Momin Khan Momin’s Resting Place

Momin Khan Momin is one of the greats of Urdu poetry.  A contemporary of Ghalib it is said that Ghalib offered his entire diwan ( collection of poems) in exchange for one verse

“Tum mērē pās hōtē hō gōyā

Jab kō’ī dūsrā nahīⁿˡ hotā”
You are close to me [as if]

When no one else is.

He was born into a family of Hakeems ( physicians) and he himself was a practicing Hakeem. He also took much interest in astrology.

A religious man he was buried in the compound of the Sufi saint, Shah Waliullah (1703–1762 ) He was an Islamic scholar, reformer and founder of modern Islamic thought who attempted to reassess Islamic theology in the light of modern changes. The area where Shah Waliullah is buried was called Mehdian and this was the Qabristan e Mehdian. wpid-photogrid_1412629815261.jpg When I went there there were some people praying there.

Qabristan e Mehdian was once a huge area with the graves of many saints and ordinary people. Today much of it has been taken over and what is left of it is used as a dhobi ghat in the 60s when Delhi was expanding there was a move to bulldoze this area and build flats or bungalows here. A great lover of Momin, Ali Mohammad, Sher e Mewat heard of this and came from Mewat (Haryana) to save them. It is said that he lay on the road in front of Teen Murti House and did not get up even when Pandit Nehru was being driven out in his car. Eventually Nehruji got down from his car to enquire and upon hearing the plight of the graves of Shah Waliullah and Momin Khan Momin  he got the  demolition immediately halted. Ali Mohammad, Sher e Mewat got the mazars repaired and enclosed in a boundary wall.
It is said Ali Mohammed also lay before the bulldozers earlier and suffered a fractured leg.
His name is given as Sher Ali Mewati on the net and in a book I read but Dr S Y Quraishi, corrected me as his ancestors are buried there and he knew about the incident.
Once again some one like him  is needed wpid-photogrid_1412629745936.jpgMomin Khan Momin’s grave is outside the room which houses the graves of Shah Waliullah and his familywpid-photogrid_1412629917447.jpgWoh jo hum mein tum mein qaraar tha,

tumheiN yaad ho ke na yaad ho
Vohee yaani va’ada nibah ka,
tumhaiN yaad ho ke na yaad ho

Though the front is neat and one can make out the words , the back is fading and it here that the main description of the poet is given.

There are a number of well kept and looked after graves here, including of BJP member Sikander Bakhtwpid-photogrid_1412630110610.jpg


wo naye gile wo shikayaten wo
maze maze ki hikaayaten
wo har ek baat pe ruthna
tumhen yaad ho ke na yad ho


Har waqt hai dushman, har ek baat hai taana,
Phir is pe bhi kahta hai ke main kuchh nahin kahta.
Momin ba-khuda sihar bayani ka jabhi tak,
Har ek ko daawa hai ke main kuchh nahin kahta
Location : Opposite Maulana Azad Medical College

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  • Ajai Nigam. 10 / 12 / 2014 Reply

    Great information. Modern Development has taken away many of such important history. As people we hardly care and encroach upon and Govt is simply oblivious of.

    • Rana Safvi 10 / 12 / 2014 Reply

      Thank you

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