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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Allama Iqbal Shikwa English Translation / Iqbal Poetry English

THE COMPLAINT
Shikwa In English
Why should I choose the loser’s role?
Forbear to seek what gain I may?
Nor think of what the morrow holds,
But brood o’er woes of yesterday?
Why should my ears enraptured hear
The plaintive notes of Philomel?
Fellow‐bard! a rose am I
To lose me in sweet music’s swell?
For I too have the gift of song
Which gives me courage to complain,
But ah! ‘tis none but God Himself  
Whom I, in sorrow, must arraign!
I grant that we have earned repute
As ever reconciled to Fate,
But to Thee still a tale of pain
I can no longer help narrate.
Though we may seem like voiceless
lyres,
Within, imprisoned anguish cries;
Its urge compels, and I obey,
Framing these plaintive melodies.
Hear Thou, O God! these sad complaints
From those of proven fealty;
Beneath proud spires in Western lands,
And made that magic melody
Thrill over Afric’s burning sands.
The pageantries of mighty kings
To us were shows that mattered not,
Beneath the shade of blades unsheathed
In Kalima we glory sought.
Our only life was then to face
The perils 0f Thy holy wars;
To glorify Thy name we died,
Adorned with hallowed battle scars.
Not lust for power for our own sakes
Our drawn‐sword’s playfulness
inspired,
Nor roamed we hand‐in‐glove with
Death
For worldly riches we desired.
Our people, had they set their hearts
On this world’s riches or its gold,
Not idol‐breaking would have gone
But idols would have bought and sold.
We stood our ground like rocks when once
The foe had met our phalanx dread;
Before our might the bravest quailed
And, vanquished, from the battle fled.
And those who offered Thee affront
Our swift, relentless fury faced,
Their mightiest arms we set at nought,
Their insolence and pride abased.
On all men’s minds we set Thy seal,
Thy tawhid’s firm and sure impress—  
The selfsame message preached our lips
When swords danced high in battle’s
stress.
Declare Thou whose fierce valour once
Did Khyber’s barriers overthrow?
Or whose resistless might once laid
Famed Caesar’s proudest cities low?
Who smashed to dust man’s hand‐
wrought gods,
Those things of straw and earth and
clay?
And who did unbelieving hosts
To spread Thy name and glory slay?
And who was it that quenched and cooled
The fiery urns of fair Iran ?
Thy holy Kaʹba’s hallowed shrine,
Whose bosoms reverently held
Thy great and glorious Book Divine—  
If our meed still the obloquy
That we have shirked the Faithful’s part,
How then canst Thou make claim to be
The kindly faith‐compelling heart?
For there are those of other faiths
Among whom many sinners ,
Some humble, others puffed with pride,   
Drunken in their effrontery;
If some have vision, thousands are
Of little worth, neglectful, worse;   
And millions upon millions live
From Thy dear, glorious name averse.
Yet see how still Thy bounties rain
On roofs 0f unbelieving clans,
While strikes Thy thunder‐bolt the homes
Of all‐forbearing Mussalmans!
In idol‐houses, hark! they say,  
“Behold, the Muslim star sinks low!  
How glad they are that now at last  
Thy Kaʹba’s brave protectors go!
They say, “The world is well rid now
Of hymn‐reciting camel‐men,
Their Quran folded in their arms,
At last they hie them from our ken!
Thus they rejoice who own Thee not;
Yet still unmindful seemest Thou
Of Thine own One‐ness, Thy tawhid—  
Art Thou so unregarding now?
That ignorant men who lack the grace
