Urdu poets and writers of Agra by Muslim Saleem

Agra Urdu poets and writers

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


(The poetry portion of this site is edited by Muslim Saleem, who is poet, writer and journalist of repute. Muslim Saleem’s ash’ar are widely popular due to being connected with grassroots. It was his idea that we created this directory of Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh-Chief Editor,Ataullah Faizan and Editor (Abdul Ahad Farhan) (See Muslim Saleem’s poetry with English and Hindi translations at this web site, muslimsaleem.blogspot.com and muslimsaleem.wordpress.com) Email: muslimsaleem@rediffmail.com mobiles: 9009217456, 9893611323 phone 0755-2730580. Muslim Saleem is an alumni of Aligarh Muslim University and is DCE of Hindustan Times, Bhopal. Related directories: Urdu poets and writers of India and Urdu poets and writers of Madhya Pradesh on khojkhabarnews.com’s poetry section)

(Note the list of deceased litterateurs in the end of this directory)

Dedicated to Hazrat Nazeer Akbarabadi

Nazeer Akbarabadi’s verses on Akbarabad (Agra).

Nazeer Akbarabadi (real name “Wali Muhammad”) was an Urdu poet of 18th century who wrote Urdu ghazals and nazms under nom de plume “Nazeer”. His father was Muhammad Farooq and his mother was the daughter of Nawab Sultan Khan who was the governor of Agra Fort. Agra, the Indian city, was known as Akbarabad after Mughal emperor Akbar at that time.

Nazeer’s date of birth is not certain but most of his biographers believe that he was born in Delhi (then called “Dihli”) in 1735 AD. The period of his birth coincided with the decline of the Mughal empire in India. In 1739 Nazeer was still a child when Nadir Shah attacked Delhi and Muhammad Shah Rangeela was arrested. He was later released but countless people were mercilessly killed in Delhi. The horrors of this plunder were still fresh in the minds of people when 18 years later, in 1757 AD, Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked Delhi. People left Delhi for safer cities. Nazeer along with his mother and grandmother also abandoned Delhi and migrated to Akbarabad. At this time Nazeer was 80 years old.
He left for us about 600 ghazals, although his nazms are said to be more worthy of admiration. In fact, Nazeer’s growing popularity is due to his nazms. He was purely a “People’s poet” and his nazms reflected various aspects of the daily life of his age, all types of religious and social events with even minor details in which common people can be seen laughing, singing, teasing, playing. He wrote nazams about religious and social festivals, such as Diwali, Holi, Eid, Shab-e-baraat, about fruits and about animals and birds, about seasons and even inanimate objects, such as paisa, rupaiaa, rotiyaan, aata-daal (meaning “flour” and “lentils”), “pankha” (meaning “fan”) and “kakrhi” (a kind of cucumber). He wrote nazms about different aspects of human life, such as “muflisi” (Urdu word meaning “poverty”) and “kohrinamah” (chronicle of a leper). The canvas of Nazeer’s nazms is so vast that it encompasses all aspects of human behavior and every person can find nazms that can suit his taste.
Nazeer Akbarabadi’s contemporaries were Mirza Muhammad Rafi Sauda, Mir Taqi Mir, Sheikh Qalandar Bakhsh Jur’at, Inshallah Khan Insha, and Ghulam Hamdani Mushafi. He was young during the age of Sauda and Mir and might be a middle aged man during the age of Jur’at, Insha and Mushafi.
Nazeer died in 1830 AD, at 98. It is said that Nazeer’s poetic treasure consisted of about 200,000 verses but unfortunately a bigger portion of it is destroyed and only 6000 verses are available in printed form. No other Urdu poet used as many words as Nazeer did. Nazeer’s poetry conveyed the plight of the common people in their own everyday language and was very popular among the masses. It was due to this lack of the “elite” element perhaps that Nazir’s genius was not recognized until much later. But in spite of this neglect, some of his poetic treasure is still available and some of his poems, such as “Banjara Nama” (chronicle of a nomad/gypsy), “Kaljug nahin karjug hai yeh”, “Aadmi Naama” (chronicle of man), etc., became immortal. Such poems find their place in school text books and discerning fans of Urdu poetry will not fail to recognize the greatness of Nazeer’s verse.
Though the era of modern nazm credits Altaf Hussain Hali and Muhammad Husain Azad, Nazeer could arguably be considered “Father of Urdu Nazm” because he preceded them.
(Muslim Saleem writes on April 6, 2011
As a poet, Nazeer was firmly connected with the grassroots. Nazeer Akbarabadi has written ghazals and poems in chaste Urdu at a time when most of the poets and writers used Arabisised and Persianised Urdu language. For a long time, Urdu critics continued to ignore Nazeer Akbarabadi until the new generation realised

