Ghazal 14, Verse 10


us kii ummat me;N huu;N mai;N mere rahe;N kyuu;N kaam band
vaas:te jis shah ke ;Gaalib gunbad-e be-dar khulaa

1) I am in his community-- why would my projects/desires remain unfulfilled/'closed'?--
2) that King [the Prophet] for the sake of whom, Ghalib, the doorless dome opened


ummat : 'People, religious sect, people of the same religion; followers; race, nation; caste; creed, religion'. (Platts p.81)


band : 'Fastened, tied up, bound; shut, closed, stopped, stopped up, cut off; prevented, hindered, barred, checked, restrained, suppressed'. (Platts p.169)


That is, in the night of the Mi'raj [when the Prophet went up to paradise]. (15)

== Nazm page 15

Bekhud Dihlavi:

This closing-verse is a 'poem in praise of the Prophet' [na((tiyah]. How beautifully the event of the Mi'raj has been depicted, and in such a brief phrase! (31)

Bekhud Mohani:

Oh Ghalib, I am of the community of that Prophet, for whom on the night of the Mi'raj the door of a doorless house like the sky was opened. Then how can my work, which is related to the earth, remain shut down? (33)


ISLAMIC: {10,2}

A resonant closing-verse for a ghazal with a wide range and several superb verses in it. The wordplay of opening and closing creates a satisfying smack of finality and closure: the first line ends with 'closed', the second with 'opened'. Then, to describe the heavens as the 'doorless' dome is a perfect finishing touch.

But the first line, being inshaa))iyah, in fact leaves us with a question. Indeed, why would Ghalib's tasks, or projects, or desires, remain 'closed' and unfulfilled? Yet the form of the question clearly implies that they might. The response (from God?) to the question might be not a reassurance, but a reason why he could not attain what he wished.

As Faruqi has often pointed out to me, whatever may have been Ghalib's personal religious beliefs, in his poetry he often shows 'mischievousness' toward God, but is never other than respectful toward the Prophet and his family, especially Hazrat Ali (see for example {98,1}). The 'doorless dome' of the sky opened for the Prophet during the Mi'raj, his nighttime ascent to Paradise.