Faiz Ahmed Faiz, is one of the most famous poets of Urdu Language. He was born on February 13, 1911 and passed away on November 20, 1984. I was thinking today of my favourite verses of Faiz from his priceless collection. It was indeed a challenging task however I was able to come up with one that always captures my heart and soul.
My favourite verses of Faiz are from his popular Nazm “Dasht-e-Tanhai”:
اس قدر پیار سے اے جان جہاں رکھا ہے
دل کے رخسار پے اس وقت تیری یاد نے ہاتھ
یوں گماں ہوتا ہے گرچہ ہے ابھی صبح فراق
ڈھل گیا ہجر کا دن آ بھی گئی وصل کی رات
Is qadar pyaar se ae jaan-e-jahan rakha hai,
Dil ke rukhsaar pe is waqt teri yaad ne haath,
Yun guman hota hai garche hai abhi subhe-firaaq,
Dhal gaya hijr ka din aa bhi gaye vasl ki raat.
Iqbal Bano has immortalized these verses through her rendition and given life to each word through the pitch and tone of her voice.
I feel there could not have been a better use of each urdu word utilized beautifully to express the feelings of yearning and love.
The legacy of Faiz Ahmed Faiz is diverse and wide spread. He is one of the most famous Urdu poets in Pakistan and around the world. His writings continue to inspire and draw people towards Urdu. If I sit down to write all my favourite verses of Faiz I would definitely run out of space and time. That is why I challenged myself to choose one today.
If you had to pick your favourite verses of Faiz, what would you share? Would love to hear from you! Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Teray!