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1. Khizar-e-Rah (Read Khizar-e-Rah)
2. Jawab-e-Khizar (This post)
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Kyun Taajub Hai Meri Sehra Nawardi Par Tujhe
Ye Taga Pooye Dama Dam Zindagi Ki Hai Daleel
What is it to make you wonder, if I roam the desert waste?
Witness of enduring life is this unending toil and haste!
Ae Raheen-E-Khana Tu Ne Woh Saman Dekha Nahin
Goonjti Hai Jab Faza’ay Dasht Mein Bang-E-Raheel
You, shut in by walls, have never known that moment when shrill
Bugle‐call that sounds the march goes echoing over wood and hill,
Rait Ke Teele Pe Woh Aaho Ka Be Parwa Kharaam
Woh Hazar Be Barg-O-Saman, Woh Safar Be Sang-O-Meel
Never known the wild deer’s careless walk across its sandy plain,
Never halt unroofed, uncumbered, on the trail no milestones chain,
Woh Namood-E-Akhtar-E-Simab Pa Hangam-E-Subah
Ya Numayan Baam-E-Gardoon Se Jibeen-E-Jibraeel (A.S.)
Never fleeting vision of that star that crowns the daybreak hour,
Never Gabriel’s radiant brow effulgent from heaven’s topmost tower,
Woh Sakoot-E-Sham-E-Sehra Mein Gharoob-E-Aftab
Jis Se Roshan Tar Huwi Chashm-E-Jahan Been-E-Khalil (A.S.)
Nor the going‐down of suns in stillness of desert ways,
Twilight splendour such as brightened Abraham’s world‐beholding gaze,
Aur Woh Pani Ke Chashme Par Maqam-E-Karwan
Ahl-E-Aeeman Jis Tarah Jannat Mein Gird-E-Salsabeel
Nor those springs of running water where the caravans take rest
As in heaven bright spirits cluster round the Fountain of the Blest!
Taza Weerane Ki Soda’ay Mohabbat Ko Talash
Aur Abadi Mein Tu Zanjeeri Kisht-O-Nakheel
Wildernesses ever now love’s fever seeks and thirsts to roams—
You the furrowed field and palm‐groves fetter to one poor home;
Pukhta Tar Hai Gardish-E-Peham Se Jaam-E-Zindagi
Hai Yehi Ae Be-Khabar Raaz-E-Dawam-E-Zindagi
Mellow grows the wine of life when hand to hand the cup goes round
Foolish one! In this alone is life’s eternal secret found.
Bartar Az Andesha’ay Sood-O-Ziyan Hai Zindagi
Hai Kabhi Jaan Aur Kabhi Tasleem-E-Jaan Hai Zindagi
Life is higher than the calculation of profit and loss;
Life is sometimes living and sometimes forfeiting living.
Tu Isse Pemana’ay Amroz-O-Farda Se Na Naap
Javidan, Peham Dawan, Har Dam Jawan Hai Zindagi
Do not measure it by the scale of today and tomorrow;
Life is eternal, constantly moving, at every moment youthful.
Apni Dunya Ap Paida Kar Agar Zindon Mein Hai
Sirr-E-Adam Hai, Zameer-E-Kun Fikan Hai Zindagi
If you are among the living, fashion your own world;
Life is the secret of Adam, the essence of the words Be and it was!
Zindagani Ki Haqiqat Kohkan Ke Dil Se Pooch
Jooye Sheer-O-Teesha-O-Sang-E-Garan Hai Zindagi
Ask the reality of life form the heart of the mountain‐digger;
Life is the milky stream, the axe and the hard stone.
Bandagi Mein Ghat Ke Reh Jati Hai Ek Jooay Kam Aab
Aur Azadi Mein Beher-E-Bekaran Hai Zindagi
In servitude the stream diminishes and almost runs dry,
And in freedom life is an ocean which knows no bounds.
Ashkara Hai Ye Apni Quwwat-E-Taskheer Se
Gharche Ek Mitti Ke Paikar Mein Nihan Hai Zindagi
It knows well its power of domination,
Although life is hidden in a frame of clay.
Qulzam-E-Hasti Se Tu Ubhra Hai Manind-E-Habab
Iss Ziyan Khane Mein Tera Imtihan Hai Zindagi
From the sea of existence you arose like a bubble;
In this dwelling of loss, life your test.
Kham Hai Jab Tak To Hai Mitti Ka Ek Anbar Tu
Pukhta Ho Jaye To Hai Shamsheer-E-Bezanhar Tu
While you are still immature, you are a heap of dust;
When you ripen, you will become an irresistible sword.
Ho Sadaqat Ke Liye Jis Dil Mein Marne Ki Tarap
Pehle Apne Paikar-E-Khaki Mein Jaan Paida Kare
The heart which is impatient to die for the truth—
First of all let it create life in its form of clay.