To ope their lips in conclave high
Should have their coffers treasure‐filled,
Is not the burden of our sigh;
But O, that this world’s best should fall
To unbelievers from Thy hand
While we on promises are fed
Of pleasures in a shadowy land!
Where are those favours which Thou once
Upon our grateful hearts didst pour ?
Why cherishest Thou not, O Lord,
The Faithful as in days of yore?
Why from the bounties of this life
The Faithful now no profit gain
Though still Almighty Thou remainest
Did we forswear our faith to Thee?
To Thy dear Prophet cease to cling?
Of idol‐breaking did we tire?
Or take to idol‐worshipping?
Or did we weary of Thy Love,
Or Thy Love’s rapture ever shun?
Or turned we from the path which trod
Qaran’s Owais and Salman?
Thy Takbeer’s unextinguished flame
Within our hearts we cherish yet:
Aethiop Belal’s life, the star
By which our own lives’ course we set!
But even if a change hath been,
And we in Love are less adept,
Or out of resignation’s path
Our erring wayward feet have stept;
If, unlike trusted compasses,
Our souls respond not now to you,
And if to laws of faithfulness
Our roving hearts are now less true ;
Must Thou too play the fickle flirt
With us, with others, day by day,
We cannot help the sinful thought
Which shame forbids our lips to say.
Upon the peak of Mount Faran
Thy glorious Faith Thou didst perfect—  
With one Divinest gesture drew
A host of fervid first‐elect;
Thy flaming Beauty filled the world  
And set a myriad hearts on fire;
Then blew the quintessence of Love  
In Man to passion’s wild desire.
Ah, why within our deadened hearts
That holy flame today leaps not?
Though still those burnt‐out victims we
Which once we were, hast Thou forgot?
Upon the dale of Nejd is stilled
The clanging of the captive’s chains;
To glimpse the camel‐litter, Qais
No longer with his madness strains
The yearnings of the heart are dead,
The heart itself is cold; so we;
And desolation fills our house
For shines not there the Light of Thee.
O blessed day when Thou shalt come,
A thousand graces in Thy train
But yet there uncompanioned sits
A lonely bulbul, all day long;
Its throat a‐throb with music still
And pouring out its heart in song.
The darkening cypress sways no more;
From shadowy nests its doves have fled;
The withered blossoms droop and die,
And all around their petals shed;
Those memoried, old garden walks
Of all their former pride lie shorn,
Despoiled of raiment green, each
branch
In nakedness now stands forlorn;
Unmoved by passing seasons’ change,
The songster sits and sings alone:
Would there were in this garden some
Could feel the burden of its moan!
This life no more its joy retains,  
Nor even death can bring relief;
‘Tis sweet to sit alone and sigh
And eat a sad heart out in grief.
Out from the mirror of my soul ‘
What gems of thought now strive to
shine;
What visions splendid, dreams
sublime,
Arise within this breast of mine!
But in this garden lives not one
To see and hear, to feel and know:
No tulip with its streak of pain,   
To sense my heart‐blood’s smarting flow.
May this sad bulbuls lonely song
To grief each listening soul awake;
The clangour of these rousing bells
Make drowsy hearts their sleep forsake!
Let Faithful hearts re‐plight their troth,
And forge afresh their bond Divine;
Let in the long‐parched breast of each
The old thirst wake for sweet old wine!
The blood of sweet Arabian vine
O’erflows this wine‐jar Ajamy,
Although the singer sings in Ind,
Of Hijaz is his melody.
shikwa is translated in English by
 Altaf Husain

