Waiz Shayari

Sermoniser is an important institution/character of classical Urdu poetry. We come across him along with other such institutions/characters like a drunkard, lover, and beloved. He preaches for maintaining honesty and purity and speaks against drinking wine and indulging in sensual activities. Interestingly, he himself falls a prey to follies that he preaches against. This is why a sermoniser becomes an object of satire, as well as of laughter in poetry. Here are some interesting couplets that bring this character alive to you.

kahāñ mai-ḳhāne darvāza 'ġhālib' aur kahāñ vaa.iz

par itnā jānte haiñ kal vo jaatā thā ki ham nikle

Wherefrom the 'saintly' priest, and where the tavern's door

But as I entered he was leaving, this much I do know

kahan mai-KHane ka darwaza 'ghaalib' aur kahan waiz

par itna jaante hain kal wo jata tha ki hum nikle

Wherefrom the 'saintly' priest, and where the tavern's door

But as I entered he was leaving, this much I do know

Mirza Ghalib

'zauq' jo madrase ke bigḌe hue haiñ mullā

un ko mai-ḳhāne meñ le aao sañvar jā.eñge

'zauq' jo madrase ke bigDe hue hain mulla

un ko mai-KHane mein le aao sanwar jaenge

Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq

kidhar se barq chamaktī hai dekheñ ai vaa.iz

maiñ apnā jaam uThātā huuñ kitāb uThā

where does lightening strike, priest, let us look

I will raise my glass you raise your holy book

kidhar se barq chamakti hai dekhen ai waiz

main apna jam uThata hun tu kitab uTha

where does lightening strike, priest, let us look

I will raise my glass you raise your holy book

Jigar Moradabadi

umīd-e-hūr ne sab kuchh sikhā rakkhā hai vaa.iz ko

ye hazrat dekhne meñ sīdhe-sāde bhole-bhāle haiñ

umid-e-hur ne sab kuchh sikha rakkha hai waiz ko

ye hazrat dekhne mein sidhe-sade bhole-bhaale hain

Allama Iqbal

javānī ko bachā sakte to haiñ har daaġh se vaa.iz

magar aisī javānī ko javānī kaun kahtā hai

jawani ko bacha sakte to hain har dagh se waiz

magar aisi jawani ko jawani kaun kahta hai

Fani Badayuni

terī masjid meñ vaa.iz ḳhaas haiñ auqāt rahmat ke

hamāre mai-kade meñ raat din rahmat barastī hai

teri masjid mein waiz KHas hain auqat rahmat ke

hamare mai-kade mein raat din rahmat barasti hai

Ameer Minai

sadāqat ho to dil sīnoñ se khiñchne lagte haiñ vaa.iz

haqīqat ḳhud ko manvā letī hai maanī nahīñ jaatī

sadaqat ho to dil sinon se khinchne lagte hain waiz

haqiqat KHud ko manwa leti hai mani nahin jati

Jigar Moradabadi

shauq se vaa.iz are kyā baat hai Dar

dozaḳh tire qabze meñ hai jannat tire ghar

pi shauq se waiz are kya baat hai Dar ki

dozaKH tere qabze mein hai jannat tere ghar ki

Shakeel Badayuni

apnī jannat mujhe dikhlā na sakā vaa.iz

kūcha-e-yār meñ chal dekh le jannat merī

apni jannat mujhe dikhla na saka tu waiz

kucha-e-yar mein chal dekh le jannat meri

Fani Badayuni

aa.eñ haiñ samjhāne log

haiñ kitne dīvāne log

aaen hain samjhane log

hain kitne diwane log

Kunwar Mahendra Singh Bedi Sahar

vaa.iz na tum piyo na kisī ko pilā sako

kyā baat hai tumhārī sharāb-e-tuhūr

waiz na tum piyo na kisi ko pila sako

kya baat hai tumhaari sharab-e-tuhur ki

Mirza Ghalib

gunāhgār ke dil se na bach ke chal zāhid

