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    Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Iqbal is the second best poet in urdu. First is Mirza Ghalib.
    Iqbals era was from 1900 to 1950. Most of his work is like goes on top of your head. But I bought a big book explaining his work and poetry. Ill share one or two. And if you have some please share.
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    We have an awards ceremony every year in school and each year people win awards for exceling in certain subjects
    This year a man was here doing a speech and he was a pakistani, he said an allama iqbal sher,



    Khud ko kar itna buland ay bande ke khuda bi puche teri raza kya hai

    I said that at the top of my head, i might have said it wrong but im sure it was like that

    Nice inni

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    khud ko kar buland itna ke khuda bande se khus pooche bata teri raza kiya hai


    actually i forgot the iqbal poetry book on my holiday..my initial plan was to add some poems from the book here
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Unfortunately, I don't understand Urdu or the Farsi he wrote in (I hope I haven't mixed the Farsi up with someone else...), but here is one of my favourite of the works of Iqbal that I have come across (I admit, this is little)...

    "A heart which accepts clay as an associate
    Begins to take pleasure in sleep without delay,
    It wakes up whenever it creates the self,
    But when the self becomes a slave to the body,
    The heart dies."


    If you need it explaining, I can do tha for you, as I've got the explanation to go with it.
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Um, what does "Allamah" mean? I've always wondered about the precise meaning... Does it mean respected?
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    This is another old favourite quote:

    But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Safiya View Post
    Um, what does "Allamah" mean? I've always wondered about the precise meaning... Does it mean respected?
    Allama means a scholar..the word come from 'ilm'
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    ^ Ah, but don't many Shuyookh say he wasn't a scholar, but just a learned poet and philosopher?
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Safiya View Post
    ^ Ah, but don't many Shuyookh say he wasn't a scholar, but just a learned poet and philosopher?
    he was like all in one, people say..that kind of philosphy, he topped everything..i mean i tried to let alone read but understand some of his work but it just goes over my head...
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Ki Muhammad se wafa tune, to hum tere hain,
    Yeh Jahan cheez hai kya, Lawh o Qalam tere hain.

    I think thats Allamah Iqbals.

    Also:

    Aaj woh Kashmeer hai mahkoom o majboor o faqeer,
    Kal jissey Ahl e Nazar kehthey the Iran e Sagheer.


    I think that's one aswell.
    Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadhan is a month of reaping and harvesting.”

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    ^ Hmm, I see. I just asked because that's what I read; funnily, I was reading some extracts (extracts because I really should be reading some other books) from a book I have on him and his works, recently.
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
    Ki Muhammad se wafa tune, to hum tere hain,
    Yeh Jahan cheez hai kya, Lawh o Qalam tere hain.

    I think thats Allamah Iqbals.

    Also:

    Aaj woh Kashmeer hai mahkoom o majboor o faqeer,
    Kal jissey Ahl e Nazar kehthey the Iran e Sagheer.


    I think that's one aswell.
    English too, please, .
    Ya Muqallib al-Quloob, thabbit qalbi 'alaa Deenik
    O' Converter of Hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Thy Way
    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    khud ko kar buland itna ke khuda bande se khus pooche bata teri raza kiya hai


    actually i forgot the iqbal poetry book on my holiday..my initial plan was to add some poems from the book here

    Yee thats itt, i thought it didnt sound rightt lol
    Thankz

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Medievalist View Post
    Ki Muhammad se wafa tune, to hum tere hain,
    Yeh Jahan cheez hai kya, Lawh o Qalam tere hain.

    I think thats Allamah Iqbals.

    Also:

    Aaj woh Kashmeer hai mahkoom o majboor o faqeer,
    Kal jissey Ahl e Nazar kehthey the Iran e Sagheer.


    I think that's one aswell.

    Wowww, they sound so good Mashallah

    Ma mum loves Allama iqbal poetry, I read them out to her and she liked em

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    never heard of mirza ghalib but i like allamah iqbals poetry. its really meaningful.
    The enforcement of Muslim Brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of Islam. On it was based the Prophet's (SAW) sermon on his last pilgrimage, and Islam cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved. '
    (Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Yusuf)
    In Lam Takun Ghaadiban Annee Falaa Ubaalee...