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Here feeling so down

Here feeling so down 
Knowing you won't be around 
In the rain all alone 
Facing the world on my own 
I pushed you away 
But I wanted you to stay
Now I'm here all by myself
Because now you're with someone else.
A girl here with a broken heart
Been crying since the day we part
Boy, I didn't want you to go
I just want you to know
When we kissed I still feel it on my lips
I still hear you in my dreams saying you love me
I still feel your hands entwined with mine
I miss when we were together everything was fine.

I look at our picture and cry myself to sleep
My tears so sad they also weep
I still listen to our song
Reminds me of the times we were strong
My heart feels so sad and blue
I hate myself for losing you.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the win
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hillfor the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered...

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered...
forgive them anyway!
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives...
be kind anyway!
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and make some true enemies...succeed anyway!
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you...
be honest anyway!
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight...
go ahead and build it anyway!
If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous...
be happy anyway!
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow...
do good anyway!
Give the world the best you have, and even that may never be enough...
give it anyway!

You see in the final analysis, its always between you and God,
it was never between you and them anyway!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

No Promise and Just Another Honky




Just Another Honky by Faces
I close my eyes and ignore all the signs ...ll around your hair it's blowing ...Just leave it be and it will all blow away ...Leave my hand, it's wide open ...It hurts me more to think I'll ...f you were to leave me ...Leave my hand it's wide open

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Do Brown Eyes = Intelligence?



The personality trait most associated with brown eyes is intelligence, according to a survey of U.S. women ages 16 to 35. Besides intelligence (34 percent), brown eyes also convey trustworthiness (16 percent) and kindness (13 percent), said respondents.
Blue-eyed people are seen to exude sweetness (42 percent), sexiness (21 percent), and kindness (10 percent). And green eyes are associated with sexiness (29 percent), creativity (25 percent) and deviousness (20 percent).
Sixty percent of the respondents said they'd like to change their eye color, with 27 percent choosing green. Then came amethyst (26 percent) and blue (18 percent). Turquoise, gray, honey and brown were the next choices, in that order.
The 2002 survey was conducted by CyberPulse and commissioned by FreshLook. — L.S.


Read more: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/colors.htm#ixzz1EgC91k3K






Monday, February 7, 2011

When Hope is Lost...


Hope is almost always,
A companion of a good heart.
A heart that pours in seamlessly,
And where reasoning is set free.

That seems to know the equation
Between action and reaction.
Brimmed with patience, where
You still believe that truth always wins.

Who says hopelessness is hopeless!
Nevertheless...
Hopelessness is hopefulness in disguise...
Hopefulness for the unexpected,
Readiness to accept all that comes one's way,
Expecting to take over the worst.

The best part about hopelessness is
When it comes...
There are no strings attached,
It comes splashing in the face.

TO remind you about the practical
Difference, between truth and reality.

Teaching you a lesson
That you got to keep learning
Each step, every moment.

Dreams would be "simply" imaginations,
As most of them always are!
That aspirations, emotions
And the "very" hope
That are ALL invisible entities,
Cannot choose to have visible repercussions.

And that brains would create
Far more ripples and always win
Over heart and soul...

When hope is lost
Everything is lost
So, then there is nothing precious
To lose thereafter...

Rendering an empty heart,
With no fluttering.
And a soulless soul,
With no life.

Waiting...
Just for the sequence of destined events.
To re-occur time and again...
With no hope or perhaps a 'new' hope!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

COULD THIS BE LOVE?

Silent songs through the night.

Musical rhythm that echoes your mind.
Beauty and kindness at your sight
Could this be LOVE?

Different emotions clogged your heart.
Only thy face runs through your mind.
Awaiting for her lovely voice.
Could this be LOVE?

Moments like time flies,
Heartfelt tickles your senses.
Taken by the arrow of Eros

I wonder how this could be Love.
For mere feelings
like thief in the night.
This must be LOVE.

By:-Juan Paolo Lising



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some Beautiful Lyrics





NE TERA QURB NA BADAA HAi KIA KIA JAYAE

NE TERA QURB NA BADAA HAi KIA KIA JAYAE
PHIR AAJ DUKH BHEE ZIADA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

HAMAIN BHEE ARZ-E-TAMANA KA DHAB NAHIN AATA
MIZAAJ-E-YAAR BHEE SADAA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

KUCH APNAY DOST BHEE TARKASH BADOOSH PHIRTAY HAIN
KUCH APNA DIL BHEE KUSHADA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

WO MEHRBAA'N HAI MAGAR DIL KEE HERS BHEE KUM HO
TALAB...KARAM SAY ZIADA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

NA US SAY TARQ-E-TALAUQ KEE BAAT KAR PAI'N
NA HAMDAMEE KA IRADA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

SALOOK-E-YAAR SAY DIL DOOBNAY LAGA HAI FARAZ
MAGAR YEH MEHFIL-E-AA'DAA HAI KIA KIA JAYAE

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