Phoonk Dale Ye Zameen-O-Asman-E-Mastaar
Aur Khakstar Se Ap Apna Jahan Paida Kare
Let it set fire to this earth and this sky, which are borrowed,
And from the embers, let it give birth itself to its own world.
Zindagi Ki Quwwat-E-Pinhan Ko Kar De Ashakar
Ta Ye Chingari Furogh-E-Javidan Paida Kare
Make the hidden strength of life manifest,
Until its spark engenders the eternal light.
Khak-E-Mashriq Par Chamak Jaye Misal-E-Aftab
Ta Badkhishan Phir Wohi Laal-E-Giran Paida Kare
Let it shine over the soil f the East like the sun,
Until Badakhshan once more throws up the same priceless ruby.
Suay Gardoon Nala-E-Shabgeer Ka Bheje Safeer
Raat Ke Taron Mein Apne Raazdan Paida Kare
Let it send the ambassador of its night-encompassing lament to the heavens;
Let it share its secrets with the stars of the night.
Ye Ghari Mehshar Ki Hai, Tu Arsa’ay Mehshar Mein Hai
Paish Kar Ghafil, Amal Koi Agar Daftar Mein Hai !
This moment is the Day of Judgment; you are in the field of Judgments’ Day!
My forgetful one, put forward something you have accomplished, if you have anything written on your scroll.
Aa Bataon Tujh Ko Ramz-E-Aaya-E-INNAL MULOOK
Saltanat Aqwam-E-Ghalib Ki Hai Ek Jadoogari
What scripture sets forth riddlingly of Kings, let me impart:
In towering empires sovereignty is all a conjuror’s art—
Khawab Se Baidar Hota Hai Zara Mehkoom Agar
Phir Sula Deti Hai Uss Ko Hukamran Ki Sahiri
If ever subjects from their sleep half rouse themselves,
The sure enchantments of their rulers steep their wits in dreams once more;
Jadoo-E-Mehmood Ki Taseer Se Chashm-E-Ayaz
Dekhti Hai Halqa-E-Gardan Mein Saaz-E-Dilbari
When Mahmood’s blandishments begin Ayaz slave‐eyes dote,
And find a fine love‐token in The halter round his throat.
Khoon-E-Israel Aa Jata Hai Akhir Josh Mein
Torh Deta Hai Koi Musa (A.S.) Tilism-E-Samri
But now the blood of Israel boils up in rage at last,
And some new Moses breaks the spell that wizard Samri cast!
Sarwari Zaiba Faqat Uss Zaat-E-Be Hamta Ko Hai
Hukamran Hai Ek Wohi, Baqi Bootan-E-Azri
None with diamond’s orb invest but the Most High alone:
He is the sovereign, all the rest are idols carved from stone;
Az Ghulami Fitrat-E-Azad Ra Ruswa Makun
Ta Tarashi Khawajah Ae Az Barhaman Kafir Teri
Stain with no slavery you free‐souled estate,—worse pagan than
The Brahmin, if your chisel mould a king out of a man.
Hai Wohi Saaz-E-Kuhan Maghrib Ka Jamhoori Nazam
Jis Ke Pardon Mein Nahin Ghair Az Nawa’ay Qaisari
In the West the people rule, they say: and what is this new reign?
The same harp still, the same strings play the despots’ old refrain;
Deo Istabdad Jamhoori Qba Mein Paye Koob
Tu Samjhta Hai Ye Azadi Ki Hai Neelam Pari
In Demos‐dress let tyranny’s old demon‐dance be seen,
Your fancy calls up Liberty’s blue‐mantled fairy queen!
Tib-E-Maghrib Mein Maze Mithe, Asar Khawab Awri
Those Parliaments and their reforms, Charters and Bills of Rights—
The Western pharmacopoeia swarms with opiate delights;
Garmi-E-Ghuftar-E-Aza’ay Majaalis, Al-Aman !
Ye Bhi Ek Sarmaya Daron Ki Hai Jang-E-Zargari
That rhetoric of the Senator, flowing in fiery stream— God save the mark!
The brokers’ war of gold is its true theme.
Iss Sarab-E-Rang-O-Bu Ko Gulistan Samjha Hai Tu
Aah Ae Nadad! Qafas Ko Ashiyan Samjha Hai Tu
This paint and perfume, this mirage, a garden’s blooming face
You thought, simpleton, and your cage a downy nesting‐place.
Capital and Labour
Banda’ay Mazdoor Ko Ja Kar Mera Pegham De
Khizar Ka Pegham Kya, Hai Ye Peyam-E-Kainat
To the workman go, the toiler, and to him this message tell:
Words not mine alone, a message that the world’s four corners swell—
Ae Ke Tujh Ko Kha Gya Sarmayadar-E-Heela Gar
Shakh-E-Aahu Par Rahi Sadiyon Talak Teri Barat
Oh, the crafty man of capital has devoured you flesh and fell:
On the wild deer’s horns for ages your reward has run astray!