his worth and termed him as the pioneer of modern Urdu nazm. Nazeer Akbarabadi wrote poems on almost every subject some of which include 1. “sab thaath pada rah jaye ga jab laad chale ga banjara” 2. “Tab dekh baharen Holi ki” and 3. “Adminama”.)


Urdu poets and writers of Agra

Agra ke aduaba-o-shuara

(Note: this directory is still in the making. Those interested can send material and pictures to me on


Muslim Saleem)


Asad Tamanna Akbarabadi


Ahmar Jalesari: Poet: 4/M, MIG, Shaheed Nagar, Agra (UP)-282001. Mobile: 093597756301.


Asrar Akbarabadi: Poet. Address: E-3-600, Shaheed Nagar, Agra.


Aseer Akbarabadi


Dil Taj Mahli

 ADDRESS;;;;– Dil Taj Mahali, 108, Limra Square Complex,. Raj. Pur Chungi,.. Shamsabad Road, AGRA 282001 (U.P.) India cell No. 09412516386


Hanif Syed: Short story writer and novelist: 12/34, Sui Katra, Agra-282002. Mob: 09236431364.

(see details in “Urdu poets and writers of Shahjahanpur” on www.muslimsaleem.wordpress.com)

Hanif Syed


Hyder Ali Rind Akbarabadi

Agra Hyder Ali Rind


Kalam Ahmad


Khalish Akbarabadi


Laeeq Akbarabadi


Mahmood Akbarabadi


Maikash Akbarabadi



Tum Muztarib nahi mere haale tabah se

Dekho zara nigah mila kar nigah se

Dekha to hoga tumne humara maqam bhi

Guzre kabhi to hoge muhabbat ki raah se

Qayam hai ye jaha’n teri esmat hi se magar

Roanq jaha’n ki hai mere zuaqe Gunah se

Wo dil raeene kash’ma’ksh’e estirab o kaif

Wo uzre be rukhi nighe ghaah ghaah se

Sab kuch hai aur kuch nahi aye dad khwahe ishq

wo dekh kar na dekhna Neechi nigah se

 مرے غم کے لیے اس بزم میں فرصت کہاں پیدا

یہاں تو ہو رہی ہے داستاں سے داستاں پیدا

وہی ہے ایک مستی سی وہاں نظروں میں یاں دل میں

وہی ہے ایک شورش ہی وہاں پنہاں یہاں پیدا

تو اپنا کارواں لے چل نہ کر غم میرے ذروں کا

انہیں ذروں سے ہو جائے گا پھر سے کارواں پیدا

مری عمریں سمٹ آئی ہیں ان کے ایک لمحے میں

بڑی مدت میں ہوتی ہے یہ عمر جاوداں پیدا

ذرا تم نے نظر پھیری کہ جیسے کچھ نہ تھا دل میں

ذرا تم مسکرائے ہو گیا پھر اک جہاں پیدا

ہماری سخت جانی سے ہوا شل ہاتھ قاتل کا

سر مقتل ہی ہم نے کر لیا دارالاماں پیدا

توقع ہے کہ بدلے گا زمانہ لیکن اے میکشؔ

زمانہ ہے یہی تو ہو چکے انساں یہاں پیدا

Maikash Akbarabadi (1902–1991) was a writer in the Urdu language. Syed Mohammed Ali Shah Maikash Akbarabadi was born in 1902 in the Mewa Katra family, which traces its links in India to Moghul times.

