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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Famous Urdu couplets on Imam Husain's sacrifice: Poetry on Prophet's grandson, the martyrdom and battle of Karbala

The martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, has inspired not just Muslims but people belonging to different faiths, for centuries. Innumerable elegiac verses have been written by poets in Urdu, Persian, Arabic and other languages, recalling the events at the battle of Karbala. As the month of Muharram begins, we share these couplets:

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

शाह अस्त* हुसैन, बादशाह अस्त हुसैन

दीं अस्त हुसैन, दीं पनाह अस्त हुसैन

सर दाद, न दाद दस्त दर दस्त-ए-यज़ीद**

हक़्क़ा कि बिना-ए-ला-इलाहा अस्त हुसैन

ख्वाजा मोईनुद्दीन चिश्ती 


Translation:


Ruler is Hussain, Emperor is Hussain,

Faith is Hussain , guardian of faith is Hussain

Offered his head and not the hand to Yazid

Truly, the mirror of faith is Hussain 


क़त्ल-ए-हुसैन असल में मर्ग-ए-यज़ीद है

इस्लाम ज़िंदा होता है हर कर्बला के बाद

मोहम्मद अली 'जौहर' 


इंसान को बेदार तो हो लेने दो

हर क़ौम पुकारेगी हमारे हैं हुसैन

जोश मलीहाबादी 


Now read the couplets in Roman English script:


Husain tum nahi rahe tumhara ghar nahi raha

Magar tumhaare baad zalimoN ka Dar nahi raha

Iftikhar Arif


Fikr-e-haq-soz yahaan kaasht kar nahi sakti 

Karbala Taj* ko bardasht nahi kar sakti

Josh Malihabadi


wahi pyaas hai, wahi dasht hai, wahi gharana hai 

mashkize se teer ka rishta bahut puraana hai 

Iftikhar Arif


Shah ast* Husain, baadshah ast Husain

Dee.n ast Husain, Dee.n panaah ast Husain

sar daad, na daad dast dar dast-e-yazeed**

haqqa, ki binaa-e-la-ilaaha ast Husain

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti


Qatl-e-Husain asl mein marg-e-yazeed hai

Islaam zinda hota hai har Karbala ke baad

Maulana Mohammed Ali 'Jauhar'


insaan ko bedaar to ho lene do

har qaum pukaaregi hamaare hain Husain

Josh Malihabadi


Mini-dictionary


[*Ast=is, है][dee.n=faith, religion, दीं/दीन]

[**Hussain gave his head, but didn't give his hand i.e. allegiance to the evil Yezid][bina=basis, बुनियाद]

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