Dast-E-Doulat Afreen Ko Muzd Yun Milti Rahi
Ehl-E-Sarwat Jaise Dete Hain Gharibon Ko Zakat
In the hand that forges all wealth he has dropped a grudging pay,
As the poor receive in charity what their betters throw away.
Sahir-E-Muut Ne Tujh Ko Diya Barg-E-Hasheesh
Aur Tu Ae Bekhabar Samjha Isse Shakh-E-Nabat
Like an Old Man of the Mountain he has fed you with hashish,
And poor innocent! you took it for the sweetest‐flavored dish;
Nasal, Qoumiat, Kalisa, Saltanat, Tehzeeb, Rang
Khawajgi Ne Khoob Chun Chun Ke Banaye Muskirat
For the bourgeoisie is cunning, and from country and from creed,
Colour, culture, caste and kingdom, has brewed drugs to serve its need;
Kat Mara Nadan Khiyali Deota’on Ke Liye
Sukr Ki Lazzat Mein Tu Lutwa Gya Naqd-E-Hayat
For these false gods, witless victim, you have rushed upon your doom
And been robbed of life’s bright treasure for the taste of its mad fume.
Makr Ki Chalon Se Bazi Le Gya Sarmayadar
Intaha’ay Sadgi Se Kha Gya Mazdoor Maat
Your sharp paymasters have swept the board, they cheat and know no shame:
You, forever unsuspecting, have forever lost the game.
Uth Ke Ab Bazm-E-Jahan Ka Aur Hi Andaz Hai
Mashriq-O-Maghrib Mein Tere Dour Ka Aghaz Hai
But now come! for ways are changing in assembly of the earth,
And in Orient and in Occident your own age comes to birth!
Himat-E-Aali To Darya Bhi Nahin Karti Qabool
Ghuncha Saan Ghafil Tere Daman Mein Shabnam Kab Talak
or the lofty soul all ocean is too mean a gift: will you,
Like the careless bud, much longer be content with drops of dew?
Naghma’ay Baidari-E-Jamhoor Hai Saman-E-Aysh
Qissa’ay Khawab Awar-E-Iskandar-O-Jim Kab Talak
To those drowsy tales of Jamshid and Sikander for how long
Will you listen, now men’s joy is in democracy’s new song?
Aftab-E-Taza Paida Batan-E-Geeti Se Huwa
Asman! Doobe Huay Taron Ka Matam Kab Talak
From the womb of this old universe a new red sun is born—
For extinguished stars, of heaven, how much longer will you mourn?
Torh Dalain Fitrat-E-Insan Ne Zanjeerain Tamam
Doori Jannat Se Roti Chasm-E-Adam Kab Talak
Now the human mind has made of all its chains a broken heap,
For his banishment from Eden how much longer must Man weep?
Baghban-E-Chara Farma Se Ye Kehti Hai Bahar
Zakhm-E-Gul Ke Waste Tadbeer-E-Marham Kab Talak!
How much longer, of the garden’s old attendant asks the Spring,
For the red wounds of the rose your idle ointments will you bring?
Karmak-E-Nadan! Tawaf-E-Shama Se Azad Ho
Apni Fitrat Ke Tajalli Zaar Mein Abad Ho
Silly firefly, so long fluttering round the candle, now be free!
Where the lamp of your own spirit shines, there let your dwelling be.
The World of Islam
Kya Sunata Hai Mujhe Turk-O-Arabki Dastan
Mujh Se Kuch Pinhan Nahin Islamiyon Ka Souz-O-Saaz
Why do you tell me the story of the Arab and the Turk?
Nothing of the burning and making of the Muslims is hidden from me.
Le Gye Taslees Ke Farzand Meeras-E-Khalil (A.S.)
Khisht-E-Bunyad-E-Kalisa Ban Gyi Khak-E-Hijaz
The sons of the Trinity have taken away the heritage of Khalil;
The sand of Hijaz has been made into the foundation stone of the Church!
Ho Gyi Ruswa Zamane Mein Kulah-E-Lala Rang
Jo Sarapa Naz The, Hain Aaj Majboor-E-Niaz
The red‐capped one has been dishonored in the world;
Those who were pride from head to foot, today are compelled to submission.
Le Raha Hai Mai Faroshaan-E-Farangistan Se Paras
Woh Mai’ay Sarkash Hararat Jis Ki Hai Meena Gudaz
Persia is buying from the vintners of the West that heady wine
Whose heat is enough to melt the jar.
Hikmat-E-Maghrib Se Millat Ki Ye Kaifiyat Huwi
Tukre Tukre Jis Tarah Sone Ko Kar Deta Hai Gaaz
By the wisdom of the West the state of the Community has become thus:
As scissors cut gold into tiny pieces.
Ho Gya Manind-E-Aab Arzaan Musalman Ka Lahoo
Muztarib Hai Tu Ke Tera Dil Nahin Dana’ay Raaz
The blood of the Muslim has become cheap as water;
And you are fretting because your heart does not know the secret.
