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Shahzad Ahmad

1932 - 2012 | Lahore, Pakistan

One of the leading poets of new Urdu ghazal.

One of the leading poets of new Urdu ghazal.

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chhoḌne maiñ nahīñ jaatā use darvāze tak

lauT aatā huuñ ki ab kaun use jaatā dekhe

chhoDne main nahin jata use darwaze tak

lauT aata hun ki ab kaun use jata dekhe

guzarne na vo raat maiñ ne

ghaḌī par rakh diyā thā haath maiñ ne

guzarne hi na di wo raat main ne

ghaDi par rakh diya tha hath main ne

hamāre pesh-e-nazar manzileñ kuchh aur bhī thiiñ

ye hādsa hai ki ham tere paas aa pahuñche

hamare pesh-e-nazar manzilen kuchh aur bhi thin

ye hadsa hai ki hum tere pas aa pahunche

sab tarah ne bhī mire aib nikāle

ne bhī ḳhudāyā mirī niyyat nahīñ dekhī

sab ki tarah tu ne bhi mere aib nikale

tu ne bhi KHudaya meri niyyat nahin dekhi

hazār chehre haiñ maujūd aadmī ġhā.eb

ye kis ḳharābe meñ duniyā ne ke chhoḌ diyā

hazar chehre hain maujud aadmi ghaeb

ye kis KHarabe mein duniya ne la ke chhoD diya

aañkh rakhte ho to us aañkh tahrīr paḌho

muñh se iqrār na karnā to hai aadat us

aankh rakhte ho to us aankh ki tahrir paDho

munh se iqrar na karna to hai aadat us ki

yuuñ tirī yaad meñ din raat magan rahtā huuñ

dil dhḌaknā tire qadmoñ sadā lagtā hai

yun teri yaad mein din raat magan rahta hun

dil dhDakna tere qadmon ki sada lagta hai

hausla hai to safīnoñ ke alam lahrāo

bahte dariyā to chaleñge isī raftār ke saath

hausla hai to safinon ke alam lahrao

bahte dariya to chalenge isi raftar ke sath

jab us zulf meñ pahlā safed baal aayā

tab us ko pahlī mulāqāt ḳhayāl aayā

jab us ki zulf mein pahla safed baal aaya

tab us ko pahli mulaqat ka KHayal aaya

shauq-e-safar be-sabab aur safar be-talab

us taraf chal diye jis ne pukārā na thā

shauq-e-safar be-sabab aur safar be-talab

us ki taraf chal diye jis ne pukara na tha

ye samajh ke maanā hai sach tumhārī bātoñ ko

itne ḳhūb-sūrat lab jhuuT kaise boleñge

ye samajh ke mana hai sach tumhaari baaton ko

itne KHub-surat lab jhuT kaise bolenge

niiñd aa.e to achānak tirī aahaT sun luuñ

jaag uTThūñ to badan se tirī ḳhushbū aa.e

nind aae to achanak teri aahaT sun lun

jag uTThun to badan se teri KHushbu aae

ab to insān azmat bhī koī chiiz nahīñ

log patthar ko ḳhudā maan liyā karte the

ab to insan ki azmat bhi koi chiz nahin

log patthar ko KHuda man liya karte the

vāqi.a kuchh bhī ho sach kahne meñ rusvā.ī hai

kyuuñ na ḳhāmosh rahūñ ahl-e-nazar kahlā.ūñ

waqia kuchh bhi ho sach kahne mein ruswai hai

kyun na KHamosh rahun ahl-e-nazar kahlaun

javāz koī agar merī bandagī nahīñ

maiñ pūchhtā huuñ tujhe kyā milā ḳhudā ho kar

jawaz koi agar meri bandagi ka nahin

main puchhta hun tujhe kya mila KHuda ho kar

khulī fazā meñ agar laḌkhaḌā ke chal na sakeñ

to zahr piinā hai behtar sharāb piine se

khuli faza mein agar laDkhaDa ke chal na saken

to zahr pina hai behtar sharab pine se

tumhārī aarzū meñ maiñ ne apnī aarzū thī

ḳhud apnī justujū aap hāsil ho gayā huuñ maiñ

tumhaari aarzu mein main ne apni aarzu ki thi

