The Interrogation Of The Dead
Shan-e-Hasti Pe Hai Bikhra Huwa Gaisuay Sham
The bright sun is hidden, the night shows its face
The night’s hair is spread on shoulders of the earth
Mehfil-e-Qudrat Magar Khurshid Ke Matam Mein Hai
This black dress is preparation for some one’s mourning
Perhaps the Nature’s assemblage for the sun is mourning
Sahar-e-Shab Ki Nazar Hai Didah-e-Beedar Per
The sky is casting a spell over the talking lip
The night’s magician is watching the awakened eye
Haan, Magar Ek Door Se Ati Hai Awaz E Dra
The wind current is submerged in the river of silence
However, the tolling bell’s sound comes from the distance
Khanch Laya Hai Mujhe Hangama E Aalam Se Door
Heart which in love’s turmoil is evading the world
Has dragged me here far from the maddening crowd
Hum Nasheen-e-Khuftagan-e-Kunj Tanhai Hun Main
I am the spectator of the spectacle of disappointments
I am the associate of those sleeping in solitude’s corner
Aur Iss Basti Pe Char Aansu Girane De Mujhe
O My restlessness! Wait and let me rest awhile
And let me shed a few tears at this habitation
Kuch Kaho Uss Dais Ki Aakhir, Jahan Rehte Ho Tum
O those steeped in a swoon, “Where are you?
Tell me something of the land where you live
Aur Pikar-e-Anasir Ka Tamasha Hai Koi
Is that world also one of prevarication?
Is that world also one of denizens’ struggle?
Uss Walayat Mein Bhi Hai Insan Ka Dil Majboor Kya?
Is Man engulfed by sorrow in that land also?
Is Man’s heart suppressed and helpless in that land also?
Uss Chaman Mein Bhi Gull-o-Bulbul Ka Hai Afsana Kya?
Does the moth burn itself in candle’s love in that land also?
Does the tale of flower and nightingale exist in that garden also?
Shair Ki Germi Se Kya Wan Bi Phigalta Jata Hai Dil?
In this world a single hemistich perturbs the heart
Does there also the warmth of verse soften the heart?
Uss Gulistan Mein Bhi Kya Aese Nukile Khar Hain?
This world’s relations and alliances life’s woes are
Are similar sharp thorns present in that garden also?
Rooh Kya Uss Daes Mein Iss Fikar Se Azad Hai?
The daily bread and a million calamities this world has
Does the soul freedom from anxieties in that world has?
Kafle Wale Bhi Hain, Andaisha Rehzan Bhi Hai?
Are the thunder, the farmer, the harvest there also?
Are the caravan and the robber’s fear there also?
Khishat-e-Gill Ki Fikar Hoti Hai Makan Ke Wastay?
Do birds collect bits of straw for nests there also?
Is the search for bricks and clay for house there also?
Imtiaz-e-Millat-o-Aaeen Ke Diwane Hain Kya?
Are the humans unaware of their reality there also?
Are they after nations’ and customs’ discrimination there also
Iss Jahan Ki Tarah Wan Bhi Dard-e-Dil Hota Nahin?
Does garden not cry at the nightingale’s wail there also?
Like this world is there no sympathy in that world also?
Ya Rukh E Be Perwa Husn-e-Azal Ka Naam Hai?
Does the Paradise a garden or a restful mansion constitute?
Or does the Eternal Beauty’s Unveiled Face it constitute?
Aag Ke Sholon Mein Pinhan Maqsad-e-Tadeeb Hai?
Does hell a method of burning away sins constitute?
Or it in flames of fire a way of discipline constitute?
Mout Kehte Hain Jise Ahle Zameen, Kya Raaz Hai?
Has walking given way to speedy flying in that world?
What is the secret of what is called death by denizens of this world?
Ilm E Insan Uss Walayat Mein Bhi Kya Mehdood Hai?
Life eases the heart’s restlessness in this world
Is human knowledge also restricted in that world?
'Lan Tarani' Keh Rahe Hain Ya Wahan Ke Toor Bhi?
Does the separated heart get satisfaction by sight there also?
Are “Lan Tarani” saying the Turs of that land also
Wan Bhi Insan Hai Qateel-e-Zauq-e-Istafham Kya?
Does the soul get solace in longing there also?
Is man a victim of desire to learn there also?
Ya Mohabbat Ki Tajalli Se Sarapa Noor Hai?
Ah! Is that land also filled with darkness?
Or with Love’s light is completely illuminated?
Mout Ek Chubhta Huwa Kanta Dil-e-Insan Mein Hai
Tell us what the secret under this rotating dome is
Death a pricking sharp thorn in the human heart is.