Guft Rumi “Har Banaye Kuhna Ka Badaan Kunand”
Mee Nadani “Awal Aan Bunyad Ra Weeran Kunand”
Said Rumi: Before they can repopulate any ancient ruin,
Do you not know that first of all they must destroy the foundation?
Mulk Haathon Se Gya Millat Ki Aankhain Khul Gayin
Haq Tera Chashme Atta Kar Dast Ghafil Dar Nagar
The country slipped from its hands, and the eyes of the community were opened;
God has blessed you with sight; look forward, my negligent one!
Moumiyai Ki Gadai Se To Behter Hai Shikast
Moor-e-Be Par! Hajatay Paish-e-Sulimanay Mabar
Defeat is better than begging for balm;
Wingless ant! Do not bring your request before Solomon.
Rabt-o-Zabt-e-Millat-e-Baiza Hai Mashriq Ki Nijaat
Asia Wale Hain Iss Nukte Se Ab Tak Be-Khabar
The cohesion of the Radiant Community is the salvation of the East,
But the people of Asia are so far ignorant of this principle.
Phir Siasat Chorh Kar Dakhil Hisar-e-Deen Mein Ho
Mulk-o-Doulat Hai Faqat Hifz-e-Haram Ka Ek Samar
Again abandon politics and enter the ramparts of the faith;
Polity and dominion are only a fruit of the protection of the Shrine.
Aik Hon Muslim Haram Ki Pasbani Ke Liye
Neel Ke Sahil Se Le Kar Ta Bakhak-e-Kashghar
May the Muslims unite in watching over the Shrine,
From the banks of the Nile to the deserts of Kashghar.
Jo Kare Ga Imtiaz-e-Rang-o-Khoon, Mit Jaye Ga
Turk-e-Khargahi Ho Ya Araabi Wala Guhar
Whoever practises discrimination of color and blood will be erased,
Whether he be a tent‐dwelling Turk or an Arab of noble family!
Nasal Agar Muslim Ki Mazhab Par Muqadam Ho Gyi
Urh Gya Dunya Se Tu Manind-E-Khak-E-Reh Guzar
If race takes precedence over the religion of the Muslim,
You have flown from the world like the dust of the highway.
Ta Khilafat Ki Bina Dunya Mein Ho Phir Ustawar
La Kahin Se Dhoond Kar Aslaaf Ka Qalb-O-Jigar
So that the foundation of the Caliphate may be once again firm in the world,
Search for and bring from somewhere the heart and spirit of your ancestors.
Ae Ke Nashna See Khafi Ra Az Jali Hushyar Bash
Ae Giraftar-E-Abubakr (R.A.)-O-Ali (R.A.) Hushyar Bash
Ah you who cannot distinguish the hidden from the revealed, become aware!
You, caught up in Abu Bakr and Ali, become aware!
Ishq Ko Faryad Lazim Thi So Woh Bhi Ho Chuki
Ab Zara Dil Thaam Kar Faryad Ki Taseer Dekh
Lamentation was necessary, but now that is over.
Now control your heart a little and see the effect of the lament.
Tu Ne Dekha Satwat-E-Raftar-E-Darya Ka Urooj
Mouj-E-Muztar Kis Tarah Banti Hai Ab Zanjeer Dekh
You have seen the heights of the power of the river’s current;
Now see how the agitated wave forms a chain.
Aam Huriyat Ka Jo Dekha Tha Khawab Islam Ne
Ae Musalman Aaj Tu Uss Khawab Ki Tabeer Dekh
The dream which Islam saw of general freedom—
Oh Muslim, see the interpretation of that dream.
Apni Khakstar Samundar Ko Hai Saman-E-Wujood
Mar Ke Phir Hota Hai Ye Jahan-E-Peer, Dekh
Its own bed of ashes is the means of existence for the salamander;
See this old world dies and is born again.
Khol Kar Ankhain Mere Ayna-E-Guftar Mein
Ane Wale Dour Ki Dhundli Si Ek Tasveer Dekh
Open your eyes and look at the mirror of my words;
See a hazy picture of the age to come.
Azmudah Fitna Hai Ek Aur Bhi Gardoon Ke Pas
Samne Taqdeer Ke Ruswayi-E-Tadbeer Dekh
The sky has another well‐tried plague to bring;
See the disgrace of scheming before fate.
Muslim Asti Seena Ra Az Arzoo Abad Dar
Har Zaman Paish-E-Nazar ‘La Yukhalif Ul Meead’ Dar
You are a Muslim; fill your heart with desire;
At every time keep before your eyes the words My promise is never broken.
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Search Words, Couplet, Verse, Shair In Iqbal Poetry
(Bal-e-Jibril-142) Saqi Nama (ساقی نامہ) Sakinama
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Huwa Khaimazan Karwan-E-Bahar
Iram Ban Gya Daman-E-Kohsar
Spring’s caravan has pitched its tent
At the foot of the mountain, making it look like the fabled garden of Iram
Shaheed-E-Azal Lalah Khooni Kafan
With a riot of flowers—iris, rose, narcissus, lily, eglantine,
And tulip in its martyr’s gory shroud.