KHud apni justuju ka aap hasil ho gaya hun main

das baje raat ko so jaate haiñ ḳhabreñ sun kar

aañkh khultī hai to aḳhbār talab karte haiñ

das baje raat ko so jate hain KHabren sun kar

aankh khulti hai to aKHbar talab karte hain

maiñ tirā kuchh bhī nahīñ huuñ magar itnā to batā

dekh kar mujh ko tire zehn meñ aatā kyā hai

main tera kuchh bhi nahin hun magar itna to bata

dekh kar mujh ko tere zehn mein aata kya hai

terī qurbat meñ guzāre hue kuchh lamhe haiñ

dil ko tanhā.ī ehsās dilāne vaale

teri qurbat mein guzare hue kuchh lamhe hain

dil ko tanhai ka ehsas dilane wale

jahāñ meñ manzil-e-maqsūd DhūñDne vaale

ye kā.enāt tasvīr ḳhayālī hai

jahan mein manzil-e-maqsud DhunDne wale

ye kaenat ki taswir hi KHayali hai

shāyad log isī raunaq ko garmi-e-mahfil kahte haiñ

ḳhud aag lagā dete haiñ ham apnī tanhā.ī ko

shayad log isi raunaq ko garmi-e-mahfil kahte hain

KHud hi aag laga dete hain hum apni tanhai ko

sitāre is qadar dekhe ki āñkheñ bujh ga.iiñ apnī

mohabbat is qadar kar mohabbat chhoḌ ham ne

sitare is qadar dekhe ki aankhen bujh gain apni

mohabbat is qadar kar li mohabbat chhoD di hum ne

ab apne chehre par do patthar se sajā.e phirtā huuñ

aañsū le kar bech diyā hai āñkhoñ bīnā.ī ko

ab apne chehre par do patthar se sajae phirta hun

aansu le kar bech diya hai aankhon ki binai ko

dil o nigāh ye fāsla bhī kyuuñ rah jaa.e

agar aa.e to maiñ dil ko aañkh meñ rakh luuñ

dil o nigah ka ye fasla bhi kyun rah jae

agar tu aae to main dil ko aankh mein rakh lun

jis ko jaanā nahīñ us ko ḳhudā kyuuñ māneñ

aur jise jaan chuke hoñ vo ḳhudā kaise ho

the one we do not know, how can we God decree

and the one we do know, then God how can he be

jis ko jaana hi nahin us ko KHuda kyun manen

aur jise jaan chuke hon wo KHuda kaise ho

the one we do not know, how can we God decree

and the one we do know, then God how can he be

paas rah kar bhī na pahchān sakā mujh ko

duur se dekh ke ab haath hilātā kyā hai

pas rah kar bhi na pahchan saka tu mujh ko

dur se dekh ke ab hath hilata kya hai

tumhārī aañkh meñ kaifiyyat-e-ḳhumār to hai

sharāb na sahī niiñd asar sahī

tumhaari aankh mein kaifiyyat-e-KHumar to hai

sharab ka na sahi nind ka asar hi sahi

ek lamhe meñ kaTā hai muddatoñ fāsla

maiñ abhī aayā huuñ tasvīreñ purānī dekh kar

ek lamhe mein kaTa hai muddaton ka fasla

main abhi aaya hun taswiren purani dekh kar

ab mirā dard mirī jaan huā jaatā hai

ai mire chāragaro ab mujhe achchhā na karo

ab mera dard meri jaan hua jata hai

ai mere chaaragaro ab mujhe achchha na karo

niiñd aatī hai agar jaltī huī āñkhoñ meñ

koī dīvāne zanjīr hilā detā hai

nind aati hai agar jalti hui aankhon mein

koi diwane ki zanjir hila deta hai

aaj tak us mohabbat nasha taarī hai

phuul baaqī nahīñ ḳhushbū safar jaarī hai

aaj tak us ki mohabbat ka nasha tari hai

phul baqi nahin KHushbu ka safar jari hai

jalte haiñ ik charāġh lau se ka.ī charāġh

duniyā tire ḳhayāl se raushan huī to hai

jalte hain ek charagh ki lau se kai charagh

duniya tere KHayal se raushan hui to hai

