Tamam Arif-O-Ami Khudi Se Begana

Tamam Arif-O-Ami Khudi Se Begana

Tamam Arif-O-Ami Khudi Se Begana
Koi Bataye Ye Masjid Hai Ya K Maikhana

All high and low are unaware of khudi:
is it a mosque or tavern?

Ye Raaz Hum Se Chupaya Hai Meer Waaiz Ne
Ke Khud Haram Hai Charagh-E-Haram Ka Parwana

The head preacher has withheld this secret from us:
the Harem itself is the moth moving round Harem’s lamp.

Tilism-E-Bekhabri, Kafari-O-Deendari
Hadees-E-Sheikh-O-Barhaman Fusoon-O-Afsana

Faith and kufr, only talisman of ignorance,
talking of Shaykh and Brahman is all myth;

Naseeb-E-Khitta Ho Ya Rab Woh Band’ay Darvesh
Ke Jis Ke Faqr Mein Andaz Hon Kaleemana

O God, may the valley have a dervish
Whose faqr works Moses‐like;

Chupay Rahain Ge Zamane Ki Ankh Se Kab Tak
Guhar Hain Aab-E-Woolar Ke Tamam Yakdana

How long would they remain hidden from the world?
The unique gems that the Wooler Lake has in its depth.

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