Shamim Hashimi is an Indian Poet widely known for his poems written in Urdu and Persian. He is often called a poet of new Ghazals. His works, published in three languages Urdu, Persian and English, consist of more than ten books which include the two books of collection of Urdu Ghazals, a collection of Persian Ghazals, more than six books of Urdu and Persian prose, and few books of Persian and English grammar for educational board of state government. Shamim was born and brought up in Sasaram, India. At the age of 9 years he began to write poetry and started publishing his works in his teens. He arose as a successful poet and writer in 1960-70s. His Ghazals and prose works have been published by a lot of established and standard magazines of Urdu literature like Funoon, Shair, Aaj kal,subh-e-naw-patna, Toffee, Shabkhoon, Naya daur, DarmaaN Bangalore, Shahkaar Banaras,Saalar Bangalore, ZarafshaaN Haiderabad, Kitab Lucknow, Hamari Zuban Aligarh, Aahang Gaya, Morcha Gaya, Sareer Gaya, Maah-e-Naw Delhi, MirriiKh Patna, Aariz Delhi, Subh-e-ummeed Bombay, Rahnumaa-e-Taaleem Delhi, Tarash Kota, Parwaaz Ludhiana, Shamma, Shushma Delhi, Paliika samachar Delhi, Al hamid Sambhal, Aab-o-rang Kanpur, Zewar Patna, Shahpar Allahabad, Hamdam Patna, Aaj ki sadi Muradabad, Shabrang Allahabad, Nayadaur Lucknow, FaroGh-e-adab Bhubneshwar, Roooh-e-adab Calcutta, Khilona Delhi, Payam-e-Taleem Delhi, Musarrat Patna, etc. Shamim produced most of his works between 1960 and 1980. He raised the peak of sophistication and artistry by 1970s. His major works were published in 1970s and he almost stopped publishing his works since 1975 and moved aside from the world of literature as the uneven situations of his life became his priority. But one of his major creation Toot tay patton ka dukh was pubished by Niral dunya publishers, New Delhi in 2005 which has widely been appreciated. One of the notable Urdu critics Zaheer Ghazipuri writes:
"“…….Shamim Hashimi is pretty conscious about usage of words. He follows the discipline of words and has complete control over the creative usage of words and language. So by all the means he is an expert of Ghazals. Basically he is a poet of ghazals. Poetry of Shamim Hashimi seems to be soaked in sobs and tears of night, the dew, which evaporates sketching diamonds on petals and flowers but leaves the shining sign of its existence. Shamim Hashimi has ornamented his Poetry with words like flowers and thoughts like fragrance as he has deep connections with this category of literature…..”."
Shamim Hashimi is the son of Syed Muhammad Sayeeduddin. He was born in Sasaram on 14 August, 1947 in a family of well known personalites of literature like his Grandfather Hazrat Syed Shah Badeeuddin, Syed Muhiuddin Ahmad Nashtar (Eminent Persian scholar), Hazrat Syed Shah Abdul Hayi Nazar Chishti, his uncle Syed Zafar Rizvi Kakwi. A well known critic Shamsurrahman Faruqui writes in a letter to him:
"“…..I read your book hither and thither and enjoyed it. Your book comprises of a prose part as well which specifies the venerableness of your poetry. Your autobiography impressed me a lot. You have the tradition of intellect and Godliness from the family of your mother and from that of your father as well and these two qualities are reflected in your poetry at a lot of places……..”."
Home of the ancestors of Shamim was MalaawaN, Nalanda Bihar, which was destroyed and demolished in the riots of partition of India. The people who survived moved to different locations in India and few of them moved to Pakistan. Shamim is educated from India’s one of the greatest Madrasas, Khanqaah Kabeeria,Daira, Sasaram established 1717. He completed his Alim (graduation) from the same madrasa at the age of 15 years where he was taught Arabic, Urdu, Persian, English, Islamic theology and other subjects.
Academics and Awards
• Aalim (graduation) • Fazil (Urdu & Persian) • M.A. (Urdu) • Dip in Ed. • PhD. • Sahitya Bhushan • Bihar Urdu Academy Award
Shamim Hashimi is said to be a poet of Nostalgia, a well known scholar and critic Allama Nadim Balkhi writes about him as:
"“……..the main subject of the poems of Shamim Hashimi is Nostalgia which symbolises the complete inner and outer world When you reach the depth of his Ghazals and try to feel the pain that the Poet feels, you would not find this just to be the pain of the Poet but the pain of the complete human society. You will also find the demonstration of the sense of right and wrong. If we talk about the style of speech we find the poet conscious about it where he doesn’t ignore the traditional style and as far as modern style or innovation is concerned the Poet doesn’t go beyond the limits of modern style. Shamim Hashimi has great expertise in this category (Ghazal) of poetry……..”."
Popularity of poetry is not its basic quality. Alive is the poetry which reaches the depth of hearts of readers and so Prof. Shabab Lalit writes about Shamim
" “…..Shamim Hashimi is the narrator of the joy of grief. He is a reflector of his pain along with the grief of the universe and agony of the present. On the broad canvas of human life Shamim Hashimi has deeply felt and spiritually experienced the agony of present, unevenness of time and atrocities, decline and demolition of modest values. His Ghazals, traversing through the ups and downs of the paths of pleasure and agony of human life, enchant the reader in the beauty of seriousness. Alive and accepted over the periods is the poetry which is full of extracts of beauty and this quality is present in the poems of Shamim Hashimi. As a writer of realities he is the explainer of the highness of pain…..”."
List of works
Urdu 1. Collection of ghazals "Toot-tay Patton Ka Dukh." 2. Sahsaraam me urdu shayari ki ibtada-o-irtiqaa (evolution of Urdu poetry in Sahsaraam.) 3. Tahfeem-e-insaaniyat. (Meaning of humanity). 4. Kulliyaat-e-Mahjoor Shamsi. (Works Mahjoor Shamsi) Persian 1. Collection of Persian Ghazals 2. "Farsi ki pahli kitab" The course text book for inter college (Bihar board) and Magadh University 1973. 3. Taaleef “Faryaad-e-Raghib” 4. Talkheez-e-sher-ul-‘ajam. English 1. Book of English grammar for Bihar government board.
Retd., D.V.C. Inter College, Dept. of Urdu.
President, Kaarwaan-e-Adab, Hazaribagh. Ex President, Urdu Mjlis, BTPS.Jharkhand