Bahadur Shah Zafar vs Muztar Khairabadi

Some years ago, a controversy was raised at the behest of Jan Nisaar Akhtar and Javed Akhtar that ghazal; “na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon” was written by Muztar Khairabadi (Jan Nisaar’s father) and not Bahadur Shah Zafar. This divided Urdu fraternity over the issue. However, the controversy has died down since most of scholars belief that the ‘sher’ belongs very much to Bahadur Shah Zafar. In this connection, Ashraf Nadeem (Bhopali) who was born on 26th of December 1931 in Bhopal. has proved that the ghazal; “na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon, na kisi ke dil ka qarar hoon” was penned by Bahadur Shah in Rangoon prison and not Muztar Khairabadi (See: ashrafnadeem.blogspot.com). At present he lives Near Ram Leela Gate, Raisen (MP) 464551. Phone No. 222392 Mobile No. 9300410640.

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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8 Responses to Bahadur Shah Zafar vs Muztar Khairabadi

  1. Janab Muslim Saleem sb
    Post ki hai aap ne achhchhi khabar
    KyoN na hoN mamnoon arbab e nazar

  2. Babur Ali Asad says:

    bohat he Qeemti Tehqeeq hay, main behad shukar guzar hoon janab Muslim saleem sahib ka jinhon nay Mohtram Ashraf Nadeem Bhopali ki Tehqeeq ko post kar k aik confusion ko khatam kiya, bohat Mohabat
    Allah kareem Sahiban ko Izzat o sharaf or Sehat o Tandrusti say Nawazay Aamin

  3. muslimsaleem says:

    Shukriya Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi Azmi aur Babur Ali Asad sahiban

  4. muslimsaleem says:

    FACEBOOK COMMENTS

    Babur Ali Asad
    bohat khoob Muslim Saleem bahi , yeh baat wakee kai baar suni gai hay k Mazkora bala ghazal Buhadar Shah Zafar ji nahi hay iak or ghazl bhi Mutnazia hay in ki … Ya Mujhay afras e Shahana banaya hota ya mera Taaj gadayana banaya hota… Is k baray mean bhi koi tehqeek hay aap k pas bohat Mohabat sada khair ho.

    Syed Husnain
    Muslim bhai adab men aisi aur bhi misalen hain, lekin ghlat ko ghlat kahene ka hausla chahiye. Aaa hawalun se baat kar rahe hain ,haq ba haqdar hona hi chahiye.

    Faisal Nawaa
    Muslim Saleem saib bout bout shukrea yeh aap ki mohabat heh ki adab ke liaz se jo jo mazmoon aap ki nazar se guzarta heh aap share kartey hain bout bout shukrea sir.

    Kamran Ghani Saba
    شکریہ مسلم سلیم صاحب

  5. muslimsaleem says:

    Hassan Safi-Naqvi
    The very feel of the poetry indicates a man who is in great distress, and I am positive that Muztar Sahib has not undergone the pain that was born by Bahadur Shah Zafar in his short life span. I am sure that muzter sahib has not claimed at any time the ownership of this ghazal. It all amounts to a cheap publicity stunt.

  6. شکریہ مسلم سلیم صاحب

  7. DK Sharma says:

    In all the ghazals written by Bahadur Shah Zafar, the poet has added his name at the end but not in “na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon”

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