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by KeeKee View Post
    never heard of mirza ghalib but i like allamah iqbals poetry. its really meaningful.
    Ghalib was like in 16 or 18th century. He was the king of urdu poetry and people say he was reborn in the shape of iqbal lol
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    difference is that mirza ghalib was only recognisde in a true sense after he kicked the bucket, allamah iqbal was famous even in their own lifetime.
    Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadhan is a month of reaping and harvesting.”

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    khud ko kar buland itna ke khuda bande se khus pooche bata teri raza kiya hai


    actually i forgot the iqbal poetry book on my holiday..my initial plan was to add some poems from the book here
    Khud ko kar buland itna ke har taqdeer se pehle
    khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kiya hai

    thats the right one lol we both were wrong
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    When Greeks attacked Turkey in 1923 (at the behest of the British) Iqbal’s heart started crying. He knew that it was not just an attack on Turkey, but it was an attack on Islam itself. He tried to free the Muslim mind from the prevailing colonial mentality and from Muslims’ own narrow self-interests. He wrote the poem "Tolu-e-Islam" which later became one of his classic works. [Copies of this poem were sold and all proceeds were sent to Turkey.] He said:

    "Hawas ne tukre tukre kar diya hay na’u insan ko
    ukhuwwat ka bayan ho ja mohabbat ki zaban ho ja
    ye Hindi, wo Khurasani, ye Afghani, wo Turani
    tu ay sharmindayeh sahil uchhal kar bekaraan ho ja"


    "Greed has torn apart humankind. You (Muslims), become role models of love and brotherhood. Get beyond the narrow boundaries of nationalities (like Indian, Khurasani, Afghani, and Turkish) and jump into the limitless ocean (of Islam)."
    Worship only the CREATOR, HE is One and HE is the SUSTAINER of the Universe. Do not worship any of HIS creations nor through HIS creations

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    anybody got iqbals poem called 'tu rehnawarde shauq hai'?
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Muslims are divided at the root into Sunnis and Shias. Sunnis are further divided into Hanafi, Maliki, Shaafai, and Hanbali. Shias too are divided into Kesania, Zaidia, Imamia or Ithna ‘Ashari, Ismalia, etc. Sunnis are also divided into Ahle-hadith and Ahle-fiqha. In the Indian subcontinent (at least) Ahle-fiqha are further divided into Deobandis and Barelwis. Similar differences exist in other places as well. Are all these divisions and differences schools of thought as many Muslims claim? Whether or not we admit it, these differences and divisions do create physical, emotional, and psychological barriers amongst us. Iqbal says that these differences create prejudice in human beings:
    "Shajar hay firqa arayee, ta’assub hay samar iska
    ye wo phal hay jo jannat se nikalwata hay adam ko"


    "These divisions are the branches of a tree; its fruit is prejudice. This is the fruit which gets Adam (man) expelled from Jannah (peaceful life)."
    Worship only the CREATOR, HE is One and HE is the SUSTAINER of the Universe. Do not worship any of HIS creations nor through HIS creations

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    With all these divisions and differences, can we progress in the world? Iqbal does not think so:
    "Firqa bandi hay kaheen aur kaheen zatein hain
    kya zamane mein panapne ki yahee batein hain"

    "Somewhere are religious divisions and somewhere are differences based on caste. Is this the way to prosper in the world?"


    He further says:
    "Tum syed bhi ho Mirza bhi ho Afghan bhi ho
    tum sabhi kuchh ho batao ki musalman bhi ho"

    "You are Syed; you are Mirza; you are Afghan. You are everything. Tell me, are you Muslim too?"


    Here Iqbal uses the word "Syed" to represent the caste system that has penetrated Muslims (especially in the Indian subcontinent because of Hindu influence). He uses the word "Mirza" to represent the ruling elite and the word "Afghan" to represent the differences in Muslims based on region, language, and race.

