The Way Of Islam
Bataun Tujh Ko Musalman Ki Zindagi Kya Hai
Ye Hai Nihayat-e-Andesha-o-Kamal-e-Junoon
What, shall I tell you then, is a Muslim’s life?
Ecstasy’s summit joined with profoundest thought!
Tulu Hai Sift-e-Aftab Iss Ka Ghuroor
Yagana Aur Misal-e-Zamana Goo-Na-Goon!
Even its setting flames like a rising sun;
Single its hue, yet manifold age by age;
Na Iss Mein Asr-e-Rawan Ki Haya Se Bezari
Na Iss Mein Ehd-e-Kuhan Ke Fasana-o-Afsoon
Neither with those times sharing their scorn of virtue.
Nor with times past their bondage to myth and magic,
Haqaeeq-e-Abdi Par Asas Hai Iss Ki
Ye Zindagi Hai, Nahin Hai Tilism-e-Aflatoon!
Firm on eternal verity’s bedrock standing,
Here is true life, no airy conceit of Plato!
Anasir Iss Ke Hain Rooh-Ul-Quds Ka Zauq-e-Jamal
Ajam Ka Husn-e-Tabiat, Arab Ka Souz-e-Darun!
Love, that the Spirit harbors, of loveliness mingles amid its elements
with Iran’s beauty of mind, Arabia’s inward fire.