Shikwa Shayari

A lamp burns all night and spreads its light silently. No one cares what the lamp suffers through to spread that light. No one even bothers to think about how it faces the dark night to do what it is destined to do. Poets have used the lamp as a strong metaphor in their poetry. They have also elaborated the symbolic relationship between the moth and itself and in this process, they have commented upon the philosophy of life itself that is characterized both by deprivation and fulfillment.

aage mire na ġhair se go tum ne baat

sarkār nazar ko to pahchāntā huuñ maiñ

though in my presence you did not converse with my foe

dearest, the aspect of your eye, I certainly do know

aage mere na ghair se go tum ne baat ki

sarkar ki nazar ko to pahchanta hun main

though in my presence you did not converse with my foe

dearest, the aspect of your eye, I certainly do know

Qayem Chandpuri

aaj us se maiñ ne shikva kiyā thā sharāratan

kis ko ḳhabar thī itnā burā maan jā.egā

aaj us se main ne shikwa kiya tha shararatan

kis ko KHabar thi itna bura man jaega

Fana Nizami Kanpuri

aap qasmoñ aur mujh ko yaqīñ

ek bhī va.ada kabhī puurā kiyā

aap ki qasmon ka aur mujh ko yaqin

ek bhi wada kabhi pura kiya

Shokh Amrohvi
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aarzū hasrat aur ummīd shikāyat aañsū

ik tirā zikr thā aur biich meñ kyā kyā niklā

aarzu hasrat aur ummid shikayat aansu

ek tera zikr tha aur bich mein kya kya nikla

Sarwar Alam Raz

baḌā maza ho jo mahshar meñ ham kareñ shikva

vo minnatoñ se kaheñ chup raho ḳhudā ke liye

baDa maza ho jo mahshar mein hum karen shikwa

wo minnaton se kahen chup raho KHuda ke liye

Dagh Dehlvi
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bad-gumāñ aap haiñ kyuuñ aap se shikva hai kise

jo shikāyat hai hameñ gardish-e-ayyām se hai

bad-guman aap hain kyun aap se shikwa hai kise

jo shikayat hai hamein gardish-e-ayyam se hai

Hasrat Mohani
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chāhī thī dil ne tujh se vafā kam bahut kam

shāyad isī liye hai gilā kam bahut kam

chahi thi dil ne tujh se wafa kam bahut hi kam

shayad isi liye hai gila kam bahut hi kam

Mahboob Khizan

chalā jaatā thā 'hātim' aaj kuchh vāhī-tabāhī

jo dekhā haath meñ us ke tire shikve daftar thā

chala jata tha 'hatim' aaj kuchh wahi-tabahi sa

jo dekha hath mein us ke tere shikwe ka daftar tha

Shaikh Zahuruddin Hatim

chup raho kyuuñ mizāj pūchhte ho

ham ji.eñ mareñ tumheñ kyā hai

chup raho kyun mizaj puchhte ho

hum jien ya maren tumhein kya hai

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

chup raho to pūchhtā hai ḳhair hai

lo ḳhamoshī bhī shikāyat ho ga.ī

chup raho to puchhta hai KHair hai

lo KHamoshi bhi shikayat ho gai

Akhtar Ansari Akbarabadi
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dekhne vaalā koī mile to dil ke daaġh dikhā.ūñ

ye nagrī andhoñ nagrī kis ko kyā samjhā.ūñ

dekhne wala koi mile to dil ke dagh dikhaun

ye nagri andhon ki nagri kis ko kya samjhaun

Khalilur Rahman Azmi

dil taklīf kam nahīñ karte

ab koī shikva ham nahīñ karte

dil ki taklif kam nahin karte

ab koi shikwa hum nahin karte

Jaun Eliya
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'ehsān' apnā koī bure vaqt nahīñ

ahbāb bevafā haiñ ḳhudā be-niyāz hai

'ehsan' apna koi bure waqt ka nahin

ahbab bewafa hain KHuda be-niyaz hai

Ehsan Danish
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falak se mujh ko shikva hai zamīñ se mujh ko shikva hai

yaqīñ maano to ḳhud apne yaqīñ se mujh ko shikva hai

falak se mujh ko shikwa hai zamin se mujh ko shikwa hai

yaqin mano to KHud apne yaqin se mujh ko shikwa hai

Obaidur Rahman Azmi
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ġhairoñ se kahā tum ne ġhairoñ se sunā tum ne

