A non-Muslim poet’s collection of Naat

The collection of ‘Naat’s by Urdu poet Shiv Bahadur Singh ‘Dilbar’ has received wide acclaim within months of the publication.

Though non-Muslim Urdu poets have written Naats (poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad), such collections have become a rarity in recent times. However, the collection ‘Aqeedat ke Phool’ has drawn the attention of Urdu-lovers.

It is a tough genre in the sense that there is very delicate balance that the poet needs to strike between divinity and prophethood, in order to write a Naat. It is a form of poetry where even a minor slip is not permissible.

Even Ghalib had to say:

Ghalib sanaa-e-Khwaaja ba-yazdaaN guzaashtam
kaaN zaat paak martaba-daan-e-Muhammad ast

However, Dilbar, who retired fro Army, has shown his devotion in the collection. The collection also has the Naats in devanagari script for the benefit of those who are not familiar with Perso-Arabic script. The 276-page ‘Aqeedat ke Phool’ is available for Rs 100 from 9, Chandar Nagar, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh (UP) 229001



6 Responses

  1. Its good to see people from other communities to take interest in Urdu. But this one is very appreciable.

  2. Dear Friends
    i am doing reserch work on non muslim , naat , Salam, Manqbat. iam requesting all poets , friend to send me, the matter in this regat.
    email . akksurdu2@gmail.com
    House no 1164. St 2, Block C
    National Police Foundation
    Lohi Bhair Islamabad( Pakistan

  3. nice collection plz add some more stuff thanks

  4. Naat, Audio Naat, Owais Raza Qadri, Download Naat, Naat Sharif

  5. By doing so he has really done a great service to Urdu Poetry and to his own belief of good. May he achieve good in this world and the next!

  6. I am in search of the naat written by an indian poet including the following verses:

    jo rehtiN heiN nigahon meiN
    jo bastiN heiN aahon meiN
    woh guliyaN yaad aatiN heiN

    I shall be highly gateful to one who may let me have the sam on my e.mail address: fakhr2009@gmail.com, fakhr54@live.com, urprayseeker@yahoo.com, lovevelly2004@yahoo.co.uk

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