aaj ki raat – hafeez hoshiarpuri

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آج کی رات ۔ حفیظ ہوشیارپوری

۱

چاندنی رات ہے جوانی پر

۲

دستِ گردوں میں ساغرِ مہتاب

نور بن بن کے چھن رہی ہے شراب

ساقیٔ آسماں پیالہ بدست

میں شراب سرور سے سرمست

فکرِ دوزخ نہ ذکرِ جنّت ہے

میں ہوں اور تیری پیاری صورت ہے

۳

رس بھرے ہونٹ مدبھری آنکھیں!

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کون فردا پہ اعتبار کرے

کون جنت کا انتظار کرے

جانے کب موت کا پیام آئے

یہ مسرّت بھی ہم سے چھن جائے

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دامنِ عقل چاک ہونے دے

آج یہ قصّہ پاک ہونے دے

غم کو ناپائیدار کر دیں ہم

موت کو شرمسار کر دیں ہم

لب سے لب یوں ملیں کہ کھو جائیں

جذب اک دوسرے میں ہو جائیں

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میں رہوں اور نہ تو رہے باقی!

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کس قدر دل نشیں ہیں لب تیرے

بادۂ احمریں ہیں لب تیرے

تیرے ہونٹوں کا رس نہیں ہے یہ

آب کوثر ہے انگبیں ہے یہ

شہد کے گھونٹ پی رہا ہوں میں

آج کی رات جی رہا ہوں میں

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آج کی رات پھر نہ آئے گی!

आज कि रात – हफ़ीज़ होशियारपूरी

चाँदनी रात है जवानी पर

दस्त-ए-गर्दूं में साग़र-ए-महताब

नूर बन बन के छन रही है शराब

साक़ी-ए-आसमाँ पियाला-ब-दस्त

मैं शराब-ए-सुरूर से सरमस्त

फ़िक्र-ए-दोज़ख़ न ज़िक्र-ए-जन्नत है

मैं हूँ और तेरी प्यारी सूरत है

रस-भरे होंट मद-भरी आँखें!

कौन फ़र्दा पे ए’तिबार करे

कौन जन्नत का इंतिज़ार करे

जाने कब मौत का पयाम आए

ये मसर्रत भी हम से छिन जाए

दामन-ए-अक़्ल चाक होने दे

आज ये क़िस्सा पाक होने दे

ग़म को ना-पाएदार कर दें हम

मौत को शर्मसार कर दें हम

लब से लब यूँ मिलें कि खो जाएँ

जज़्ब इक दूसरे में हो जाएँ

मैं रहूँ और न तू रहे बाक़ी!

किस क़दर दिल-नशीं हैं लब तेरे

बादा-ए-अहमरीं हैं लब तेरे

तेरे होंटों का रस नहीं है ये

आब-ए-कौसर है अंग्बीं है ये

शहद के घूँट पी रहा हूँ मैं

आज की रात जी रहा हूँ मैं

आज की रात फिर न आएगी!

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. hafeez hoshiarpuri (1912-1973). Worked as editor of several magazines and in the ministry of information in pakistan. Was also associated with the Progressive Writer’s Association.
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chaandni raat hai javaani1 par   1.youth, peak
The moonlit night is at its peak/best.

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dast-e-garduuN1 meN saaGhar2-e mahtaab3
nuur4 ban ban ke chhan rahi hai sharaab
saaqi-e aasmaaN piyaala-ba-dast5
maiN sharaab-e suruur6 se sarmast7
fikr-e dozaKh na zikr-e jannat hai
maiN huuN aur teri pyaari suurat hai  
1.hand of the horizon 2.cup 3.moon 4.brilliance, light 5.cup in hand 6.joy, happiness 7.drunk
The moon is rising – just above the horizon. It is as if the hand of the horizon is holding a cup (moon is likened to a cup). From this cup, wine overflows in the shape of moonlight. It is as if the saaqi of the sky (god?) holding a cup in his hand (is offering wine) and I am stone drunk with joy. There is no worry of hell, nor any thought of heaven. It is just me and your sweet countenance.

3
ras-bhare hoNT mad-bhari aaNkheN! Sugary lips and intoxicating eyes.
4
dast-e-garduuN1 meN saaGhar2-e mahtaab3
nuur4 ban ban ke chhan rahi hai sharaab
saaqi-e aasmaaN piyaala-ba-dast5
maiN sharaab-e suruur6 se sarmast7
fikr-e dozaKh na zikr-e jannat hai
maiN huuN aur teri pyaari suurat hai  
1.hand of the horizon 2.cup 3.moon 4.brilliance, light 5.cup in hand 6.joy, happiness 7.drunk
The moon is rising – just above the horizon. It is as if the hand of the horizon is holding a cup (moon is likened to a cup). From this cup, wine overflows in the shape of moonlight. It is as if the saaqi of the sky (god?) holding a cup in his hand (is offering wine) and I am stone drunk with joy. There is no worry of hell, nor any thought of heaven. It is just me and your sweet countenance.

