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(Bang-e-Dra-169) Kabhi Ae Haqiqat-e-Muntazir ! Nazar Aa Libas-e-Mijaaz Mein

Kabhi Ae Haqiqat-e-Muntazir! Nazar Aa Libas-e-Majaz Mein
Ke Hazar Sajde Tarap Rahe Hain Meri Jabeen-e-Niaz Mein

For once, O awaited Reality, reveal Yourself in a form material,
For a thousand prostrations are quivering eagerly in my submissive brow.

Tarb Ashnaye Kharosh Ho, Tu Nawa Hai Mehram-e-Gosh Ho
Woh Surood Kya Ke Chupa Huwa Ho Sakoot-e-Parda-e-Saaz Mein

Know the pleasure of tumult: thou art a tune consort with the ear!
What is that melody worth, which hides itself in the silent chords of the harp.

Tu Bacha Bacha Ke Na Rakh Isse, Tera Aaeena Hai Woh Aaeena
Ke Shikast Ho To Aziz Tar Hai Nigah-e-Aaeena Saaz Mein

Do not try to protect them, your mirror is the mirror
Which would be dearer in the Maker's eye if they broken are

Dam-e-Tof Karmak-e-Shama Ne Ye Kaha Ke Woh Asar-e-Kuhan
Na Teri Hikayat-e-Souz Mein, Na Meri Hadees-e-Gudaz Mein

During circumambulation the moth exclaimed, "Those past effects
Neither in your story of pathos, nor in my tale of love are"

Na Kaheen Jahan Mein Aman Mili, Jo Aman Mili To Kahan Mili
Mere Jurm-e-Khana Kharab Ko Tere Ufuw-e-Banda Nawaz Mein

My dark misdeeds found no refuge in the wide world—
The only refuge they found was in Your Gracious Forgiveness

Na Woh Ishq Mein Raheen Garmiyaan, Na Woh Husn Mein Raheen Shaukiyan
Na Woh Ghaznavi Mein Tarap Rahi, Na Kham Hai Zulf-e-Ayaz Mein

Neither love has that warmth, nor beauty has that humour
Neither that restlessness in Ghaznavi nor those curls in the hair locks of Ayaz are,

Jo Mein Sar Basajda Huwa Kabhi To Zameen Se Ane Lagi Sada
Tera Dil To Hai Sanam Ashna, Tujhe Kya Mile Ga Namaz Mein

Even as I laid down my head in prostration a cry arose from the ground:
Your heart is in materialism, no rewards for your prayers are.

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  1. Kabhi Ae Haqiqat-e-Mutazir! Nazar Aa Libas-e-Majaz Mein
    Ke Hazar Sajde Tarap Rahe Hain Meri Jabeen-e-Niaz Mein

    For once, O awaited Reality, reveal Thyself in a form material,
    For a thousand prostrations are quivering eagerly in my submissive brow.


    The word 'Majaz' should have a better translation to English. Can you please use a better alternative and explain the meaning of this verse.

    Like who is the most awaited reality in it and why Iqbal is waiting for this reality to appear in the clothes of 'Majaz'

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    1. AOA

      Majaz here means material form (visible form). Iqbal is saying Allah show me urself in a visible form so that i offer thousands prostrations to you. Iqbal is the poet who have many poems in which he talks as two persons like shikwa jawab-e-shikwa, he himself first complaint to God and then writes reply by God and negates his complaint in 'shikwa'.

      If you read whole poem u will see in first verse says
      Allah show me yourself in visible form and then after that in many verses he is saying that love has lost purity and madness why a lover should need the proof of existence of beloved if he truly loves him.

      The last verse is the reply in itself of your question. Try to read the first and last verses together.

      Kabhi Ae Haqiqat-e-Mutazir! Nazar Aa Libas-e-Majaz Mein
      Ke Hazar Sajde Tarap Rahe Hain Meri Jabeen-e-Niaz Mein
      Jo Mein Sar Basajda Huwa Kabhi To Zameen Se Ane Lagi Sada
      Tera Dil To Hai Sanam Ashna, Tujhe Kya Mile Ga Namaz Mein

      O awaited reality for once show urself in material (visible) form as thousands of prostrations are quivering in my submissive forehead and (the reply to negate his own words)
      when i laid down my head for prostration i heard a voice from earth 'your heart is in materialism' no rewards for your prayers are.

