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Muneer Niyazi

1923 - 2006 | Lahore, Pakistan

One of the most outstanding modern poets who wrote both in Urdu and Punjabi. Also a film lyricist.

One of the most outstanding modern poets who wrote both in Urdu and Punjabi. Also a film lyricist.

aa ga.ī yaad shaam Dhalte

bujh gayā dil charāġh jalte

aa gai yaad sham Dhalte hi

bujh gaya dil charagh jalte hi

āñkhoñ meñ uḌ rahī hai luTī mahfiloñ dhuul

ibrat-sarā-e-dahr hai aur ham haiñ dosto

aankhon mein uD rahi hai luTi mahfilon ki dhul

ibrat-sara-e-dahr hai aur hum hain dosto

aadat banā hai tum ne to 'munīr' apnī

jis shahr meñ bhī rahnā uktā.e hue rahnā

aadat hi bana li hai tum ne to 'munir' apni

jis shahr mein bhi rahna uktae hue rahna

āvāz de ke dekh lo shāyad vo mil jaa.e

varna ye umr bhar safar rā.egāñ to hai

aawaz de ke dekh lo shayad wo mil hi jae

warna ye umr bhar ka safar raegan to hai

ab kaun muntazir hai hamāre liye vahāñ

shaam aa ga.ī hai lauT ke ghar jaa.eñ ham to kyā

ab kaun muntazir hai hamare liye wahan

sham aa gai hai lauT ke ghar jaen hum to kya

ab kisī meñ agle vaqtoñ vafā baaqī nahīñ

sab qabīle ek haiñ ab saarī zāteñ ek

ab kisi mein agle waqton ki wafa baqi nahin

sab qabile ek hain ab sari zaten ek si

achchhī misāl bantīñ zāhir agar vo hotīñ

in nekiyoñ ko ham to dariyā meñ Daal aa.e

achchhi misal bantin zahir agar wo hotin

in nekiyon ko hum to dariya mein Dal aae

aisā safar hai jis koī intihā nahīñ

aisā makāñ hai jis meñ koī ham-nafas nahīñ

aisa safar hai jis ki koi intiha nahin

aisa makan hai jis mein koi ham-nafas nahin

apne gharoñ se duur banoñ meñ phirte hue āvāra logo

kabhī kabhī jab vaqt mile to apne ghar bhī jaate rahnā

apne gharon se dur banon mein phirte hue aawara logo

kabhi kabhi jab waqt mile to apne ghar bhi jate rahna

apnī teġh-e-adā se aap ghāyal ho gayā

chāñd ne paanī meñ dekhā aur pāgal ho gayā

apni hi tegh-e-ada se aap ghayal ho gaya

chand ne pani mein dekha aur pagal ho gaya

baḌī mushkil se ye jaanā ki hijr-e-yār meñ rahnā

bahut mushkil hai par āḳhir meñ āsānī bahut hai

baDi mushkil se ye jaana ki hijr-e-yar mein rahna

bahut mushkil hai par aaKHir mein aasani bahut hai

bahut sust thā manzar lahū ke rañg laane

nishāñ āḳhir huā ye surḳh-tar āhista āhista

bahut hi sust tha manzar lahu ke rang lane ka

nishan aaKHir hua ye surKH-tar aahista aahista

baiTh kar maiñ likh gayā huuñ dard-e-dil mājrā

ḳhuun ik buuñd kāġhaz ko rañgīlā kar ga.ī

baiTh kar main likh gaya hun dard-e-dil ka majra

KHun ki ek bund kaghaz ko rangila kar gai

bechain bahut phirnā ghabrā.e hue rahnā

ik aag jazboñ dahkā.e hue rahnā

bechain bahut phirna ghabrae hue rahna

ek aag si jazbon ki dahkae hue rahna

chāñd chaḌhtā dekhnā behad samundar par 'munīr'

dekhnā phir bahr ko us kashish se jāgtā

chand chaDhta dekhna behad samundar par 'munir'

