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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? _______________________________________________________

Who conquered. Not for pelf and power did we suffer the blows. Not for territorial greed did we wield the sword. we the crusades fought. Instead of breaking idols. _______________________________________________________ Had we been temped by the greed of glittering gold. Now in African deserts made a bold foray. Even under the threat of sword. Now on land. the fearful Khyber pass? Who vanquished the Imperial Rome. would have idols sold. We impressed on every heart the oneness of our mighty Lord. tell us Thou. bold and clever was our call. now on water. who made it fall? _______________________________________________________ Who broke the idols of the primitive folks? Who fought the kafirs. knelt down the brave Hejaz.We were the warrior bands battling for Thy cause. With their faces turned to Kaaba. The ruler and the ruled forget the difference in their rank. massacred their hordes? If the prayer time arrived right amid the war. Now in Europe's synods did we loudly pray. _______________________________________________________ . Mahmud and Ayaz stood together in the same flank.

The rich and poor. we spared not the seas. While you hurl your bolts on the Muslim race. Who do not know the etiquette. Lord and slave. Into the dark. serving sacred ale. We roamed the world through. We pressed the sacred Quran to our heart and soul. . we are false. _______________________________________________________ We removed falsehood from the earth's face. visited every place. tell us what are you? _______________________________________________________ You reserve your favours for men of other shades. Forget about the forests. Even then you grumble. untrue. with Thy grace crowned. all were levelled down. This is not our complaint that such alone are blesse. All became brethern in love. We broke the shackles of the human race. we pushed our steeds. Did our rounds like the cup. unfathomed ocean. If you call us faithless. We reclaimed your Kaaba with our kneeling brows. nor even can converse.

Search them now with the lamp of your glowing face. _______________________________________________________ The same passion thrills the hearts. Deprived of the saqi's aid can the cup revolve and turn? Gone is your assemblage. enchanting still is beauty's gaze. 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. Thy lovers came and went away. nor the morning wails.The tragedy is while kafirs are with houries actually blest. ignominy stare us in the face. fed on hopes of future grace. taunts. In the wilderness of Nejd. The midnight sights are no more heard. _______________________________________________________ They pledged their hearts to you. You are the same as before. same too is the Prophet's race. as in your. unquenched is Qais's thirst. On vague hopes of houries in heaven the Muslim race is made to rest! _______________________________________________________ Poverty. Unassuaged is Laila's ache. dance attendance on your whims. off your lovers have sailed. when they were externed. what is their return? Hardly had they stepped inside. Is humiliation the sole reward of our suffering race? To perpetuate Thy name is our sole concern. We do not. the wild deer are still berserk.

The floral petals lie scattered all along the way. Let's re-charge our cups from the taverns of the past. Leafless hang the branches on the naked trees. The spring has now taken leave. _______________________________________________________ May the nightingale's wail pierce the listeners' hearts. _______________________________________________________ . A flood of song in her breast is longing for release. May the clinking caravan awaken slumbering thoughts! Let the hearts pledge anew their faith to you. A single nightingale is left singing on the tree. Thought I sing an Indian song. _______________________________________________________ From atop the firs and pines the doves have flown away. Desolate lie the garden paths. broken lies the lyre string. Through I hold a Persian cup. The birds that chirped among the leaves have also taken wing. pardon us. possess a coquettish heart. the turn is of the Arabian cast. alight your amorous darts. the wine is pureHejaz. Now on us. The nightingale is unconcerned with the season's range. Would that someone in the grove appreciates her wail. O Lord. now on others._______________________________________________________ But you too. once dressed and neat.

if at all. All the celestial denizens looked about surprised. _______________________________________________________ Even the angles wondered who raised this cry. the lowly dwellers of the earth! _______________________________________________________ . it yet can fly in space. understood aright. "From above proceeds this voice so bold. the planets said. grazes past the skies." the moon said. defiant.Jawab-e-Shikwa: The word springing from the heart surely carries weight." Butted in the milky way: "The voice is hereabouts. Pureand spiritual in its essence. it pegs its gaze on high. It pierced through the skies. no. 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. He knew it was the man. How bold and impudent. and querulous was my passion crazed. Keen." "tis someone on the earth below." "No. my audacious wail. Though notendowed with wings. Rising from the lowly dust. from heaven once exiled. _______________________________________________________ "Someone is there." thus spoke the heaven's warder old. I trow." Ruzwan alone.

