Dair-o-Haram Shayri

The tussle between temple and harem and those associated with them are too old. They are acquiring unwelcome proportions now. These have been the subject of concern for the poets and they have picked on the keepers of these institutions to satirise their limited perspective as well as their follies and foibles. Going through these verses, you would realise how liberated is the world of poetry and how so very full of life it has been.

kabhī to dair-o-haram se aa.egā vāpas

maiñ mai-kade meñ tirā intizār kar lūñgā

kabhi to dair-o-haram se tu aaega wapas

main mai-kade mein tera intizar kar lunga

Abdul Hamid Adam

mai-ḳhāne meñ kyuuñ yād-e-ḳhudā hotī hai aksar

masjid meñ to zikr-e-mai-o-mīnā nahīñ hotā

mai-KHane mein kyun yaad-e-KHuda hoti hai aksar

masjid mein to zikr-e-mai-o-mina nahin hota

Riyaz Khairabadi

shauq kahtā hai pahuñch jā.ūñ maiñ ab kaabe meñ jald

raah meñ but-ḳhāna paḌtā hai ilāhī kyā karūñ

shauq kahta hai pahunch jaun main ab kabe mein jald

rah mein but-KHana paDta hai ilahi kya karun

Ameer Minai

ye kah do hazrat-e-nāseh se gar samjhāne aa.e haiñ

ki ham dair o haram hote hue mai-ḳhāne aa.e haiñ

tell this to the priest if he has come to preach

I first went to the mosque, then did the tavern reach

ye kah do hazrat-e-naseh se gar samjhane aae hain

ki hum dair o haram hote hue mai-KHane aae hain

tell this to the priest if he has come to preach

I first went to the mosque, then did the tavern reach

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dair o kaaba meñ bhaTakte phir rahe haiñ raat din

DhūñDhne se bhī to bandoñ ko ḳhudā miltā nahīñ

dair o kaba mein bhaTakte phir rahe hain raat din

DhunDhne se bhi to bandon ko KHuda milta nahin

Dattatriya Kaifi

nahīñ dair o haram se kaam ham ulfat ke bande haiñ

vahī ka.aba hai apnā aarzū dil jahāñ nikle

nahin dair o haram se kaam hum ulfat ke bande hain

wahi kaba hai apna aarzu dil ki jahan nikle

Asghar Gondvi

kaise bhūle hue haiñ gabr o musalmāñ donoñ

dair meñ but hai na ka.abe meñ ḳhudā rakkhā hai

kaise bhule hue hain gabr o musalman donon

dair mein but hai na kabe mein KHuda rakkha hai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

dair-o-haram ko dekh liyā ḳhaak bhī nahīñ

bas ai talāsh-e-yār na dar-dar phirā mujhe

dair-o-haram ko dekh liya KHak bhi nahin

bas ai talash-e-yar na dar-dar phira mujhe

Bekhud Badayuni

is taraf dair udhar ka.aba kidhar ko jā.ūñ

is do-rāhe meñ kahāñ yaar rahā kartā hai

is taraf dair udhar kaba kidhar ko jaun

is do-rahe mein kahan yar raha karta hai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

sū-e-ka.aba chalūñ ki jānib-e-dair

is do-rāhe pe dil bhaTaktā hai

su-e-kaba chalun ki jaanib-e-dair

is do-rahe pe dil bhaTakta hai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

ye sābit hai ki mutlaq ta.ayyun ho nahīñ saktā

vo sālik nahīñ jo chal ke tā-dair-o-haram Thahre

ye sabit hai ki mutlaq ka tayyun ho nahin sakta

wo salik hi nahin jo chal ke ta-dair-o-haram Thahre

Habeeb Moosavi

maiñ dair o haram ho ke tire kūche meñ pahuñchā

do manziloñ pher bas ai yaar paḌā hai

main dair o haram ho ke tere kuche mein pahuncha

do manzilon ka pher bas ai yar paDa hai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar