Dabistan-e-Lakhnau ke kuch namoone #12: Hasrat Mohani

I have already written about Maulana Syed Fazl ul Hasan Hasrat Mohani here earlier, showcasing his finest and most famous ghazal. However, he does deserve a place in the pantheon of poets of the Lucknow school. Also, his inclusion in this series will serve another purpose, too.

Sometime back I remember asking someone if they knew who the author of ‘Chupke chupke raat din….’ was. They did’nt know (and thankfully, they did not say Ghulam Ali). They were somewhat disconcerted to find out that the man behind this incomparable love lyric was a bearded cleric and freedom fighter. I must myself confess that this is an issue I have also long thought over but have been unable to resolve….. did the Maulana sahab have a particularly romantic youth or either a fine, vivid imagination and knowledge of courtship and love. It is possible he had both and a indefatigible memory to boot and a gift of language to immortalise some of the finest feelings and experiences in words.

There was one who even suggested ‘Chupke chupke…’ was a one-time fluke by the Maulana sahab. It certainly is not, if one considers this ghazal given here. The Maulana seems to have spent a most interesting youth and have in him quite a wide romantic streak, without any doubt…….

Torh kar ahd-e-karam na aashna ho jaiye
Banda parvar jaiye achcha khafa ho jaiye

Mere uzr-e-jurm par muttaliq na kijiye altafat
Balke pehle se badh kar kaj ada ho jaiye

Raah mein miliye kabhi mujh se to azrah-e-sitam
Honth apna kat kar fauran juda ho jaiye

Meri tehreer-e-nizamat ka na kuch dijiye jawaab
Delh lijiye aur taghafur ashna ho jaiye

Mujh se tanhai mein gar miliye to dijiye galiyan
Aur bazm-o-ghair mein jaan-e-haya ho jaiye

Haan yehi mere wafa-e-basar ki hai saza
Aap kuch is se bhi badhkar pur jafa ho jaiye

Ji mein aata hai ke is shokh taghaful kesh se
Ab na miliye phir kabhi aur bewafa ho jaiye

Dil se yaad-e-rozgar-e-ashiq dijiye nikaal
Arzoo-e-shauq se na aashna ho jaiye

Ek bhi armaan na rah jaye dil-e-maayus mein
Yaani aakhir be-niyaz-e-mudda ho jaiye

Bhool kar bhi is sitam-parvar ki phir aaye na yaad
Is qadar begaana ahd-e-wafa ho jaiye

Kashmakash aalam se ab yeh ‘Hasrat’ ji mein hai
Chooth ke in jhagdon se mehman-o-qaza ho jaiye

I cannot resist the temptation to put in another Hasrat ghazal. So I will.

Nigaah-e-yaar jaise aashna-e-raaz kare
Woh apni khubi-e-qismat pe kyun na naaz kare

Dilon ko fikr-e-do alam se kar diya azad
Tere junoon ka Khuda silsila daraaz kare

Khird ka naam junoon padh gaya, junoon ka khird
Jo chahe aapka husn-e-karishma saaz kare

Tere sitam se main khush hoon ke ghaliban yun bhi
Mujhe woh shaamil-e-arbab-e-imtiyaaz kare

Gham-e-jahan se ho jisko farogh ki khwaish
Woh inke dard-e-mohabbt se saazbaaz kare

Umeedvar hai har samt aashiqon ke gardah
Teri nigaah ko Allah dil-nawaaz kare

Tere karam ka sazavar to nahi ‘Hasrat’
Ab aage teri khushi hai to sarfaraaz kare

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