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(Zarb-e-Kaleem-173) Intadab

Intadab
Tutelage

Kahan Farishta-e-Tehzeeb Ki Zaroorat Hai
Nahin Zamana-e-Hazir Ko Iss Mein Dushwari

It is not hard to find in present age
The place which needs cultureʹs angelic sage.

Jahan-e-Qimaar Nahin, Zan Tunk Labas Nahin
Jahan Haraam Batate Hain Shughal-e-Mai Khwari

Where dice and drink are both by law forbid,
And women keep their bodies fully hid.


Badan Mein Gharche Hai Ek Rooh-e-Na-Shakeeb-o-Umeeq
Tareeqa-e-Ab-o-Jad Se Nahin Hai Bezari

Although my body has a deep restless heart,
Yet forbearsʹ wont no disgust can impart.


Jusoor-o-Zeerak-o-Purdam Hai Bacha-e-Badwi
Nahin Hai Fiaz-e-Makatib Ka Chashma Jari

Although deprived of schoolʹs beneficial fount,
On Bedouin’s wit and courage we can count.

Nazarwaran-e-Farangi Ka Hai Yehi Fatwa
Woh Sarzameen Mein Madniyat Se Hai Abhi Aari!

The wise ʹmong Franks this verdict declare,
Of culture Arab lands are fully bare.

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