Wo Raat Be-Panah Thi Aur Main Gharib Tha

vo raat be-panah thi aur main gharib tha

vo jis ne ye charagh jalaya ajiib tha

vo raushni ki aankh uthai nahin gai

kal mujh se mera chand bahut hi qarib tha

dekha mujhe to taba ravan ho gai miri

vo muskura diya to main shaer adiib tha

rakhta na kyuun main ruuh o badan us ke samne

vo yuun bhi tha tabib vo yuun bhi tabib tha

har silsila tha us ka khuda se mila hua

chup ho ki lab-kusha ho bala ka khatib tha

mauj-e-nashat o sail-e-gham-e-jan the ek saath

gulshan men naghma-sanj ajab andalib tha

main bhi raha huun khalvat-e-janan men ek shaam

ye khvab hai ya vaqai main khush-nasib tha

harf-e-dua o dast-e-sakhavat ke baab men

khud mera tajraba hai vo be-had najib tha

dekha hai us ko khalvat o jalvat men bar-ha

vo aadmi bahut hi ajib-o-gharib tha

likkho tamam umar magar phir bhi tum ‘alim’

us ko dikha na paao vo aisa habib tha

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