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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

 Translation:
Sparks erupt from every letter,
One needs a strong heart to read the newspaper.
  

 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0iemcNIcVU

 

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