masjid-e qur:tubah
*stanza six*

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1) Ka'bah of the possessors of skill!
majesty of faith made visible!
 
ka((bah-e arbaab-e fan ! si:tvat-e diin-e mubii;N !
through you, of the rank of a holy place
[is] the Andalusians' land
 
tujh se ;haram-martabat a;Ndlusiyo;N kii zamii;N
     
2) if beneath the celestial sphere
there is your equal in beauty
 
hai tah-e girduu;N agar ;husn me;N terii na:ziir
it is in the heart of a Muslim
and is nowhere else
 
qalb-e musalmaa;N me;N hai aur nahii;N hai kahii;N !
     
3) ah! those men of Truth!
those Arab chevaliers!
 
aah vuh mardaan-e ;haq ! vuh ((arabii shah-savaar !
bearers of "the noble nature,"
possessors of righteousness and faith
 
;haamil-e " ;xulq-e ((a:ziim " , .saa.hib-e .sidq-o-yaqii;N

= 'The noble nature' is that of the Prophet; the phrase
is from the Qur'an, Surah al-Qalam, 4:68

   
     
4) through whose governance is revealed
this strange mystery
 
jin kii ;hukuumat se hai faash yih ramz-e ;Gariib
the kingship of the people of the heart
is abstemiousness, it is not royal
 
sul:tanat-e ahl-e dil faqr hai , shaahii nahii;N !
   
5) whose glances trained
the East and the West
 
jin kii nigaaho;N ne kii tarbiyat-e sharq-o-;Garb
in the darkness of Europe,
whose wisdom was road-seeing
 
:zulmat-e yuurup me;N thii jin kii ;xirad raah-bii;N
     
6) by means of whose blood
still today the Andalusians are
 
jin kii lahuu kii :tufail aaj bhii hai;N a;Ndlusii
glad-hearted and warmly congenial,
simple and bright-faced
 
;xvush-dil-o-garm-i;xtilaa:t , saadah-o-raushan-jabii;N
     
7) still today, in that country,
gazelle-eyes are common
 
aaj bhii us des me;N ((aam hai chashm-e ;Gazaal
and the arrows of glances
still today are heart-piercing
 
aur nigaaho;N ke tiir aaj bhii hai;N dil-nashii;N
     
8) the scent of Yemen, still today, is in its breezes
 
buu-e yaman aaj bhii us ki havaa))o;N me;N hai !
the color/mood of the Hijaz, still today, is in its tunes/voices  
rang-e ;hijaaz aaj bhii us kii navaa))o;N me;N hai !
   

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