Fahmida Riaz’s ‘Salaam’

posted by Raza Rumi

 Pakistan’s premier poet, Fahmida Riaz suffered a second blow at Benazir Bhutto’s death. She was still in mourning for her son Kabeer who died in an accident in October 2007.  BB’s murder intensified her pain. But then she is also a political being. A few days after the ghastly assassination, she expressed her grief in this moving tribute to the courage of Benazir Bhutto.

The last lines of this poem are haunting:

“I salute the land where you were born

that there is a strange tomb in one of its villages

where the stones are all white, but its spirit is red”

Ms Riaz has been most kind to send her salaamand we are sharing it here on PTH.

Salaam Benazir, kaisi shandaar zindagi
shikast aap ko koi udu na dey saka kabhi
alam na tha jahan main jo aap ney naheen saha
sitam na tha ki aap par rawa naheen rakha gaya
salaam jehd e mustaqil pe jab ghatain cha gaeen
tulu’ misl e aaftab bar bar jab huen
salaam sabr par ki jiska khalq ko samar mila
koi na tod paya aitamad e zaat aap ka
salaam madar o pidar pe bhiyon pe bhi salaam
likhen hain nasl ba’d nasl sab dilon pe jin key naam
yeh nasb o kufv mautabir, yeh khandan be-baha
chala hai jis main yeh ajab shahadatun ka silsala
yeh har bashar ko hosla mila hai aur na martaba
ki apney khoon sey dho diya agar hui koi khata

dyar e gham raseeda main bahar ban key aai theen
rukeen tau aik mumlikat ki rooh salb ho gai
Pa aaj dushmanoon ki aan baan heech ho gai
bamon sey lais wahshion ki shaan heech ho gai
wo kia ghari thi jab ki naam aap ka rakha gaya
barha key haath aap ney falak pe jis ko likh dya
yeh naam jagmaga raha hai aaj chhr khoont main
salaam benazeer aaj ham bhi surkhroo huey
nisaiyet ka naam aap ney bulund kar diya
salaam us zameen pe jis ney aap ko janam diya
ki uss key aik gaon main ajeeb ye mazaar hai

ki jis key sang o khisht hain sufaid, rooh surkh hai

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Fahmida Riaz’s ‘Salaam’

  1. Shaheryar Ali

    Kul erz un erz e Kerbala, kul yom un yom e aashura

    Salam ae shahedo

    hai sazison se mur gayi ik Kaneez e Kerbala
    Bint e erz e asia
    tor zulum ka gharoor
    ya allah ya rasool
    Benazir Beqasoor
    hai Benazir Beqsoor
    hai Benazir Beqasoor——–

  2. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

    Beautifully rendered by Fahmida Riaz. Yes, Benazir Bhutto’s imprint shall never leave many hearts.

  3. Tracy Brown

    Would someone….anyone help me find Fahmida or give her my email address? I was close with her son and have information about her son’s death I believe she should know. Local law enforcement did not care to investigate, but i believe he was murdered. Please help me in contacting her. Not a day goes by that I do not think of Kabeer and the love I have for him. He touched my soul. Please, please help me someone.

  4. Dear Tracy

    I wrote to you but your email is incorrect. I can put you in touch with her.
    Raza