husaiyyat ki chhaauN meN – krishn bihari noor

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حسینیت کی چھاؤں میں ۔ کرشن بہاری نورؔ

۱

یہ راہبر کا ذکر ہے، یہ ناخدا کا ذکر ہے

بنی جو روحِ صبر سے، اُسی وفا کا ذکر ہے

جو چھا گئی حیات پر اُسی صدا کا ذکر ہے

یہ کربلا کا ذکر ہے، یہ کربلا کا ذکر ہے

اُسی زمیں کی خاک سے محبّتوں کی آس ہے

نگاہ سے جو دور ہے وہ اہلِ دل کے پاس ہے

۲

اُٹھایا ظلم نے جو سر، حسین نے جُھکا دیا

دماغ وضع یوں کئے کہ دِل کو دِل بنا دیا

ہے راز معرفت کا کیا جہاں کو آسرا دیا

سُنا دیا، پڑھا دیا، سکھا دیا، بتا دیا

بقا کی چھاؤں مل گئی، ثبات پا کے سو گئے

حیات دے کے سو گئے، حیات پا کے سو گئے

۳

وہ صبر جس سے ظلم بھی پناہ مانگتا رہا

تری ضیا سے چاندنی کو ماہ مانگتا رہا

ملا نہ جس کو راستہ وہ راہ مانگتا رہا

زمانہ روشنی میں بھی پناہ مانگتا رہا

جہاں تو میہماں ہوا، وہ باغ بن گیا حسین

جو قطرہ خون کا گرا، چراغ بن گیا حسین

۴

ہر اِک زباں پہ ذکر ہے، ہر ایک لب پہ بات ہے

ترے قدم پہ سر نگوں، حسین کائنات ہے

نگاہِ دو جہاں سے بھی بلند تیری ذات ہے

ترا قدم ثبات ہے، تری اجل حیات ہے

وہ برق طور پر جو تھی، دمک رہی ہے آج بھی

حسینیت کے روُپ میں چمک رہی ہے آج بھی

۵

گھٹا کے اپنی آرزو، بڑھا کے سب کے حوصلے

دِلوں میں تم نے بھر دئے طرح طرح کے ولولے

ازل سے جو تھے منتظر سلجھ گئے وہ مسٔلے

ملا گئے مجاز اور حقیقتوں کے سلسلے

مٹا یزید اور تمہیں حکومتِ جہاں ملی

نگاہِ خضر جھک گئی وہ عمرِ جاوداں ملی

۶

وہ راحتِ ابد بنے جو ظلم دل پہ سہہ گئے

الم کے اشک تھم گئے، خوشی کے اشک بہہ گئے

وہ نقش بن کے رہ گئے جو بات لب سے کہہ گئے

یزیدیت فنا ہوئی حسین دل میں رہ گئے

مجاز کی وہ لہر تھی بگڑ گئی بکھر گئی

حقیقتوں کی زلف پھر سُدھر گئی سنور گئی

۷

وہ پرچمِ وفا کھلا حسینیت کی چھاؤں میں

ہر ایک اہلِ دل چلا حسینیت کی چھاؤں میں

چراغِ حُرّیت جلا حسینیت کی چھاؤں میں

چمک رہی ہے کربلا حسینیت کی چھاؤں میں

ضیائیں دیکھ دیکھ کے ستارے جھلملائیں گے

ہزار چاند آئیں گے طواف کر کے جائیں گے

۸

دلِ حزیں میں اپنے ایک مدعا لئے ہوئے

حسین تیرے در پہ ہیں یہ آسرا لئے ہوئے

جھکے جو بندگی میں سر، حدِ وفا لئے ہوئے

اُٹھے جو نورؔ کی جبیں تو نقشِ پا لئے ہوئے

ترے الم میں آنسوؤں کی کہکشاں بنا سکوں

وہ موت دے کہ زندگی کو جاوداں بنا سکوں

हुसैनिय्यत कि छाऊं में – क्रिश्न बिहारी नूर

ये राहबर का ज़िक्र है, ये नाख़ुदा का ज़िक्र है

बनी जो रूह सब्र से, उसी वफ़ा का ज़िक्र है

जो छा गई हयात पर, उसी सदा का ज़िक्र है

ये करबला का ज़िक्र है, ये करबला का ज़िक्र है

उसी ज़मीं कि ख़ाक से मोहब्बतौं कि आस है

निगाह से जो दूर है, वो अहल-ए दिल के पास है

उठाया ज़ुल्म ने जो सर, हुसैन ने झुका दिया

दिमाग़ वज़अ यूं किए, के दिल को दिल बना दिया

है राज़ मारेफ़त का क्या, जहां को आस्रा दिया

सुना दिया, पढ़ा दिया, सिखा दिया, बता दिया

बक़ा कि छाऊं मिल गई, सबात पा के सो गए

हयात दे के सो गए, हयात पा के सो गए

