A Conversation In Paradise
Haali Se Mukhatib Huwe Yun Saadi-e-Sheeraz
Hatif said to me that in Paradise one day
Sa’di of Shiraz addressed Hali in this way
Daman Ba Charagh-e-Mah-o-Akhtar Zada Aee Baaz!
“O with the pearl of whose poetry’s sky-illuminating light
The falcon became companion of moon and stars’ light!
Wa Mandah-e-Manzil Hai Ke Masroof-e-Tag-o-Taaz
Relate to me what the story of the Indian Muslim is
Is he lagging at the halt or busy in exertion is?
Thi Jis Ki Falak Souz Kabhi Garmi-e-Awaz
Is some warmth of din left in his veins?
The heat of whose call was once burning the sky”
Ro Ro Ke Laga Kehne K "Ae Sahib-e-Ijaz
Hali was moved by the talk of the Shaikh
He started weeping and saying, “O man of miracles!
Ayi Ye Sada, Pao Ge Taleem Se Azaaz
When the sky turned over the leaf of time
The call came that respect was possible only with education!
Dunya To Mili, Taeer-e-Deen Kar Gya Parwaz
But this has produced wavering in fundamental beliefs
Secular benefits were obtained, but din had been undermined
Fitrat Hai Jawanon Ki Zameen-Geer, Zameen Taza
Goals also become exalted if the din is preserved
The youth’s nature is paralyzed and very low keyed
Deen Zakhma Hai, Jamiat-e-Millat Hai Agar Saaz
Concordance among individuals is kept only with din
Din is the plectrum if national congregation is the musical instrument
Zahir Hai Ke Anjaam-e-Gulistan Ka Hai Aghaz
If the foundation of the garden’s wall is shaken
It is clearly the beginning of the garden’s end
Paida Hain Nayi Poud Mein Ilhaad Ke Andaz
As the water of Zamzam was not available to it
Some manner of atheism is appearing in the new progeny
Samjhain Na Kahin Hind Ke Muslim Mujhe Ghammaz
Do not talk of this in the audience of the Lord of Yathrib
Lest Muslims of India consider that this is my back‐biting”
Deeba Natawan Bafat Azan Pashem Ke Rashteeam”
Dates cannot be obtained from the weeds we have sown
Brocade cannot be obtained from the wool we have spun”