kuchh ham se kahā hotā kuchh ham se sunā hotā

ghairon se kaha tum ne ghairon se suna tum ne

kuchh hum se kaha hota kuchh hum se suna hota

Chiragh Hasan Hasrat

gilā bhī tujh se bahut hai magar mohabbat bhī

vo baat apnī jagah hai ye baat apnī jagah

gila bhi tujh se bahut hai magar mohabbat bhi

wo baat apni jagah hai ye baat apni jagah

Basir Sultan Kazmi

haañ unhīñ logoñ se duniyā meñ shikāyat hai hameñ

haañ vahī log jo akasr hameñ yaad aa.e haiñ

han unhin logon se duniya mein shikayat hai hamein

han wahi log jo akasr hamein yaad aae hain

Rahi Masoom Raza

hāl-e-dil sun ke vo āzurda haiñ shāyad un ko

is hikāyat pe shikāyat gumāñ guzrā hai

haal-e-dil sun ke wo aazurda hain shayad un ko

is hikayat pe shikayat ka guman guzra hai

Abdul Majeed Salik
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ham ajab haiñ ki us bāhoñ meñ

shikva-e-nārasā.ī karte haiñ

hum ajab hain ki us ki bahon mein

shikwa-e-narasai karte hain

Jaun Eliya
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ham ga.e the us se karne shikva-e-dard-e-firāq

muskurā kar us ne dekhā sab gilā jaatā rahā

hum gae the us se karne shikwa-e-dard-e-firaq

muskura kar us ne dekha sab gila jata raha

Josh Malihabadi
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ham ga.e the us se karte shikva-e-dard-e-firāq

muskurā kar us ko dekhā sab gilā jaatā rahā

hum gae the us se karte shikwa-e-dard-e-firaq

muskura kar us ko dekha sab gila jata raha

Mirza Mohammad Taqi Hawas
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hamāre ishq meñ rusvā hue tum

magar ham to tamāshā ho ga.e haiñ

hamare ishq mein ruswa hue tum

magar hum to tamasha ho gae hain

Athar Nafees
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hameñ to apnī tabāhī daad bhī na milī

tirī navāzish-e-bejā kyā gilā karte

hamein to apni tabahi ki dad bhi na mili

teri nawazish-e-beja ka kya gila karte

Arshi Bhopali

ik terī be-ruḳhī se zamāna ḳhafā huā

ai sañg-dil tujhe bhī ḳhabar hai ki kyā huā

ek teri be-ruKHi se zamana KHafa hua

ai sang-dil tujhe bhi KHabar hai ki kya hua

Arsh Siddiqui
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ishq meñ shikva kufr hai aur har iltijā harām

toḌ de kāsa-e-murād ishq gadāgarī nahīñ

ishq mein shikwa kufr hai aur har iltija haram

toD de kasa-e-murad ishq gadagari nahin

Asar Rampuri

kab vo suntā hai kahānī merī

aur phir vo bhī zabānī merī

when does she ever heed my state

and that too then when I narrate

kab wo sunta hai kahani meri

aur phir wo bhi zabani meri

when does she ever heed my state

and that too then when I narrate

Mirza Ghalib

kah ke ye aur kuchh kahā na gayā

ki mujhe aap se shikāyat hai

kah ke ye aur kuchh kaha na gaya

ki mujhe aap se shikayat hai

Arzoo Lakhnavi
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kahne detī nahīñ kuchh muñh se mohabbat merī

lab pe rah jaatī hai aa aa ke shikāyat merī

from voicing my emotions, love makes me refrain

grievances come to my lips but silent there remain

kahne deti nahin kuchh munh se mohabbat meri

lab pe rah jati hai aa aa ke shikayat meri

from voicing my emotions, love makes me refrain

grievances come to my lips but silent there remain

Dagh Dehlvi

kaise kaheñ ki tujh ko bhī ham se hai vāsta koī

ne to ham se aaj tak koī gila nahīñ kiyā

kaise kahen ki tujh ko bhi hum se hai wasta koi

tu ne to hum se aaj tak koi gila nahin kiya

Jaun Eliya

kis muñh se kareñ un ke taġhāful shikāyat

ḳhud ham ko mohabbat sabaq yaad nahīñ hai

kis munh se karen un ke taghaful ki shikayat

KHud hum ko mohabbat ka sabaq yaad nahin hai

Hafeez Banarasi
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kitne shikve gile haiñ pahle

raah meñ fāsle haiñ pahle

kitne shikwe gile hain pahle hi

rah mein fasle hain pahle hi

Farigh Bukhari

koī charāg jalātā nahīñ salīqe se

magar sabhī ko shikāyat havā se hotī hai

koi charag jalata nahin saliqe se

magar sabhi ko shikayat hawa se hoti hai

Khurshid Talab

kyā vo namrūd ḳhudā.ī thī

bandagī meñ mirā bhalā na huā

what divinity was it that Nimrod once proclaimed?

Worship was no use to me, it did not compensate

kya wo namrud ki KHudai thi

bandagi mein mera bhala na hua

what divinity was it that Nimrod once proclaimed?