वो सब्र जिस से ज़ुल्म भी पनाह मांगता रहा

तेरी ज़िया से चांदनी को माह मांगता रहा

मिला न जिस को रास्ता वो राह मांगता रहा

ज़माना रौशनी में भी पनाह मांगता रहा

जहां तु मेहमां हुआ, वो बाग़ बन गया हुसैन

जो क़त्रा ख़ून का गिरा, चिराग़ बन गया हुसैन

हर एक ज़बां पे ज़िक्र है, हर ऐक लब पे बात है

तेरे क़दम पे सर निगूं, हुसैन काएनात है

निगाह-ए दो जहां से भि बलंद तेरी ज़ात है

तेरा क़दम सबात है, तेरी अजल हयात है

वो बर्क़ तूर पर जो थी, दमक रही आज भी

हुसैनिय्यत के रूप में चमक रही आज भी

घटा के अपनी आर्ज़ू, बढ़ा के सब के हौस्ले

दिलौं में तुम ने भर दिए तरह तरह के वल्वले

अज़ल से जो थे मुंतज़िर सुलझ गए वो मस’अले

मिला गए मजाज़ और हक़ीक़तौं के सिल्सिले

मिटा यज़ीद और तुम्हें हुकूमत-ए जहां मिली

निगाह-ए ख़िज़्र झुक गई वो उम्र-ए जावदां मिली

वो राहत-ए अबद बने जो ज़ुल्म दिल पे सह गए

अलम के अश्क थम गए ख़ुशी के अश्क बह गए

वो नक़्श बन के रह गए, जो बात लब से कह गए

यज़ीदिय्यत फ़ना हुई, हुसैन दिल में रह गए

मजाज़ की वो लहर थी, बिगड़ गई बिखर गई

हक़ीक़तौं कि ज़ुल्फ़ फिर सुधर गई संवर गई

वो पर्चम-ए वफ़ा खुला, हुसैनिय्यत की छाऊं में

हर एक अहल-ए दिल चला, हुसैनिय्यत की छाऊं में

चिराग़-ए हुर्रिय्यत जला, हुसैनिय्यत की छाऊं में

चमक रही है करबला, हुसैनिय्यत की छाऊं में

ज़ियाएं देख देख के, सितारे झिल्मिलाएंगे

हज़ार चांद आएंगे, तवाफ़ कर के जाएंगे

दिल-ए हज़ीं में अपने ऐक मुद्दोआ लिए हुए

हुसैन तेरे दर पे हैं ये आस्रा लिए हुए

झुके जो बंदगी में सर, हद-ए वफ़ा लिए हुए

उठे जो नूर की जबीं तो नक़्श-ए पा लिए हुए

तेरे अलम में आंसुऔं कि कहकशां बना सकूं

वो मौत दे के ज़िंदगी को जावदां बना सकूं

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. kishan bihari noor (1926 – 2003), was born and grew up in lucknow. In a lot of his work he gracefully reaches across communal lines. He also was a great lover of urdu.
1
ye raahbar1 ka zikr2 hai, ye naaKhuda3 ka zikr hai
bani jo rooh4 sabr5 se, usi vafa6 ka zikr hai
jo chhaa gaii hayaat7 par, usi sada8 ka zikr hai
ye karbala ka zikr hai, ye karbala ka zikr hai
usi zamiN ki Khaak se mohabbatoN ki aas9 hai
nigaah se jo duur hai, vo ahl-e-dil10 ke paas hai
1.guide 2.narration, story 3.helmsman 4.spirit, soul 5.patience, patient/steadfast determination 6.faith, certainty 7.life 8.voice 9.hope 10.people of heart, loving people
The poet/devotee is narrating the story of the guide/helmsman (husain) whose spirit was one of steadfast determination (to stay on the righteous path) and who was certain of/kept faith with truth. It was his voice that spread across life. This is the story of karbala, this is the story of karbala. He has hopes of receiving love/benvolence from the dust of karbala. That which cannot be seen is in the hearts of believers.

