Did you know that poet Sahir Ludhianvi ( born Abdul Hayee) chose his takhallus (pen name) from a sh’er (couplet) he heard on radio, written by the noted Urdu poet Allama Iqbal which is given below:is chaman mein honge paida bulbul-e-sheraaz bhi, sainkron sahir bhi honge saahib-e-eijaaz bhi
The meaning :
The term bulbul-e-sheraaz most probably refers to the famous Farsi poet Haafiz, whose name was Khvaajah Shamsuddin Muhammad. As he hailed from Shiraaz, the word Sherazi in the couplet may refer to him- Hafiz Sherazi. He was also known as “bulbul-e-Shiiraaz”.
The term “saahib-e-eijaaz” in the couplet refers to those who perform miracles. The literal meaning of this couplet would be
There will be poets like Haafiz who will be born in this garden
There will also be thousands of magicians and those who perform miracles
Interesting to know that Sahir actually settled on his takhallus after reading this sh’er.