Harf – means a letter or a word of the alphabet.
In Hindi Harf is called Akshar
haruf-e-tahaji means Alphabet ( In english -a,b, c, etc. In Urdu- alif, be, pe etc, In hindi- ka, kha, ga, gha etc)
Below are some couplets which include the word “Harf”
1. Har ek harf se chingariya nikalti hai
kaleja chahiye akhbaar dekhne ke liye
– Rahat Indori
2. Aaj ik harf ko phir dhoondta phirta hai khayal
Madh bhara harf koi, zeher bhara harf koi
Dil-nashin harf koi, qeher bhara harf koi
Aaj ik harf ko phir dhoondta phirta hai khayal..
Harf-e-ulfat koi dildar-e-nazar ho jaise
Jis’se milti hai nazar bosa-e-lab ki surat
Itna roshan ke sare-mauja-e-zar ho jaise
Sohbat-e-yaar main aghaaz-e-tarab ki surat
Harf-e-nafrat koi shamsheer-e-ghazab ho jaise
Aaj ik harf ko phir dhoondta phirta hai khayal.
Ta abad shahre-sitam jis’se tabah ho jayein
Itna tariq ke shamshan ki shab ho jaise
Lab pe laoon to mere honth siyah ho jayein
Aaj ik harf ko phir dhoondta phirta hai khayal…
– Faiz Ahmed Faiz.Translation: My mind is groping for a word today, A word as sweet as wine, as bitter as poison A word that bewitches but is full of rage My mind is groping for a word today A word as desirable as the lover herself Whose glance is like a kiss on the lips As radiant as a sea of gold In the company of a lover, where love is blossoming A hateful word cuts like a terrible sword My mind is groping for a word today A word that could destroy this city of sorrow forever As dark as the grave So dark that my lips turn black My mind is groping for a word today