Jahan Chup Gya Parda’ay Rang Mein
Lahoo Ki Hai Gardish Rag-E-Sang Mein
The landscape is all covered with a multicoloured sheet,
and color flows even in the veins of stones like blood.
Faza Neeli Neeli, Hawa Mein Suroor
Thehar Nahin Aashiyan Mein Tayoor
The breezes blow intoxicatingly in a blue sky,
so that the birds do not feel like remaining in their nests and fly about.
Woh Jooay Kohstan Uchakti Huwi
Atakti, Lachakti, Sirakti Huwi
Look at that hill‐stream. How it halts
and bends and glides and swings around,
Uchalti, Phisalti, Sanbhalti Huwi
Bare Paich Kha Kar Niklti Huwi
Jumping, slipping and then, collecting itself,
surges up and rushes on.
Ruke Jab To Sil Cheer Deti Hai Ye
Paharon Ke Dil Cheer Deti Hai Ye
Should it be stemmed, it would burst the rocks
and cut open the hills’ hearts
Zara Dekh Ae Saqi-E-Lalah Faam!
Sunati Hai Ye Zindagi Ka Payam
This hill‐stream, my fair saki,
has a message to give us concerning life.
Pila De Mujhe Woh Mai-E-Parda Soz
Ke Ati Nahin Fasal-E-Gul Roz Roz
Attune me to this message and,
Come, let us celebrate the spring, which comes but once a year.
Woh Mai Jis Se Roshan Zameer-E-Hayat
Woh Mai Jis Se Hai Masti-E-Kainat
Give me that wine whose Whose light illuminates life’s mind,
whose heat burns up the veils of hidden things,
Woh Mai Jis Mein Hai Soz-O-Saaz-E-Azal
Woh Mai Jis Se Khulta Hai Raaz-E-Azal
Give me that wine whose heat burns up the veils of hidden things,
Whose light illuminates life’s mind,
Utha Saqiya Parda Iss Raaz Se
Lara De Mamoole Ko Shahbaz Se
Come lift the veil off mysteries,
And make a mere wagtail take eagles on.
Zamane Ke Andaz Badle Gye
Naya Raag Hai, Saaz Badle Gye
The times have changed; so have their signs.
New is the music, and so are the instruments.
Huwa Iss Tarah Fash Raaz-E-Farang
Ke Hairat Mein Hai Sheesha Baaz-E-Farang
The magic of the West has been exposed,
And the magician stands aghast.
Purani Siasat Gari Khwaar
Zameen Mir-E-Sultan Se Baizar Hai
The politics of the ancient regime are in disgrace:
world is tired of kings.
Gya Dour-E-Sarmaya Dari, Gya
Tamasha Dikha Kar Madari Gya
The age of capitalism has passed,
The juggler, having shown his tricks, has gone.
Garan Khawab Cheeni Sanbhalne Lage
Hamala Ke Chashme Ubalne Lage
The Chinese are awaking from their heavy sleep.
Fresh springs are bubbling forth from Himalayan heights.
Dil-E-Toor-E-Seena-O-Faran Do Neem
Tajalli Ka Phir Muntazir Hai Kaleem
Cut open is the heart of Sinai and Faran,
And Moses waits for a renewed theophany.
Musalman Hai Touheed Mein Garam Josh
Magar Dil Abhi Taak Hai Zunnar Posh
The Muslim, zealous though about God’s unity,
Still wears the Hindu’s sacred thread around his heart.
Tamadan, Tasawwuf, Shariat, Kalam
Butan-E-Ajam Ke Poojari Tamam!
In culture, mysticism, canon law and dialectical theology—
He worships idols of non‐Arab make.
Haqiqat Khurafat Mein Kho Gyi
Ye Ummat Rawayat Mein Kho Gyi
The truth has been lost in absurdities,
And in traditions is this Ummah rooted still.
Lubhata Hai Dil Ko Kalam-E-Khateeb
Magar Lazzat-E-Shauq Se Be-Naseeb!
The preacher’s sermon may beguile your heart,
But there is no sincerity, no warmth in it.
Byan Iss Ka Mantaq Se Suljha Huwa
Lughat Ke Bakheron Mein Uljha Huwa
It is a tangled skein of lexical complexities,
Sought to be solved by logical dexterity.
Woh Sufi K Tha Khidmat-E-Haq Mein Mard
Mohabbat Mein Yakta, Hamiyyat Mein Fard
The Sufi, once foremost in serving God,
Unmatched in love and ardency of soul,
Ajam Ke Khayalat Mein Kho Gya
Ye Salik Maqamat Mein Kho Gya
Has got lost in the maze of Ajam’s ideas:
At half‐way stations is this traveller stuck.
