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Saleem Ahmed

1927 - 1983 | Karachi, Pakistan

One of the most prominent modern Urdu critics. Famous for his promotion of the Anti-ghazal trend of poetry and anti-modernism views.

One of the most prominent modern Urdu critics. Famous for his promotion of the Anti-ghazal trend of poetry and anti-modernism views.

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na jaane sher meñ kis dard havāla thā

ki jo bhī lafz thā vo dil dukhāne vaalā thā

na jaane sher mein kis dard ka hawala tha

ki jo bhi lafz tha wo dil dukhane wala tha

dar-ba-dar Thokareñ khā.īñ to ye mālūm huā

ghar kise kahte haiñ kyā chiiz hai be-ghar honā

dar-ba-dar Thokaren khain to ye malum hua

ghar kise kahte hain kya chiz hai be-ghar hona

nikal ga.e haiñ jo bādal barasne vaale the

ye shahr aab ko tarsegā chashm-e-tar ke baġhair

nikal gae hain jo baadal barasne wale the

ye shahr aab ko tarsega chashm-e-tar ke baghair

kisī ko kyā batā.ūñ kaun huuñ maiñ

ki apnī dāstāñ bhūlā huā huuñ

kisi ko kya bataun kaun hun main

ki apni dastan bhula hua hun

kaun hai kaun maiñ kaisī vafā

hāsil-e-hastī haiñ kuchh rusvā.iyāñ

kaun tu hai kaun main kaisi wafa

hasil-e-hasti hain kuchh ruswaiyan

us ek chehre meñ ābād the ka.ī chehre

us ek shaḳhs meñ kis kis ko dekhtā thā maiñ

us ek chehre mein aabaad the kai chehre

us ek shaKHs mein kis kis ko dekhta tha main

dukh de rusvā.ī de

ġham ko mire gahrā.ī de

dukh de ya ruswai de

gham ko mere gahrai de

chalī hai mauj meñ kāġhaz kashtī

use dariyā andāza nahīñ hai

chali hai mauj mein kaghaz ki kashti

use dariya ka andaza nahin hai

devtā banñe hasrat meñ muallaq ho ga.e

ab zarā nīche utariye aadmī ban jā.iye

dewta banne ki hasrat mein muallaq ho gae

ab zara niche utariye aadmi ban jaiye

ḳhamoshī ke haiñ āñgan aur sannāTe dīvāreñ

ye kaise log haiñ jin ko gharoñ se Dar nahīñ lagtā

KHamoshi ke hain aangan aur sannaTe ki diwaren

ye kaise log hain jin ko gharon se Dar nahin lagta

ghaas meñ jazb hue hoñge zamīñ ke aañsū

paañv rakhtā huuñ to halkī namī lagtī hai

ghas mein jazb hue honge zamin ke aansu

panw rakhta hun to halki si nami lagti hai

sach to kah duuñ magar is daur ke insānoñ ko

baat jo dil se nikaltī hai burī lagtī hai

sach to kah dun magar is daur ke insanon ko

baat jo dil se nikalti hai buri lagti hai

mohalle vaale mere kār-e-be-masraf pe hañste haiñ

maiñ bachchoñ ke liye galiyoñ meñ ġhubbāre banātā huuñ

mohalle wale mere kar-e-be-masraf pe hanste hain

main bachchon ke liye galiyon mein ghubbare banata hun

itnī kāvish bhī na kar merī asīrī ke liye

kahīñ merā giraftār na samjhā jaa.e

itni kawish bhi na kar meri asiri ke liye

tu kahin mera giraftar na samjha jae

manzil patā hai na kisī rāhguzar

bas ek thakan hai ki jo hāsil hai safar

manzil ka pata hai na kisi rahguzar ka

bas ek thakan hai ki jo hasil hai safar ka

