

apne chāroñ samt dīvāreñ uThānā raat din

raat din phir saarī dīvāroñ meñ dar karnā mujhe

apne chaaron samt diwaren uThana raat din

raat din phir sari diwaron mein dar karna mujhe

apne kis kaam meñ lā.egā batātā bhī nahīñ

ham ko auroñ pe gañvānā bhī nahīñ chāhtā hai

apne kis kaam mein laega batata bhi nahin

hum ko auron pe ganwana bhi nahin chahta hai

badan ke donoñ kināroñ se jal rahā huuñ maiñ

ki chhū rahā huuñ tujhe aur pighal rahā huuñ maiñ

badan ke donon kinaron se jal raha hun main

ki chhu raha hun tujhe aur pighal raha hun main

badan meñ jaise lahū tāziyāna ho gayā hai

use gale se lagā.e zamāna ho gayā hai

badan mein jaise lahu taziyana ho gaya hai

use gale se lagae zamana ho gaya hai

bhuul jāoge ki rahte the yahāñ dūsre log

kal phir ābād kareñge ye makāñ dūsre log

bhul jaoge ki rahte the yahan dusre log

kal phir aabaad karenge ye makan dusre log

daulat-e-sar huuñ so har jītne vaalā lashkar

tasht meñ rakhtā hai neze pe sajātā hai mujhe

daulat-e-sar hun so har jitne wala lashkar

tasht mein rakhta hai neze pe sajata hai mujhe

dekh letā hai to khilte chale jaate haiñ gulāb

merī miTTī ko ḳhush-āsār kiyā hai us ne

dekh leta hai to khilte chale jate hain gulab

meri miTTi ko KHush-asar kiya hai us ne

ek laḌkā shahr raunaq meñ sab kuchh bhuul jaa.e

ek buḌhiyā roz chaukhaT par diyā raushan kare

ek laDka shahr ki raunaq mein sab kuchh bhul jae

ek buDhiya roz chaukhaT par diya raushan kare

ek maiñ huuñ ki is āshob-e-navā meñ chup huuñ

varna duniyā mire zaḳhmoñ zabāñ boltī hai

ek main hun ki is aashob-e-nawa mein chup hun

warna duniya mere zaKHmon ki zaban bolti hai

hai bahut kuchh mirī ta.abīr duniyā tujh meñ

phir bhī kuchh hai ki jo ḳhvāboñ ke jahāñ se kam hai

hai bahut kuchh meri tabir ki duniya tujh mein

phir bhi kuchh hai ki jo KHwabon ke jahan se kam hai

ham baḌe ahl-e-ḳhirad bante the ye kyā ho gayā

aql har mashvara dīvāna-pan lagne lagā

hum baDe ahl-e-KHirad bante the ye kya ho gaya

aql ka har mashwara diwana-pan lagne laga

ham kaun shanāvar the ki yuuñ paar utarte

sūkhe hue hoñToñ duā le ga.ī ham ko

hum kaun shanawar the ki yun par utarte

sukhe hue honTon ki dua le gai hum ko

ham ne dekhā thā duniyā ko abhī us ke baġhair

lījiye biich meñ phir dīda-e-tar aa ga.e haiñ

hum ne dekha hi tha duniya ko abhi us ke baghair

lijiye bich mein phir dida-e-tar aa gae hain

ham ne muddat se ulaT rakkhā hai kaasa apnā

dast-e-dādār tire dirham-o-dīnār pe ḳhaak

hum ne muddat se ulaT rakkha hai kasa apna

dast-e-dadar tere dirham-o-dinar pe KHak

ham sab ā.īna-dar-ā.īna-dar-ā.īna haiñ

kyā ḳhabar kaun kahāñ kis taraf dekhtā hai

hum sab aaina-dar-aina-dar-aina hain

kya KHabar kaun kahan kis ki taraf dekhta hai

ham to raat matlab samjheñ ḳhvāb, sitāre, chāñd, charāġh

aage ahvāl vo jaane jis ne raat guzārī ho

hum to raat ka matlab samjhen KHwab, sitare, chand, charagh

aage ka ahwal wo jaane jis ne raat guzari ho

ham to sahrā hue jaate the ki us ne aa kar

shahr ābād kiyā nahr-e-sabā jaarī

hum to sahra hue jate the ki us ne aa kar

shahr aabaad kiya nahr-e-saba jari ki

hamāre dil ko ik āzār hai aisā nahīñ lagtā

ki ham daftar bhī jaate haiñ ġhazal-ḳhvānī bhī karte haiñ

hamare dil ko ek aazar hai aisa nahin lagta

ki hum daftar bhi jate hain ghazal-KHwani bhi karte hain

hameñ to ḳhair bikharnā thā kabhī na kabhī

havā-e-tāza jhoñkā bahāna ho gayā hai

hamein to KHair bikharna hi tha kabhi na kabhi

hawa-e-taza ka jhonka bahana ho gaya hai

harīf-e-teġh-e-sitam-gar to kar diyā hai tujhe

ab aur mujh se kyā chāhtā hai sar mere

harif-e-tegh-e-sitam-gar to kar diya hai tujhe

ab aur mujh se tu kya chahta hai sar mere

havā-e-kūfa-e-nā-mehrbāñ ko hairat hai

ki log ḳhema-e-sabr-o-razā meñ zinda haiñ

hawa-e-kufa-e-na-mehrban ko hairat hai

ki log KHema-e-sabr-o-raza mein zinda hain

hoshiyārī dil-e-nādān bahut kartā hai

