Khwaja Mir Dard

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Khwaja Mir Dard (Urdu: خواجہ میر درد‎) was born in 1721 and died in 1785. He is one of the three major poets of the Delhi School — the other two being Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Sauda — who are considered the pillars of the classical Urdu ghazal.[citation needed]


Dard's Persian prose works are extensive, consisting of the Ilm ul Kitab, a 600+ page metaphysical work on the philosophy of the Muhammadi path, and the Chahar Risalat, collections of more than a thousand mystical aphorisms and sayings. [1]

Example work:

دوستو! دیکھا تماشا یاں کا بس

تُم رہو خوش ہم تو اپنے گھر چلے ۔
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Or as translated into English:

  • Translation by David Matthews [2]


  • Homayra Ziad, "Poetry, Music and the MuHammadī Path: How Khvājah Mīr Dard Brought Three Worlds Together in Eighteenth-Century Delhi," Journal of Islamic Studies, 21,3 (2010), 345-376.

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