SHEIKH IBRAHIM ZAUQ

  • 1790-1854
  • Delhi

Poet laureate of the Mughal Court and mentor of Bahadur Shah Zafar. His 'poetic' rivalry with Ghalib is well known.

Poet laureate of the Mughal Court and mentor of Bahadur Shah Zafar. His 'poetic' rivalry with Ghalib is well known.

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ādamiyyat aur shai hai ilm hai kuchh aur shai


kitnā tote ko paḌhāyā par vo haivāñ rahā

ab to ghabrā ke ye kahte haiñ ki mar jā.eñge


mar ke bhī chain na paayā to kidhar jā.eñge

ai sham.a terī umr-e-tābī.ī hai ek raat


hañs kar guzār ise ro kar guzār de

ai 'zauq' dekh duḳhtar-e-raz ko na muñh lagā


chhuTtī nahīñ hai muñh se ye kāfar lagī huī

ai 'zauq' takalluf meñ hai taklīf sarāsar


ārām meñ hai vo jo takalluf nahīñ kartā

ai 'zauq' vaqt naale ke rakh le jigar pe haath


varna jigar ko ro.egā dhar ke sar pe haath

azīzo is ko na ghaḌiyāl sadā samjho


ye umr-e-rafta apnī sadā-e-pā samjho

ba.ad ranjish ke gale milte hue ruktā hai dil


ab munāsib hai yahī kuchh maiñ baḌhūñ kuchh baḌhe

baaqī hai dil meñ shaiḳh ke hasrat gunāh


kaalā karegā muñh bhī jo dāḌhī siyāh

baiThe bhare hue haiñ ḳhum-e-mai tarah ham


par kyā kareñ ki mohr hai muñh par lagī huī

bajā kahe jise aalam use bajā samjho


zabān-e-ḳhalq ko naqqāra-e-ḳhudā samjho

behtar to hai yahī ki na duniyā se dil lage


par kyā kareñ jo kaam na be-dil-lagī chale

be-qarārī sabab har kaam ummīd hai


nā-umīdī ho to phir ārām ummīd hai

bosa jo ruḳh dete nahīñ lab dījiye


ye hai masal ki phuul nahīñ pañkhuḌī sahī

dekh chhoToñ ko hai allāh baḌā.ī detā


āsmāñ aañkh ke til meñ hai dikhā.ī detā

dikhāne ko nahīñ ham muztarib hālat aisī hai


masal hai ro rahe ho kyuuñ kahā sūrat aisī hai

dukān-e-husn meñ miltī nahīñ matā-e-vafā


vagarna lete ham ek apne mehrbāñ ke liye

duniyā ne kis raah-e-fanā meñ diyā hai saath


tum bhī chale chalo yūñhī jab tak chalī chale

ehsān nā-ḳhudā uThā.e mirī balā


kashtī ḳhudā pe chhoḌ duuñ lañgar ko toḌ duuñ

ek aañsū ne Duboyā mujh ko un bazm meñ


buuñd bhar paanī se saarī aabrū paanī huī

ek patthar pūjne ko shaiḳh ka.abe ga.e


'zauq' har but qābil-e-bosa hai is but-ḳhāne meñ

gayā shaitān maarā ek sajda ke na karne meñ


agar lākhoñ baras sajde meñ sar maarā to kyā maarā

hai ain-e-vasl meñ bhī mirī chashm sū-e-dar


lapkā jo paḌ gayā hai mujhe intizār

hameñ nargis dasta ġhair ke hāthoñ se kyuuñ bhejā


jo āñkheñ dikhānī thiiñ dikhāte apnī nazroñ se

haq ne tujh ko ik zabāñ aur diye haiñ kaan do


is ke ye ma.anī kahe ik aur sune insān do

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