Bujhi Ishq Ki Aag, Andhair Hai
Musalman Nahin, Raakh Ka Dhair Hai
Gone out is the fire of love. O how sad!
The Muslim is a heap of ashes, nothing more.
Sharab-E-Kuhan Phir Pila Saqiya
Wohi Jaam Gardish Mein La Saqiya!
O Saki, serve me that old wine again,
Let that old cup go round once more.
Muhe Ishq Ke Par Laga Kar Ura
Meri Khaak Jugnu Bana Kar Ura
Lend me the wings of Love and make me fly.
Turn my dust to fireflies that flit about.
Khirad Ko Ghulami Se Azad Kar
Jawanon Ko Peeron Ka Ustad Kar
Free young men’s minds from slavery,
And make them mentors of the old.
Har Shakh-E-Millat Tere Nam Se Hai
Nafs Iss Badan Mein Tere Dam Se Hai
The millat’s tree is green thanks to your sap:
You are its body’s breath.
Tarapne Pharakne Ki Toufeeq De
Dil-E-Murtaza(R.A.), Souz-E-Siddique(R.A.) De
Give it the strength to vibrate and to throb;
Lend it the heart of Murtaza, the fervor of Siddiq.
Jigar Se Wohi Teer Phir Paar Kar
Tammana Ko Seenon Mein Baidar Kar
Drive that old arrow through its heart
Which will revive desire in it.
Tere Asmanon Ke Taron Ki Khair
Zameenon Ke Shab Zinda Daron Ki Khair
Blest be the stars of Your heavens; blest be
Those who spend their nights praying to You.
Jawanon Ko Soz-E-Jigar Bakhs De
Mera Ishq, Meri Nazar Bakhs De
Endow the young with fervent souls;
Grant them my vision and my love.
Meri Nao Girdaab Se Paar Kar
Ye Sabat Hai Tu Iss Ko Syyar Kar
I am a boat in a whirlpool, stuck in one place.
Rescue me and grant me mobility.
Bata Mujh Ko Asrar-E-Marg-O-Hayat
K Teri Nigahon Mein Hai Kainat
Tell me about the mysteries of life and death,
For Your eye spans the universe.
Mere Didah-e-Tar Ki Be-Khawabiyan
Mere Dil Ki Poshida Be-Tabiyan
The sleeplessness if my tear‐shedding eyes;
The restless yearnings hidden in my heart;
Mere Nala-e-Neem Shab Ka Niaz
Meri Khalwat-o-Anjuman Ka Gudaz
The prayer-fulness of my cries at midnight;
My melting into tears in solitude and company;
Umangain Meri, Arzoo’ain Meri
Umeedain Meri, Justujoo’ain Meri
Meri Fitrat Aayna-E-Rozgaar
Gazaalan-E-Afkaar Ka Marghzaar
My aspirations, longings and desires;
My hopes and quests; my mind that mirrors the times (A field for thought’s gazelles to roam);
Mera Dil, Meri Razm Gah-E-Hayat
Gamanon Ke Lashkar, Yaqeen Ka Sabaat
My heart, which is a battlefield of life,
Where legions of doubt war with faith—
Yehi Kuch Hai Saqi Mataa-e-Faqeer
Issi Se Faqeeri Mein Hun Main Ameer
O Saki, these are all my wealth;
Possessing them, I am rich in my poverty.
Mere Kafle Mein Luta De Isse
Luta De, Thikane Laga De Isse!
Distribute all these riches in my caravan,
And let them come to some good use.
Damadam Rawan Hai Yam-e-Zindagi
Har Ek Shay Se Paida Ram-e-Zindagi
In constant motion is the sea of life.
All things display life’s volatility.
Issi Se Huwi Hai Badan Ki Namood
Ke Shaole Mein Poshida Hai Mouj-E-Dood
It is life that puts bodies forth,
Just as a whiff of smoke becomes a flame.
Garan Gharche Hai Sohbat Aab-O-Gil
Khush Ayi Isse Mehnat Aab-O-Gil
Unpleasant to it is the company of matter,
but it likes to see uts striving to improve itself.
Ye Sabit Bhi Hai Aur Sayyar Bhi
Anasir Ke Phandon Se Baizar Bhi
It is fixed, yet in motion,
straining at the leash to get free of the elements.
Ye Wahdat Hai Kasrat Mein Har Dam Aseer
Magar Har Kahin Be Chugun, Benazir
A unity imprisoned in diversity,
It is unique in every form and shape.
Ye Alam, Ye Butkhana-E-Shas Jihaat
Issi Ne Tarasha Hai Ye Somnaat
This world, this six‐dimensioned idol‐house,
This Somnat is all of its fashioning.
Pasand Iss Ko Takrar Ki Khoo Nahin
Ke Tu Main Nahin, Aur Main Tu Nahin
It is not its way to repeat itself:
You are not I, I am not you.