      Shamzeela Khan

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    2. Excellent explanantion . thank you.

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    3. mujha ap ke explanation buht zbrdst lagi hay...me ap ka blog visit karna chahta houn kia koi hay??

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    4. WkAssalam,
      What a nice explanation

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    5. Nice explanation ...

      JazaakALLAH

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  2. In the line: Na Woh Ghaznavi Mein Tarap Rahi, Na Kham Hai Zulf-e-Ayaz Mein, who is Ayaz?

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    1. Ayaz, Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi ka ghulam tha jis ki wafadari aur zahanat mashoor hai

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    2. Jazakallah

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    3. Can you please tell me what is "zulf e Ayaz" ? Ayaz is obviously male ! What is the Allama trying to convey ?

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    4. The sunnat for male muslims is that their hear is combed backwards till the end of his ears. This is called here as zulf.

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    5. Ayaz was so dear to Gaznavi that he is considered Gaznavi's Mahboob(beloved). It doesn't matter if He had long hair or not, because "Kham hai zulf-e-Ayaz meN" is just an example to show the blandishments of a beloved. Iqbal says "Neither a Lover has his restlessness nor a Beloved has those blandishments"
      Here, Gaznavi is lover and Ayaz is beloved, It has nothing to do with his hair actually.

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    6. Nice explanation Vipul.

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    7. Aik he saff mai khare ho gye mehmood o ayaz
      Na koi bnda raha na banda e nawaz

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    8. 'Na woh Ghaznavi ki tarap rahi na woh Kham hai Zulf-e-Ayaaz mein'
      'Zulf' means Sword and 'Kham' means sharpness. Hope this will put into perspective of what Iqbal meant.

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    9. 'Zulf' means Sword and not Hair. 'Kham' means Sharpness.
      Now when you read 'Na woh Ghaznavi ki Tarap rahi na woh Kham hai Zulf-e-Ayaaz mein'. Makes sense?

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    10. Well are you aware of the old traditions where hair symbolized a man's honour. I think since since ayaz was Gaznavi'sloyal servant this symbolism refers to the obedience and humbleness of a servant before his master. For a slave his master's honor is his honour and how master's will is his will. Nothing offense, in fact it is a requirement of true loyalty. What I gather from what Iqbal is trying to say here is that this true sense of loyalty of bending your will to your master's will is pretty much lacking today. So in subject when this whole poem or gazal is a symbolism between Allah SWT and a believer the comparison of Gaznavi and Ayaz fit in place.

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    11. Wah wah!! Zabardast
      It seems closest to the truth:
      You are on the right path to Allah.:).

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  3. in the line "kabhi aye haqiqat-e-muntazir" is it muntazar or muntazir(with 'zair') in urdu??

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    1. Its Muntazir in Urdu, telling you after checking Urdu dictionary.

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    2. sir i think it is "muntazur" not "muntazir" . Muntazir us shakhs ko kha jata he jo intezar me ho, jb keh "muntazur" usy kha jata he jis ka intezar kia ja rha ho.

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    3. It is "Muntazar". It means something awaited.

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    4. It's MUNTAZUR.
      HAQEEQAT E MUNTAZUR= AWAITED REALITY
      HAQEEQAT E MUNTAZIR= WAITING FOR REALITY

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  4. can u give me the meaning of this poem..i mean wat the poet actually trying to say

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    1. go educate your self

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  5. www.whirlingpoet.wordpress.com
    A Poetry Mysticism blog

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  6. Ayaz was Mohd Gaznavi's catomite

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  7. Mujay as such koi urdu to nahi ati per is kalaam me attraction he otne hay k buss kia he kahoun

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    1. how deep it is jitna ohoro utna mza ata hy

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  8. Na Kaheen Jahan Mein Aman Mili, Jo Aman Mili To Kahan Mili
    Mere Jurm-e-Khana Kharab Ko Tere Ufuw-e-Banda Nawaz Mein....