    All these differences are anti-Qur’anic. When Iqbal poses the question, "Tell me, are you Muslim too?" he implies that those who feel proud and superior compared to other fellow Muslims because of these labels attached to their names (and not because of Taqwa), they are not entitled to be called true Muslims.
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    anybody got iqbals poem called 'tu rehnawarde shauq hai'?
    Tu Rehne Warde Shauk Hai By Nusrat Fateh Ali-1 kalame iqbal..by nusrat fateh ali saab

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9znib0Km1Y
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by aboosait View Post
    Tu Rehne Warde Shauk Hai By Nusrat Fateh Ali-1 kalame iqbal..by nusrat fateh ali saab

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9znib0Km1Y
    oh i know of that but i wanted a written one with translation...its too hard
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    teray ishq ki intiha chahta hon
    meri saadgi daikh kya chahta hon
    sitam ho k ho wadae bay hijabi
    koi baat sabr azma chahta hon
    ye janat mubarak rahay zahido ko
    k may aap ka samna chahta hon
    zra sa to dil hon magar shokh itna
    who ln tarani suna chahta hon
    koi dm ka mehman hon a ahle mahfil
    charaghe seher hon, bujha chahta hon
    bhari bazam may raaz ki baat keh di
    bara bay adab hon saza chahta hon

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza Momand View Post
    teray ishq ki intiha chahta hon
    meri saadgi daikh kya chahta hon
    sitam ho k ho wadae bay hijabi
    koi baat sabr azma chahta hon
    ye janat mubarak rahay zahido ko
    k may aap ka samna chahta hon
    zra sa to dil hon magar shokh itna
    who ln tarani suna chahta hon
    koi dm ka mehman hon a ahle mahfil
    charaghe seher hon, bujha chahta hon
    bhari bazam may raaz ki baat keh di
    bara bay adab hon saza chahta hon
    wah...but its hard to understand iqbal lol he was such a philospher
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    when i was in 6th grade my father bought me a book about Iqbal's life it also had shikwa and jawabe shikwa. that was the first book ever gifted to me by sum1. but i have lost that book.
    but after reading abt his life
    i was realy impressed.
    a real daee.

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    wah...but its hard to understand iqbal lol he was such a philospher
    read it again and again u will get the point

    i like the first verse

    teray ishq ki intiha chahta hon
    meri saadgi daikh kya chahta hon

    and the other one
    ye janat mubarak rahay zahido ko
    k may aap ka samna chahta hon

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza Momand View Post
    when i was in 6th grade my father bought me a book about Iqbal's life it also had shikwa and jawabe shikwa. that was the first book ever gifted to me by sum1. but i have lost that book.
    but after reading abt his life
    i was realy impressed.
    a real daee.
    yeah...one shair of his

    Na tu zameen kay liye hai na aasmaa kay liye
    Jahaa hay tere liye tu nahi jahaa kay liye
    الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا سیدی یارسول اللہ

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Subhanallah!
    tum mai hooron ka koi chahne wala hi nahi
    jalwa e toor to majood hai musa hi nahi

    loved this one.. only put iqbals poetry here please
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza Momand View Post
    read it again and again u will get the point

    i like the first verse

    teray ishq ki intiha chahta hon
    meri saadgi daikh kya chahta hon

    and the other one
    ye janat mubarak rahay zahido ko
    k may aap ka samna chahta hon
    beautiful! loved these. but i read only these two from this thread so far
    لا أريد مِنْكُمْ جَزَاء وَلا شُكُورًا

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    Subhanallah!
    tum mai hooron ka koi chahne wala hi nahi
    jalwa e toor to majood hai musa hi nahi

    loved this one.. only put iqbals poetry here please
    but this is iqbal's poetry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas1m View Post
    Subhanallah!
    tum mai hooron ka koi chahne wala hi nahi
    jalwa e toor to majood hai musa hi nahi

    loved this one.. only put iqbals poetry here please
    who is it the writer is addressing to?
    لا أريد مِنْكُمْ جَزَاء وَلا شُكُورًا

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by truepath View Post
    who is it the writer is addressing to?
    i think he is addressing to ummat e muslim...its very hard to get as i said..

    i got another shair

    tu rehnawarde shauq hai manzil na kar qabool
    layla bhi ham nasheen ho to mehmil na kar qabool

    quite like this shair but i dont know what reh nawarde shauq is?
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza Momand View Post
    but this is iqbal's poetry
    i know im just saying in general...
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    One day Hazrat Iqbal was sitting in a lounge reading newspaper...he had a cigarette in his hand which was lit...downstairs some british men thought a plan to downshame iqbal so they sent a woman in the lounge upstairs where he was sitting..

    the woman entered and stood but iqbal never raised his eyes..he just kept reading the newspaper...the woman tore her clothes by herself but still iqbal never looked up...then she started screaming...help help...those british men came upstairs and they all stared at iqbal wanting to know.

