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Mawlāna Idrīs Kandhalwi’s Sīrah al-Mustafā: Views of Some Modern Scholars

Mawlāna Idrīs Kandhalwi’s Sīrah al-Mustafā: Views of Some Modern Scholars

Javeed Ahmad Malik Introduction Thousands of books have been written on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and God knows how many more can be written in this field in the future, but it is quite obvious that justice can never be done to his blessed biography in a single work. Nevertheless, the last quarter […]

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Another Autumn

Another Autumn

Syed Mustafa Ahmad Another Autumn has come, to haunt us again. Same sighs and worthy pleas Striking the firmament to fall silently. Pale leaves trampled out of shape Carried away by the blood thirsty winds here and there. Lifeless trees moving to be called living; Otherwise, the chests are too cold to be called alive. […]

 Arshid Aziz

Homeland

Homeland

He snatched our Identity now, we are in exile- without homeland! What worth are we? Who shall love us, who shall love you? Who will be courageous enough To overlook military boots amid abysmal darkness And glow a candle. Of love, of hope. Now, without address how will we share love letters? Who will paint […]

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After you left

After you left

Omair Bhat 1) it’s this grief of your leaving that has frozen the frost in light it scratches the surface of sky’s glass from beneath with the knife edge of snow’s sorrow on a full moon night a spur of wind escapes earth to adjust the white handkerchief on your face in the grave the […]

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Three Poems

Three Poems

Syed Aamir Sharief Qadri In Kashmir, where violence and death act as a daily reminder of oppression, the traditional symbols of love, beauty and comfort too seem to represent an unconventional reality. Colours, flowers, home- all in one way or another have come to symbolize killings, loss, longing, commemoration and mourning, collectively making it an […]

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I do a crime, I wear a smile

I do a crime, I wear a smile

Naveed Jeelani Khan  You wake me up with the roaring guns Fill my sense with cutthroat calculations I break my fast with your brazen feasts Tear shells, bullets and other iron beasts In the valley torn down I do a crime, I wear a smile My grave! an exhibition of your nationalism Pierced eyes! a […]

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Hurmat Altaf My land is in need of a lullaby, A lullaby that may soothe it’s torn heart. From thousands of nights, My land hasn’t slept well. A perpetual nightmare haunts it, Like a beast haunts a deer. The nightmare of the shrieks of the innocent The nightmare of a mother’s sigh, The nightmare of […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Two ‘Ghazals’

Two ‘Ghazals’

Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, introduction of Ghazal form of verse in English poetry is popularly ascribed to Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. Working on the same themes, Sameem  Javeed Wani here presents two ghazals invoking the grief and longing in a place that in itself has become a metaphor of grief […]

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Red Paradise

Red Paradise

Zahid Mantoo and Ather Mantoo In winter, the silent night, the “flurry” snow of “white paradise” and a sigh of peace. At dawn, the “blizzard” with blowing snow from “Pir Panjal”. …limbs rive in the orchards of paradise. It is not the chlamydomonas nivalis(algae) Growing in the orchard’s of paradise that turns white into red… […]

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The Lost Heaven

The Lost Heaven

Hurmat Altaf Beauty is everywhere, heavenly one was here. Mountains are all around, echoing voices used to go round and round. Lakes and rivers were the allure of this heaven, like that of the beauty of Helen. Tulips of this heaven used to bloom, until they met those who began to revulsion. Birds like dove, […]

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