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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.

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

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

aur to kyā diyā bahāroñ ne

bas yahī chaar din rusvā.ī

aur to kya diya bahaaron ne

bas yahi chaar din ki ruswai

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

badan aag ko kahte haiñ log jhūTī aag

magar us aag ne dil ko mire gudāz kiyā

badan ki aag ko kahte hain log jhuTi aag

magar us aag ne dil ko mere gudaz kiya

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

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

chalī hai mauj meñ kāġhaz kashtī

use dariyā andāza nahīñ hai

chali hai mauj mein kaghaz ki kashti

use dariya ka andaza nahin hai

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

dasht o dar ḳhair manā.eñ ki abhī vahshat meñ

ishq ne pahlā qadam nām-e-ḳhudā rakkhā hai

dasht o dar KHair manaen ki abhi wahshat mein

ishq ne pahla qadam nam-e-KHuda rakkha 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

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

dil jo is bazm meñ aatā hai to jaatā nahīñ

ek din dekhnā dīvāna huā rakkhā hai

dil jo is bazm mein aata hai to jata hi nahin

ek din dekhna diwana hua rakkha 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

dukh de rusvā.ī de

ġham ko mire gahrā.ī de

dukh de ya ruswai de

gham ko mere gahrai de

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

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

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

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

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

ham ne shikva kabhī kiyā na kareñ

shikva hai e'tirāf nākāmī

hum ne shikwa kabhi kiya na karen

shikwa hai e'tiraf nakaami

ik aag jaltī rahī tā-umr lahū meñ

ham apne ehsās meñ pakte rahe tā-der

ek aag si jalti rahi ta-umr lahu mein

hum apne hi ehsas mein pakte rahe ta-der

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

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

jaane andar kyā huā maiñ shor sun kar ai 'salīm'

us jagah pahuñchā to dekhā band vo darvāza thā

jaane andar kya hua main shor sun kar ai 'salim'

us jagah pahuncha to dekha band wo darwaza tha

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

jitnā aañkh se kam dekhūñ

utnī duur dikhā.ī de

jitna aankh se kam dekhun

utni dur dikhai de

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

maiñ tujh ko kitnā chāhtā huuñ

ye kahnā ġhair-zarūrī hai

main tujh ko kitna chahta hun

ye kahna ghair-zaruri hai

maiñ vo ma.anī-e-ġham-e-ishq huuñ jise harf harf likhā gayā

kabhī āñsuoñ bayāz meñ kabhī dil se le ke kitāb tak

main wo mani-e-gham-e-ishq hun jise harf harf likha gaya

kabhi aansuon ki bayaz mein kabhi dil se le ke kitab tak

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

merā shor-e-ġharqābī ḳhatm ho gayā āḳhir

aur rah gayā baaqī sirf shor dariyā

mera shor-e-gharqabi KHatm ho gaya aaKHir

aur rah gaya baqi sirf shor dariya ka

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

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

mujhe gila na kisī sañg na aahan

usī ne toḌ diyā jis ā.īna thā maiñ

mujhe gila na kisi sang ka na aahan ka

usi ne toD diya jis ka aaina tha main

mujhe harf-e-ġhalat samjhā thā ne

so maiñ ma.anī daftar ho gayā huuñ

mujhe harf-e-ghalat samjha tha tu ne

so main mani ka daftar ho gaya hun

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

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

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

qissa chheḌā mehr o vafā avval-e-shab un ā.ankhoñ ne

raat kaTī aur umr guzārī phir bhī baat adhūrī thī

qissa chheDa mehr o wafa ka awwal-e-shab un aaankhon ne

raat kaTi aur umr guzari phir bhi baat adhuri thi

qurb-e-badan se kam na hue dil ke fāsle

ik umr kaT ga.ī kisī nā-āshnā ke saath

qurb-e-badan se kam na hue dil ke fasle

ek umr kaT gai kisi na-ashna ke sath

rasm-e-jahāñ na chhūT sakī tark-e-ishq se

jab mil ga.e to pursish-e-hālāt ho ga.ī

rasm-e-jahan na chhuT saki tark-e-ishq se

jab mil gae to pursish-e-haalat ho gai

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