Panje Sharif

Muhammad Ali Shah Jafri Niyazi was the eldest son of Asghar Ali Shah Sahib .He was just two and a half year old at the time of the death of his father and his younger brother Ahmed Ali Shah Saheb was just three months old.The task of upbringing of these two very young children was essentially left to their widowed mother who herself was just twenty four years old. She was the grand daughter of Mir Aazam Ali, a contemporary of Mirza Asad Ullah Khan Ghalib and belonged to a very respectable family. Despite pressures from certain sections upon her to go back to her parents house she stayed put and faced the challenges of life. She arranged for the best education of her children and sent them to Moulvi Sa’adat Ullah qadri Sahib, a very renowned “Mohaqiq” and “Mohadids” of his times, near jama Masjid Agra. Moulvi Sa’adat Ullah Sahib is said to have a dream of the Islamic prophet Muhammad only a few days back . There by he had shown two young children and asked him to take best care of them and impart all necessary knowledge of Quran,Hadis and Fiqh. He was on look out for them and so when he saw these two children he immediately recognized and welcomed them with full respect. They had the best of education at his hands and were awarded certificates of excellence . They were referred to Aligarh, M.A.O College in 1916 where in that time Theology education was also imparted. These two boys were in their teens where as in the College mosque there were very aged,senior students with long beards. Nazim-E-Deeniyaat of that time took their examination and was highly impressed with their knowledge,proficiency and method of recital . While he gave them certificates he called the senior students for a demonstration who are said to have carried these two young boys on their shoulders to various parts of then College in a procession.

Urs Ceremony of Hazrat Syed Mohammad Ali Shah Niazi – Maikash Akbarabadi

Muhammad Ali Shah sahib then pursued further intensive studies of logic, fiqh and Tasawwuf where as his younger brother was admitted to Baptist Mission High School. His younger brother Ahmed Ali Shah Passed with distinction all the examinations and also studied at St.Johns college to obtain Post-graduation in Persian and also the Law degree from Allahabad University.He got involved in the worldly affairs of looking after the family affair first as an advocate and then as judicial and Administrative officer in erstwhile state of Rajputana. Ahmed Ali Shah retired as Civil Supplies Commissioner from Rajasthan and moved to Aligarh as the Registrar of Jamia Urdu (Seeds of which were sown at his residence in Mewa Katra). Prof Has Jafri, his ony son settled in Aligarh and was Pro-Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Controller of Aligarh Muslim University before moving to Ajmer as the Member Public Service Commission- Rajasthan.

Once there was a discussion with someone about Muawiyah. The Person started defending and praising muawiyah. In order to avoid controversy he ended up by praying that on the Day of judgement he may be with Ali whereas the person who was having argument may be with muawiyah .The concerned person felt annoyed but could not say anything as he was putting the two at par and amply displayed his wit .

Meeting of the Socialist Forum used to take place at his house in late 1930s .

Daastan e shab

He died on 10th Shawwal 1411 Hijri (1991 CE) . Since then under the guidance and spiritual leadership of his grandson the present Sajjada Nasheen Hz Syed Ajmal Ali Shah Niazi, the message of love, peace and brotherhood which was so dear to Maikash Saheb continues to be propagated. Every year a function to commemorate and promote Urdu poetry is organized under the banner of Bazm E Maikash by Maikash Sahebs great grand son Syed Faizi Ali Shah Niazi in Agra and people with significant contributions are awarded. (Courtesy Wikipedia)



Qayyum Meo


Rahat Qadri


Saeedullah Mahir Akbarabad

Agra Saeedullah Mahir Akbarabadi


Shahid Saleem


Suroor Marehrawi


Tayyab A. Kazmi


Dr. Zafar Akbarabadi, poet. He is a resident of Kanpur and not Agra. Address: 69/88, A-Prem Nagar, Chaman Ganj, Kanpur.


Z Hasan


Azadi ke baad ke shuara


Naye shuara


Maujooda shuara


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