koī nahīñ jo patā de diloñ hālat

ki saare shahr ke aḳhbār haiñ ḳhabar ke baġhair

koi nahin jo pata de dilon ki haalat ka

ki sare shahr ke aKHbar hain KHabar ke baghair

mujh se kahtā hai ki saa.e tarah saath haiñ ham

yuuñ na milne nikālā hai bahāna kaisā

mujh se kahta hai ki sae ki tarah sath hain hum

yun na milne ka nikala hai bahana kaisa

maiñ tujh ko kitnā chāhtā huuñ

ye kahnā ġhair-zarūrī hai

main tujh ko kitna chahta hun

ye kahna ghair-zaruri hai

kaise qisse the ki chhiḌ jaa.eñ to uḌ jaatī thī niiñd

kyā ḳhabar thī vo bhī harf-e-muḳhtasar ho jā.eñge

kaise qisse the ki chhiD jaen to uD jati thi nind

kya KHabar thi wo bhi harf-e-muKHtasar ho jaenge

saath us ke rah sake na baġhair us ke rah sake

ye rabt hai charāġh kaisā havā ke saath

sath us ke rah sake na baghair us ke rah sake

ye rabt hai charagh ka kaisa hawa ke sath

saḳht biivī ko shikāyat hai javān-e-nau se

rail chaltī nahīñ gir jaatā hai pahle signal

saKHt biwi ko shikayat hai jawan-e-nau se

rail chalti nahin gir jata hai pahle signal

yaad ne aa kar yakāyak parda khīñchā duur tak

maiñ bharī mahfil meñ baiThā thā ki tanhā ho gayā

yaad ne aa kar yakayak parda khincha dur tak

main bhari mahfil mein baiTha tha ki tanha ho gaya

ye chāhā thā ki patthar ban ke luuñ

so andar se pighaltā rahā huuñ

ye chaha tha ki patthar ban ke ji lun

so andar se pighalta ja raha hun

nahīñ rahā maiñ tire rāste patthar bhī

vo din bhī the tire ehsās meñ ḳhudā thā maiñ

nahin raha main tere raste ka patthar bhi

wo din bhi the tere ehsas mein KHuda tha main

vo be-ḳhudī thī mohabbat be-ruḳhī to na thī

pe us ko tark-e-ta.alluq ko ik bahāna huā

wo be-KHudi thi mohabbat ki be-ruKHi to na thi

pe us ko tark-e-talluq ko ek bahana hua

jitnā aañkh se kam dekhūñ

utnī duur dikhā.ī de

jitna aankh se kam dekhun

utni dur dikhai de

maiñ ġham ko basā rahā huuñ dil meñ

be-ghar ko makān de rahā huuñ

main gham ko basa raha hun dil mein

be-ghar ko makan de raha hun

saa.e ko saa.e meñ gum hote to dekhā hogā

ye bhī dekho ki tumheñ ham ne bhulāyā kaise

sae ko sae mein gum hote to dekha hoga

ye bhi dekho ki tumhein hum ne bhulaya kaise

ik patiñge ne ye apne raqs-e-āḳhir meñ kahā

raushnī ke saath rahiye raushnī ban jā.iye

ek patinge ne ye apne raqs-e-aKHir mein kaha

raushni ke sath rahiye raushni ban jaiye

hāl-e-dil kaun sunā.e use fursat kis ko

sab ko is aañkh ne bātoñ meñ lagā rakkhā hai

haal-e-dil kaun sunae use fursat kis ko

sab ko is aankh ne baaton mein laga rakkha hai

bār-hā yuuñ bhī huā terī mohabbat qasam

jaan kar ham ne tujhe ḳhud se ḳhafā rakkhā hai

bar-ha yun bhi hua teri mohabbat ki qasam

jaan kar hum ne tujhe KHud se KHafa rakkha hai

ḳhud apnī diid se andhī haiñ āñkheñ

ḳhud apnī guuñj se bahrā huā huuñ

KHud apni did se andhi hain aankhen

KHud apni gunj se bahra hua hun

hāl-e-dil nā-guftanī hai ham jo kahte bhī to kyā