dekhna phir bahr ko us ki kashish se jagta

chāhtā huuñ maiñ 'munīr' is umr ke anjām par

ek aisī zindagī jo is tarah mushkil na ho

chahta hun main 'munir' is umr ke anjam par

ek aisi zindagi jo is tarah mushkil na ho

chamak zar use āḳhir makān-e-ḳhāk meñ laa.ī

banāyā saañp ne jismoñ meñ ghar āhista āhista

chamak zar ki use aaKHir makan-e-KHak mein lai

banaya sanp ne jismon mein ghar aahista aahista

Dar ke kisī se chhup jaatā hai jaise saañp ḳhazāne meñ

zar ke zor se zinda haiñ sab ḳhaak ke is vīrāne meñ

Dar ke kisi se chhup jata hai jaise sanp KHazane mein

zar ke zor se zinda hain sab KHak ke is virane mein

dasht-e-bārāñ havā se phir harā ho gayā

maiñ faqat ḳhushbū se us tāza-dam ho gayā

dasht-e-baran ki hawa se phir hara sa ho gaya

main faqat KHushbu se us ki taza-dam sa ho gaya

dekhe hue se lagte haiñ raste makāñ makīñ

jis shahr meñ bhaTak ke jidhar jaa.e aadmī

dekhe hue se lagte hain raste makan makin

jis shahr mein bhaTak ke jidhar jae aadmi

dil ajab mushkil meñ hai ab asl raste taraf

yaad pīchhe khīñchtī hai aas aage taraf

dil ajab mushkil mein hai ab asl raste ki taraf

yaad pichhe khinchti hai aas aage ki taraf

dil ḳhalish to saath rahegī tamām umr

dariyā-e-ġham ke paar utar jaa.eñ ham to kyā

dil ki KHalish to sath rahegi tamam umr

dariya-e-gham ke par utar jaen hum to kya

din bhar jo sūraj ke Dar se galiyoñ meñ chhup rahte haiñ

shaam aate āñkhoñ meñ vo rañg purāne aa jaate haiñ

din bhar jo suraj ke Dar se galiyon mein chhup rahte hain

sham aate hi aankhon mein wo rang purane aa jate hain

ek dasht-e-lā-makāñ phailā hai mere har taraf

dasht se niklūñ to kar kin Thikānoñ meñ rahūñ

ek dasht-e-la-makan phaila hai mere har taraf

dasht se niklun to ja kar kin Thikanon mein rahun

ek vāris hamesha hotā hai

taḳht ḳhālī rahā nahīñ kartā

ek waris hamesha hota hai

taKHt KHali raha nahin karta

ġhair se naf.at jo ḳharch ḳhud par ho ga.ī

jitne ham the ham ne ḳhud ko us se aadhā kar liyā

ghair se nafat jo pa li KHarch KHud par ho gai

jitne hum the hum ne KHud ko us se aadha kar liya

ġhairoñ se mil ke sahī be-bāk to huā

baare vo shoḳh pahle se chālāk to huā

ghairon se mil ke hi sahi be-bak to hua

bare wo shoKH pahle se chaalak to hua

galī ke bāhar tamām manzar badal ga.e the

jo sāya-e-kū-e-yār utrā to maiñ ne dekhā

gali ke bahar tamam manzar badal gae the

jo saya-e-ku-e-yar utra to main ne dekha

ġham bārish ne bhī tere naqsh ko dhoyā nahīñ

ne mujh ko kho diyā maiñ ne tujhe khoyā nahīñ

gham ki barish ne bhi tere naqsh ko dhoya nahin

tu ne mujh ko kho diya main ne tujhe khoya nahin

ghaTā dekh kar ḳhush huiiñ laḌkiyāñ

chhatoñ par khile phuul barsāt ke

ghaTa dekh kar KHush huin laDkiyan

chhaton par khile phul barsat ke

hai 'munīr' hairat-e-mustaqil

maiñ khaḌā huuñ aaise maqām par

hai 'munir' hairat-e-mustaqil

main khaDa hun aaise maqam par

hai 'munīr' terī nigāh meñ

koī baat gahre malāl

hai 'munir' teri nigah mein

koi baat gahre malal ki

ham bhī 'munīr' ab duniyā-dārī kar ke vaqt guzāreñge

hote hote jiine ke bhī laakh bahāne aa jaate haiñ

hum bhi 'munir' ab duniya-dari kar ke waqt guzarenge

