Waqt Shayari

“It’s all a matter of time.” We have heard this and other expressions like this many a time. Apart from our usual notions about time as good or bad, time is also a philosophical concept. We all are subjected to time but we also make time our subject. Poetry in all languages has engaged with the idea and experience of time. Here are some examples from Urdu for you to appraise.

vaqt rahtā nahīñ kahīñ Tik kar

aadat is bhī aadmī hai

waqt rahta nahin kahin Tik kar

aadat is ki bhi aadmi si hai

Gulzar

vaqt rahtā nahīñ kahīñ Tik kar

aadat is bhī aadmī hai

waqt rahta nahin kahin Tik kar

aadat is ki bhi aadmi si hai

Gulzar

sadā aish daurāñ dikhātā nahīñ

gayā vaqt phir haath aatā nahīñ

sada aish dauran dikhata nahin

gaya waqt phir hath aata nahin

Meer Hasan

sadā aish daurāñ dikhātā nahīñ

gayā vaqt phir haath aatā nahīñ

sada aish dauran dikhata nahin

gaya waqt phir hath aata nahin

Meer Hasan

sub.h hotī hai shaam hotī hai

umr yūñhī tamām hotī hai

subh hoti hai sham hoti hai

umr yunhi tamam hoti hai

Munshi Amirullah Tasleem

sub.h hotī hai shaam hotī hai

umr yūñhī tamām hotī hai

subh hoti hai sham hoti hai

umr yunhi tamam hoti hai

Munshi Amirullah Tasleem

jab aa jaatī hai duniyā ghuum phir kar apne markaz par

to vāpas lauT kar guzre zamāne kyuuñ nahīñ aate

jab aa jati hai duniya ghum phir kar apne markaz par

to wapas lauT kar guzre zamane kyun nahin aate

Ibrat Machlishahri

jab aa jaatī hai duniyā ghuum phir kar apne markaz par

to vāpas lauT kar guzre zamāne kyuuñ nahīñ aate

jab aa jati hai duniya ghum phir kar apne markaz par

to wapas lauT kar guzre zamane kyun nahin aate

Ibrat Machlishahri

ik saal gayā ik saal nayā hai aane ko

par vaqt ab bhī hosh nahīñ dīvāne ko

ek sal gaya ek sal naya hai aane ko

par waqt ka ab bhi hosh nahin diwane ko

Ibn e Insha

ik saal gayā ik saal nayā hai aane ko

par vaqt ab bhī hosh nahīñ dīvāne ko

ek sal gaya ek sal naya hai aane ko

par waqt ka ab bhi hosh nahin diwane ko

Ibn e Insha

ye mohabbat fasāna bhī badal jā.egā

vaqt ke saath zamāna bhī badal jā.egā

ye mohabbat ka fasana bhi badal jaega

waqt ke sath zamana bhi badal jaega

Azhar Lakhnawi

ye mohabbat fasāna bhī badal jā.egā

vaqt ke saath zamāna bhī badal jā.egā

ye mohabbat ka fasana bhi badal jaega

waqt ke sath zamana bhi badal jaega

Azhar Lakhnawi

un zikr un tamannā un yaad

vaqt kitnā qīmtī hai aaj kal

her mention, her yearning her memory

O how precious time now seems to me

un ka zikr un ki tamanna un ki yaad

waqt kitna qimti hai aaj kal

her mention, her yearning her memory

O how precious time now seems to me

Shakeel Badayuni

un zikr un tamannā un yaad

vaqt kitnā qīmtī hai aaj kal

her mention, her yearning her memory

O how precious time now seems to me

un ka zikr un ki tamanna un ki yaad

waqt kitna qimti hai aaj kal

her mention, her yearning her memory

O how precious time now seems to me

Shakeel Badayuni

sab kuchh to hai kyā DhūñDtī rahtī haiñ nigāheñ

kyā baat hai maiñ vaqt pe ghar kyuuñ nahīñ jaatā

sab kuchh to hai kya DhunDti rahti hain nigahen

