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Seemab Akbarabadi

1880 - 1951 | Karachi, Pakistan

One of the most prominent pre-modern Urdu Poets, having hundreds of disciples.

One of the most prominent pre-modern Urdu Poets, having hundreds of disciples.

umr-e-darāz maañg ke laa.ī thī chaar din

do aarzū meñ kaT ga.e do intizār meñ

a long life, four days in all, I did negotiate

two were spent in hope and two were spent in wait

umr-e-daraaz mang ke lai thi chaar din

do aarzu mein kaT gae do intizar mein

a long life, four days in all, I did negotiate

two were spent in hope and two were spent in wait

Seemab is considered amongst one of the foremost masters of Urdu poetry. His father, Maulana Mohammad Hussain Siddiqui was a highly educated executive. His father passed away while he was still in college. He left college and got a job in Railways in Kanpur. Seemab started writing poetry during his school days. He became a disciple of Dagh in 1898 and travelled to Ajmer for work after relinquishing his job. In 1921 Seemab founded an institution “ Qasr-ul-Adab” to train new poets. He had also translated the Quran and the persian masnavi of Maulana Rume in Urdu. His first divan was published from Agra in 1936. He came to Pakistan after partition and passed away in Karachi on 31st Jan 1951.