Worship was no use to me, it did not compensate

Mirza Ghalib

kyuuñ hijr ke shikve kartā hai kyuuñ dard ke rone rotā hai

ab ishq kiyā to sabr bhī kar is meñ to yahī kuchh hotā hai

kyun hijr ke shikwe karta hai kyun dard ke rone rota hai

ab ishq kiya to sabr bhi kar is mein to yahi kuchh hota hai

Hafeez Jalandhari

merī jaan ke dushman haiñ nasīhat vaale

mujh ko samjhāte haiñ un ko nahīñ samjhāte haiñ

meri hi jaan ke dushman hain nasihat wale

mujh ko samjhate hain un ko nahin samjhate hain

Lala Madhav Ram Jauhar

mohabbat meñ milte haiñ shikāyat ke maze paiham

mohabbat jitnī baḌhtī hai shikāyat hotī jaatī hai

mohabbat hi mein milte hain shikayat ke maze paiham

mohabbat jitni baDhti hai shikayat hoti jati hai

Shakeel Badayuni

mujhe tujh se shikāyat bhī hai lekin ye bhī sach hai

tujhe ai zindagī maiñ vālihāna chāhtā huuñ

mujhe tujh se shikayat bhi hai lekin ye bhi sach hai

tujhe ai zindagi main walihana chahta hun

Khushbir Singh Shaad

rahā hai dil musībat ke maze

aa.e lab par shikva-e-bedād kyā

pa raha hai dil musibat ke maze

aae lab par shikwa-e-bedad kya

Imdad Imam Asar

pur huuñ maiñ shikve se yuuñ raag se jaise baajā

ik zarā chheḌiye phir dekhiye kyā hotā hai

pur hun main shikwe se yun rag se jaise baja

ek zara chheDiye phir dekhiye kya hota hai

Mirza Ghalib

raat aa kar guzar bhī jaatī hai

ik hamārī sahar nahīñ hotī

raat aa kar guzar bhi jati hai

ek hamari sahar nahin hoti

Ibn e Insha

raushnī mujh se gurezāñ hai to shikva bhī nahīñ

mere ġham-ḳhāne meñ kuchh aisā añdherā bhī nahīñ

raushni mujh se gurezan hai to shikwa bhi nahin

mere gham-KHane mein kuchh aisa andhera bhi nahin

Iqbal Azeem
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saaf inkār agar ho to tasallī ho jaa.e

jhūTe va.adoñ se tire rañj sivā hotā hai

saf inkar agar ho to tasalli ho jae

jhuTe wadon se tere ranj siwa hota hai

Qaisar Haideri Dehlvi
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sar agar sar hai to nezoñ se shikāyat kaisī

dil agar dil hai to dariyā se baḌā honā hai

sar agar sar hai to nezon se shikayat kaisi

dil agar dil hai to dariya se baDa hona hai

Irfan Siddiqi
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sar-e-mahshar yahī pūchhūñgā ḳhudā se pahle

ne rokā bhī thā bande ko ḳhatā se pahle

sar-e-mahshar yahi puchhunga KHuda se pahle

tu ne roka bhi tha bande ko KHata se pahle

Anand Narayan Mulla

shikva apnoñ se kiyā jaatā hai ġhairoñ se nahīñ

aap kah deñ to kabhī aap se shikva na kareñ

shikwa apnon se kiya jata hai ghairon se nahin

aap kah den to kabhi aap se shikwa na karen

Khalish Kalkatvi
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shikva koī dariyā ravānī se nahīñ hai

rishta mirī pyaas paanī se nahīñ hai

shikwa koi dariya ki rawani se nahin hai

rishta hi meri pyas ka pani se nahin hai

Shahryar

shikva-e-ġham tire huzūr kiyā

ham ne be-shak baḌā qusūr kiyā

shikwa-e-gham tere huzur kiya

hum ne be-shak baDa qusur kiya

Hasrat Mohani
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shikva-e-hijr pe sar kaaT ke farmāte haiñ

phir karoge kabhī is muñh se shikāyat merī

shikwa-e-hijr pe sar kaT ke farmate hain

phir karoge kabhi is munh se shikayat meri

Fani Badayuni

sune jaate na the tum se mire din-rāt ke shikve

kafan sarkāo merī be-zabānī dekhte jaao

sune jate na the tum se mere din-raat ke shikwe

kafan sarkao meri be-zabani dekhte jao

Fani Badayuni
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sunegā kaun merī chāk-dāmānī afsāna

yahāñ sab apne apne pairahan baat karte haiñ

sunega kaun meri chaak-damani ka afsana

yahan sab apne apne pairahan ki baat karte hain

Kaleem Aajiz
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