kya baat hai main waqt pe ghar kyun nahin jata

Nida Fazli

sab kuchh to hai kyā DhūñDtī rahtī haiñ nigāheñ

kyā baat hai maiñ vaqt pe ghar kyuuñ nahīñ jaatā

sab kuchh to hai kya DhunDti rahti hain nigahen

kya baat hai main waqt pe ghar kyun nahin jata

Nida Fazli

kahte haiñ umr-e-rafta kabhī lauTtī nahīñ

mai-kade se merī javānī uThā ke

tis said this fleeting life once gone never returns

go to the tavern and bring back my youth again

kahte hain umr-e-rafta kabhi lauTti nahin

ja mai-kade se meri jawani uTha ke la

tis said this fleeting life once gone never returns

go to the tavern and bring back my youth again

Abdul Hamid Adam

kahte haiñ umr-e-rafta kabhī lauTtī nahīñ

mai-kade se merī javānī uThā ke

tis said this fleeting life once gone never returns

go to the tavern and bring back my youth again

kahte hain umr-e-rafta kabhi lauTti nahin

ja mai-kade se meri jawani uTha ke la

tis said this fleeting life once gone never returns

go to the tavern and bring back my youth again

Abdul Hamid Adam

agar fursat mile paanī tahrīroñ ko paḌh lenā

har ik dariyā hazāroñ saal afsāna likhtā hai

agar fursat mile pani ki tahriron ko paDh lena

har ek dariya hazaron sal ka afsana likhta hai

Bashir Badr

agar fursat mile paanī tahrīroñ ko paḌh lenā

har ik dariyā hazāroñ saal afsāna likhtā hai

agar fursat mile pani ki tahriron ko paDh lena

har ek dariya hazaron sal ka afsana likhta hai

Bashir Badr

vaqt gardishoñ ġham na karo

hausle mushkiloñ meñ palte haiñ

waqt ki gardishon ka gham na karo

hausle mushkilon mein palte hain

Mahfuzur Rahman Adil

vaqt gardishoñ ġham na karo

hausle mushkiloñ meñ palte haiñ

waqt ki gardishon ka gham na karo

hausle mushkilon mein palte hain

Mahfuzur Rahman Adil

dillī meñ aaj bhiik bhī miltī nahīñ unheñ

thā kal talak dimāġh jinheñ tāj-o-taḳht

dilli mein aaj bhik bhi milti nahin unhen

tha kal talak dimagh jinhen taj-o-taKHt ka

Meer Taqi Meer

dillī meñ aaj bhiik bhī miltī nahīñ unheñ

thā kal talak dimāġh jinheñ tāj-o-taḳht

dilli mein aaj bhik bhi milti nahin unhen

tha kal talak dimagh jinhen taj-o-taKHt ka

Meer Taqi Meer

aur kyā chāhtī hai gardish-e-ayyām ki ham

apnā ghar bhuul ga.e un galī bhuul ga.e

aur kya chahti hai gardish-e-ayyam ki hum

apna ghar bhul gae un ki gali bhul gae

Jaun Eliya

aur kyā chāhtī hai gardish-e-ayyām ki ham

apnā ghar bhuul ga.e un galī bhuul ga.e

aur kya chahti hai gardish-e-ayyam ki hum

apna ghar bhul gae un ki gali bhul gae

Jaun Eliya

vo the ḳhafā ham se ham haiñ ḳhafā un se

kal un zamāna thā aaj apnā zamānā hai

ya wo the KHafa hum se ya hum hain KHafa un se

kal un ka zamana tha aaj apna zamana hai

Jigar Moradabadi

vo the ḳhafā ham se ham haiñ ḳhafā un se

kal un zamāna thā aaj apnā zamānā hai

ya wo the KHafa hum se ya hum hain KHafa un se

kal un ka zamana tha aaj apna zamana hai

Jigar Moradabadi

vaqt achchhā bhī aa.egā 'nāsir'

ġham na kar zindagī paḌī hai abhī

waqt achchha bhi aaega 'nasir'

gham na kar zindagi paDi hai abhi

Nasir Kazmi

vaqt achchhā bhī aa.egā 'nāsir'

