Shah Hussain – Sufi Poetry

Picture of Shah Hussain (Madho Lal Hussain)Shah Hussain (1538–1599) was a Punjabi Sufi poet. He was born in Lahore. He is considered a pioneer of the Kafi form of Punjabi poetry.

Shah Hussain’s love to a Brahmin boy called “Madho” or “Madho Lal” is famous, and they are often referred to as a single person with the composite name of “Madho Lal Hussain”. Madho’s tomb lies next to Hussain’s shrine.

His tomb and shrine is located at Baghbanpura, adjacent to the Shalimar Gardens Lahore. His Urs (annual death anniversary) is celebrated at his shrine every year during the “Mela Chiraghan” (“Festival of Lights”).

Shah Hussain’s poetry consists entirely of short poems known as Kafis. Hussain’s Kafis are also composed for, and have been set to, music deriving from Punjabi folk music. Many of his Kafis are part of the traditional Qawwali repertoire. His poems have been performed as songs by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Junoon (band) and Noor Jehan, among others.

Mai Nee Kinu Aakhan. Click the following picture to read the complete Kafi. You will also find four videos of this sufi kalam sung by Hamid Ali Bela, Shazia Manzoor, Atif Aslam and Sain Zahoor.

 Mai Nee Kinu Aakhan, logo for Shah Hussain sufi poem

Ik Din Tenu Sapna Theesan Galian Babal Waliyan. Click the following picture to read the complete Kafi.

Ik Din Tenu Sapna Theesan, logo for Shah Hussain Poetry

Rabba, Mere Haal da Mehram Tu. Click the following picture to read the complete Kafi.

Rabba, Mere Haal da Mehram Tu, logo for Shah Hussain Poetry

Aakh nee Mai! Aakh nee. Click the following picture to read the complete Kafi.

Aakh nee Mai! Aakh nee, logo for Shah Hussain Poetry

Related Pages:
Urdu Poetry
Sufi Poetry

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