Na koi khwab na saheli thi
Us muhabbat mein main akeli thi
Ishq mein tum kahan ke sache the
Jo aziyyat thi, ham ne jheli thi
Yaad ab kuchh nahin raha lekin
Ek darya tha ya haweli thi
Jis ne uljha ke rakh diya dil ko
Woh muhabbat thi ya paheli thi
Main zara si bhi kam wafa karti
Tum ne to meri jaan le li thi
Waqt ke saanp kha gaye us ko
Mere aangan mein ik chambeli thi
Is shab e gham mein kis ko batlaoon
Kitni roshan meri hatheli thi
– Naushi Gellani
Raza Rumi’s post on Ramzan was published by ATP on October 9. Reproduced below are some of the comments on the post relating to emphasis on rituals, mathematical count of sawab and washing away of sins:
For quite some time, the feeling kept haunting me that the time for Qurratulain Hyder’s departure was imminent. Finally, the sad day came and she left us for good. Despite the impossibility of circumstances, I had a great desire to meet her some day, while she was a living legend. I have my old-time friend, Fuzzle, to thank for introducing me to this colossal writer.
The first short-story of her that I read, I found it so engrossing that I made a resolve to read all her works. Though, I am far short of fulfilling that resolve, whatever little I have read of her has left a deep influence on me and changed some of my perceptions of the world and life. I found her work generously adorned with abstract thoughts, expressed so amazingly that one is overwhelmed by results of the skill with which she exploits the power and beauty of Urdu language. She was not a follower of any particular ideology. She just cherished her inherited civilization, and wrote about it and her background.
When I joined orkut, first thing I did was to make a community on QH, as there was none at that time. Through her name and mention on that community, and elsewhere, I got introduced and acquainted to some remarkable people. Being the owner of QH community, for some it became my identity.
Her health and old-age didn’t permit her to write any more, but since I got the news of her demise yesterday, slowly I am realizing that her life, as long as she breathed, meant something. After her death, today, thanks to Raza Rumi, listening to her in her own voice made me feel overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe it. But alas, she lies under loads of earth now. The loved and lost, comes not again!
Mere azizon tamam dukh hai
Hayat dukh hai, mamaat dukh hai
Yeh sari mohoom o be-nishan kayenat dukh hai
Wajood dukh hai
Wajood ki yeh namood dukh hai
Yeh hona dukh hai
Na hona dukh hai
Judai to khair aap dukh hai
Milaap dukh hai
Ke milne wale judai ki raat mein mile hain
Yeh zinda rehne ka shauq, yeh ehtemam dukh hai
Kalam dukh hai
Ke kaun keh saka hai jo mawra-e-kalam dukh hai
Mere azizon tamam dukh hai
Courtesy: Hermes Blue
The narrow lanes of Bahrain are so very similar to the streets of homeland. Old decrepit buildings side by side with new construction. The difference being that the streets are relatively clean and there’s no stench of open gutters. In addition to its oil income, this country thrives on revenues from tourism. To the tourists of neighbouring countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, it offers plenty of avenues of decadence, which they can’t enjoy in their own countries.
After living for months in the drab city of Riyadh, I am quite excited about my upcoming visit to Bahrain starting Friday. From the most retrogressive of the Arabian peninsula to its most ultra-liberal and as they tell me, the most decadent. Let’s see.
If the goverment committed some mistakes in the way it wound up the operation, that doesn’t make any heroes of the inmates in Lal Masjid, who went down fighting for dubious causes. It’s so disappointing to see political parties, especially the religious ones, springing up to action now after it’s all over to gain political mileage out of the unhappy episode. These so called mullahs and ulema seem jokers to me. Also disappointing is the way many people’s sympathies have turned the other way after the operation. Those, who previously wanted the government to finish them all off, are now blaming the government of committing a crime of such heinous proportions, that according to them, no such example could be found in history!
Satan is most effective when it begins to chant the name of God! These are no conspiracies of the enemies. We are our own enemies.