Extremely rude and insolent. but none deserves our grace. You have brought the humans in contact with God. Arms have been drained of strength. But the fool doesn'tknow how and what to speak. flask. The Muslim race is a blot on the Prophet's face. Aazar has inheritedAbraham's glorious name. whom to show the way? _______________________________________________________ Our school is open to all. thus the voice arose. You have delivered your plaint with perfect skill and art. different idols now your worship claim. but talent there is none. Wine.and drinkers-all arenew and changed. idol-makers remain. Your heart is boiling overwith tears uncontrolled. _______________________________________________________ You narrate a woeful tale. he's alien to humility's sterling worth. We grant newer worlds to those who strive and seek. Is it the same Adam whom angels once did laud? Steeped in bliss. None treads the righteous path. Man feels proud of the power of his speech. We are inclined to grant. man is of wisdom's lore possessed. Nonetheless. cross even with God. A differentKaaba. hearts have gone astray. Where is that soil fertile to breed the human gems? We reward the deserving folks with splendid meed. . _______________________________________________________ Idol-breakers have left the scene.

Muslims can't expect the houries. One Kaaba. 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. _______________________________________________________ None of you is. common too the Rasul of God. your words should be controlled. What did you say? Muslims are with hopes of houries consoled. they were your forbears. Once this desert bloom was the season's wealth and pride. Justice is the law supreme. Your sole beloved once was the all-embracing Lord. _______________________________________________________ Every Muslim then was a lover profound of God. one Allah. Why can't the Muslims then behave like a single lot? . A Moses is but hard to fin. and one Quran inspire their heart.infact. Common is their faith and creed.burneth still the Tur.deservingof the"hoor". Even if your plaint is false. I say? Idle sitting. but what are you. if they follow the kafir's code. statue-like you dream away your days. operative on this globe. Common to the race entire is their gain or loss.Therewas a time when you were respected far and wide.

join the kneeling rows. _______________________________________________________ If the son is alien to his learned father's traits. the rich are unconcerned with God._______________________________________________________ Cast. The Muslim race owes its life to the poor. but we ask." this is what we hear. Is this way to forge ahead. _______________________________________________________ . creed and factions have disjointed this race. to flourish in the present age? It's the poor who visit the mosque. indigent lot. " Were the Muslims ever the Jewish sects. it's the poor again. The devout poor hide your sins. luxurious life. "Muslims have vanished from earth. If someone repeats our name. Are you a Muslim indeed? Is this the Muslim style? All of you desire to be invested with the crown. preserve your vaunted name. The poor alone observe the fasts. practise self-control. but Hindus by conduct. Your culture puts to shame even the Jewish sects. You should first produce a heart worthy of renown. _______________________________________________________ Drunk with the wine of wealth. You are Nisars by your looks. How can he then claim his father's heritage? All of you love to lead a soft.

We'll love you as our own. The rising sun will flush the sky with its rays anew. The starry buds are about to burst with a brilliant sheen. The martyr's blood will bring to bloom all the dormant seeds. you'll command the pen and page. the burning wick that never fails. The new fire consumes for fuel the blood of nations old. if you follow the Prophet's ways. But for the call ofbells you own no wealth at all. Don't be depressed. With the power of your thought you can incinerate the veil. Islamic tree exemplifies cultivation long and hard. A fruit of arduous gardening over centuries past. by the present scene. it will set your barns on fire. . You are the plant of light. gardener. _______________________________________________________ The garden will soon be rid of its thorns and weeds. The clothes of the Prophet's race are incinerated in its folds. Mark how the sky reflects its orange purple hues. It can't produce in groves or deserts the Old Sinai's burning spire. _______________________________________________________ Your caraven needn't fear the perils of the path.The new age is the lighting blast. The world is but a paltry thing.