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Zafar Iqbal

1933 - | Okara, Pakistan

One of the most prominent and trend-setter poet of new Urdu ghazal having a vast following.

One of the most prominent and trend-setter poet of new Urdu ghazal having a vast following.

aañkh ke ek ishāre se kiyā gul us ne

jal rahā thā jo diyā itnī havā hote hue

aankh ke ek ishaare se kiya gul us ne

jal raha tha jo diya itni hawa hote hue

āñkhoñ meñ raakh Daal ke niklā huuñ sair ko

shāḳhoñ pe nāchte haiñ sharar mere sāmne

aankhon mein rakh Dal ke nikla hun sair ko

shaKHon pe nachte hain sharar mere samne

aabā to 'zafar' nahīñ the aise

phir sher shi.ār kyuuñ huā hai

aaba to 'zafar' nahin the aise

phir sher shiar kyun hua hai

aage baḌhūñ to zard ghaTā mere rū-ba-rū

pīchhe muḌūñ to gard-e-safar mere sāmne

aage baDhun to zard ghaTa mere ru-ba-ru

pichhe muDun to gard-e-safar mere samne

aaj kal us tarah ham bhī haiñ ḳhālī ḳhālī

ek do din use kahiyo ki yahāñ rah jaa.e

aaj kal us ki tarah hum bhi hain KHali KHali

ek do din use kahiyo ki yahan rah jae

āḳhir 'zafar' huā huuñ manzar se ḳhud ġhā.eb

uslūb-e-ḳhās apnā maiñ aam karte karte

aaKHir 'zafar' hua hun manzar se KHud hi ghaeb

uslub-e-KHas apna main aam karte karte

ab ke is bazm meñ kuchh apnā pata bhī denā

paañv par paañv jo rakhnā to dabā bhī denā

ab ke is bazm mein kuchh apna pata bhi dena

panw par panw jo rakhna to daba bhi dena

ab us diid mohabbat nahīñ zarūrat hai

ki us se mil ke bichhaḌne aarzū hai bahut

ab us ki did mohabbat nahin zarurat hai

ki us se mil ke bichhaDne ki aarzu hai bahut

ab vahī karne lage dīdār se aage baat

jo kabhī kahte the bas dīdār honā chāhiye

ab wahi karne lage didar se aage ki baat

jo kabhi kahte the bas didar hona chahiye

abhī merī apnī samajh meñ bhī nahīñ aa rahī

maiñ jabhī to baat ko muḳhtasar nahīñ kar rahā

abhi meri apni samajh mein bhi nahin aa rahi

main jabhi to baat ko muKHtasar nahin kar raha

andar zahr-nāk añdherā thā bahut

sar par tulī khaḌī hai shab-e-tār kis liye

andar ka zahr-nak andhera hi tha bahut

sar par tuli khaDi hai shab-e-tar kis liye

apne sāmne dīvār banā baiThā huuñ

hai ye anjām use raste se haTā dene

apne hi samne diwar bana baiTha hun

hai ye anjam use raste se haTa dene ka

apne so.e hue sūraj ḳhabar le kar

is kamīñ-gāh meñ kirnoñ ko pakaḌtā kyā hai

apne soe hue suraj ki KHabar le ja kar

is kamin-gah mein kirnon ko pakaDta kya hai

apnī marzī se bhī ham ne kaam kar Daale haiñ kuchh

lafz ko laḌvā diyā hai beshtar ma.anī ke saath

apni marzi se bhi hum ne kaam kar Dale hain kuchh

lafz ko laDwa diya hai beshtar mani ke sath

apnī ye shān-e-baġhāvat koī dekhe aa kar

muñh se inkār bhī hai aur sar bhī jhukā.e hue haiñ

apni ye shan-e-baghawat koi dekhe aa kar

munh se inkar bhi hai aur sar bhi jhukae hue hain

bāhar se chaTTān tarah huuñ

andar fazā meñ thartharī hai

bahar se chaTTan ki tarah hun

andar ki faza mein tharthari hai

bārish bahut tez havā meñ kahīñ mujh ko

darpesh thā ik marhala jalne tarah

barish ki bahut tez hawa mein kahin mujh ko

darpesh tha ek marhala jalne ki tarah ka

baat mujh meñ bhī kuchh is tarah hogī jo yahāñ

kabhī vāpas na hotā thā vasūlā huā maiñ

baat mujh mein bhi kuchh is tarah ki hogi jo yahan

kabhi wapas hi na hota tha wasula hua main

bāzār-e-bosa tez se hai tez-tar 'zafar'