ġham na kar zindagī paḌī hai abhī

waqt achchha bhi aaega 'nasir'

gham na kar zindagi paDi hai abhi

Nasir Kazmi

us vaqt hisāb kyā duuñ

jo tere baġhair kaT gayā hai

us waqt ka hisab kya dun

jo tere baghair kaT gaya hai

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

us vaqt hisāb kyā duuñ

jo tere baġhair kaT gayā hai

us waqt ka hisab kya dun

jo tere baghair kaT gaya hai

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

na ibtidā ḳhabar hai na intihā ma.alūm

rahā ye vahm ki ham haiñ so vo bhī kyā ma.alūm

na ibtida ki KHabar hai na intiha malum

raha ye wahm ki hum hain so wo bhi kya malum

Fani Badayuni

na ibtidā ḳhabar hai na intihā ma.alūm

rahā ye vahm ki ham haiñ so vo bhī kyā ma.alūm

na ibtida ki KHabar hai na intiha malum

raha ye wahm ki hum hain so wo bhi kya malum

Fani Badayuni

umr bhar milne nahīñ detī haiñ ab to ranjisheñ

vaqt ham se ruuTh jaane adā tak le gayā

umr bhar milne nahin deti hain ab to ranjishen

waqt hum se ruTh jaane ki ada tak le gaya

Fasih Akmal

umr bhar milne nahīñ detī haiñ ab to ranjisheñ

vaqt ham se ruuTh jaane adā tak le gayā

umr bhar milne nahin deti hain ab to ranjishen

waqt hum se ruTh jaane ki ada tak le gaya

Fasih Akmal

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

Shahzad Ahmad

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

Shahzad Ahmad

ye paanī ḳhāmushī se bah rahā hai

ise dekheñ ki is meñ Duub jaa.eñ

ye pani KHamushi se bah raha hai

ise dekhen ki is mein Dub jaen

Ahmad Mushtaq

ye paanī ḳhāmushī se bah rahā hai

ise dekheñ ki is meñ Duub jaa.eñ

ye pani KHamushi se bah raha hai

ise dekhen ki is mein Dub jaen

Ahmad Mushtaq

vaqt barbād karne vāloñ ko

vaqt barbād kar ke chhoḌegā

waqt barbaad karne walon ko

waqt barbaad kar ke chhoDega

Divakar Rahi

vaqt barbād karne vāloñ ko

vaqt barbād kar ke chhoḌegā

waqt barbaad karne walon ko

waqt barbaad kar ke chhoDega

Divakar Rahi

vaqt kartā hai parvarish barsoñ

hādisa ek dam nahīñ hotā

waqt karta hai parwarish barson

hadisa ek dam nahin hota

Qabil Ajmeri

vaqt kartā hai parvarish barsoñ

hādisa ek dam nahīñ hotā

waqt karta hai parwarish barson

hadisa ek dam nahin hota

Qabil Ajmeri

vaqt har zaḳhm marham to nahīñ ban saktā

dard kuchh hote haiñ tā-umr rulāne vaale

waqt har zaKHm ka marham to nahin ban sakta

dard kuchh hote hain ta-umr rulane wale

Sada Ambalvi

vaqt har zaḳhm marham to nahīñ ban saktā

dard kuchh hote haiñ tā-umr rulāne vaale

waqt har zaKHm ka marham to nahin ban sakta

dard kuchh hote hain ta-umr rulane wale

Sada Ambalvi

safar pīchhe jānib hai qadam aage hai merā

maiñ būḌhā hotā jaatā huuñ javāñ hone ḳhātir

safar pichhe ki jaanib hai qadam aage hai mera

main buDha hota jata hun jawan hone ki KHatir

Zafar Iqbal

safar pīchhe jānib hai qadam aage hai merā

maiñ būḌhā hotā jaatā huuñ javāñ hone ḳhātir

safar pichhe ki jaanib hai qadam aage hai mera

main buDha hota jata hun jawan hone ki KHatir

Zafar Iqbal

vaqt kis tezī se guzrā roz-marra meñ 'munīr'

aaj kal hotā gayā aur din havā hote ga.e

waqt kis tezi se guzra roz-marra mein 'munir'

aaj kal hota gaya aur din hawa hote gae

Muneer Niyazi

vaqt kis tezī se guzrā roz-marra meñ 'munīr'

aaj kal hotā gayā aur din havā hote ga.e

waqt kis tezi se guzra roz-marra mein 'munir'

aaj kal hota gaya aur din hawa hote gae

Muneer Niyazi