5
daaman-e-aql1 chaak2 hone de
aaj ye qissa3 paak4 hone de
Gham ko naa-paayedaar5 kar deN ham
maut ko sharmsaar6 kar deN ham
lab se lab yuuN mileN ki kho jaayeN
jazb7 ek duusre meN ho jaayeN    
1.hem of the robe of wisdom/knowledge 2.tear apart 3.story 4.paak hona – come to fruition 5.without foundation, weak, crumble 6.ashamed 7.absorb
Let us go with what the heart says, forget about the warnings of the mind/knowledge. Let this story (of love) come to fruition today. Let sorrow/pain crumble to dust. Let lips meet lips that we may lose ourselves, dissolve/merge into each other (become one).

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maiN rahuuN aur na tu rahe baaqi!    Let neither you nor I remain (not remain separately, but become one).
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kis qadar1 dil-nashiN2 haiN lab tere
baada-e-ahmariN3 haiN lab tere
tere hoNToN ka ras nahiN hai ye
aab-e-kausar4 hai aNgabiN5 hai ye
shah’d6 ke ghuuNT pi rahaa huuN maiN
aaj ki raat ji rahaa huuN maiN    
1.much 2.joyful, pleasurable 3.red wine 4.water of heaven (kauser is a river in paradise) 5.honey 6.honey
Oh! how (much) pleasurable are your lips, red like wine. The sweetness of your lips is like (holy) water of paradise, like river of honey. It is as if I am gulping down sweet honey. Tonight I live life to the fullest.

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aaj ki raat phir na aayegi! A night like tonight will never return. Make the most of it now.

hafeez hoshiarpuri (1912-1973).  Worked as editor of several magazines and in the ministry of information in pakistan.  Was also associated with the Progressive Writer’s Association.
1
chaandni raat hai javaani1 par

1.youth, peak

The moonlit night is at its peak/best.
2
dast-e-garduuN1 meN saaGhar2-e mahtaab3
nuur4 ban ban ke chhan rahi hai sharaab
saaqi-e aasmaaN piyaala-ba-dast5
maiN sharaab-e suruur6 se sarmast7
fikr-e dozaKh na zikr-e jannat hai
maiN huuN aur teri pyaari suurat hai

1.hand of the horizon 2.cup 3.moon 4.brilliance, light 5.cup in hand 6.joy, happiness 7.drunk

The moon is rising – just above the horizon.  It is as if the hand of the horizon is holding a cup (moon is likened to a cup).  From this cup, wine overflows in the shape of moonlight.  It is as if the saaqi of the sky (god?) holding a cup in his hand (is offering wine) and I am stone drunk with joy.  There is no worry of hell, nor any thought of heaven.  It is just me and your sweet countenance.
3
ras-bhare hoNT mad-bhari aaNkheN!

Sugary lips and intoxicating eyes.
4
kaun fardaa1 pe e’tebaar2 kare
kaun jannat ka intezaar3 kare
jaane kab maut ka payaam4 aaye
ye masarrat5 bhi ham se chhin jaaye

1.future 2.believe, depend on 3.waiting, anticipation 4.message, call 5.joy, pleasure

Who can depend on the future.  How can I wait for (the rewards of) heaven (and forego this pleasure now).  Who knows when death will come calling.  Then, even this pleasure will be taken away from us.
5
daaman-e-aql1 chaak2 hone de
aaj ye qissa3 paak4 hone de
Gham ko naa-paayedaar5 kar deN ham
maut ko sharmsaar6 kar deN ham
lab se lab yuuN mileN ki kho jaayeN
jazb7 ek duusre meN ho jaayeN

1.hem of the robe of wisdom/knowledge 2.tear apart 3.story 4.paak hona – come to fruition 5.without foundation, weak, crumble 6.ashamed 7.absorb

Let us go with what the heart says, forget about the warnings of the mind/knowledge.  Let this story (of love) come to fruition today.  Let sorrow/pain crumble to dust.  Let lips meet lips that we may lose ourselves, dissolve/merge into each other (become one).
6
maiN rahuuN aur na tu rahe baaqi!

Neither you nor I remain (not remain separately, but become one).
7
kis qadar1 dil-nashiN2 haiN lab tere
baada-e-ahmariN3 haiN lab tere
tere hoNToN ka ras nahiN hai ye
aab-e-kausar4 hai aNgabiN5 hai ye
shah’d6 ke ghuuNT pi rahaa huuN maiN
aaj ki raat ji rahaa huuN maiN

1.much 2.joyful, pleasurable 3.red wine 4.water of heaven (kauser is a river in paradise) 5.honey 6.honey

Oh! how (much) pleasurable are your lips, red like wine.  The sweetness of your lips is like (holy) water of paradise, like river of honey.  It is as if I am gulping down sweet honey.  Tonight I live life to the fullest.
8
aaj ki raat phir na aayegi!

A night like tonight will never return.  Make the most of it now.

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