Ghazal

A ghazal has many components. It’s made up of Shers. Each Sher is made up of two lines, each is called a ‘Misra‘. The syllables of both Misra should tally. Bahar is what we call syllables in English. The both Misra should have the same Kafiya. Kafiya is the rhyme. Each ghazal ends with a letter of Urdu alphabet, which is based on Arabic alphabet. For example this ghazal ended on E. That’s known as Radeef. Once you have a ghazal on all the alphabet, from Alif to Zeem, you have a Deewan. As in Deeewan-e-Ghalib. 

I’m sure I confused you! Mission accomplished! 🙂

Enough showing off of my knowledge. Now, presenting a ghazal written by me. Please don’t allow the difficult words to distract you. I purposely put them so that you may miss my mistakes. Hahahah

Kafiya : Aa kije.
Radeef : Chhoti Ye.

Ik nazar humko bhi, ae meherbaan dekha kije,
Dil bada hai udas, aaj zulam na kije!

Jis taraf dekhiye, har shaksh muhazir sa hai!
Kis kadar, kaun hai khush, iska zayka kije?

Unko yahan wade pe aa lene de, ae abr-o-bahar,
Baad unke, jahan jee chahega, barsa kije.

Khudaya! Us haseen chehre pe bhi hum likhte Sher!
Magar kambhakt dil tha uske paas, kya kije?

Aaj fir se humein wo bhooli si yaad aayi hai.
Aaj hum fir chale rone, zara fusla dije!

Ik guzarish hai tujhse, mere Khuda, raham farma,
Meri lambi umar kisi ameer ko ata kije.

Mere Malik, tera asli ghar kaha, ye to bata!
Tere itne pato me sach hai kya, batla dije.

Kyu qayamat bhari nazro se hai dekha, ‘Rakesh’
Kaho, is band pade dil ka bhala kya kije?

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Lafz-e-dushwar

Muhazir: Yateem, refugee, anath. 
Zayka: Taste, test, check. 

Abr-o-bahar: Kale ghane badal. Overcast skies. 
Ata: Grant. 
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