hote hote jine ke bhi lakh bahane aa jate hain

hastī apnī kyā hai zamāne ke sāmne

ik ḳhvāb haiñ jahāñ meñ bikhar jaa.eñ ham to kyā

hasti hi apni kya hai zamane ke samne

ek KHwab hain jahan mein bikhar jaen hum to kya

huuñ makāñ meñ band jaise imtihāñ meñ aadmī

saḳhtī-e-dīvār-o-dar hai jheltā jaatā huuñ maiñ

hun makan mein band jaise imtihan mein aadmi

saKHti-e-diwar-o-dar hai jhelta jata hun main

ik aur dariyā sāmnā thā 'munīr' mujh ko

maiñ ek dariyā ke paar utrā to maiñ ne dekhā

ek aur dariya ka samna tha 'munir' mujh ko

main ek dariya ke par utra to main ne dekha

ik tez ra.ad jaisī sadā har makān meñ

logoñ ko un ke ghar meñ Darā denā chāhiye

ek tez rad jaisi sada har makan mein

logon ko un ke ghar mein Dara dena chahiye

imtihāñ ham ne diye is dār-e-fānī meñ bahut

rañj khīñche ham ne apnī lā-makānī meñ bahut

imtihan hum ne diye is dar-e-fani mein bahut

ranj khinche hum ne apni la-makani mein bahut

jañgaloñ meñ koī pīchhe se bulā.e to 'munīr'

muḌ ke raste meñ kabhī us taraf mat dekho

jangalon mein koi pichhe se bulae to 'munir'

muD ke raste mein kabhi us ki taraf mat dekho

jāntā huuñ ek aise shaḳhs ko maiñ bhī 'munīr'

ġham se patthar ho gayā lekin kabhī royā nahīñ

jaanta hun ek aise shaKHs ko main bhi 'munir'

gham se patthar ho gaya lekin kabhi roya nahin

jānte the donoñ ham us ko nibhā sakte nahīñ

us ne va.ada kar liyā maiñ ne bhī va.ada kar liyā

jaante the donon hum us ko nibha sakte nahin

us ne wada kar liya main ne bhi wada kar liya

jab safar se lauT kar aa.e to kitnā dukh huā

is purāne baam par vo sūrat-e-zebā na thī

jab safar se lauT kar aae to kitna dukh hua

is purane baam par wo surat-e-zeba na thi

ḳhush huā hai girte makānoñ ko dekh kar

ye shahr ḳhauf-e-ḳhud se jigar-chāk to huā

ji KHush hua hai girte makanon ko dekh kar

ye shahr KHauf-e-KHud se jigar-chaak to hua

jin ke hone se ham bhī haiñ ai dil

shahr meñ haiñ vo sūrateñ baaqī

jin ke hone se hum bhi hain ai dil

shahr mein hain wo suraten baqi

jurm aadam ne kiyā aur nasl-e-ādam ko sazā

kāTtā huuñ zindagī bhar maiñ ne jo boyā nahīñ

jurm aadam ne kiya aur nasl-e-adam ko saza

kaTta hun zindagi bhar main ne jo boya nahin

kal maiñ ne us ko dekhā to dekhā nahīñ gayā

mujh se bichhaḌ ke vo bhī bahut ġham se chuur thā

kal main ne us ko dekha to dekha nahin gaya

mujh se bichhaD ke wo bhi bahut gham se chur tha

kaTī hai jis ke ḳhayāloñ meñ umr apnī 'munīr'

mazā to jab hai ki us shoḳh ko patā na ho

kaTi hai jis ke KHayalon mein umr apni 'munir'

maza to jab hai ki us shoKH ko pata hi na ho

khaḌā huuñ zer-e-falak gumbad-e-sadā meñ 'munīr'

ki jaise haath uThā ho koī duā ke liye

khaDa hun zer-e-falak gumbad-e-sada mein 'munir'

ki jaise hath uTha ho koi dua ke liye

ḳhayāl jis thā mujhe ḳhayāl meñ milā mujhe

savāl javāb bhī savāl meñ milā mujhe

KHayal jis ka tha mujhe KHayal mein mila mujhe

sawal ka jawab bhi sawal mein mila mujhe

ḳhushbū dīvār ke pīchhe kaise kaise rañg jame haiñ

jab tak din sūraj aa.e us khoj lagāte rahnā

KHushbu ki diwar ke pichhe kaise kaise rang jame hain

jab tak din ka suraj aae us ka khoj lagate rahna

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