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  9. Listen what Iqbal has said in this poem is first he complains Allah, If You exist truely then come along and let me see You myself. And O Almighty i have alot of prayers and sujood to do before You but i want to see you before so that i may be sure whether You exist or not.
    then he says that One should get familiar with uncertain or confused rythms and should not be like making melody very friendly to ears... because there is no sense of ur love when you cant hear to your Lover in a large crowd..everybody hears to his/her Lover when there is complete silence. It pleases only when you can recognize your lover in a huge large crowd..like we should realize Allah though there is crowd (nafs etc).
    Next Iqbal says that if you are not a liar and always speak the truth then you should not hide such a clean heart because even if it gets weird its value will increase in the eyes of Maker.
    Next Iqbal says that a moth told him that whatever has happened in past has nothing to do with your sad story and nor with with its love story
    Then iqbal says that all my misdeeds found me no place where i could have sought peace and the only refuge was Allah's forgiveness
    Iqbal complains again that i cant see the warmth, as it used to be before, in love neither can i see the charm in beauties You created. and so i cannot see the love of Sultan mehmood ghaznzvi for his slave Ayaaz and neither can i see the devotion of Ayaaz for the king..(i tell you one example of their love and devotion Sultan Mahmud would respect Ayyaz for his wisdom even though he was a servant. This made the ministers and other people of high positions very jealous of Ayyaz. They talked wrong against him and started a rumour that Ayyaz was nothing but a fool. The king came to know of this and he decided to prove to them who were the real fools. An announcement was made to all the people that the King will distribute his belongings on a particular date. Whatever a person touch will become his on that day. When the day came, many people appeared by the king's palace. The king made his announcement again that a person can have whatever he touches. The door was opened and everyone ran to touch whatever was of value in the palace. Some touched jewelery of gold while others touched fancy furnitures, etc. But Ayyaz was just standing by the king and was not touching anything. People thought that Ayyaz was crazy as he wasn't taking advantage of this great event. Now, Ayyaz asked the king if the announcement he made was certain. The king said "Yes, whatever you touch is yours." Immediately, Ayyaz placed his right hand on the king's head and the left hand on his shoulder. He then shouted, "Listen everyone. I was waiting for this moment to aquire the most expensive thing. All of you took whatever the king possessed, but you forgot about the owner of all these, which is the king himself. I hereby declare that my hands are on the king, so the king is mine. You cannot remove one thing from this palace because I am the owner of all these now." After hearing this from Ayyaz, everyone realized that actually, Ayyaz is the only smart one and everyone else was in error.

    Today people are only running after the creations but, very few are running towards the Creator Himself. If Allah, the King of all kings, becomes our Friend then what else do we need? )
    In last Iqbal answers himself that i was abt to do a sajda when i heard a sound coming out the ground and it said that O Iqbal do you think this sajda will do good to you!! No because your heart is already filled with idols go get it cleaned and then come back!!!!
    From Ammar Ahmad

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    1. thanks alot brother..jazakAllah...:)

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    2. very very very much thanks to you ammar ahmad.MASHAALLAH ,from noman ul haq

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  10. Ammar ! Hats off brother.
    Wasil

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  11. Ma sha allah both sister Shamzeela Khan and brother Ammar Ahmad has replied in a very appropriate manner with clear translation for understanding for those who do not understand "FASI URDU". Reply Mohammad Abdul Salam

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  12. Thank you for posting this translation. I have quoted your translation at http://meccastars.com/2013/04/01/kabhi-ae-haqiqat-e-muntazir-by-sir-muhammad-allama-iqbal/ .

    May Allah bless you.

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  13. Suggesting change: 'Humour' with 'Delight' for 'Shoukiyaan'.

    And thanks for the beautiful post.

    JazakAllah.

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  14. how to reply someone after listening to his shayari???

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  15. There is an answer to this Nazm of Alama Iqbsal. Answer from someone who knowd where to find Allah. Search for the Natm "mujhe dekh taalibe muntazir". A beautiful and hearttouching answer.

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  16. Zuban per jaari hardam word e Ali hai Iqbal
    Keh rooh ki pyaas bujhti hai is nageenay se
    Poochhtay kya ho mazhab e Iqbal
    Ye gunahgaar Bu Turaabi hai

    As Allama M Iqbal from Baqyaat e Iqbal.
    Be shak Bab ul Ilm ka aashiq bhe aik Wali hai.

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  17. The words of wisdom are for those to understand who have the power of wisdom and not for everyone. So his words were full of wisdom for special people to get understood not for aera ghaira.

