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Iftikhar Hussain, known by his pen name Muztar Khairabadi (Urdu: مضطر خیر آبادی‎; 1862 – 1927), was an Indian Urdu poet.[1][2]

Muztar Khairabadi
Native name
مضطر خیر آبادی
BornIftikhar Hussain
1862 (1862)
Died1927 (aged 64–65)
ChildrenJan Nisar Akhtar
RelativesFazl-e-Haq Khairabadi (grandfather)
Javed Akhtar, Salman Akhtar (grandson)
Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Kabir Akhtar (great-grandchildren)



Iftikhar Hussain was the grandson of Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, who was also a poet, philosopher, religious scholar, Arabist, Persian and Urdu writer and freedom fighter in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Khairabadi's first mentor was his mother.[3] He spent his life in Khairabad, Tonk, Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal and Rampur.

He received the titles Eitbar-ul-Mulk, and Iftikhar-ul-Shaura.[3] He died in 1927 in Gwalior, and is buried there.[3]

He was the father of poet and lyricist Jan Nisar Akhtar and grandfather of Javed Akhtar and Salman Akhtar.[4][3] His great grandchildren include Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, and Kabir Akhtar.[4]

Literary careerEdit

Khairabadi wrote poetry books. He also published a literary magazine entitled Karishama-e-Dilbar.[3]


His works include:[3]

  • 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 23 June 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Muztar Khairabadi: Grand father of noted lyricist Jawed Akhtar". Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ 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 Adbul Shahid Khan Sherwani, Baghi Hindustan (Almajma al-Islami, Mubarakpur, 1947).
  • Nashtar Khairabadi, ed., Ilhaamaat (1934).