لا دینی ولاطینی کس پیچ میں الجھا تو

(Zarb-e-Kaleem-197) La Deeni-o-La Teeni, Kis Paich Mein Uljha Tu



La Deeni-o-La-Teeyni, Ks Paich Mein Uljha Tu
Daru Hai Zaeefon Ka ‘La Ghaliba-Illah Hu’

Secularism and Latin script! What a meaningless controversy!
The panacea for the weak is: Naught is powerful except God.

Sayyad-e-Maani Ko Yourap Se Hai Naumeedi
Dilkash Hai Faza, Lekin Be-Nafah Tamam Aahu

Those interested in spirit are despaired of Europe;
The atmosphere there is pleasant but its deer is without musk.

Be Ashak-e-Sehargahi Taqweem-e-Khudi Mushkil
Ye Lala-e-Paikani Khaushtar Hai Kinar-e-Ju

Khudi hardly becomes strong without morning tears:
This arrow‐shaped tulip can well grow by the riverside.

Sayyad Hai Kafir Ka, Nachcheer Hai Momin Ka
Ye Dair-e-Kuhan Yani Butkhana-e-Rang-o-Bu

This old tavern, the world of smell and colour,
Is the hunter of the unbeliever but the prey of the believer.

Ae Sheikh, Ameeron Ko Masjid Se Nikalwa De
Hai Un Ki Namazon Se Mehraab Tursh Aabru

O Shaykh, get these rich people out of the mosque!
The niche is sour‐faced at their prayers!

Allama Iqbal- poet of the East.

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