Mann-O-Tu Se Hai Anjuman Afreen
Magar Ayn-E-Mehfil Mein Khalwat Nasheen
With you and me and others it has formed assemblies,
but is solitary in their midst.
Chamak Iss Ki Bijli Mein, Tare Mein Hai
Ye Chandi Mein, Sone Mein, Paare Mein Hai
It shines in lightning, in the stars,
In silver, gold and mercury.
Issi Ke Bayabaan, Issi Ke Babool
Issi Ke Hain Kante, Issi Ke Hain Phool
Its is the wilderness, its are the trees,
Its are the roses, its are the thorns.
Kahin Iss Ki Taqat Se Kohsaar Choor
Kahin Iss Ke Phande Mein Jibreel-O-Hoor
It pulverizes mountains with its might,
And captures Gabriel and houris in its noose.
Kahin Jurrah Shaheen-E-Seemab Rang
Lahoo Se Chakoron Ke Aluda Chang
There is a silver‐grey, brave falcon here,
Its talons covered with the blood of partridges,
Kabutar Kahin Ashiyane Se Door
Pharakta Huwa Jaal Mein Na-Saboor
And over there, far from its nest,
A pigeon helplessly aflutter in a snare.
Faraib-E-Nazar Hai Sakoon-O-Sabaat
Tarapta Hai Har Zarra-E-Kainat
Stability is an illusion of eyes,
For every atom in the world pulsates with change.
Theharta Nahin Karwaan-E-Wujood
Ke Har Lehza Hai Taza Shaan-E-Wujood
The caravan of life does not halt anywhere,
For every moment life renews itself.
Samjhta Hai Tu Raaz Hai Zindagi
Faqat Zauq-E-Parwaaz Hai Zindagi
Do you think life is great mystery?
No, it is only a desire to soar aloft.
Bohat Iss Ne Dekhe Hain Past-O-Buland
Safar Iss Ko Manzil Se Barh Kar Pasand
It has seen many ups and downs,
But likes to travel rather than to reach the goal;
Safar Zindagi Ke Liye Barg-O-Saaz
Safar Hai Haqiqat, Hazar Hai Majaaz
For travelling is life’s outfit: it
Is real, while rest is appearance, nothing more.
Ulajh Kar Sulajhne Mein Lazzat Isse
Tarapne Pharakne Mein Rahat Isse
Life loves to tie up knots and then unravel them.
Its pleasure lies in throbbing and in fluttering.
Huwa Jab Isse Samna Mout Ka
Kathan Tha Bara Thaamna Mout Ka
When it found itself face to face with death,
It learned that it was hard to ward it off.
Uter Kar Jahan-E-Makafat Mein
Rahi Zindagi Mout Ki Ghaat Mein
So it descended to this world, where retribution is the law,
And lay in wait for death.
Mazaq-E-Dooi Se Bani Zouj Zouj
Uthi Dast-O-Kohsaar Se Fouj Fouj
Because of its love of duality, It sorted all things out in pairs,
And then arose, host after host, from mountains and from wilderness.
Gul Is Shakh Se Tootte Bhi Rahe
Issi Shakh Se Phootte Bhi Rahe
It was a branch from which flowers kept shedding
and bursting forth afresh.
Samajhe Hain Nadan Issay Be-Sabaat
Ubharta Hai Mit Mit Ke Naqsh-E-Hayat
The ignorant think that life’s impress is ephemeral,
but it fades only to emerge anew.
Bari Taiz Jolan, Bari Zood Ras
Azal Se Abad Tak Ram-E-Yak Nafas
Extremely fleet‐footed, It reaches its goal instantly.
From time’s beginning to its end is but one moment’s way for it.
Zamana Ke Zanjeer-E-Ayyam Hai
Damon Ke Ulat Phair Ka Naam Hai
Time, chain of days and nights, is nothing but
A name for breathing in and breathing out.
Ye Mouj-E-Nafs Kya Hai Talwar Hai
Khudi Kya Hai, Talwaar Ki Dhaar Hai
What is this whiff of air called breath? A sword,
and selfhood is that sword’s sharp edge.
Khudi Kya Hai, Raaz-E-Daroon-E-Hayat
Khudi Kya Hai, Baidari-E-Kainat
What is the self? Life’s inner mystery,
The universe’s waking up.
Khudi Jalwa Badmast-O-Khilwat Pasand
Samundar Hai Ek Boond Pani Mein Band
The self, drunk with display, is also fond of solitude;
—an ocean in a drop.
Andhere Ujale Mein Hai Taabnaak
Mann-O-Tu Mein Paida, Mann-O-Tu Se Paak
It shines in light and darkness both;
Displayed in individuals, yet free from them.
Azal Iss Ke Peeche, Abad Samne
Na Had Iss Ke Peeche. Na Had Samne
Behind it is eternity without beginning, and before it is eternity without an end;
It is unlimited both ways.
