(Dr.) Saleem Wahid Saleem

Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem was a great poet. One of his works includes “Khayyam-e-Nau”, which is free translation Khayyam’s ruba’is. His kulliyat will be printed soon. Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem was a poet par excellence. He was born in Teheran, Iran and educated in Aligarh Muslim University Tibbiya College, Aligarh and later in London, where he also worked as announcer with BBC Persian Service.Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem’s works can be seen on


Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem (Sitting extreme right) with Faiz Ahmad Faiz (fourth from right) and Khalifa Abdil Wahid Dar (sitting fifth from right) at Montgoomery

Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem was a poet par excellence. He was born in Teheran, Iran to Khalifa Abdul Wahid Dar of Lahore (Now in Pakistan) and Bibi Fakhr-us-Sadat, a qajari princess of Iran. In fact, the Khalifa family had moved to Lahore from Kashmir in the 19th century. After the age of 11, his parents shifted back to India along with their two daughters Akhtar and Shamsi.

Dr. Saleem was educated in Aligarh Muslim University Tibbiya College, Aligarh and later in London, where he also worked as announcer with BBC Persian Service. In Aligarh, he stayed with his close relative Dr. Ataullah Butt, of famous Butt Kada of Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui. Dr. Butt had founded Aligarh Tibbiya College.

Throughout his life, Dr Saleem continued to write both prose and poetry in Urdu, Persian and English. In the 50’s and 60’s, his ghazals were published in many prestigious Urdu periodicals including Nuqoosh, Funoon, Adab-e-Latif, Adabi Duniya and other contemporary periodicals.

The most remarkable work of Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem is ‘Khayyam-e-Nau’, which is poetic translation of Umar Khayyam’s ruba’is. The collection has been published by Sanjh Publications, Temple Road, Lahore.

The book Khayyam-e-Nau can be bought online from emarkaz.com. During his last days, Doctor Sahib had become financially unstable and was greatly helped by his sister Mrs Akhtar Nazeer and her husband the late Malik Nazeer Ahmad. Dr. Saleem breathed his last in 1981.

Dr. Saleem wrote poetry in Urdu and Persian. Some of his works are in English as well.  Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem was married to Begum Umm-e-Habiba, who was granddaughter of Syed Abdul Baqi, who was among first five students of Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College (which later became Aligarh Muslim University) and had imbibed education directly from Sir Syed. He was later appointed as bursar (accountant-cum-registrar) of the university.

Tabenda Batool has completed her master’s thesis on Dr. Saleem in 1987 from Punjab University Lahore and then her M. Phil in 1995 from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. Other collections of his poems and ghazals are also in the pipeline.

Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem was a great man and a good poet, one blog is not enough to introduce him and his work. His work and he himself need a big website which would pay attention to provide knowledge about him. Doctor Sahib’s loyal son Mr. Muslim Saleem who himself is a good poet is doing very good job regarding this. You guys can get knowledge about Dr. Saleem Wahid Saleem from websites designed by Muslim Saleem.

(Courtesy:

urduadab4u.blogspot.in

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Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem – poetic tribute by Dr. Shahzad Rizvi

Memories of the Dr Saleem Wahid Saleem
His thought and art convey
Saleem Wahid’s elegant taste
The voice of his conscience
is the treasure of his life
The depth of feelings in his poems
provides succor for the heart
The flights of his imagination nourish the spirit
His thought and perspective are the soul of the era
The style of his prose and verse
reveals the uniqueness of his thought, the pride of his art
He is distinguished among the scholars
Not only in Urdu, but in Persian as well
I am grateful to Muslim Saleem
His son, the source of his pride
He is gathering these days
the wonder of his father’s creations
O Barqi, every word from the poet’s pen
Enchants and nourishes the heart
(Note: I have tried to translate Dr. Barqi’s poem with some changes according to the English tradition. When you translate from one language into another, it is always a challenge. Poetry carries the heritage of that language and culture which cannot easily be transformed, and hence something is always lost. Dr. Barqi has written a remarkable poem in Urdu and it conveys his feelings well about your esteemed father and a great poet and person. Dr Shahzad Rizvi)
Translation of Dr. Ahmad Ali Barqi’s poem by: Dr. Shahzad Rizvi
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FIKR-O-FUN HAI SALEEM WAHID KA

UNKAY ZAUQ-E-SALEEM KA GHAMMAZ

UNKA SARMAAYA-E-HAYAAT HAI JO

WO HAI UNKAY ZAMEER KI AWAAZ

AHL-E-DIL KAY LIYE HAI WAJH-E-SUKOON

UNKI GHAZLON MAIN HAI JO SOZ-O-GUDAAZ

UNKI FIKR-E-NAZAR HAI ROOH-E-ASR

ROOH PARWAR THI ZAHN KI PARWAAZ

UNKAY USLOOB-E-NAZM-O-NASR MAIN HAI

QUDRAT-E-FIKR-O-FUN KA NAAZ-O-NAYAAZ

SAATH URDU KAY FARSI MAIN BHI

THAY WO ARBAAB-E-ILM MAIN MUMTAZ

MAIN HOON MUSLIM SALEEM KA MANOON

UKMAY FARZAND HAIN JO MAAYA-E-NAAZ

DE RAHE HAIN WO AAJKAL TARTEEB

UNKAY AFKAAR KE JO HAIN EJAAZ

DILKASH-E-DIL NAWAAZ HAI BARQI

UNKAY TAAR-E-NAFAS KI HAR AWAAZ

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This directory has been compiled by Muslim Saleem)

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 Jashn was organised by World Urdu Youth Forum to acknowledge Muslim Saleem’s literary contribution and service to Urdu through his websites and blogs,

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

From Left) Zafar Naseemi, MP Urdu Academy Chairman Saleem Qureshi, Dr. Barqi Azmi, Prof Afaq Ahmad, Dr. Qasim Niazi, Muslim Saleem at Jashn-e-Muslim Saleem at MP Urdu Academy, Bhopal on December 30, 2012.

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