masjid-e qur:tubah
*stanza four*

1) your beauty and grandeur,
proof of the man of the Lord
teraa jamaal-o-jalaal , mard-e ;xudaa kii daliil
he too, grand and beautiful,
you too, grand and beautiful
vuh bhii jaliil-o-jamiil , tuu bhii jaliil-o-jamiil
2) your foundation firm,
your pillars innumerable
terii binaa paa))edaar , tere sutuu;N be-shumaar
as would be, in the desert of Syria,
a grove of date-palms
shaam ke .sa;hraa me;N ho jaise hujuum-e na;xiil !
3) on your door and roof
the light of the Auspicious Valley
tire dar-o-baam par vaadii-e aiman kaa nuur
your lofty minaret
the manifestation-place of Gabriel
teraa minaar-e buland jalvah-gah-e jibra))iil
= The 'Auspicious Valley' is where the Prophet had
his first divine revelation from the angel Gabriel
4) [he] can never become erased,
the Muslim man, for
mi;T nahii;N saktaa kabhii mard-e musalmaa;N , kih hai
from his calls to prayer is revealed
the mystery of Moses and Abraham
us kii a;zaano;N se faash sirr-e kaliim-o-;xaliil !

= The mard-e musalmaan is definitely masculine;
unlike insaan or (in traditional usage) aadmii ,
mard doesn't include women. Iqbal had very little
to say about women, and literally nothing to say
to them (or to non-Muslims, for that matter).

= kaliimull;aah , the 'Speaker with God', is Moses;
and ;xaliilull;aah , the 'Friend of God', is Abraham.

5) his land without boundaries,
his horizon without borders
us kii zamii;N be-;huduud , us kaa afaq be-;su;Guur
the waves of his ocean,
the Tigris and the Danube and the Nile
us ke samundar kii mauj , dajlah-o-danyuub-o-niil !
6) his times are extraordinary,
his stories strange
us ke zamaane ((ajiib , us ke fasaane ;Gariib
to the old era he gave
the message of departure
((ahd-e kuhan ko diyaa us ne payaam-e ra;hiil !
7) cupbearer of the possessors of taste,
horseman of the field of ardor
saaqii-e arbaab-e ;zauq , faaris-e maidaan-e shauq
his wine is pure,
his sword is well-made
baadah hai us kaa ra;hiiq , te;G hai us kii a.siil !
8) he is a soldier,
his every atom is 'la-ilah'
mard-e sipaahii hai vuh , us kii zarah laa-il;aah
in the shadow of the sword
his refuge is 'la-ilah'
saayah-e shamshiir me;N us kii panah laa-il;aah
= 'la-ilah' is the beginning of the Muslim
confession of faith, 'There is no God but God,
and Muhammad is the Prophet of God'.

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