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Iftikhar Arif

1940 - | Islamabad, Pakistan

One of the most prominent Pakistani poets, famous for his cultural romanticism.

Ghazal

bikhar jaa.e.nge ham kyaa jab tamaashaa KHatm hogaa

dukh aur tarah ke hai.n du.aa aur tarah kii

fazaa me.n vahshat-e-sa.ng-o-sinaa.n ke hote hu.e

Gairo.n se daad-e-jaur-o-jafaa lii ga.ii to kyaa

galii-kuucho.n me.n ha.ngaama bapaa karnaa pa.Degaa

Gam-e-jahaa.n ko sharmsaar karne vaale kyaa hu.e

jaisaa huu.n vaisaa kyuu.n huu.n samjhaa saktaa thaa mai.n

manzar se hai.n na diida-e-biinaa ke dam se hai.n

meraa maalik jab taufiiq arzaanii kartaa hai

mire KHudaa mujhe itnaa to mo'atabar kar de

mulk-e-suKHan me.n dard kii daulat ko kyaa hu.aa

samundar is qadar shoriida-sar kyuu.n lag rahaa hai

sar-e-baam-e-hijr diyaa bujhaa to KHabar hu.ii

shahr-e-gul ke KHas-o-KHaashaak se KHauf aataa hai

shikasta-par junuu.n ko aazmaa.e.nge nahii.n kyaa

sitaara-vaar jale phir bujhaa diye ga.e ham

taar-e-shabnam kii tarah suurat-e-KHas TuuTtii hai

umiid-o-biim ke mehvar se haT ke dekhte hai.n

vafaa kii KHair manaataa huu.n bevafaa.ii me.n bhii

ye ab khulaa ki ko.ii bhii manzar miraa na thaa

ye bastiyaa.n hai.n ki maqtal du.aa kiye jaa.e.n

ye mo.ajiza bhii kisii kii du.aa kaa lagtaa hai

ye qarz-e-kaj-kulahii kab talak adaa hogaa

ab bhii tauhiin-e-itaa.at nahii.n hogii ham se

azaab ye bhii kisii aur par nahii.n aayaa

azaab-e-vahshat-e-jaa.n kaa sila na maa.nge ko.ii

bastii bhii samundar bhii bayaabaa.n bhii miraa hai

dayaar-e-nuur me.n tiira-shabo.n kaa saathii ho

Gam-e-jahaa.n ko sharmsaar karne vaale kyaa hu.e

haamii bhii na the munkir-e-'Gaalib' bhii nahii.n the

ham apne raftagaa.n ko yaad rakhnaa chaahte hai.n

hijr kii dhuup me.n chhaa.nv jaisii baate.n karte hai.n

inhii.n me.n jiite inhii.n bastiyo.n me.n mar rahte

kahaa.n ke naam o nasab ilm kyaa faziilat kyaa

kahii.n se ko.ii harf-e-mo'tabar shaayad na aa.e

KHvaab kii tarah bikhar jaane ko jii chaahtaa hai

KHvaab-e-deriina se ruKHsat kaa sabab puuchhte hai.n

ko.ii junuu.n ko.ii saudaa na sar me.n rakkhaa jaa.e

ko.ii to phuul khilaa.e du.aa ke lahje me.n

kuchh bhii nahii.n kahii.n nahii.n KHvaab ke iKHtiyaar me.n

mire KHudaa mujhe itnaa to mo'atabar kar de

ravish me.n gardish-e-sayyaargaa.n se achchhii hai

samajh rahe hai.n magar bolne kaa yaaraa nahii.n

sitaaro.n se bharaa ye aasmaa.n kaisaa lagegaa

suKHan-e-haq ko faziilat nahii.n milne vaalii

thakan to agle safar ke liye bahaana thaa

umiid-o-biim ke mehvar se haT ke dekhte hai.n

vahii pyaas hai vahii dasht hai vahii gharaanaa hai

ye bastii jaanii-pahchaanii bahut hai

ye naqsh ham jo sar-e-lauh-e-jaa.n banaate hai.n

zaraa sii der ko aa.e the KHvaab aa.nkho.n me.n

ab bhii tauhiin-e-itaa.at nahii.n hogii ham se

azaab ye bhii kisii aur par nahii.n aayaa

azaab-e-vahshat-e-jaa.n kaa sila na maa.nge ko.ii

dayaar-e-nuur me.n tiira-shabo.n kaa saathii ho

Gam-e-jahaa.n ko sharmsaar karne vaale kyaa hu.e

haamii bhii na the munkir-e-'Gaalib' bhii nahii.n the

inhii.n me.n jiite inhii.n bastiyo.n me.n mar rahte

kahaa.n ke naam o nasab ilm kyaa faziilat kyaa

ko.ii to phuul khilaa.e du.aa ke lahje me.n

suKHan-e-haq ko faziilat nahii.n milne vaalii

thakan to agle safar ke liye bahaana thaa

Nazm

aaKHirii aadmii kaa rajaz

abuu-taalib ke beTe

aur havaa chup rahii

balance-sheet

ban-baas

du.aa

ek KHvaab kii duurii par

ek savaal

ek udaas shaam ke naam

gumnaam sipaahii kii qabr par

iltijaa

intibaah

kuuch

mukaalima

puraane dushman

sahraa me.n ek shaam

shahr ilm ke darvaaze par

shahr-aashob

shikast

abhii kuchh din lage.nge

baarahvaa.n khilaa.Dii

bad-shuguunii

ek ruKH

kuchh der pahle nii.nd se

mohabbat kii ek nazm

yaqiin se yaado.n ke baare me.n kuchh kahaa nahii.n jaa saktaa

abhii kuchh din lage.nge

bad-shuguunii

mohabbat kii ek nazm

Recitation

aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hote tak SHAMSUR RAHMAN FARUQI

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