Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem held on grand scale

Muslim Saleem reciting his ghazals at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2010.

Muslim Saleem reciting his ghazals at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

Scholars describe Muslim Saleem as leading Urdu poet

Laud Muslim Saleem’s selfless services to Urdu

Bhopal,  December 30, 2012 (Abdul Ahad Farhan): Bhopal, December 30, 2012 (Abdul Ahad Farhan): Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem was organised here on Sunday to felicitate great Urdu poet, writer, journalist and creator of massive directories of Urdu poets and writers on his 14 websites and blogs. The function was presided over by Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi from Delhi while former Chairman of MP Urdu Academy and Allama Iqbal Markaz Prof. Afaq Ahmad was the chief guest. Present MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi was also present on the dais along with Dr. Qasim Niazi and Zafar Naseemi on the dais. Dr. Barqi Azmi inaugurated the function by lighting a ‘shama’.

Dr Barqi Azmi lighting 'shama' to open the function

Dr Barqi Azmi lighting ‘shama’ to open the function,

In his paper, Zafar Naseemi described Muslim Saleem as a seasoned Urdu poet who has brought a new whiff of air in Urdu poetry. Quoting Muslim Saleem’s couplet lavishly, the veteran poet and writer Zafar Naseemi said that Muslim Saleem’s has his unique style of understanding and expressing things in an attractive way which enchants his readers and listeners. Bhopal is fortunate that Muslim Saleem has made the city his home for last 32 years. He said that Muslim Saleem has put in yeoman’s service for the cause of Urdu through this websites. He said that no doubt Muslim Saleem can be counted among big poets.

Dr Qasim Niazi being felicitated by Shariq Ali

Dr Qasim Nizai being felicitated by Shariq Niazi.

Zafar Naseemi being felicitated by Shariq Ali

Zafar Naseemi being felicitated by Shariq Niazi.

In his paper, Dr. Qasim Niazi lauded Muslim Saleem as a poet, writer, journalist and servant of Urdu, who has served Urdu through his websites selflessly. The octogenarian poet and writer Dr. Niazi said that whatever Muslim Saleem has said in his ghazals is novel since no one else has touched the subjects covered by Muslim Saleem in his ghazals before him. This is a sign of great poetry, which will be remembered for years to come.

Prof. Afaq Ahmad said that Muslim Saleem deserves the honour bestowed on him today. For this, he congratulated members of Urdu Youth Forum. Prof. Afaq read out a number of couplets of Muslim Saleem adding these can be described as additions to Urdu poetry. Dr. Afaq Ahmad also hailed Muslim Saleem’s service to Urdu through internet. He said that several of his old friends were reunited with him after finding his address and telephone number of Muslim Saleem’s directory Urdu Poets and Writers of Madhya Pradesh. He said Muslim Saleem has developed scores of directories of Urdu poets and writers of various cities and countries. This is a great work, which

Dr Afaq Ahmad being felicitated by President of Urdu Youth Forum Ataullah Faizan.

Dr Afaq Ahmad being felicitated by President of Urdu Youth Forum Ataullah Faizan.

he has done alone.

Presiding over the function, Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi from Delhi congratulated Urdu Youth Forum for organising such a grand-scale function in honour of Muslim Saleem who really deserves it for being a great Urdu poet as well as servant of Urdu. He said that before this day, he had never met Muslim Saleem. Dr. Barqi Azmi said that he was so impressed by seeing Muslim Saleem’s web directories and his kalam on various sites that he wrote over 7 poems in honour of Muslim Saleem before meeting him in person. He said that it is due to Muslim Saleem’s tireless efforts through his web directors that scores of sidelined poets, including himself, came to world limelight. It is a great contribution of Muslim Saleem, he added. On the occasion, Dr. Barqi recited his pomes in praise of Muslim Saleem, Bhopal and Urdu Youth Forum which were widely appreciated.

At the outset, general secretary of Urdu Youth Forum, Bhopal Shariq Ali delivered a brief speech in which he enumerated reasons behind honouring Muslim Saleem. He said that he and other members of the orgnisation have developed penchant for Urdu poetry and literature through internet. Shariq said that whenever he search for an Urdu poet or writer on google, one or other directory developed Muslim Saleem came to the fore. This made him and his young friends fans of Muslim Saleem. According to Shariq Ali, this function was held due to this reason.

The function was conducted by upcoming poet and theatreperson Badr Wasti in a very enchanting and pleasing manner. He described Muslim Saleem as a very good poet and human being. Urdu Youth Forum secretary Mohammad Ali proposed a vote of thanks.

