to Ghazal hoti hai – naz Khialvi

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تو غزل ہوتی ہے ۔ ناز خیالویؔ

۱

دل کا ہر زخم جواں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

درد نس نس میں رواں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

۲

دل میں ہو شوقِ ملاقات کا طوفان بپا

اور رستے میں چُناں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

۳

شوق حسرت کے شراروں سے جِلا پاتا ہے

جانِ جاں دشمنِ جاں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

۴

کچھ بھی حاصل نہیں یک طرفہ محبت کا جناب

اُن کی جانب سے بھی ہاں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

۵

شوکتِ فن کی قسم حسن تخیل کی قسم

دل کے کعبے میں اذاں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

۶

میں اگر ان کے خد و خال میں کھو جاؤں کبھی

وہ کہیں نازؔ کہاں ہو تو غزل ہوتی ہے

तो ग़ज़ल होती है – नाज़ ख़ियालवी

दिल का हर ज़ख़्म जवाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

दर्द नस नस में रवाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

दिल में हो शौक़-ए-मुलाक़ात का तूफ़ान बपा

और रस्ते में चुनाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

शौक़ हसरत के शरारों से जिला पाता है

जान-ए-जाँ दुश्मन-ए-जाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

कुछ भी हासिल नहीं यक-तरफ़ा मोहब्बत का जनाब

उन की जानिब से भी हाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

शौकत-ए-फ़न की क़सम हुस्न-ए-तख़य्युल की क़सम

दिल के का’बे में अज़ाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

मैं अगर उन के ख़द-ओ-ख़ाल में खो जाऊँ कभी

वो कहें नाज़ कहाँ हो तो ग़ज़ल होती है

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. mohammed siddiqui naz Khialavi (1947-2010) is most celebrated (along with nusrat fateh ali KhaaN) for his sufiyaana qavvaali ‘tum ek gorakh dhanda ho, also posted (in three ‘bite size’ parts) on this site. This is where he indulges us in ‘what it takes to write a Ghazal’.
1
dil ka har zaKhm javaaN1 ho to Ghazal hoti hai
dard nas2 nas meN ravaaN3 ho to Ghazal hoti hai    
1.young, fresh 2.fibre 3.flowing
Only when the wounds (of love) in the heart are always fresh, can you compose a Ghazal. Only when the pain (of love) flows through every fibre of your body, can you write a Ghazal.

2
dil meN ho shauq1-e mulaaqaat2 ka toofaan bapaa3
aur raste meN chunaaN4 ho to Ghazal hoti hai   
1.wish, desire 2.meeting (with the beloved) 3.going on, raging 4.like that, just as planned
When the desire to meet the beloved rages like a tempest in your heart and you set out to meet her and encounter her on the way, then that is a Ghazal.

3
shauq hasrat1 ke sharaaroN2 se jilaa3 paata hai
jaan-e-jaaN4 dushman-e-jaaN5 ho to Ghazal hoti hai    
1.longing 2.sparks 3.brilliance 4.soul of my life 5.bent on killing
In urdu poetic tradition the poet/lover derives ecstacy at being killed at the hands of the beloved. If the sparks of his longing for the beloved give brilliance to his love, if the beloved is bent on killing him, that is a Ghazal.

4
kuchh bhi haasil1 nahiN yak-tarfa2 mohabbat ka janaab
un ki jaanib3 se bhi haaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai    
1.benefit, result 2.one-sided 3.direction
There is no benefit in one-sided love, Sir. If there is consent from her too, then there is a Ghazal.

5
shaukat-e-fun1 ki qasam2 husn-e-taKhyyul3 ki qasam
dil ke k’aabe meN azaaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai    
1.grandeur of talent 2.swear by 3.beauty of imagination
k’aabe meN azaaN hona … call for prayer in the sanctum sanctorum is used here to mean – a sincere declaration of love in the heart of hearts, perhaps even universal love in the sufi sense. I swear by the grandeur of poetic talent and by the beauty of poetic imagery and metaphor, when the declaration of (universal) love is like the declaration of faith, only then is a Ghazal composed.

6
maiN agar un ke Khad-o-Khaal1 meN kho jaauN kabhi
vo kaheN naaz kahaaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai  
1.features and beauty spot
The poet/lover is engrossed and lost in looking at/admiring her beauty and her features and she asks, naaz, what are you lost in, that is a Ghazal.

mohammed siddiqui naz Khialavi (1947-2010) is most celebrated (along with nusrat fateh ali KhaaN) for his sufiyaana qavvaali ‘tum ek gorakh dhanda ho, also posted (in three ‘bite size’ parts) on this site.  This is where he indulges us in ‘what it takes to write a Ghazal’.
1
dil ka har zaKhm javaaN1 ho to Ghazal hoti hai
dard nas2 nas meN ravaaN3 ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.young, fresh 2.fibre 3.flowing

Only when the wounds (of love) in the heart are always fresh, can you compose a Ghazal.  Only when the pain (of love) flows through every fibre of your body, can you write a Ghazal.
2
dil meN ho shauq1-e mulaaqaat2 ka toofaan bapaa3
aur raste meN chunaaN4 ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.wish, desire 2.meeting (with the beloved) 3.going on, raging 4.like that, just as planned

When the desire to meet the beloved rages like a tempest in your heart and you set out to meet her and encounter her on the way, then that is a Ghazal.
3
shauq hasrat1 ke sharaaroN2 se jilaa3 paata hai
jaan-e-jaaN4 dushman-e-jaaN5 ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.longing 2.sparks 3.brilliance 4.soul of my life 5.bent on killing

In urdu poetic tradition the poet/lover derives ecstacy at being killed at the hands of the beloved.  If the sparks of his longing for the beloved give brilliance to his love, if the beloved is bent on killing him, that is a Ghazal.
4
kuchh bhi haasil1 nahiN yak-tarfa2 mohabbat ka janaab
un ki jaanib3 se bhi haaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.benefit, result 2.one-sided 3.direction

There is no benefit in one-sided love, Sir.  If there is consent from her too, then there is a Ghazal.
5
shaukat-e-fun1 ki qasam2 husn-e-taKhyyul3 ki qasam
dil ke k’aabe meN azaaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.grandeur of talent 2.swear by 3.beauty of imagination

k’aabe meN azaaN hona … call for prayer in the sanctum sanctorum is used here to mean – a sincere declaration of love in the heart of hearts, perhaps even universal love in the sufi sense.  I swear by the grandeur of poetic talent and by the beauty of poetic imagery and metaphor, when the declaration of (universal) love is like the declaration of faith, only then is a Ghazal composed.
6
maiN agar un ke Khad-o-Khaal1 meN kho jaauN kabhi
vo kaheN naaz kahaaN ho to Ghazal hoti hai

1.features and beauty spot

The poet/lover is engrossed and lost in looking at/admiring her beauty and her features and she asks, naaz, what are you lost in, that is a Ghazal.

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