ummīd to nahīñ ki ye mahñgā.ī ḳhatm ho

bazar-e-bosa tez se hai tez-tar 'zafar'

ummid to nahin ki ye mahngai KHatm ho

badan saarā lahū khiñch ke aa gayā ruḳh par

vo ek bosa hameñ de ke surḳh-rū hai bahut

badan ka sara lahu khinch ke aa gaya ruKH par

wo ek bosa hamein de ke surKH-ru hai bahut

bas ek baar kisī ne gale lagāyā thā

phir us ke baad na maiñ thā na merā saayā thā

bas ek bar kisi ne gale lagaya tha

phir us ke baad na main tha na mera saya tha

bharī rahe abhī āñkhoñ meñ us ke naam niind

vo ḳhvāb hai to yūñhī dekhne se guzregā

bhari rahe abhi aankhon mein us ke nam ki nind

wo KHwab hai to yunhi dekhne se guzrega

buḌhāpe se aglī ye manzil hai koī

javāñ ho gayā huuñ hasīñ ho gayā huuñ

buDhape se agli ye manzil hai koi

jawan ho gaya hun hasin ho gaya hun

bujhā nahīñ mire andar āftāb abhī

jalā ke ḳhaak karegā yahī sharāra mujhe

bujha nahin mere andar ka aaftab abhi

jala ke KHak karega yahi sharara mujhe

chapātiyāñ thiiñ bañdhī peT par magar shab-bhar

ubhartā Dūbtā maiñ bhuuk ke bhañvar meñ rahā

chapatiyan thin bandhi peT par magar shab-bhar

ubharta Dubta main bhuk ke bhanwar mein raha

chehre se jhaaḌ pichhle baras kudūrateñ

dīvār se purānā calender utaar de

chehre se jhaD pichhle baras ki kuduraten

diwar se purana calender utar de

chūmne ke liye thaam rakhkhūñ koī dam vo haath

aur vo paañv rañg-e-hinā ke liye chhoḌ duuñ

chumne ke liye tham rakhkhun koi dam wo hath

aur wo panw rang-e-hina ke liye chhoD dun

dar-e-umīd se ho kar nikalne lagtā huuñ

to yaas rauzan-e-zindāñ se aañkh mārtī hai

dar-e-umid se ho kar nikalne lagta hun

to yas rauzan-e-zindan se aankh marti hai

dil se bāhar nikal aanā mirī majbūrī hai

maiñ to is shor-e-qayāmat meñ nahīñ rah saktā

dil se bahar nikal aana meri majburi hai

main to is shor-e-qayamat mein nahin rah sakta

din chaḌhe honā na honā ek rah jā.egā

ye bhī kyā kam hai ki ab se raat bhar baaqī huuñ maiñ

din chaDhe hona na hona ek sa rah jaega

ye bhi kya kam hai ki ab se raat bhar baqi hun main

ek din sub.h jo uTTheñ to ye duniyā na ho

hai madār ab kisī aisī ḳhush-imkānī par

ek din subh jo uTThen to ye duniya hi na ho

hai madar ab kisi aisi hi KHush-imkani par

ek nā-maujūdgī rah jā.egī chāroñ taraf

rafta rafta is qadar sunsān kar degā mujhe

ek na-maujudgi rah jaegi chaaron taraf

rafta rafta is qadar sunsan kar dega mujhe

haath pair aap maiñ maar rahā huuñ filhāl

Dūbte ko abhī tinke sahārā kam hai

hath pair aap hi main mar raha hun filhaal

Dubte ko abhi tinke ka sahaara kam hai

ham itnī raushnī meñ dekh bhī sakte nahīñ us ko

so apne aap is chāñd ko gahnā.e rakhte haiñ

hum itni raushni mein dekh bhi sakte nahin us ko

so apne aap hi is chand ko gahnae rakhte hain

ham pe duniyā huī savār 'zafar'