Earlier, note ghazal singer Yaqub Malik sang Muslim Saleem’s numerous ghazals and was asked by the audience to repeat a number couplets. His rendition, which continued for 45 minutes in the beginning of the function was well received and clapped.

Dr Barqi Azmi being felicitated by President of Urdu Youth Forum Ataullah Faizan.

Dr Barqi Azmi being felicitated by President of Urdu Youth Forum Ataullah Faizan.

Muslim Saleem being felicitated by Azam khan.

Muslim Saleem being felicitated by Azam khan.

Faizan Ali conducting proceedings

Faizan Ali conducting proceedings.

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. (Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. (Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem.

Ghazal singer Yaqub Malik being felicitated by Shariq Ali.

Ghazal singer Yaqub Malik being felicitated by Shariq Ali.

Mohammad Ali proposing vote of thanks.

Mohammad Ali proposing vote of thanks.

Muslim Saleem wiith Barqi Azmi and Urdu Youth Club Members.

Muslim Saleem wiith Barqi Azmi and Urdu Youth Club Members.

Muslim Saleem wiith Barqi Azmi and Urdu Youth Club Members 2

Muslim Saleem wiih Dr Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi and Urdu Youth Club Members

Muslim Saleem wiith Parveen Kaif, daughter of Kaif Bhopali.

Muslim Saleem wiith Parveen Kaif, daughter of Kaif Bhopali.

Audience

Jashn Muslim Saleem outside Urdu Academy

Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem Memento

Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem Memento

About Muslim Saleem

Muslim Saleem (born 1950) is a great Urdu poet, writer and journalist and creator of massive directories of Urdu poets and writers on different blogs. These directories include 1. Urdu poets and writers of India part-1 2. . Urdu poets and writers of India part-II 3. Urdu poets and writers of World part-I 4. Urdu poets and writers of World part-II, 5. Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh, 6. Urdu poets and writers of Allahabad, 7. Urdu poets and writers of Shajahanpur, 8. Urdu poets and writers of Jammu-Kashmir and Kashmiri Origin, 9. Urdu poets and writers of Hyderabad, 10. Urdu poets and writers of Augrangabad, 11. Urdu poets and writers of Maharashtra 12. Urdu poets and writers of Tamil Nadu, 13, Urdu poets and writers of Karnataka 14. Urdu poets and writers of Gujarat, 15. Urdu poets and writers of Uttar Pradesh, 16. Urdu poets and writers of Canada, 17. Urdu poets and writers of Burhanpur, 18. Urdu poets and writers of West Bengal 19. Female Urdu poets and writers, 20. Hindu Naatgo Shuara etc. These directories can be seen on :- 1. www.khojkhabarnews.com 2, www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com 3. www.urdunewsblog.wordpress.com, 4. www.khojkhabarnews.wordpress.com. 5. www.poetswritersofurdu.blogspot.in 6 www.muslimsaleem.blogspot.in 7. www.saleemwahid.blogspot.in (Life) Muslim Saleem was born in 1950 at Shahabad, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh in India, brought up in Aligarh, and educated at Aligarh Muslim University. He is the son of the well-known Urdu poet Saleem Wahid Saleem. He has lived in Bhopal, India since 1979. (Education): Muslim Saleem studied right from class 1 to BA honours in AMU schools and University. He completed his primary education from AMU Primary School, Qazi Para Aligarh (Now converted into a girls school of AMU). He passed high school exam from AMU City School, Aligarh and B.A. Hons (Political Science) from Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh. Later, Muslim Saleem did M.A. in Arabic from Allahabad University during his stay in Allahabad. (Career) Muslim Saleem began his career as a journalist in the Urdu-language newspaper Aftab-e-Jadeed, Bhopal. He is multilingual journalist having worked on top posts with Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Central Chronicle (English), National Mail (English), News Express (English) and most recently as the chief copy editor of the Hindustan Times in Bhopal. At present, Muslim Saleem is English news advisor to Directorate of Public Relations, Government of Madhya Pradesh. (as on December 1, 2012). (Works and awards) Muslim Saleem has been appointed as Patron of Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society. He is the author of Aamad Aamad, a compilation of his poetry published by Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academi. Several of his couplets are well known in the Urdu language. He won the Yaad-e-Basit Tarhi Mushaira, a poetry competition, in 1982. In 1971, Muslim Saleem was awarded by Ismat Chughtai for his Afsana “Nangi Sadak Par” at AMU Aligarh. His ghazals and short stories have been published in Urdu-language publications Shair, Ahang, Asri, Adab, Agai, Naya Daur, Sada-e-Urdu, Nadeem and other periodicals and magazines. His work in service of the Urdu language was recognized in a special 2011 edition of the periodical Abadi Kiran, devoted to his work. Evenings in his honour have been organised in a number of cities. Muslim Saleem is currently compiling a massive database of poets and writers of the Urdu language, both historic and currently active. (Translation of Muslim Saleem’s work in English): Great scholar Dr. Shehzad Rizvi based in Washington has translated Muslim Saleem’s ghazal in English even though they have never met. Dr. Rizvi saw Muslim Saleem’s ghazals on websites and was so moved that he decided to translate them. (Praise by poets and writers) Great poet and scholar of Urdu and Persian Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi has also written a number of poetic tributes to Muslim Saleem. Dr. Azmi and Muslim Saleem are yet to meet face to face. Beside this, great short-story writer and critic Mehdi Jafar (Allahabad, Bashir Badr (Bhopal), Jafar Askari (Lucknow), Prof. Noorul Husnain (Aurangabad), Kazim Jaffrey (Lahore) and a host of others have written in-depth articles defining Muslim Saleem’s poetry. (Muslim Saleem on other websites) Muslim Saleem’s life and works have been mentioned on Wikipedia, www.urduadab4u.blogspot.in, www.urduyouthforum.org and several other website. In fact, www.urduyouthforum.org has given credit to Muslim Saleem for lifting a number of pictures and entries from Muslim Saleem’s websites and blogs. (Address): Muslim Saleem, 280 Khanugaon, VIP Road, Bhopal-462001 Mobiles: 0 9009217456 0 9893611323 Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com saleemmuslim@yahoo.com Best couplets: Zindagi ki tarah bikhar jaayen…… kyun ham aise jiyen ki mar jaayen kar di meeras waarison ke sipurd…. zindagi kis ke naam mar jaayen rooh ke karb ka kuchh mudaawa no tha doctor neend ki goiyan likh gaya wo dekhne mein ab bhi tanawar darakht hai haalanke waqt khod chuka hai jaden tamam My Facebook url is http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Muslim-Saleem/176636315722664#!/pages/Muslim-Saleem/176636315722664?sk=info Other blogs http://urdupoetswriters.blogspot.com/ http://muslimspoetry.blogspot.com/ http://abdulahadfarhan.blogspot.com/ http://ataullahfaizan.blogspot.com/ http://hamaramp.blogspot.com/ http://madhyanews.blogspot.com/ http://cimirror.blogspot.com/
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  1. Translation of the poem by Muslim Saleem