2
uThaaya zulm1 ne jo sar, husain ne jhuka diya
dimaaGh vaz’a2 yuN kiya, ke dil ko dil bana diya
hai raaz3 m’aarefat4 ka kya, jahaaN ko aasra diya
suna diya, paRha diya, sikha diya, bata diya
baqaa5 ki chhaauN mil gaii, sabaat6 paa ke so gaye
hayaat7 de ke so gaye, hayaat paa ke so gaye   
1.oppression, despotism 2.shaped 3.secret 4.mystic knowledge 5.(eternal) life 6.stability, firm foundation 7.life
When oppression raised its head, husain put it down. He shaped thinking such that hearts could agree and make an emotional commitment. He explained the secret of mystic knowledge to the world. He spoke, he taught, he exemplified, he showed. He achieved eternal life, standing firm on his principles and died. He gave the world meaning of life.

3
vo sabr1 jis se zulm2 bhi, panaah3 maaNgta raha
teri ziya4 se chaandni ko maah5 maaNgta raha
mila na jis ko raasta vo raah6 maaNgta raha
zamaana raushni meN bhi panaah3 maaNgta raha
jahaaN tu mehmaaN hua, vo baaGh ban gaya husain
jo qatra7 Khoon ka gira, chiraaGh ban gaya husain   
1.patience, determination 2.oppression 3.protection, refuge 4.light 5.moon 6.path 7.drop
His determination was so strong that even oppression sought refuge. The moon begged for moonlight from his brilliance. Those who had lost their way sought guidance. The whole world sought protection. Wherever you were a guest, it turned into a garden. Wherever a drop of your blood fell, it became a (guiding) light.

4
har ek zabaaN pe zikr hai, har ek lab pe baat hai
tere qadam pe sar niguN1, husain kaayenaat2 hai
nigaah3-e do-jahaaN4 se bhi baland5 teri zaat6 hai
tera qadam sabaat7 hai, teri ajal8 hayaat hai
vo barq9 tuur10 par jo thi, damak rahi hai aaj bhi
husainiyyat ke roop meN chamak rahi hai aaj bhi    
1.bowed down 2.universe 3.sight 4.here and hereafter 5.high, beyond 6.person 7.steadfast 8.death 9.lightning 10.mount tuur where moosa is reported to have seen divine light
Everyone talks of you. The universe bows down at your feet. Your person is higher (in status) than we can see (imagine, beyond heaven). Your step (path) is steadfast (in righteousness). You death is in reality eternal life. The divine light that shone on mount tuur still shines today. It sparkles in the shape of husainiyyat (the character of husain).

5
ghaTa1 ke apni aarzu2, baRha ke sub ke hausle3
dilauN meN tum ne bhar diye, tarah tarah ke valvale4
azal5 se jo the muntazir6, sulajh gaye go mas’ale7
mila gaye majaaz8 aur haqeeqatoN9 ke silsile10
miTa yazeed aur tumheN hukoomat-e jahaaN mili
nigaah-e-Khizr11 jhuk gaii, go umr-e-jaavedaaN12 mili    
1.reduce, suppress 2.desire 3.courage 4.passion 5.eternity, beginning 6.waiting 7.puzzles 8.illusion, material, of this world 9.real, spiritual, eternal 10.connections 11.the eyes of Khizr (a legendary old man who drank of the nectar of life and was immortal) 12.eternal life
Suppressing personal desires/ambitions (for worldly power) you gave everyone courage and determination. You filled their hearts with passion (for justice). You gave us solution to puzzles that were waiting for a solution from eternity. You explained the connection/difference between the material and spiritual. yazeed was obliterated and you became the ruler of the (hearts of) world. You achieved such a glorious eternal life that even immortal Khizr lowered his eyes respectfully.

6
vo raahat-e-abad1 bane jo zulm2 dil pe sah3 gaye
alam4 ke ashk5 tham gaye, Khushi ke ashk bah gaye
vo naqsh6 ban ke rah gaye, jo baat lab7 se kah gaye
yazidiyyat fana8 hui, husain dil meN rah gaye
majaaz9 ki vo lahr thi, bigaR gaii, bikhar gaii
haqeeqatauN10 ki zulf11 phir, sudhar gaii, saNvar gaii    
1.eternal comfort 2.cruelty 3.bear, suffer 4.sorrow 5.tears 6.stamp 7.lips 8.destroyed 9.illusion, material 10.truth, reality, spiritual 11.hair
The cruelty that you suffered became the source of eternal comfort for all. Tears of sorrow were changed into tears of joy. The words from you lips were stamped on our hearts. The philosophy of yazeed was destroyed. husain’s love was established in our hearts. The victory of yazeed in karbala was just a wave of illusion. Illusion was destroyed, truth prevailed, staightening the disheveled hair of spiritualism.

