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Sher on Shaheed

The idea of martyrdom

is associated with religious faith. As such, a martyr is one who sacrifices his life for common good and becomes an exemplary character for the following generations. In Urdu poetry, a martyr is also one who suffers in love and sacrifices himself for the beloved. You may appreciate here certain interesting shades of meaning that martyr and martyrdom put forward.

na intizār karo in ai azā-dāro

shahīd jaate haiñ jannat ko ghar nahīñ aate

na intizar karo in ka ai aza-daro

shahid jate hain jannat ko ghar nahin aate

Sabir Zafar
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ḳhuuñ shahīdān-e-vatan rañg kar rahā

aaj ye jannat-nishāñ hindostāñ āzād hai

KHun shahidan-e-watan ka rang la kar hi raha

aaj ye jannat-nishan hindostan aazad hai

Ameen Saloni