    Whenever I have not been understood
    It has been regarded as my own fault

    I would have fallen in the buffeting wind
    Had it not been for some invisible hand holding me

    I rise and begin my day talking about you
    When day ends and evening begins I talk about you

    A bird is sad and misses its freedom in the cage
    Though all comforts of life are there

    Muslim Saleem has entered the battlefield
    Rather than a gun, he’s holding a banner of peace in his heart and soul

    By Dr. Shahzad Rizvi, English novelist and poet (website: shahzadrizvi.com, or kahany.org)

    Comments:
    Muslim Saleem is such a star which has appeared on firmament when Urdu language and literature needs all the light it can get. Mr. Saleem’s services to Urdu are two-prong: his creative work, his poetry and literary essays; and, his indefatigable cataloging of Urdu writers and their works. I doubt such a combined work has ever even been done by any other person in my memory.
    While through his cataloging he has acknowledged and brought out into light works by other Urdu writers who, otherwise, would have remained either obscure or their writings would have remained in a disarray, Mr. Saleem has produced a respectable body of Urdu poetry which serves many purposes. One, it reflects the society, politics, and myriad vicissitudes of life which we are going through. It holds a mirror, and rather honestly, in front of our faces and tells it like it. This kind of literary honesty is hard to find. Many writers write what they think people want to hear. And doing so they are honest neither to themselves nor to their subjects.
    Another thing which emerges from his poems is universalism. Each couplet in his poems which is an independent entity is loaded with a universal theme presented to us in a novel way delineates to us his fresh perspective on it. In this way what is age old, tradition, custom, a bygone era, is not chucked out of window by us, but, by the help of Muslim Saleem, we take it out from the old trunk, examine it with his eyes, and find its efficacy anew to suit our modern times.
    Finally, Muslim Saleem, through his poetry, emerges as a reformer. For instance, in the last couplet of the poem I translated he gives the messages of peace. He clearly says that I’m entering the battlefield, I will wage war (struggle – sangharsh) for peace. He is against violence and terrorism, he is against communalism, and, above all, he is against bigotry and all the evils which permeate humanity.

    I truly believe that Muslim is one of the great poets of our time.

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