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Song by Sabri Brothers
GenreQawwali, Classical
LabelEMI Pakistan
Composer(s)Maqbool Ahmed Sabri
Lyricist(s)Mirza Muhammad Hakim

"Tajdar-e-Haram" (Urdu: تاجدارِ حرم, lit.'King of the Haram') is a qawwali performed by the Pakistani musical group, Sabri Brothers and written by Mirza Muhammad Hakim, a 16th century Mughal prince and brother to Emperor Akbar.[1][2]

1982 version[edit]

Song by Sabri Brothers
from the album Film Sahaaray
Songwriter(s)Sabri Brothers
Composer(s)Sabri Brothers

In 1982, Sabri Brothers recorded this qawwali for Pakistani film Sahaaray.[citation needed]

2015 version[edit]

Single by Atif Aslam
from the album Coke Studio S8E1
LanguageUrdu, Arabic, Persian, Braj
Released15 August 2015 (2015-08-15)[3]
StudioCoke Studio
Length10:28 (Video)
10:16 (Audio)
LabelCoke Studio
Songwriter(s)Mirza Muhammad Hakim and Sabri Brothers
Composer(s)Baber Ali Khanna and Arslan Rabbani
Producer(s)Coca-Cola and Shiraz Uppal
External media
audio icon Tajdar-e-Haram on SoundCloud
video icon Tajdar-e-Haram on YouTube

In 2015, it was rendered by Atif Aslam, during Coke Studio season 8 episode 1. It was considered to be produced by Strings. Atif Aslam revealed that the track was produced by Shiraz Uppal.[4][5][6] This was a tribute paid by Atif to Sabri Brothers.[2][7]


  • Artist – Atif Aslam
  • Guest Musician – Tanveer Tafu (Rubab), Arsalan Rabbani (Harmonium)
  • Humnawa – Jamshed Ali Sabri, Naveed Ali Sabri, Mohammad Shan, Zahid Akhtar
  • Houseband – Complete (except Aahad)[8]


The music video features Atif Aslam. It is the first Pakistani music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube.[9][10] The official video has garnered over 342 million views on YouTube, and became the most viewed Youtube video of Pakistani-origin, as of January 2022, leaving behind Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Momina Mustehsan's rendition of Afreen Afreen having 336 million views.[11] It has received over 5 million engagements and has been viewed in 186 countries worldwide.[12][11]


Amjad Sabri the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri said, "I really like how the music was arranged. Atif didn't do badly. I wish he could have worked on his diction a little more, as long as the essence remains untouched, there is no harm." He further said, "it was an honest accolade to his father and uncle".[13] British High Commissioner Christian Turner took to Twitter that his friend suggested him "Tajdar-e-Haram" by Atif Aslam and he thoroughly enjoyed it. In return, Atif also thanked him.[14]

2018 version[edit]

Song by Wajid Khan
from the album Film Satyameva Jayate
Released16 July 2018
Length2:05 (video)
5:10 (audio)
Lyricist(s)Danish Sabri
Producer(s)Bhushan Kumar
External video
video icon Tajdar-e-Haram (video) on YouTube
video icon Tajdar-e-Haram (lyrical) on YouTube

In 2018 Bollywood film Satyameva Jayate, it was recreated by Sajid–Wajid and sung by Wajid from the same duo. It released on 16 July 2018.[citation needed]


  • Singer – Wajid
  • Music – Sajid – Wajid
  • Lyrics By – Danish Sabri
  • Theme Designed And Arranged By – Sajid Wajid
  • Song Programmed By – Aditya Dev
  • Sajid Wajid's Assistant – Ashish Sehgal & Rahul Kothari
  • Mix Assistant Engineers – Michael Edwin Pillai
  • Song Mixed And Mastered By Eric Pillai (Future Sound Of Bombay)[15]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received negative reviews. It was not liked by audience. The filmmakers were criticized for making such song. It was said to be disaster, disrespectful and blasphemous.[16][17][18]

Version listings[edit]

1975 version
1982 version
2015 version
2018 version

Summary of versions[edit]

Country Year Film/Album Genre Language(s) Length Singer Label Ref(s).
Pakistan 1970 Single Qawwali Urdu 27:06 Sabri Brothers EMI Pakistan [1]
1982 Sahaaray 8:53 N/A
2015 Coke Studio S8E1 Pop Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Braj 10:28 Atif Aslam Coke Studio [4]
India 2018 Satyameva Jayate Urdu 5:10 Wajid Khan T-Series [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b saadiii125 (8 June 2016). "Tajdar e Haram, Atif Aslam, Coke Studio Season 8". BeDelicious. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Abbasi, Zaib (2 November 2017). "'Tajdar-e-Haram' Becomes Pakistan's First Video to Cross 100 Million Views". Music & Entertainment – MuzEnt. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Tajdar-E-Haram Coke Studio Season 8 by Atif Aslam" – via music.apple.com.
  4. ^ a b ""Tajdar-e-Haram" smashes YouTube record with more than 100 million views". Daily Times. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Pakistan sets new record with 'Tajdar-e-Haram', crosses 100 million views". bbcrecordlondon.com. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  6. ^ Tribune.com.pk (27 December 2015). "Tajdar-e-Haram was produced by Shiraz Uppal". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Coke Studio's Tajdar-e-Haram crosses 100 million views on YouTube". Daily Pakistan Global. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Tajdar-e-Haram – Episode9– Season 8 – Coke Studio Pakistan". www.cokestudio.com.pk. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Tajdar-E-Haram, the First Pak Video to Cross 100 Million Views". The Quint. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  10. ^ Scroll Staff. "Watch: Pakistan's first YouTube video to cross 100 million views is Coke Studio's 'Tajdar-e-Haram'". Scroll.in. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Coke Studio Pakistan's 'Tajdar-e-Haram' & 'Afreen Afreen' hit 100 Million Views on YouTube". The Coca-Cola Company. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Abbtakk.tv: Latest News Breaking Pakistan, World, Live Videos". Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Amjad Sabri's Take on Atif Aslam 'Tajdar-E-Haram'". Madiha Shakeel. Business Recorder. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  14. ^ says, Ahmed waseem (8 May 2020). "British High Commissioner is also a fan of Atif Aslam's Tajdar-E-Haram". Siasat.pk News Blog. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  15. ^ a b Tajdar E Haram Video Song | Satyameva Jayate | John Abraham | Manoj Bajpayee | Sajid Wajid |, retrieved 10 May 2020
  16. ^ Sulaiman, Ghazala (27 July 2018). "Sabri Brothers' Tajdar-e-Haram Ruined by Bollywood!". Brandsynario. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  17. ^ Tribune.com.pk (30 July 2018). "Bollywood's version of 'Tajdar E Haram' is no where close to Atif Aslam, Sabri Brothers'". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  18. ^ Siddiqui, Mishaal (28 July 2018). "Bollywood just ruined our all time favorite Tajdar e Haram!". HIP. Retrieved 13 May 2020.