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Annual Urdu Mushaira conducted at Jeddah for benefit of Indian Hajj pilgrims

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Jeddah: Rohail Khan, Chairman, Urdu Academy International (UAI), offered congratulations to the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, and Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum (IPWF) for a successful Urdu Mushaira, organized for the benefit of Pilgrims.

"Urdu, fourth largest language in the world, is spoken by 550 million people across all continents. After Arabic, Urdu is largest source of knowledge on Islam. To serve future generations, we need to popularize Urdu language and literature at all levels. Expatriate Urdu lovers of Saudi Arabia warmly appreciate the Mushaira and offer gratitude to the respected poets for their valuable participation. Let us promote Urdu beyond borders. Let us serve those who serve Urdu," said Rohail Khan.

Mushaira Proceedings

Famous Urdu poets from various Indian provinces mesmerized the Indian and Pakistani expatriate communities at the Annual Mushaira. The vibrant colors of Ghazal (traditional genre of Urdu poetry), were on full display for a crowd of over 2,000 Urdu lovers.

H.E Faiz Ahmed Qidwai, Consul General, Indian Consulate, Jeddah (center, white achkan) with the team of Poets, greeting the audience at the Mushaira.
After traditional lighting of shama by Indian Ambassador along with the Honorable Consul General, the evening began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran followed by an introduction of 12 guest poets by the host Irshad Ahmed.

A heart touching Naat was presented by Tabish Mehdi from Delhi.

“Paye Zikr-e-Nabi mein lub jo kholon
Zuban ko mushk say amber say dholon
Madinay jub kisi ko jatay dekha
Yeh ji chaha usi kay saath main holon”

Young female poet Rukhsar Balrampuri was the first poet of the evening who warmed the hearts of the audience with her sentimental feminine couplets.

“Door kardeti hain teergi betiya
Ghar main laati hain roshni betiya
Ab na beti ki izzat say khailay koi
Hain isi mulk main aap ki betiya
Phir na dilli key jaisa kahin aur ho
phir na zinda jalay aap ki betiya”

Mohsin Jalgawi, renowned poet, author, editor of Etemad daily, captured current social issues in his thought-provoking verses.

“Riwait ki rawadari buhut hai
Yahan rishtoon ki bimari buhut hai
Buhut hi toot ker milti hai duniya
Magar us main adakari buhut hai
Kahin pehchan main dhoka na khana
Shbahat ki riyakari buhut hai”

Tabish Mehdi, once again, was highly appreciated by the audience.

“Tujh say hi subah munawwar hai, Sham roshan hai
Teray hi dum say jahan ka nizam roshan hai
Na karrofar na koi taam jham rakhtay hain
Hum ahle-dil hain miyan dil say kaam rkhtay hain”

Sikander Garber's humorous compositions were greeted with applause.

“Kisi ka husn akhir jaan ka dushman ho bhi sakta hai
Tumharay jail Janay ka yeh kaaran ho bhi sakta hai
Meray beton haseeno say zara tum door hi rehna
Yeh angrezi dawa hai reaction ho bhi sakta hai"

Agha Sarosh proved his esoteric mastery over ghazal:

"Khammoshiyou kay nagar say sada kub ayegi
Udar say phir koi taza hawa kub ayegi
Meray labon ko kaafi hai boond bher barish
Nadi ki piyas bhujanay ghataien kub ayegi
Fiza main itni ghtan hai ke aaj ghabra ker
Chiragh pooch rahay hain hawa kub ayegi”

Waseem Malik from Surat, Gujarat, captured social issues with his verses and was well received by the multi-national audience.

“Saron pe saya-e-rehmat rahe to acha hai
Buzrg ped salamat rahay to acha hai
Mehktay phool say rishton kay sath chalna hai
Mujhay to apnay buzrgon kay saath chalna hai
Main aaj bacchoon ki ungli pakad kay niklonga
Mujhay zameen pe farishtoon kay rehna hai”

Iqbal Ashhar mesmerized the audience with verses based on realism.

“Yeh jugnowo ki qiyadat main chalnay walay log
Thay kal chirag ki manind jalnay walay log
Hamain bhi waqat nay pathar sifat banadala
Hamien thay mom ki soorat pighalnay walay log”

His other couplets were also highly appreciated by the audience.

“Us ki khushbo meri ghazlon main simat aye hai
Naam ka naam hai ruswai ki ruswai hai”

He presented his famous ghazal on public demand and a nazm which made evident to all the richness and sweetness of the Urdu language.

Mohsin Jalgawi, who has authored several books, released his latest book during the event.

Nikhat Amrohi another female poet, struck a chord with the audience on the condition of current Indian society.

“Aik mamoli say mazdor ki beti hoon main
Mujhko bigday huway halat say dar lagta hai
Log sasural main bahoonwo ki jala detay hain
Bus yehi soonch kay barat say dar lagta hai”

Her couplet was much appreciated and she presented it twice as there were cries of encore from the public.

“Khushi kay khawab ko taabeer main dhala hai
Main wo beti hoon jis say maan kay angan main ujala hai
Nahi samjha hai kuch farq betay aur beti main
Meray maan baap nay mujh ko buhut naazon say pala hai”

Nazim-e-Mushaira was Nadeem Farrokh, his poetry mapped the soul’s unique journey through life.

“Subah magroor ko wo sham bhi kardeta hai
Shuhratien cheen kar gumnaam bhi kardeta hai
Waqt say aankh milany ki himaqat na karo
Waqt insaan ko nilaam bhi kardeta hai
Wo pathraiye si ankhon main bhi kajal bhej deta hai
Sulagti dopaher main jaisay badal bhej deta hai
Jahan walay usay jub yaad karna bhool jatay hain
Zameenon ki tahon main koi halchal bhej deta hai”

Naeem Akhter Burhanpuri highlighted social issues in his verses.

“Na ab soya na jaga jara ha hai
Tera gham hai ke badhta jaraha hai
Hum apnay aap main sooraj hain phir bhi
Andhera hum main dhoonda jar aha hai
Zamany pe bharoosa karnay walo
Bharoosay ka zamana jaraha hai

Jalees Sherwani captured the heart of the audience with his religious couplets.

“Aagaz say behtar hai wo anjaam diya hai
Qur’an ki surat main jo inaam diya hai
Kiya kiya nahi khalqat ko mila rubb-e-ola say
Ahsan hai uska hamien islam diya hai
Karlay agar yaqeen rasalat-e-maab main
Beshak milayga aap ko paani sarab main”

Prof. Wasim Barelvi, Chairman NCPUL (National Council for Promotion of Urdu language) presented the true color of ghazal:

“Subhao phool jaisa hosla guldaan jaisa
Yeh urdu hai ke jis dil bhi hindustaan jaisa
Aap naraz hoon, roothay ya khafa hojaye
Baat itni bhi na bigday ke juda hojaye
Meri nazroon ko baratna koi tujh say sikhay
Jitna main dekh sako utna nazar aata hai”

Prof. Barelvi thanked the audience and organizers for making the event a success. “This successful historical Mushaira confirms a bright future for Urdu language,” he proudly admitted.
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