    Hazrat Iqbal looked up and saw the woman and said 'i dont know what happened?'

    the british men said 'you did this to her?'

    Iqbal smiled and shook his head...the british men went to grab him but he said 'stop'

    Iqbal put the newspaper to a said and showed them the cigeratte. the ash of the cigeratte was long so iqbal said ' it takes five minutes for this ash to build up and stay on the cigeratte while reading newspaper and smoking...so if i wouldve moved, this ash wouldve dropped'

    lol the british men all calmed down embarrassed...ever since they never disturbed him again...
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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا سیدی یارسول اللہ

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Shikwa and Jawab-e-Shikwa are the evergreen poems of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Dr. Iqbal used wonderful Urdu vocabulary in this poem and highlighted achievements of Muslims.

    In Shikwa, he played an oppressed and frustrated Muslim who is being complaining to Allah Almighty. In its second part, he assumed if Allmighty Lord Himself is addressing to this complaining Muslim and answering to his protest.


    Below is the link to the famous 'shikwa' by Iqbal...

    Shikwa (Complaint)

    And translation in English

    Shikwa:

    Why should I abet the loss, why forget the gain,
    Why forfiet the future, bemoan the past in vain?

    Hear the wail of nightingal, and remain unstirred,
    Am I a flower insensate that will not say a word?

    The power of speech emboldens me to speak out my heart,
    I'll sure be damned, I know, if fault my God.

    _____________________________________________


    Hear, O Lord, from the faithful ones this sad lament,
    From those used to hymn a praise, a word of discontent.

    Enternally were you present, Lord, eternally omniscent,
    The flower hung upon the tree, but without incense.

    Be Thou fair, tell us true, O fountsinhead of grace,
    How could the scent spread withoutthe breeze apace?

    ______________________________________________

    The world presented a queer sight ere we took the stage,
    Stones and plants in your stead were worshipped in that age.

    Man, being inured to senses, couldn't accept a thing unseen,
    How could a formless God impress his senses keen?

    Tell me, Lord, if anyone ever invoked Thy name,
    The strength of Muslim arm alone restored Thy fame.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    There was no dearth of peoples on this earth before,
    Turkish tribes and Persian clans lived in days of yore;

    The Greeks and the Chinese both bred and throve,
    Christians as well as the Jews on this planet roved.

    But who in Thy holy name raised his valiant sword,
    Who set the things right, resolved the rigmarole?

    __________________________________________________ _____


    We were the warrior bands battling for Thy cause,
    Now on land, now on water, we the crusades fought.

    Now in Europe's synods did we loudly pray,
    Now in African deserts made a bold foray.

    Not for territorial greed did we wield the sword,
    Not for pelf and power did we suffer the blows.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    Had we been temped by the greed of glittering gold,
    Instead of breaking idols, would have idols sold.

    We impressed on every heart the oneness of our mighty Lord,
    Even under the threat of sword, bold and clever was our call.

    Who conquered, tell us Thou, the fearful Khyber pass?
    Who vanquished the Imperial Rome, who made it fall?

    __________________________________________________ _____


    Who broke the idols of the primitive folks?
    Who fought the kafirs, massacred their hordes?

    If the prayer time arrived right amid the war,
    With their faces turned to Kaaba, knelt down the brave Hejaz.

    Mahmud and Ayaz stood together in the same flank,
    The ruler and the ruled forget the difference in their rank.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    The rich and poor, Lord and slave, all were levelled down,
    All became brethern in love, with Thy grace crowned.

    We roamed the world through, visited every place,
    Did our rounds like the cup, serving sacred ale.

    Forget about the forests, we spared not the seas,
    Into the dark, unfathomed ocean, we pushed our steeds.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    We removed falsehood from the earth's face,
    We broke the shackles of the human race.

    We reclaimed your Kaaba with our kneeling brows,
    We pressed the sacred Quran to our heart and soul.

    Even then you grumble, we are false, untrue,
    If you call us faithless, tell us what are you?

