Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sir Syed's Legacy - Literary dimension

Urooj-e aadam-e khaki se anjum sahme jaate hain
Ke yeh toota hua taara mah-e kaamil na ban jaaye

A man was born at a time when darkness engulfed the Indian society in general and muslims in particular. He acquired knowledge and wisdom and achieved un-scaled height of scholarship in varied arena.  Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a silver lining on otherwise dark cloud shadowing the Indian subcontinent throughout the 19th century. He awakened from slumber the somnolent community which was oblivious of fast changing politico-social scene of 19th century. His indelible footprint still guides the activists who endeavor for positive changes in society.

Many treatises have been written about Aligarh movement. The Aligarh Urdu tehreek needs special focus today as this movement was to regain the rich Socio-Cultural heritage lost by muslim community.

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was litterateur par excellence and steered the Aligarh movement for reform in Urdu literature. He tried to awaken the masses using all the genres of literature as an instrument. He wrote poems using Ahan as takhallus, worte essays on social issues. His vast literary works are varied like the man was himself. His masterpiece Asarus Sanaadeed, a book of architecture is still widely refered to, His book on causes of Indian mutiny was instrumental in the reform and passage of Government of India Act 1858. Sir Syed and his friends established scientific society to translate books in Urdu to bring scientific temperament in the community. The endeavor to bring scientific temperament in society is today part of directive principle of state policy of Indian constitution.  On his return from England, Sir Syed started a journal called Tehzibul Akhlaaq. This was a successful experiment in the field of journalism. This guided the masses for social and educational reform. Sir Syed wrote Khutbaat-e Ahmediya responding to William Muir’s book Life of Muhammad which showcases civility even if one disagrees. Sir Syed travelled to England and stayed there to write the book disproving falsehood of Muir regarding prophet Muhammad.

 Sir Syed and his friends liberated Urdu literature from age old tradition. The literature which served the purpose of taste now was refashioned to bring social change. He and his caravan wrote for the social reform without compromising the high standards of literature. Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, Muhammad Husain Azad, Maulana Shibli Nomani, Dy Nazeer Ahmed, Akbar Allahabadi and others showed a new literary path to the budding writers of the time. In a very short period there was a new literature with message of social reform. Shair-e mashriq Allama Iqbal is not but the extension of this movement.

Today, when we remember the great soul, what tribute can we offer to him? The community is facing challenges today similar Sir Syed’s time. This century may not produce another Sir Syed but Aligarh movement may still be revisited and success stories may be rewritten.

Ganwa di hum ne jo aslaaf se miraas paayi thi
Surayya se zameen par aasmaan ne humko de mara




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Alvida

Kal tujhse door chala jaunga
Kisi naye shahr mein
Naye khwabon ka sahara lekar
Apni zindagi jiye jaunga

Tujhse kal juda hokar
Tere yaadon ke saughaat liye
Naye safar pe nikal jaunga
Aur kabhi tasuvvaraat ki dunya mein
Maazi ke dareeche khol kar
Agar jhankunga
Tumhen paunga
Tumse mahve guftagu hokar
Zere lab tabassum saja kar
Tumhari adaaon pe muskuraaunga

Tere shahr ko alvida keh kar
Tum se bichhadkar
Tanhaai ka ehsaas jab kabhi satayega
Bewajah sunsaan sadak par nikal jaunga
Phir tasuvvar mein ek bazm saja kar
Tumhe bulaunga
Tumhen mehmaan banaunga
Tumahara saath jab hoga
Mere haath mein tera haath jab hoga
Raah-e dushwaar phir asaan tar goga

Kal tere shahr ko alvida keh kar
Jab gham-e rozgar ka muamla hoga
Ajnabi shahr mein log paraye honge
Aur sitam yeh
ke hijr ka mausam hoga
Tumhare yaad ki khalish 
Khilwat mein shiddat se sataayegi
Yun toh hujoom hoga har taraf