phir bhī ġham ye hai ki us ne ham se pūchhā nahīñ

haal-e-dil na-guftani hai hum jo kahte bhi to kya

phir bhi gham ye hai ki us ne hum se puchha hi nahin

bahut tavīl mirī dāstān-e-ġham thī magar

ġhazal se kaam liyā muḳhtasar banāne

bahut tawil meri dastan-e-gham thi magar

ghazal se kaam liya muKHtasar banane ka

dil husn ko daan de rahā huuñ

gāhak ko dukān de rahā huuñ

dil husn ko dan de raha hun

gahak ko dukan de raha hun

maiñ us ko bhuul gayā thā vo yaad aayā

zamīñ hilī to maiñ samjhā ki zalzala aayā

main us ko bhul gaya tha wo yaad sa aaya

zamin hili to main samjha ki zalzala aaya

libās-e-dard bhī ham ne utārā

ye kapḌe ab purāne ho chuke haiñ

libas-e-dard bhi hum ne utara

ye kapDe ab purane ho chuke hain

aa ke ab jañgal meñ ye uqda khulā

bheḌiye paḌhte nahīñ haiñ falsafa

aa ke ab jangal mein ye uqda khula

bheDiye paDhte nahin hain falsafa

ye nahīñ hai ki navāze na ga.e hoñ ham log

ham ko sarkār se tamġha milā rusvā.ī

ye nahin hai ki nawaze na gae hon hum log

hum ko sarkar se tamgha mila ruswai ka

vo junūñ ko baḌhā.e jā.eñge

un shohrat hai merī rusvā.ī

wo junun ko baDhae jaenge

un ki shohrat hai meri ruswai

vo mire dil raushnī vo mire daaġh le ga.ī

aisī chalī havā-e-shām saare charāġh le ga.ī

wo mere dil ki raushni wo mere dagh le gai

aisi chali hawa-e-sham sare charagh le gai

jis aag se dil sulag rahe the

ab us se dimāġh jal rahe haiñ

jis aag se dil sulag rahe the

ab us se dimagh jal rahe hain

ḳhush-numā lafzoñ rishvat de ke raazī kījiye

ruuh tauhīn par āmāda rahtā hai badan

KHush-numa lafzon ki rishwat de ke raazi kijiye

ruh ki tauhin par aamada rahta hai badan

safar meñ ishq ke ik aisā marhala aayā

vo DhūñDtā thā mujhe aur kho gayā thā maiñ

safar mein ishq ke ek aisa marhala aaya

wo DhunDta tha mujhe aur kho gaya tha main

ghar meñ kuchh kam hai ye ehsās bhī hotā hai 'salīm'

ye bhī khultā nahīñ kis shai kamī lagtī hai

ghar mein kuchh kam hai ye ehsas bhi hota hai 'salim'

ye bhi khulta nahin kis shai ki kami lagti hai

dil ke lene se 'salīm' us ko nahīñ hai inkār

lekin is tarah ki iqrār na samjhā jaa.e

dil ke lene se 'salim' us ko nahin hai inkar

lekin is tarah ki iqrar na samjha jae

āñsuoñ se hai ḳhālī dard se aarī huuñ maiñ

terī āñkheñ kāñch haiñ merā dil patthar hai

aansuon se tu hai KHali dard se aari hun main

teri aankhen kanch ki hain mera dil patthar ka hai

burā lagā mire saaqī ko zikr-e-tishna-labī

ki ye savāl mirī bazm meñ kahāñ se uThā

bura laga mere saqi ko zikr-e-tishna-labi

ki ye sawal meri bazm mein kahan se uTha

aur to kyā diyā bahāroñ ne

bas yahī chaar din rusvā.ī

aur to kya diya bahaaron ne

bas yahi chaar din ki ruswai

haal mat pūchh mohabbat havā hai kuchh aur

ke kis ne ye sar-e-rāh diyā rakkhā hai

haal mat puchh mohabbat ka hawa hai kuchh aur

la ke kis ne ye sar-e-rah diya rakkha hai