rañj kam sahtā hai elaan bahut kartā hai

hoshiyari dil-e-nadan bahut karta hai

ranj kam sahta hai elan bahut karta hai

aalam hai giraftāroñ ābādī meñ

ham to sunte the ki zanjīr-e-girāñ boltī hai

hu ka aalam hai giraftaron ki aabaadi mein

hum to sunte the ki zanjir-e-giran bolti hai

ishq kyā kār-e-havas bhī koī āsān nahīñ

ḳhair se pahle isī kaam ke qābil ho jaao

ishq kya kar-e-hawas bhi koi aasan nahin

KHair se pahle isi kaam ke qabil ho jao

jaan ham kār-e-mohabbat sila chāhte the

dil-e-sāda koī mazdūr hai ujrat kaisī

jaan hum kar-e-mohabbat ka sila chahte the

dil-e-sada koi mazdur hai ujrat kaisi

jaane kyā Thaan ke uThtā huuñ nikalne ke liye

jaane kyā soch ke darvāze se lauT aatā huuñ

jaane kya Than ke uThta hun nikalne ke liye

jaane kya soch ke darwaze se lauT aata hun

jism ra.anā.iyoñ tak ḳhvāhishoñ bhiiḌ hai

ye tamāshā ḳhatm ho jaa.e to ghar jā.eñge log

jism ki ranaiyon tak KHwahishon ki bhiD hai

ye tamasha KHatm ho jae to ghar jaenge log

jo kuchh huā vo kaise huā jāntā huuñ maiñ

jo kuchh nahīñ huā vo batā kyuuñ nahīñ huā

jo kuchh hua wo kaise hua jaanta hun main

jo kuchh nahin hua wo bata kyun nahin hua

jo tiir būḌhoñ fariyād tak nahīñ sunte

to un ke sāmne bachchoñ muskurānā kyā

jo tir buDhon ki fariyaad tak nahin sunte

to un ke samne bachchon ka muskurana kya

kabhī jo zahmat-e-kār-e-rafū nahīñ kartā

hamāre zaḳhm usī chārāgar ke naam tamām

kabhi jo zahmat-e-kar-e-rafu nahin karta

hamare zaKHm usi chaaragar ke nam tamam

kahā thā tum ne ki laatā hai kaun ishq taab

so ham javāb tumhāre savāl ke to haiñ

kaha tha tum ne ki lata hai kaun ishq ki tab

so hum jawab tumhaare sawal hi ke to hain

ḳhirāj maañg rahī hai vo shāh-bānu-e-shahr

so ham bhī hadiya-e-dast-e-talab guzārte haiñ

KHiraj mang rahi hai wo shah-banu-e-shahr

so hum bhi hadiya-e-dast-e-talab guzarte hain

ḳhudā kare saf-e-sardādgāñ na ho ḳhālī

jo maiñ girūñ to koī dūsrā nikal aa.e

KHuda kare saf-e-sardadgan na ho KHali

jo main girun to koi dusra nikal aae

kuchh ishq ke nisāb meñ kamzor ham bhī haiñ

kuchh parcha-e-savāl bhī āsān chāhiye

kuchh ishq ke nisab mein kamzor hum bhi hain

kuchh parcha-e-sawal bhi aasan chahiye

magar giraft meñ aatā nahīñ badan us

ḳhayāl DhūñDhtā rahtā hai isti.āra koī

magar giraft mein aata nahin badan us ka

KHayal DhunDhta rahta hai istiara koi

maiñ chāhtā huuñ yahīñ saare faisle ho jaa.eñ

ki is ke ba.ad ye duniyā kahāñ se lā.ūñgā maiñ

main chahta hun yahin sare faisle ho jaen

ki is ke baad ye duniya kahan se launga main

maiñ jhapaTne ke liye DhūñDh rahā huuñ mauqa.a

aur vo shoḳh samajhtā hai ki sharmātā huuñ

main jhapaTne ke liye DhunDh raha hun mauqa

aur wo shoKH samajhta hai ki sharmata hun

maiñ kahāñ tak dil-e-sāda ko bhaTakne se bachā.ūñ

aañkh jab uTThe gunahgār banā de mujh ko

main kahan tak dil-e-sada ko bhaTakne se bachaun

aankh jab uTThe gunahgar bana de mujh ko

maiñ ne itnā use chāhā hai ki vo jān-e-murād

ḳhud ko zanjīr-e-mohabbat se rihā chāhtī hai

main ne itna use chaha hai ki wo jaan-e-murad

KHud ko zanjir-e-mohabbat se riha chahti hai

maiñ terī manzil-e-jāñ tak pahuñch to saktā huñ

magar ye raah badan taraf se aatī hai

main teri manzil-e-jaan tak pahunch to sakta hun

magar ye rah badan ki taraf se aati hai

maulā, phir mire sahrā se bin barse bādal lauT ga.e

ḳhair shikāyat koī nahīñ hai agle baras barsā denā

maula, phir mere sahra se bin barse baadal lauT gae

KHair shikayat koi nahin hai agle baras barsa dena

mere hone meñ kisī taur se shāmil ho jaao

tum masīhā nahīñ hote ho to qātil ho jaao

mere hone mein kisi taur se shamil ho jao

tum masiha nahin hote ho to qatil ho jao

mire gumāñ ne mire sab yaqīñ jalā Daale

zarā sho.ala bharī bastiyoñ ko chaaT gayā

mere guman ne mere sab yaqin jala Dale

zara sa shoala bhari bastiyon ko chaT gaya

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