Phal Phool Pe Karta Tha Hamsha Guzar Auqat
It is said that Ma‘arri never ate meat;
He lived on fruit and vegetables.
Shaid Ke Who Shatir Issi Tarkeeb Se Ho Maat
A friend sent him a roasted partridge,
To allure that clever gentleman into eating meat.
Kehne Laga Woh Sahib-e-Ghafran-o-Lazomaat
When Ma‘arri saw that elegant tray
He, the author of Ghufran (2) and Lazumat (3) said,
Tera Woh Gunah Kya Tha Ye Hai Jis Ki Makafat?
“O You helpless little bird, would you tell me your sin
For which this punishment has been awarded to you?
Dekhe Na Teri Ankh Ne Fitrat Ke Isharat
Alas, you did not become a falcon;
Your eye did not perceive the directives of Nature.
Hai Jurm-e-Zaeefi Ki Saza Marg-e-Mafajat!
It is the eternal decree of the Judge sitting in Judgement on destinies—
That weakness is a crime punishable by death.
Lazomat – Iss Ke Qasaid Ka Majmooa Ha
(1). Iqbal’s note‐‐ Abu al ‘Ala al‐Ma‘arri, a famous Arabic poet.
(2). Iqbal’s note—Risala tul Ghufran is the title of a famous book by him.
(3). Iqbal’s note—Lazumat is the collection of his panegyrics.