7
vo parcham-e-vafa1 khula, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
har ek ahl-e-dil2 chala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
chiraaGh-e hurriyyat3 jala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
chamak rahi hai karbala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
ziyaa’eN4 dekh dekh ke, sitaare jhilmilaayeNge
hazaar chaand aayeNge, tavaaf5 kar ke jaayeNge   
1.banner of faith (steadfast determination on the path of righteousness) 2.people of heart/courage 3.freedom 4.light 5.circumambulate
The banner of righteous courage was unfurled in the protection of husain. People of courage stood up because of the example of husain. The lamp of freedom was lit because of husain. karbala shines because of husain. Stars will borrow this light to sparkle. A thousand moons will come down and circumambulate to get some light.

8
dil-e-haziN1 meN apne ek, muddua2 liye hue
husain tere dar3 pe haiN ye aasra4 liye hue
jhuke jo bandagi5 meN sar, had-e-vafa6 liye hue
uThe jo noor7 ki jabiN8, to naqsh-e-paa9 liye hue
tere alam10 meN aaNsuoN ki kahkashaaN11 bana sakuN
vo maut de ke zindagi ko jaavedaaN12 bana sakuN   
1.sorrowful heart 2.desire 3.door 4.support, hope 5.respect, devotion 6.unlimited faith 7.pen name of the poet 8.forehead 9.foot-steps 10.mourning 11.constellation 12.eternal
With sorrowful heart, hope and desire, the poet/noor has come to door of husain with great faith that when he bows his head in respect and raises it, his brow should have the marks of husain’s foot-steps. In mourning for husain he hopes to shed a constellation of stars/tears and hopes to achieve a death that will give him eternal life.

kishan bihari noor (1926 – 2003), was born and grew up in lucknow.  In a lot of his work he gracefully reaches across communal lines.  He also was a great lover of urdu.
1
ye raahbar1 ka zikr2 hai, ye naaKhuda3 ka zikr hai
bani jo rooh4 sabr5 se, usi vafa6 ka zikr hai
jo chhaa gaii hayaat7 par, usi sada8 ka zikr hai
ye karbala ka zikr hai, ye karbala ka zikr hai
usi zamiN ki Khaak se mohabbatoN ki aas9 hai
nigaah se jo duur hai, vo ahl-e-dil10 ke paas hai

1.guide 2.narration, story 3.helmsman 4.spirit, soul 5.patience, patient/steadfast determination 6.faith, certainty 7.life 8.voice 9.hope 10.people of heart, loving people

The poet/devotee is narrating the story of the guide/helmsman (husain) whose spirit was one of steadfast determination (to stay on the righteous path) and who was certain of/kept faith with truth.  It was his voice that spread across life.  This is the story of karbala, this is the story of karbala.  He has hopes of receiving love/benvolence from the dust of karbala.  That which cannot be seen is in the hearts of believers.
2
uThaaya zulm1 ne jo sar, husain ne jhuka diya
dimaaGh vaz’a2 yuN kiya, ke dil ko dil bana diya
hai raaz3 m’aarefat4 ka kya, jahaaN ko aasra diya
suna diya, paRha diya, sikha diya, bata diya
baqaa5 ki chhaauN mil gaii, sabaat6 paa ke so gaye
hayaat7 de ke so gaye, hayaat paa ke so gaye

1.oppression, despotism 2.shaped 3.secret 4.mystic knowledge 5.(eternal) life 6.stability, firm foundation 7.life

When oppression raised its head, husain put it down.  He shaped thinking such that hearts could agree and make an emotional commitment.  He explained the secret of mystic knowledge to the world. He spoke, he taught, he exemplified, he showed.  He achieved eternal life, standing firm on his principles and died.  He gave the world meaning of life.
3
vo sabr1 jis se zulm2 bhi, panaah3 maaNgta raha
teri ziya4 se chaandni ko maah5 maaNgta raha
mila na jis ko raasta vo raah6 maaNgta raha
zamaana raushni meN bhi panaah3 maaNgta raha
jahaaN tu mehmaaN hua, vo baaGh ban gaya husain
jo qatra7 Khoon ka gira, chiraaGh ban gaya husain

1.patience, determination 2.oppression 3.protection, refuge 4.light 5.moon 6.path 7.drop

His determination was so strong that even oppression sought refuge.  The moon begged for moonlight from his brilliance.  Those who had lost their way sought guidance.  The whole world sought protection.  Wherever you were a guest, it turned into a garden.  Wherever a drop of your blood fell, it became a (guiding) light.
4
har ek zabaaN pe zikr hai, har ek lab pe baat hai
tere qadam pe sar niguN1, husain kaayenaat2 hai
nigaah3-e do-jahaaN4 se bhi baland5 teri zaat6 hai
tera qadam sabaat7 hai, teri ajal8 hayaat hai
vo barq9 tuur10 par jo thi, damak rahi hai aaj bhi
husainiyyat ke roop meN chamak rahi hai aaj bhi