dil vahshī kabhī qaabū meñ na aayā yaaro

haar kar baiTh ga.e jaal bichhāne vaale

dil sa wahshi kabhi qabu mein na aaya yaro

haar kar baiTh gae jal bichhane wale

ārzūoñ ne ka.ī phuul chune the lekin

zindagī ḳhār-badāmāñ hai ise kyā kahiye

aarzuon ne kai phul chune the lekin

zindagi KHar-badaman hai ise kya kahiye

chhup chhup ke kahāñ tak tire dīdār mileñge

ai parda-nashīñ ab sar-e-bāzār mileñge

chhup chhup ke kahan tak tere didar milenge

ai parda-nashin ab sar-e-bazar milenge

rahne diyā na us ne kisī kaam mujhe

aur ḳhaak meñ bhī mujh ko milā kar nahīñ gayā

rahne diya na us ne kisi kaam ka mujhe

aur KHak mein bhi mujh ko mila kar nahin gaya

tujh meñ kas-bal hai to duniyā ko bahā kar le

chaa.e pyālī meñ tūfān uThātā kyā hai

tujh mein kas-bal hai to duniya ko baha kar le ja

chae ki pyali mein tufan uThata kya hai

zarā ġham huā aur ro diye ham

baḌī nāzuk tabī.at ho ga.ī hai

zara sa gham hua aur ro diye hum

baDi nazuk tabiat ho gai hai

dil pe ai dost qayāmat guzar jaatī hai

tum nigāh-e-ġhalat-andāz se dekhā na karo

dil pe ai dost qayamat si guzar jati hai

tum nigah-e-ghalat-andaz se dekha na karo

safar bhī duur hai aur kahīñ nahīñ jaanā

ab ibtidā ise kahiye ki intihā kahiye

safar bhi dur ka hai aur kahin nahin jaana

ab ibtida ise kahiye ki intiha kahiye

yaar hote to mujhe muñh pe burā kah dete

bazm meñ merā gilā sab ne kiyā mere ba.ad

yar hote to mujhe munh pe bura kah dete

bazm mein mera gila sab ne kiya mere baad

ye alag baat zabāñ saath na de pā.egī

dil jo haal hai kahnā to paḌegā tujh se

ye alag baat zaban sath na de paegi

dil ka jo haal hai kahna to paDega tujh se

bigḌī huī is shahr hālat bhī bahut hai

jā.ūñ bhī kahāñ is se mohabbat bhī bahut hai

bigDi hui is shahr ki haalat bhi bahut hai

jaun bhi kahan is se mohabbat bhi bahut hai

kal thī ye fikr use haal sunā.eñ kaise

aaj ye sochte haiñ us ko sunā kyuuñ aa.e

kal thi ye fikr use haal sunaen kaise

aaj ye sochte hain us ko suna kyun aae

vo mirī sub.hoñ taarā vo mirī rātoñ chāñd

mere dil raushnī to thā magar merā na thā

wo meri subhon ka tara wo meri raaton ka chand

mere dil ki raushni to tha magar mera na tha

Duub jaatā hai damaktā huā sūraj lekin

mehñdiyāñ shaam ke hāthoñ meñ rachā detā hai

Dub jata hai damakta hua suraj lekin

mehndiyan sham ke hathon mein racha deta hai

tirā maiñ kyā karūñ ai dil tujhe kuchh bhī nahīñ aatā

bichhaḌnā bhī use aatā hai aur milnā bhī aatā hai

tera main kya karun ai dil tujhe kuchh bhi nahin aata

bichhaDna bhi use aata hai aur milna bhi aata hai

shaam hone ko hai jalne ko hai sham-e-mahfil

saañs lene bhī fursat nahīñ parvāne ko

sham hone ko hai jalne ko hai sham-e-mahfil

sans lene ki bhi fursat nahin parwane ko

āzād thā mizāj to kyuuñ ghar banā liyā

ab umr bhar yahī dar-o-dīvār dekhiye

aazad tha mizaj to kyun ghar bana liya

ab umr bhar yahi dar-o-diwar dekhiye

Recitation

Jashn-e-Rekhta | 8-9-10 December 2023 - Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Near India Gate - New Delhi

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