September 27, 2020

Shers quoted in the name of Mirza Ghalib but actually they are not by Ghalib

Shers quoted in the name of Mirza Ghalib but actually they are not by Ghalib

For many, Urdu poetry is synonymous with Mirza Ghalib. Ghalib is the most quoted shayar and his shers  are often quoted in various contexts. However, there are many shers which are famous in the name of Mirza Ghalib but scholars deny their authenticity as they are not part of Ghalib’s diwan. Here, we list out some of the most famous shers which are often mis-quoted in the name of Mirza Ghalib but actually they are not.

“Khuda ke waste parda na kabe se utha waaiz

Kahin aisa na ho yaan bhi wahi kaafir sanam nikle”

The above sher is sung by Jagjit Singh as a part of Ghalib’s ghazal but actually this sher is not anywhere found in Ghalib’s diwan.

Some other such shers are:

“Chand taswir-e-butaan chand haseenon ke KHutoot

Baad marne ke mere ghar se ye saamaaN nikla”

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“Zaahid sharaab peene de masjid men baiTh kar

Ya wo jagah bata de jahaaN par KHuda na ho’

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“Dil khush hua hai masjid-e-veeraaN ko dekh kar

Meri tarah khuda ka bhi khaana kharaab hai

This sher is though famous as Ghalib’s sher but is actually by Abdul Hameed Adam

Jis meN laakhoN baras ki hooreN hoN

Aisi jannat ka kya kare koi

This surely proves as Ghalib said

Hain aur bhi duniya meN sukhar-var bahut achchhe

kahte hain ki Ghalib ka hai andaaz-e-bayaaN aur”

The above Sher is by Ghalib

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