allama-iqbal

March 1907

zamana aaya hai be-hijabi ka aam didar-e-yar hoga

sukut tha parda-dar jis ka vo raaz ab ashkar hoga

guzar gaya ab vo daur-e-saqi ki chhup ke piite the piine vaale

banega saara jahan mai-khana har koi bada-khvar hoga

kabhi jo avara-e-junun the vo bastiyon men phir aa basenge

barahna-pai vahi rahegi magar naya kharzar hoga

suna diya gosh-e-muntazir ko hijaz ki khamushi ne akhir

jo ahd sahraiyon se bandha gaya tha phir ustuvar hoga

nikal ke sahra se jis ne ruuma ki saltanat ko ulat diya tha

suna hai ye qudsiyon se main ne vo sher phir hoshiyar hoga

kiya mira tazkira jo saaqi ne bada-khvaron ki anjuman men

to pir-e-mai-khana sun ke kahne laga ki munh-phat hai khvar hoga

dayar-e-maghrib ke rahne vaalo khuda ki basti dukan nahin hai

khara jise tum samajh rahe ho vo ab zar-e-kam-ayar hoga

tumhari tahzib apne khanjar se aap hi khud-kushi karegi

jo shakh-e-nazuk pe ashiyana banega na-paedar hoga

safina-e-barg-e-gul bana lega qafila mor-e-na-tavan ka

hazar maujon ki ho kashakash magar ye dariya se paar hoga

chaman men laala dikhata phirta hai daagh apna kali kali ko

ye janta hai ki is dikhave se dil-jalon men shumar hoga

jo ek tha ai nigah tu ne hazar kar ke hamen dikhaya

yahi agar kaifiyat hai teri to phir kise e’tibar hoga

kaha jo qumri se main ne ik din yahan ke azad pa-ba-gil hain

tu ghunche kahne lage hamare chaman ka ye razdar hoga

khuda ke ashiq to hain hazaron banon men phirte hain maare maare

main us ka banda banunga jis ko khuda ke bandon se pyaar hoga

ye rasm-e-bazm-e-fana hai ai dil gunah hai jumbish-e-nazar bhi

rahegi kya aabru hamari jo tu yahan be-qarar hoga

main zulmat-e-shab men le ke niklunga apne dar-manda karvan ko

sharar-fishan hogi aah meri nafas mira shola-bar hoga

nahin hai ghair-az-numud kuchh bhi jo muddaa teri zindagi ka

tu ik nafas men jahan se mitna tujhe misal-e-sharar hoga

na puchh ‘iqbal’ ka thikana abhi vahi kaifiyat hai us ki

kahin sar-e-rah-guzar baitha sitam-kash-e-intizar hoga

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