yahīñ kahīñ tirī jannat bhī paa.ī jaatī hai

gunahgar ke dil se na bach ke chal zahid

yahin kahin teri jannat bhi pai jati hai

Jigar Moradabadi

dhoke se pilā thī use bhī koī do ghūñT

pahle se bahut narm hai vaa.iz zabāñ ab

through guile we have managed to ply him with

now the priest's tone is much gentler than before

dhoke se pila di thi use bhi koi do ghunT

pahle se bahut narm hai waiz ki zaban ab

through guile we have managed to ply him with

now the priest's tone is much gentler than before

Riyaz Khairabadi

mirī sharāb tauba pe na ai vaa.iz

nashe baat nahīñ e'tibār ke qābil

meri sharab ki tauba pe ja na ai waiz

nashe ki baat nahin e'tibar ke qabil

Hafeez Jaunpuri

kahte haiñ jis ko jannat vo ik jhalak hai terī

sab vā.izoñ baaqī rañgīñ-bayāniyāñ haiñ

kahte hain jis ko jannat wo ek jhalak hai teri

sab waizon ki baqi rangin-bayaniyan hain

Altaf Hussain Hali

sanam-parastī karūñ tark kyūñkar ai vaa.iz

butoñ zikr ḳhudā kitāb meñ dekhā

sanam-parasti karun tark kyunkar ai waiz

buton ka zikr KHuda ki kitab mein dekha

Aagha Akbarabadi

vaa.iz mai-e-tuhūr jo piinā hai ḳhuld meñ

aadat abhī se Daal rahā huuñ sharāb

waiz mai-e-tuhur jo pina hai KHuld mein

aadat abhi se Dal raha hun sharab ki

Jaleel Manikpuri

muñh meñ vaa.iz ke bhī bhar aatā hai paanī aksar

jab kabhī tazkira-e-jām-e-sharāb aatā hai

munh mein waiz ke bhi bhar aata hai pani aksar

jab kabhi tazkira-e-jam-e-sharab aata hai

Bekhud Dehlvi

vaa.iz āñkheñ khul ga.iiñ piite sāqiyā

ye jām-e-mai thā koī dariyā-e-nūr thā

waiz ki aankhen khul gain pite hi saqiya

ye jam-e-mai tha ya koi dariya-e-nur tha

Yagana Changezi

na vaa.iz hajv kar ek din duniyā se jaanā hai

are muñh sāqi-e-kausar ko bhī āḳhir dikhānā hai

na waiz hajw kar ek din duniya se jaana hai

are munh saqi-e-kausar ko bhi aaKHir dikhana hai

Ameer Minai

tashrīf laao kūcha-e-rindāñ meñ vā.izo

sīdhī raah tum ko batā deñ najāt

tashrif lao kucha-e-rindan mein waizo

sidhi si rah tum ko bata den najat ki

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

mujhe kāfir batātā hai ye vaa.iz kam-baḳht

maiñ ne bandoñ meñ ka.ī baar ḳhudā ko dekhā

mujhe kafir hi batata hai ye waiz kam-baKHt

main ne bandon mein kai bar KHuda ko dekha

Mirza Mayal Dehlvi

talḳhī tumhāre va.az meñ hai vā.izo magar

dekho to kis maze hai talḳhī sharāb meñ

talKHi tumhaare waz mein hai waizo magar

dekho to kis maze ki hai talKHi sharab mein

Mirza Mayal Dehlvi

vaa.iz o mohtasib jamghaT hai

mai-kada ab to mai-kada na rahā

waiz o mohtasib ka jamghaT hai

mai-kada ab to mai-kada na raha

Bekhud Badayuni

koī ilāj-e-ġham-e-zindagī batā vaa.iz

sune hue jo fasāne haiñ phir sunā na mujhe

koi ilaj-e-gham-e-zindagi bata waiz

sune hue jo fasane hain phir suna na mujhe

Akhtar Ziai

niyāz-e-be-ḳhudī behtar namāz-e-ḳhud-numā.ī siiñ

na kar ham puḳhta-maġhzoñ siiñ ḳhayāl-e-ḳhām ai vaa.iz

niyaz-e-be-KHudi behtar namaz-e-KHud-numai sin

na kar hum puKHta-maghzon sin KHayal-e-KHam ai waiz

Siraj Aurangabadi

kyā madrase meñ dahr ke ulTī havā bahī

vaa.iz nahī ko amr kahe amr ko nahī

kya madrase mein dahr ke ulTi hawa bahi

waiz nahi ko amr kahe amr ko nahi

Shaikh Zahuruddin Hatim

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