aur ham haiñ savār duniyā par

hum pe duniya hui sawar 'zafar'

aur hum hain sawar duniya par

hamārā ishq ravāñ hai rukāvaToñ meñ 'zafar'

ye ḳhvāb hai kisī dīvār se nahīñ ruktā

hamara ishq rawan hai rukawaTon mein 'zafar'

ye KHwab hai kisi diwar se nahin rukta

har baar madad ke liye auroñ ko pukārā

kaam liyā nāra-e-takbīr se ham ne

har bar madad ke liye auron ko pukara

ya kaam liya nara-e-takbir se hum ne

har nayā zā.iqa chhoḌā hai jo auroñ ke liye

pahle apne liye ījād bhī ḳhud maiñ ne kiyā

har naya zaiqa chhoDa hai jo auron ke liye

pahle apne liye ijad bhi KHud main ne kiya

havā ke saath jo ik bosa bhejtā huuñ kabhī

to shola us badan-pāk se nikaltā hai

hawa ke sath jo ek bosa bhejta hun kabhi

to shola us badan-pak se nikalta hai

havā shāḳhoñ meñ rukne aur ulajhne ko hai is lamhe

guzarte bādaloñ meñ chāñd haa.il hone vaalā hai

hawa shaKHon mein rukne aur ulajhne ko hai is lamhe

guzarte baadalon mein chand hail hone wala hai

husn us usī maqām pe hai

ye musāfir safar nahīñ kartā

husn us ka usi maqam pe hai

ye musafir safar nahin karta

ik dhuup tanī huī bādal ke ār-pār

ik pyaas hai rukī huī jharne ke bāvajūd

ek dhup si tani hui baadal ke aar-par

ek pyas hai ruki hui jharne ke bawajud

ik duur ke safar pe ravāna bhī huuñ 'zafar'

sust-ul-vajūd ghar meñ paḌā bhī huā huuñ maiñ

ek dur ke safar pe rawana bhi hun 'zafar'

sust-ul-wajud ghar mein paDa bhi hua hun main

ik lahar hai ki mujh meñ uchhalne ko hai 'zafar'

ik lafz hai ki mujh se adā hone vaalā hai

ek lahar hai ki mujh mein uchhalne ko hai 'zafar'

ek lafz hai ki mujh se ada hone wala hai

inkisārī meñ mirā hukm bhī jaarī thā 'zafar'

arz karte hue irshād bhī ḳhud maiñ ne kiyā

inkisari mein mera hukm bhi jari tha 'zafar'

arz karte hue irshad bhi KHud main ne kiya

is baar milī hai jo natīje meñ burā.ī

kaam aa.ī hai apnī koī achchhā.ī hamāre

is bar mili hai jo natije mein burai

kaam aai hai apni koi achchhai hamare

is tarah bhī chalā hai kabhī kārobār-e-shauq

rūThe koī to us ko manā lenā chāhiye

is tarah bhi chala hai kabhi karobar-e-shauq

ruThe koi to us ko mana lena chahiye

ise bhī 'zafar' merī himmat samjho

kahīñ ho na paayā kahīñ ho gayā huuñ

ise bhi 'zafar' meri himmat hi samjho

kahin ho na paya kahin ho gaya hun

ishq udāsī ke paiġhām to laatā rahtā hai din raat

lekin ham ko ḳhush rahne aadat bahut ziyāda hai

ishq udasi ke paigham to lata rahta hai din raat

lekin hum ko KHush rahne ki aadat bahut ziyaada hai

itnā mānūs bhī hone zarūrat kyā thī

kabhī is ḳhvāb se mumkin hai nikalnā paḌ jaa.e

itna manus bhi hone ki zarurat kya thi

kabhi is KHwab se mumkin hai nikalna paD jae

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