Waris Shah- The Shakspeare of Punjab

24 Mar

My loving dad and I have been exchanging emails for the past couple of days… The latest topic has been about the late Waris Shah (1722-1798).  Waris Shah was a great Sufi poet.  His work included the very popular Heer Ranjha: an epic love tragedy.  His poetry has lived on till today; and continues to strike the emotional chords of humanity.

Awwal hamad Khuda da vird kariyeIshq kita su jag da mool mian 

Pehlaan aap hi Rabb ne ishq kita

Te mashooq he nabi rasool mian

Translation: “First of all let us acknowledge God, who has made love the worth of the world.
It was God Himself that first loved, and the Prophet  is His beloved “

Here is a link to a recitation by Iqbal Bahoo to Waris Shah’s poem, Heer:


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