Muztar Khairabadi

Iftikhar Hussain (1865 – 1927), known by his pen name Muztar Khairabadi, was an Indian Urdu poet.[1][2]

Muztar Khairabadi
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BornIftikhar Hussain
1865 (1865)
Khairabad, North-Western Provinces, British India
DiedMarch 27, 1927(1927-03-27) (aged 64–65)
Gwalior, Gwalior State, British India
ChildrenJan Nisar Akhtar
RelativesFazl-e-Haq Khairabadi (grandfather)
Javed Akhtar (grandson)
Salman Akhtar (grandson)
Farhan Akhtar (great-grandson)
Zoya Akhtar (great-granddaughter)
Kabir Akhtar (great-grandson)


Khairabadi was born in 1865 in Khairabad.[3] He was the grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, who was also a poet, philosopher, religious scholar, Arabist, Persian and Urdu writer and freedom fighter. Khairabadi's first mentor was his mother.[4] He spent his life in Khairabad, Tonk, Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal and Rampur.

He received the titles Eitbar-ul-Mulk, and Iftikhar-ul-Shaura.[4] He died in 1927 in Gwalior, and is buried there.[4]

He was the father of poet and lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar and grandfather of Javed Akhtar and Salman Akhtar.[5][4] His great grandchildren include Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, and Kabir Akhtar.[5]

Khairabadi wrote poetry books. He also published a literary magazine entitled Karishama-e-Dilbar.[4]

Khairabadi died on 27 March 1927 in Gwalior.[3]


His works include:[4]

  • Nazr-e-Khuda (in Praise of God), a poetry collection
  • Meelaad-e-Mustafa, the collection of na`at
  • Behr-e-Taweel, a poem
  • Marg-e-Ghalat ki Fariyad, a ghazal

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Incorrect verses". The Tribune 2 January 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  2. ^ "A vein of grief". The Hindu. 23 June 2002. Archived from the original on 3 July 2003. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Mohammad Shamsul Haq, Paimana-e-Ghazal, vol. 1, pg 241
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Muztar Khairabadi: Grand father of noted lyricist Jawed Akhtar". Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Muztar Khairabadi". Sher-o-Sukhan. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Khalil Ullah Khan, Muztar Khairabadi: Hayat aur shairi (Urdu Publishers, Nazir Abad, Lucknow, 1979).
  • Mohammed Abdul Shahid Khan Sherwani, Baghi Hindustan (Almajma al-Islami, Mubarakpur, 1947).
  • Nashtar Khairabadi, ed., Ilhaamaat (1934).