Par mai akela
Dunya se begaana
Aur deewaana
Tumhen sadaayen dunga
Aur jaise dikhte hain sehraaon mein saraab
Tumhe apne aas paas hi paunga


Aur aisa bhi fareb nazar ka hoga 
Jaise sab khwab tha
 Hum kabhi judaa hue hi na the

Phir usi khushnuma baagh mein
Usi sabz bench par baith kar
Mor ke dilkash raqs ka nazaara karenge
Koyal ki kook sunte hue
Suraj mukhi, Gulaab ki khushbuon ko sametenge
 aur is tara hum saath saath
Milkar waqt ko thamenge

Phir khizaan ka khauf kahan hoga
Hijr ka mausam nahin hoga

Yeh judaai agar haqeeqat hai
Hum tasuvvar mein hi rahenge sadaa

Aur kabhi hum alvidaa kahenge nahi
Phir hum judaa honge nahi

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ghazal

Nigah-e-yaar mein ab apni qadar kuchh kam hai
Hai karam auron pe aur ham pe nazar kuch kam hai

Ham pe furqat ne sitam dhaye hain kaise kaise
Hai yeh ghairon ko pata, un ko khabar kuch kam hai

Jaane walon ke liye ab nahin rota koi
Jaane kya daur hai, ab dil pe asar kuch kam hai

Dafn ek saath kiya saara qabeela ham ne
Haae kya kijiye basti mein qabar kuchh kam hai

Nahi rukta hai yehan koi bhi ek pal ke liye
Yeh woh basti hai jahan laal-o-guhar kuch kam hai

Apne haathon se pilaya hai jo maye saaqi ne
Sab salamat hain yahaan, maye mein zahar kuchh kam hai?

Hai agar aasman khamosh, zameen kyun chup hai?
Imteyaz aap hi kuch kahiye, bashar kuch kam hai?

A poem on Facebook addiction


video
Reciting my composition at National Academy of Indian Railway, Vadodara

Saturday, May 24, 2014

khayal

Manzil ki justaju hai aur karvaan hamara
Zulmaat bekraan hai aur sail-e ravaan hamara

Ishq ho gar haqiqi toh ho raushan raahen
Ahle junoon jo hum hon voh mehrbaan hamara

Zulmo jabr na hoga apne watan me yaaro
Lazim hai ke jaage gar naujavaan hamara

Muddat guzar gai hai paida hua na koi
Jo phir se geet gaataa Hindustan hamara

Aao haseen banayen apne chaman ko hum sab
Saare jahaan se achha ho gulstaan hamara

Pooche koi jo tumse watan hai kahan tumhara
Imteyaz tum yeh kehna dil hai jahaan hamara

Just a thought

Muddai h, mudda'lai h, Qanoon h adaalat hai
Sab hain agar toh watan ki yeh kyun haalat hai

Mujrim sadkon pe begunaah qaidkhanon mein
Adaalaton mein insaaf kahan, haan siyasat hai

Qanoon andha tha  ab behra wa gunga bhi hai
Taajjub nahi gar mulzimon ko badi raahat hai

Zulm hai ki badhta hi jata h, mitta hai kahan
Fasaad hai, ismatdari hai aur halaakat hai

Naumeed na ho ai Imteyaz, naumeedi kufr hai
ke Adaalate uzma mein baqi abhi sama'at hai 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Izhaar_e khayal

Jahan roshni ka raaj tha aaj wahan andhera hai
Insaanon ki basti mein ab dehshat ka basera hai

Taariki hi taariki hai kyun aaj ka suraj chhupa hua hai
Chaand taare doob gaye kyun gar hua nahi sawera hai

Kya tum bhool gaye bhai jo rishta hai ham donon ka
Ek hi chaman ke baasi hain kya tera hai kya mera hai

Rahbar hon ya rehzan hon farq nahin ab donon mein
Kabhi yehi muhafiz hai aur yehi kabhi lutera hai

Nafrat jinka maqsad hai aur dehshat jinka shewa hai
Woh jame hain masnad par aur aiwanon mein dera hain