Monday, January 21, 2013

Khudi Ka Sare Nihan (The Secrets of the Self)

Poetry: M. Iqbal
Singers: Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan & Sanam Marvi

Khudi ka sirr-e-nihaan La ilaha il Allah
khudi hai tegh-e-fasaan La ilaha il Allah
The secret of the Self is hid, In words "No god but He alone".
The Self is just a dull-edged sword, "No god but He," the grinding stone.

Yeh daur apne 'Baraheem ki talaash mein hai
Sanam-kadah hai jahaan La ilaha il Allah
An Abraham by the age is sought To break the idols of this Hall:
The avowal of God's Oneness can Make all these idols headlong fall.

Yeh maal o dawlat-e-dunya, yeh ristha o paivand
butaan-e-vehm-o-gumaan! La ilaha il Allah
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan

The worldly wealth and riches too, Ties of blood and friends a dream
The idols wrought by doubts untrue, All save God's Oneness empty seem.

Kiya hai tu ne mataa-e-gharoor ka sauda
fareb-e-sood-o-ziyaan ! La ilaha il Allah
A bargain you have struck for goods Of life, a step, that smacks conceit,
All save the Call "No god but He" Is merely fraught with fraud and deceit.

Sanam Marvi

Agar-che but hain jama'at ki aasteenon mein
mujhe hai hukm-e-azaan, La ilaha il Allah
Many idols are still concealed' In their sleeves by the Faithful Fold,
I am ordained by Mighty God To raise the call and be much bold.

Yeh naghma fasl-e-gul o laalah ka nahin paaband
bahaar ho ke khizaan, La ilaha il Allah
These melodious songs are not confined To Time when rose and tulip bloom
Whatever the season of year be "No god but He" must ring till doom.

~ Iqbal

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