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  18. Waqai aik La Mehdood Hasti ko kyun Iqbal Mehdood kerna chahay ga Labaas e Majaaz main. Ye koi aur hai jis ka Kai sajday Intezar kr rahay gain man aankhon se jo Allah k hukam se zaahir ho ga aur bohot se aankhon me sammnay dallay ghaflat k parday uthaae ga. Rab ki zaat tau dil main mojood hai bhallah rab ka bhee koi intezaar krta hai. Jab dil chahay Rab se baat krna hai tau Namaz parho aur jab dil chahy rab tum se baat karay tau Qur'an parho. Muntazar who hai jis ke intezar main Muntazir hum sab hain.

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  19. There is a pretty good version of this sung by Asha Bhosle for an old Hindi film.

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  20. Dam-e-Tof Karmak-e-Shama Ne Ye Kaha Ke Woh Asar-e-Kuhan
    Na Teri Hikayat-e-Souz Mein, Na Meri Hadees-e-Gudaz Mein
    can any one translate it like shamzeela khan

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    1. During circumambulation the moth exclaimed, "Those past effects, Neither in your story of pathos, nor in my tale of love are",
      parwana shama ka tawaf kartey hoey kehta hai k ab tumharey gham me aur mere ishq me wo baat hi nahi rahi jo kabi howa karti thi.... yani pehley shama parwaney k liye jalti thi aur parwana us k ishq me jal jal k mar jana pasand karta tha. matlab k jo insan Allah se sacha ishq karta hai wo Allah ki raza aur khushnoodi hasil karney k liye apni zaat ko kahen pechey bhool ata hai aur Allah ki raza hi uski raza hoti hai aur aisey logon k liye Allah ne farmaya hai k me us ka hath, kaan, dil, zuban aur ankhen ban jata hun yani uska har kam meri raza se hota hai.... ye sb purani baten hen ab insaan ki apney rab se mohabbat wo nahi rahi is liye Allah b kese insaan ki duaen qabool kar le.....

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  21. Excellent posts, using the forum as a teaching aid. With all due respect, we have misundertood iqbal's message. With his gifted intellect, Iqbal clearly understood that he can not expect Allah to appear before him. He would not dare make the mistake of thinking about Allah in the material form. We are underestimating Iqbal's brilliance. He is referring to someone else. In fact, I will admit I made the similar mistake before a more wise scholar corrected me. I will leave you to ponder and encourage you to dig a bit deeper.

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  22. جزاک اللہ خیر۔۔۔

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  23. dame toq karmak please explain

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  24. Saliha Khan22 April 2014 03:46 and Anonymous19 June 2014 02:15

    I will make an attempt.

    First the words.
    Dam-e-Tof : dam as in at the instant of. Tof as in tawaf. So dam-e-tof means at the time of tawaf.
    Karmak- Or kirmak: From kiram meaning insect. Kirmak being a small insect.
    Asar-e-kuhan: Asar as in effect. Kuhan meaning old.
    Hikayat-e-souz: Hikayat is story souz is sad. Hikayat-e-souz is sad, soulful story.
    Hadees-Gudaz:Hadees is narration, bayan. Gudaz is appealing to the heart.

    Now I will copy paste the original translation. Read the words in the context of the word meanings I have stated above and it might make more sense:

    Dam-e-Tof Karmak-e-Shama Ne Ye Kaha Ke Woh Asar-e-Kuhan
    Na Teri Hikayat-e-Souz Mein, Na Meri Hadees-e-Gudaz Mein

    During circumambulation the moth exclaimed, "Those past effects
    Neither in your story of pathos, nor in my tale of love are"

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  25. Dam-e-Tof Karmak-e-Shama Ne Ye Kaha Ke Woh Asar-e-Kuhan
    Na Teri Hikayat-e-Souz Mein, Na Meri Hadees-e-Gudaz Mein

    Can any explain me the meaning and elaboration of this couplet? (in simple urdu or english)

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  26. the person who is saying that we are underestimating iqbal's brilliance! first of all mate we cant even estimate his brilliance so ur comment that iqbal is referring to something or someone else is quite wrong and out of place.

    this has been the interpretation of this verse for many years and if a person thinks that he can come up with a new one well good luck and the space is yours but dont say that iqbal was naive to ask Allah to come to him in a real material form or shape bcz that is what he is saying. period. and if a molvi says that iqbal is wrong there and the interpretation is wrong then we all know what the view of iqbal towards mulla was.
    so dont post rubbish ideas without any proper thoughts think twice before posting and know ur history

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