a couplet by iqbal

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by tazkiyya2003, Jan 19, 2007.

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  1. tazkiyya2003

    tazkiyya2003 Active Member


    This reminds me of something shaykh hamza said in b'ham some years ago.
    He said many years ago(i think centuries) a man walked into a masjid.he was an aalim.But he had an ijtihaadi type mentality.
    So he started saying...imaam malik said.. this/. but he made an error..
    and maalik said this but he made an error..
    and maalik said such and such and he made an error.

    So another big aalim was present.

    And he was asked about this
    And he said
    the example of this man
    is like that of a man who goes and stands in front of the sea
    and he urinates making A PUddle.
    and he says...pointing to his puddle -there's one ocean and theres my ocean
  2. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    our master sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam said speak good or remain silent.

    the couplet is good; the timing excellent
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2007
  3. :s1:

    beautiful couplet. I think in this context zarf may be best translated as 'capacity'.

    The silence of the ocean says to the roaring river:
    The greater one's capacity, the more quiet one is!
  4. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    kah raha hai shor e dariya se samundar ka sukuut
    jis ka jitna zarf hai utna hi woh khamosh hai

    the quiet ocean tells the roaring river,
    loftier the character, greater the silence.

    the calmness of ocean tells the roaring of the river,
    one's silence is as great as one's character

    [zarf is not an easy to translate; character means many things among which is composition, trait, quality and reputation]
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2007

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