Waris Shah

Jandiala Sher Khan, Pakistan

Peer Syed Waris Shah (1722–1798) was a Punjabi Sufi poet of Chisti order, renowned for his contribution to Punjabi literature. He is best known for his seminal work Heer Ranjha, based on the traditional folk tale of Heer and her lover Ranjha. Heer is considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature. The story of Heer was also told by several other writers, including notable versions by Damodar Das, Mukbal, and Ahmed Gujjar, but Waris Shah's version is by far the most popular today.


Waris Shah was born in Jandiala Sher Khan, Punjab,(Present day Pakistan) into a reputed Syed family. His father was Gulsher Shah. Waris acknowledged himself as a disciple of Ustad of Kasur. Waris's parents are said to have died

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Heer Waris Shah / ہیر وارث شاہ

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“And Hir replied to her father, ‘As wine-bibbers cannot desert the bottle, as opium-eaters cannot live without opium, so I cannot live without Ranjha. As the stain of mango juice cannot be washed awaj from clothes, so the stain of love cannot be erased when once the heart has fallen a victim. Love is like
baldness. You cannot get rid of it even in twelve years.”
Waris Shah, The Adventures Of Hir And Ranjha

“One day the Five Pirs appeared before him, and Ranjha bowed himself to the ground, and Hir was with him. And the Pirs said, ‘Children, we salute you. Remember God. Do not tarnish the world of love. Ranjha, you are Hir’s and Hir is yours. A pearl and ruby have come together. Your love will cause trouble and strife in the world. The world will taunt you, hut be brave and steadfast. Do not abandon love, and remember God day and night.”
Waris Shah, The Adventures Of Hir And Ranjha

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