Help wanted! Can anyone complete/correct this couplet of Iqbal's for me?

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by abu Hasan, Jan 8, 2007.

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  1. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    this couplet is quite straightforward.

    here zarb-e-yadullahi is used as a metaphor for holding fast unto the prophet's sunnah. sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam. this is derived from the verse: yadullaha fawqa aydihim / Allah aids those hands [which have sworn fealty upon the prophets]

    the hands here are of those companions who did bay'ah or swore fealty to RasulAllah. and a tangential reference that by doing so, they promised to fight - whether their own nafs or the enemy on the battlefield.

    and sajdah-e-shabbiri is a metaphor for sacrifice, martyrdom or intense worship. because sayyiduna Husayn raDiyallahu anhu, also known as shabbir was martyred when he bowed down to prostrate - and even in karbala, in such intense trial, he did not forsake prayer.

    so the couplet means:

    there are only two gems for a muslim
    that of following the prophet and worshipping Allah at all times


    there are only two gems for a muslim
    the enthusiasm to strive and the spirit to sacrifice.

    fa'afham wAllahu ta'ala a'alam.
  2. jazakallah! I also thought it was more likely to be yadullahi!

  3. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    i did a quick google and i think it's yadullahi
  4. abu nibras

    abu nibras Staff Member

    dont know but asadullahi wont fit by the meter.
  5. :s1:

    Allama Muhammad Iqbal wrote:

    Islam kay daaman mein bas do hii tau gauhar hain
    Ik zarb-e-Yadullahi (?), ik sajdah -e Shabbiri!

    I am not sure if the word is Yadullahi or Asad-ilaahi--the rest I am sure of.
    Someone please help!

    In any case the translation becomes:

    In the bosom of Islam there are only two pearls:
    The blow of The Lion of God and the prostration of Hussain!

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