Top 10 couplets of Altaf Hussain Hali

One of the founders of Urdu criticism. Outstanding pre-modern poet. Famous for writing Yaadgar-e-ghalib the first biography of Mirza Ghalib.

ham jis pe mar rahe haiñ vo hai baat kuchh aur

aalam meñ tujh se laakh sahī magar kahāñ

hum jis pe mar rahe hain wo hai baat hi kuchh aur

aalam mein tujh se lakh sahi tu magar kahan

Altaf Hussain Hali

farishte se baḌh kar hai insān banñā

magar is meñ lagtī hai mehnat ziyāda

farishte se baDh kar hai insan banna

magar is mein lagti hai mehnat ziyaada

Altaf Hussain Hali

sadā ek ruḳh nahīñ naav chaltī

chalo tum udhar ko havā ho jidhar

sada ek hi ruKH nahin naw chalti

chalo tum udhar ko hawa ho jidhar ki

Altaf Hussain Hali

bahut ḳhush huā 'hālī' se mil kar

abhī kuchh log baaqī haiñ jahāñ meñ

bahut ji KHush hua 'haali' se mil kar

abhi kuchh log baqi hain jahan mein

Altaf Hussain Hali

hotī nahīñ qubūl duā tark-e-ishq

dil chāhtā na ho to zabāñ meñ asar kahāñ

hoti nahin qubul dua tark-e-ishq ki

dil chahta na ho to zaban mein asar kahan

Altaf Hussain Hali

farāġhat se duniyā meñ har dam na baiTho

agar chāhte ho farāġhat ziyāda

faraghat se duniya mein har dam na baiTho

agar chahte ho faraghat ziyaada

Altaf Hussain Hali

ishq sunte the jise ham vo yahī hai shāyad

ḳhud-baḳhud dil meñ hai ik shaḳhs samāyā jaatā

ishq sunte the jise hum wo yahi hai shayad

KHud-baKHud dil mein hai ek shaKHs samaya jata

Altaf Hussain Hali

hai justujū ki ḳhuub se hai ḳhūb-tar kahāñ

ab Thahartī hai dekhiye kar nazar kahāñ

hai justuju ki KHub se hai KHub-tar kahan

ab Thaharti hai dekhiye ja kar nazar kahan

Altaf Hussain Hali

dariyā ko apnī mauj tuġhyāniyoñ se kaam

kashtī kisī paar ho darmiyāñ rahe

dariya ko apni mauj ki tughyaniyon se kaam

kashti kisi ki par ho ya darmiyan rahe

Altaf Hussain Hali

qais ho kohkan ho 'hālī'

āshiqī kuchh kisī zaat nahīñ

qais ho kohkan ho ya 'haali'

aashiqi kuchh kisi ki zat nahin

Altaf Hussain Hali