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

Muztar Khairabadi
Native name مضطر خیر آبادی
Born Iftikhar Hussain
Died 1927
Occupation Poet
Language Urdu
Nationality Indian
Children Jan Nisar Akhtar
Relatives Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi (grandfather)
Javed Akhtar, Salman Akhtar (grandson)
Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Kabir Akhtar (great-grandchildren)



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 in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Khairabadi's first mentor was his mother.[4] He spent his life in Khairabad, Tonk, Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal and Rampur.

He received numerous titles, including Khan Bahadur, Eitbar-ul-Mulk, and Iftikhar-ul-Shaura.[4] He received numerous distinguishing titles, He died in 1927 in Gwalior and is buried there.[4]

Literary careerEdit

Khairabadi wrote many poetry books which have been praised by writers and poets. He also published a literary magazine entitled Karishama-e-Dilbar.[4]


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 2005-01-02. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ "A vein of grief". The 2002-06-23. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Muztar Khairabadi: Grand father of noted lyricist Jawed Akhtar". Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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).

ref name=rekhta/> Most of his literary work has been lost.[citation needed]


His works include: