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Friday, October 23, 2015

Poetry on Ashura: Couplets in memory of Imam Husain, martyrs of Karbala

Karbala is one of the most powerful symbols in Urdu poetry. It is a metaphor, it exhorts to raise voice against tyranny, to resist and fight.

The message is to stand by the principles, howsoever, heavy the odds are against. Numerous poets have used it in their poetry.

From Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's famous lines on Imam Husain and Muhammad Ali Jauhar's couplets to Iqbal's Nazm on Imam Husain, it is a long list. Also, progressive and modernist poets have used the metaphor.

Here are a few couplets to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husain and the message of the supreme sacrifice in the battle of Karbala. For the most popular couplets on Husain's martyrdom, CLICK HERE & HERE

हुसैन, तुम नहीं रहे, तुम्हारा घर नहीं रहा
मगर तुम्हारे बाद ज़ालिमों का डर नहीं रहा
(इफ़्तेख़ार आरिफ)

फ़िक्र-ए-हक़-सोज़ यहां काश्त कर नहीं सकती
कर्बला ताज को बर्दाश्त नहीं कर सकती
(जोश मलीहाबादी)

ज़िंदा इस्लाम को किया तूने
हक़-ओ-बातिल दिखाया तूने
जी के मरना तो सबको आता है
मरके जीन सीखा दिया तूने
(कुंवर महिंदर सिंह बेदी 'सहर')



Read the couplets in Roman English transliteration:


Husain tum nahiiN rahe, tumhara ghar nahiiN raha
Magar tumhaare baad zaalimo.n ka dar nahiiN raha
[Iftikhar Arif]

Firk-e-haq-soz yahaan kaasht kar nahiiN sakti
Karbala Taaj ko bardaasht nahiiN kar sakti
[Josh Malihabadi]

Zinda Islam ko kiya tuu ne
Haq-o-baatil dikhaa diya tuu ne
Ji ke marnaa to sab ko aata hai
Mar ke jiina sikhaa diyaa tuu ne
[Kunwar Mahender Singh Bedi 'Sahar']

For the most popular couplets on Husain's martyrdom, CLICK HERE & HERE
Read legendary Urdu poet Mirza Salamat Ali Dabeer's 'marsiya' CLICK
Imam Husain was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Husain and his companions were killed mercilessly in the battle of Karbala, by the evil Yazid.

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