Zamane Ke Darya Mein Behti Huwi
Sitam Iss Ki Moujon Ke Sehti Huwi
Swept on by the waves of time’s stream,And at the mercy of their buffeting,
Tajasus Ki Rahain Badalti Huwi
Damadam Nigahain Badalti Huwi
It yet changes the course of its quest constantly,
Renewing its way of looking at things.
Subak Iss Ke Hathon Mein Sang-E-Garan
Pahar Is Ski Zarbon Se Raig-E-Rawan
For it huge rocks are light as air:
It smashes mountains into shifting sand.
Safar Iss Ka Anjaam-O-Aghaz Hai
Yehi Iss Ki Taqweem Ka Raaz Hai
Both its beginning and its end are journeying,
For constant motion is its being’s law.
Kiran Chand Mein Hai, Sharr Sang Mein
Ye Berang Hai Doob Kar Rang Mein
It is a ray of light in the moon and a spark in stone. It dwells
In colors, but is colorless itself.
Isse Wasta Kya Kam-O-Baish Se
It has nothing to do with more or less,
With light and low, with fore and aft.
Azal Se Hai Ye Kashmakash Mein Aseer
Huwi Khaak-E-Adam Mein Soorat Pazeer
Since time’s beginning it was struggling to emerge,
And finally emerged in the dust that is man.
Khudi Ka Nasheman Tere Dil Mein Hai
Falak Jis Tarah Aankh Ke Til Mein Hai
It is in your heart that the Self has its abode,
As the sky is reflected in the pupil of the eye.
Khudi Ke Nigheban Ko Hai Zehr-E-Naab
Woh Naa Jis Se Jati Rahe Is Ski Aab
To one who treasures his self,
bread won at the cost of self‐respect is gall.
Wohi Naa Hai Iss Ke Liye Arjumand
Rahe Jis Se Dunya Mein Gardan Buland
He values only bread
he gains with head held high.
Firo Faal-E-Mehmood Se Darguzar
Khudi Ko Nigah Rakh, Ayazi Na Kar
Abjure the pomp and might of a Mahmud;
Preserve your self, do not be an Ayaz.
Wohi Sajda Hai Laaeq-E-Ehtamam
Ke Ho Jis Se Har Sajda Tujh Par Haraam
Worth offering is only that prostration
which makes all others forbidden acts.
Ye Alam, Ye Hangama-E-Rang-O-Soot
Ye Alam Ke Hai Zair-E-Farmaan-E-Mout
This world, this riot of colors and of sounds,
Which is under the sway of death,
Ye Alam, Ye Butkhana-E-Chasm-O-Gosh
Jahan Zindagi Hai Faqat Khurad-O-Nosh
This idol‐house of eye and ear,
In which to live is but to eat and drink,
Khudi Ki Ye Hai Manzil-E-Awaleen
Musafir ! Ye Tera Nasheman Nahin
Is nothing but the Self’s initial stage.
O traveller, it is not your final goal.
Teri Aag Iss Khaakdaan Se Nahin
Jahan Tujh Se Hai, Tu Jahan Se Nahin
The fire that is you has not come out of this heap of dust.
You have not come out of this world; It has come out of you.
Barhe Ja Ye Koh-E-Giran Torh Kar
Tilism-E-Zaman-O-Makan Torh Kar
Smash up this mountainous blockade,
Go further on and break out oft his magic ring of time and space.
Khudi Sher-E-Mola, Jahan Iss Ka Sayd
Zameen Iss Ki Sayd, Asman Is Ka Sayd
God’s lion is the self; Its quarry is world
Its quarry are both earth and sky.
Jahan Aur Bhi Hain Abhi Be-Namood
K Khali Nahin Hai Zameer-E-Wujood
There are a hundred worlds still to appear,
For Being’s mind has not drained of its creative capabilities.
Har Ek Muntazir Teri Yalghaar Ka
Teri Shoukhi-E-Fikr-O-Kirdaar Ka
All latent worlds are waiting for releasing blows
From your dynamic action and exuberant thought.
Ye Hai Maqsad-E-Gardish-E-Rozgaar
K Teri Khudi Tujh Pe Ho Ashkaar
It is the purpose of the revolution of the spheres
That your selfhood should be revealed to you.
Tu Hai Faateh-E-Alam-E-Khoob-O-Zisht
Tujhe Kya Bataon Teri Sarnawisht
You are the conqueror of this world of good and evil.
How can I tell you The whole of your long history?
Haqiqat Pe Hai Jama-E-Harf Tang
Haqiqat Hai Ayna, Guftaar Zang
Words are but a strait‐jacket for reality:
Reality is a mirror, and speech the coating that makes it opaque.
Farozan Hai Sine Mein Shama-E-Nafs
Magar Taab-E-Guftaar Kehti Hai, Bas !
Breath’s candle is alight within my breast,
But my power of utterance cries halt.
‘Agar Yak Sir-E-Muay Bartar Param
Farogh-E-Tajali Basozd Param’
Should I fly even a hairbreadth too high,
The blaze of glory would burn up my wings.