1.bowed down 2.universe 3.sight 4.here and hereafter 5.high, beyond 6.person 7.steadfast 8.death 9.lightning 10.mount tuur where moosa is reported to have seen divine light

Everyone talks of you.  The universe bows down at your feet.  Your person is higher (in status) than we can see (imagine, beyond heaven).  Your step (path) is steadfast (in righteousness).  You death is in reality eternal life.  The divine light that shone on mount tuur still shines today.  It sparkles in the shape of husainiyyat (the character of husain).
5
ghaTa1 ke apni aarzu2, baRha ke sub ke hausle3
dilauN meN tum ne bhar diye, tarah tarah ke valvale4
azal5 se jo the muntazir6, sulajh gaye go mas’ale7
mila gaye majaaz8 aur haqeeqatoN9 ke silsile10
miTa yazeed aur tumheN hukoomat-e jahaaN mili
nigaah-e-Khizr11 jhuk gaii, go umr-e-jaavedaaN12 mili

1.reduce, suppress 2.desire 3.courage 4.passion 5.eternity, beginning 6.waiting 7.puzzles 8.illusion, material, of this world 9.real, spiritual, eternal 10.connections 11.the eyes of Khizr (a legendary old man who drank of the nectar of life and was immortal) 12.eternal life

Suppressing personal desires/ambitions (for worldly power) you gave everyone courage and determination.  You filled their hearts with passion (for justice).  You gave us solution to puzzles that were waiting for a solution from eternity.  You explained the connection/difference between the material and spiritual.  yazeed was obliterated and you became the ruler of the (hearts of) world.  You achieved such a glorious eternal life that even immortal Khizr lowered his eyes respectfully.
6
vo raahat-e-abad1 bane jo zulm2 dil pe sah3 gaye
alam4 ke ashk5 tham gaye, Khushi ke ashk bah gaye
vo naqsh6 ban ke rah gaye, jo baat lab7 se kah gaye
yazidiyyat fana8 hui, husain dil meN rah gaye
majaaz9 ki vo lahr thi, bigaR gaii, bikhar gaii
haqeeqatauN10 ki zulf11 phir, sudhar gaii, saNvar gaii

1.eternal comfort 2.cruelty 3.bear, suffer 4.sorrow 5.tears 6.stamp 7.lips 8.destroyed 9.illusion, material 10.truth, reality, spiritual 11.hair

The cruelty that you suffered became the source of eternal comfort for all.  Tears of sorrow were changed into tears of joy.  The words from you lips were stamped on our hearts.  The philosophy of yazeed was destroyed.  husain’s love was established in our hearts.  The victory of yazeed in karbala was just a wave of illusion.  Illusion was destroyed, truth prevailed, staightening the disheveled hair of spiritualism.
7
vo parcham-e-vafa1 khula, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
har ek ahl-e-dil2 chala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
chiraaGh-e hurriyyat3 jala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
chamak rahi hai karbala, husainiyyat ki chhaauN meN
ziyaa’eN4 dekh dekh ke, sitaare jhilmilaayeNge
hazaar chaand aayeNge, tavaaf5 kar ke jaayeNge

1.banner of faith (steadfast determination on the path of righteousness) 2.people of heart/courage 3.freedom 4.light 5.circumambulate

The banner of righteous courage was unfurled in the protection of husain.  People of courage stood up because of the example of husain.  The lamp of freedom was lit because of husain.  karbala shines because of husain.  Stars will borrow this light to sparkle.  A thousand moons will come down and circumambulate to get some light.
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dil-e-haziN1 meN apne ek, muddua2 liye hue
husain tere dar3 pe haiN ye aasra4 liye hue
jhuke jo bandagi5 meN sar, had-e-vafa6 liye hue
uThe jo noor7 ki jabiN8, to naqsh-e-paa9 liye hue
tere alam10 meN aaNsuoN ki kahkashaaN11 bana sakuN
vo maut de ke zindagi ko jaavedaaN12 bana sakuN

1.sorrowful heart 2.desire 3.door 4.support, hope 5.respect, devotion 6.unlimited faith 7.pen name of the poet 8.forehead 9.foot-steps 10.mourning 11.constellation 12.eternal

With sorrowful heart, hope and desire, the poet/noor has come to door of husain with great faith that when he bows his head in respect and raises it, his brow should have the marks of husain’s foot-steps.  In mourning for husain he hopes to shed a constellation of stars/tears and hopes to achieve a death that will give him eternal life.

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