    __________________________________________________ _____


    You reserve your favours for men of other shades,
    While you hurl your bolts on the Muslim race.

    This is not our complaint that such alone are blesse,
    Who do not know the etiquette, nor even can converse.

    The tragedy is while kafirs are with houries actually blest,
    On vague hopes of houries in heaven the Muslim race is made to rest!

    __________________________________________________ _____


    Poverty, taunts, ignominy stare us in the face,
    Is humiliation the sole reward of our suffering race?

    To perpetuate Thy name is our sole concern,
    Deprived of the saqi's aid can the cup revolve and turn?

    Gone is your assemblage, off your lovers have sailed,
    The midnight sights are no more heard, nor the morning wails;

    __________________________________________________ _____


    They pledged their hearts to you, what is their return?
    Hardly had they stepped inside, when they were externed.

    Thy lovers came and went away, fed on hopes of future grace,
    Search them now with the lamp of your glowing face.

    Unassuaged is Laila's ache, unquenched is Qais's thirst,
    In the wilderness of Nejd, the wild deer are still berserk.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    The same passion thrills the hearts, enchanting still is beauty's gaze,
    You are the same as before, same too is the Prophet's race.

    Why then this indifference, without a cause or fault?
    Why with your threatening looks dost thou break our heart?

    Accepted that the flame of love burneth low and dim,
    We do not, as in your, dance attendance on your whims;

    __________________________________________________ _____


    But you too, pardon us, possess a coquettish heart,
    Now on us, now on others, alight your amorous darts.

    The spring has now taken leave, broken lies the lyre string,
    The birds that chirped among the leaves have also taken wing;

    A single nightingale is left singing on the tree,
    A flood of song in her breast is longing for release.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    From atop the firs and pines the doves have flown away,
    The floral petals lie scattered all along the way.

    Desolate lie the garden paths, once dressed and neat,
    Leafless hang the branches on the naked trees.

    The nightingale is unconcerned with the season's range,
    Would that someone in the grove appreciates her wail.

    __________________________________________________ _____


    May the nightingale's wail pierce the listeners' hearts,
    May the clinking caravan awaken slumbering thoughts!

    Let the hearts pledge anew their faith to you, O Lord,
    Let's re-charge our cups from the taverns of the past.

    Through I hold a Persian cup, the wine is pureHejaz,
    Thought I sing an Indian song, the tune is of the Arabian cast.
    الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا سیدی یارسول اللہ

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    Re: Allama Iqbal's Poetry

    Second part of the poem "Shikwa". Here, Dr. Iqbal is assuming that Allmighty Allah addresses Muslims and show them the mirror. Wonderful poem with outstanding use of Urdu literature. Bottom line of the logically written thought provoking poem is:

    'ki Muhammad (PBUH) say wafa tu nay, tou HUM terey hain
    yeh jahan cheez hai kya, loh-o-qalam terey hain' ......

    Jawab e Shikwa

    Translation in English

    Jawab-e-Shikwa:

    The word springing from the heart surely carries weight,
    Though notendowed with wings, it yet can fly in space.

    Pureand spiritual in its essence, it pegs its gaze on high,
    Rising from the lowly dust, grazes past the skies.

    Keen, defiant, and querulous was my passion crazed,
    It pierced through the skies, my audacious wail.
    __________________________________________________ _____



    "Someone is there," thus spoke the heaven's warder old,
    the planets said, "From above proceeds this voice so bold."

    "No, no," the moon said," "tis someone on the earth below,"
    Butted in the milky way: "The voice is hereabouts, I trow."

    Ruzwan alone, if at all, understood aright,
    He knew it was the man, from heaven once exiled. __________________________________________________ _____



    Even the angles wondered who raised this cry,
    All the celestial denizens looked about surprised.

    Does man possess the might to scale empyreal heights?
    Has this mere pinch of dust learnt the knack to fly?

    What are these earthly folks? Careless of all respect,
    How bold and impudent, the lowly dwellers of the earth! __________________________________________________ _____



    Extremely rude and insolent, cross even with God,
    Is it the same Adam whom angels once did laud?

    Steeped in bliss, man is of wisdom's lore possessed,
    Nonetheless, he's alien to humility's sterling worth.

