21ST Ramazan is the martyrdom anniversary of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the first Imam and fourth Caliph of Muslims. Thinker of The East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal who spear-headed the Muslim Renaissance in British India had a profound love for the progeny of Prophet (Pbuh). In one of his books, Asrar-e-Khudi, Iqbal had expressed his respectful love and admiration for Imam Ali (AS). Some of its extracts are reproduced below:
Muslim e awwal shahe mardan Ali
Ishq ra sarmaya e iman Ali
Ali is the first Muslim and the king of men, In Love’s eyes, Ali is the
Treasure of the faith.
Az wilae dood manish zinda um
Dar jahan misle guhar tabinda um
Devotion to his family inspires me with life, so I am shining like a pearl.
Az rukhe uo faal Paighambar grift
Millat e Haq az shikohish far grift
From Ali’s face, the Prophet drew many a fair omen, by his majesty the true religion is glorified.
Quwwat e deen e mubeen farmudaish
Kainaat aaen pizeer az doodaish
His commandments are the strength of Islam, all things pay allegiance to his House.
Mursal e Haq kard namish Bu Turab
Haq Yad Allah khawnad dar Ummul Kitab
The Apostle of God gave him the name Bu Turab (Father of soil), God in the Quran called him
The Hand of Allah
Sher e Haq ien khaak ra taskheer kard
Ien gile tareek ra akseer kard
Ali, The Lion of God subdued the body’s clay and transmuted this dark Earth to gold.
Murtaza kaz taigh e uo Haq raushan ast
Bu Turab az fathe aqleem e tan ast
Murtaza(a), by whose sword the splendor of truth was revealed, is named
Bu Turab from his conquest of the empire of body (clay).
Hark e dar afaaq gardad Bu Turab
Baaz gardanad za maghrib aftaab
Whosoever in the world if become a Bu Turab, turns back the Sun from West.
Zaire paaish ienja shikohe Khyber ast
Dast e uo Unja khaseem e Kauser ast
Here the Might of Khyber is under his feet and in Hereafter his hand will distribute the water of Kauser.
Az khud aagahi Yadullahi kunad
Az Yadullahi shahinshahi kunad
Through self-knowledge, he acts as God’s Hand and by virtue of being God’s Hand/ he reigns over every thing.
Zaat e uo darwaza e shahre uloom
Zair e farmanish Hijaz o Cheen o Room
He is the Gateway of the City of Knowledge; Arabia, China, and Greece are under his governance.
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