    Man feels proud of the power of his speech,
    But the fool doesn'tknow how and what to speak. __________________________________________________ _____



    You narrate a woeful tale, thus the voice arose,
    Your heart is boiling overwith tears uncontrolled.

    You have delivered your plaint with perfect skill and art,
    You have brought the humans in contact with God.

    We are inclined to grant, but none deserves our grace,
    None treads the righteous path, whom to show the way? __________________________________________________ _____



    Our school is open to all, but talent there is none,
    Where is that soil fertile to breed the human gems?

    We reward the deserving folks with splendid meed,
    We grant newer worlds to those who strive and seek.

    Arms have been drained of strength, hearts have gone astray,
    The Muslim race is a blot on the Prophet's face.

    __________________________________________________ _____



    Idol-breakers have left the scene, idol-makers remain,
    Aazar has inheritedAbraham's glorious name.

    Wine, flask,and drinkers-all arenew and changed,
    A differentKaaba, different idols now your worship claim.

    Therewas a time when you were respected far and wide,
    Once this desert bloom was the season's wealth and pride. __________________________________________________ _____



    Every Muslim then was a lover profound of God,
    Your sole beloved once was the all-embracing Lord.

    Who removed falsehood from the earth's face?
    Who broke the shackles of the human race?

    Who reclaimed our Kaaba with their kneeling brows?
    Who presses the sacred Quran to their heart and soul? __________________________________________________ _____



    True, they were your forbears, but what are you, I say?
    Idle sitting, statue-like you dream away your days.

    What did you say? Muslims are with hopes of houries consoled,
    Even if your plaint is false, your words should be controlled.

    Justice is the law supreme, operative on this globe,
    Muslims can't expect the houries, if they follow the kafir's code. __________________________________________________ _____



    None of you is,infact,deservingof the"hoor",
    A Moses is but hard to fin,burneth still the Tur.

    Common to the race entire is their gain or loss,
    Common is their faith and creed, common too the Rasul of God;

    One Kaaba, one Allah, and one Quran inspire their heart,
    Why can't the Muslims then behave like a single lot? __________________________________________________ _____



    Cast, creed and factions have disjointed this race,
    Is this way to forge ahead, to flourish in the present age?

    It's the poor who visit the mosque, join the kneeling rows,
    The poor alone observe the fasts, practise self-control.

    If someone repeats our name, it's the poor again,
    The devout poor hide your sins, preserve your vaunted name. __________________________________________________ _____



    Drunk with the wine of wealth, the rich are unconcerned with God,
    The Muslim race owes its life to the poor, indigent lot.

    "Muslims have vanished from earth," this is what we hear,
    but we ask, " Were the Muslims ever the Jewish sects.

    You are Nisars by your looks, but Hindus by conduct,
    Your culture puts to shame even the Jewish sects. __________________________________________________ _____



    If the son is alien to his learned father's traits,
    How can he then claim his father's heritage?

    All of you love to lead a soft, luxurious life,
    Are you a Muslim indeed? Is this the Muslim style?

    All of you desire to be invested with the crown,
    You should first produce a heart worthy of renown. __________________________________________________ _____





    The new age is the lighting blast, it will set your barns on fire,
    It can't produce in groves or deserts the Old Sinai's burning spire.

    The new fire consumes for fuel the blood of nations old,
    The clothes of the Prophet's race are incinerated in its folds.

    Don't be depressed, gardener, by the present scene,
    The starry buds are about to burst with a brilliant sheen. __________________________________________________ _____



    The garden will soon be rid of its thorns and weeds,
    The martyr's blood will bring to bloom all the dormant seeds.

    Mark how the sky reflects its orange purple hues,
    The rising sun will flush the sky with its rays anew.

    Islamic tree exemplifies cultivation long and hard,
    A fruit of arduous gardening over centuries past.

    __________________________________________________ _____



    Your caraven needn't fear the perils of the path,
    But for the call ofbells you own no wealth at all.

    You are the plant of light, the burning wick that never fails,
    With the power of your thought you can incinerate the veil.

    We'll love you as our own, if you follow the Prophet's ways,
    The world is but a paltry thing, you'll command the pen and page. __________________________________________________ _____
    الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا سیدی یارسول اللہ


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