Tu Kareemi Man Kamina: A Poem of Mevlana Sung By Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Peace, one and all…


As regular visitors might know, I’ve posted this beautiful qawwal by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan here a number of times.  Sadiq, of the ever-beautiful Technology of the Heart, has posted a translation of the words, by Hz. Mevlana.

Enjoy and may all you do this day be blessed…

Tu Kareemi Man Kamina Barda Um
Laikin Az Lutf E Shuma Parwarda Um

Zindagi Aamad Bara’ay Bandagi
Zindagi Be Bandagi Sharmindagi

Yaad E Oo Sarmaya E Eeman Bo’ad
Har Gada Az Yaad E Oo Sultan Bo’ad

Sayyad O Sarwar Mohammad Noor E Jaan
Mehtar O Behtar Shafi E Mujrimaan

Choon Muhammad Pak E Shud Az Nar O Dood
Her Kaja Roo Karad Wajhullah Bood

Shahbaaz Lamakani Jaan E Oo
Rehmatal Lil Aalameen Dar Shaan E Oo

Mehtareen O Behtareen E Ambiyaah
Juz Muhammad Naist Dar Arz O Samaa

Aan Mohammad Hamid O Mahmoud Shud
Shakal E Abid, Sorat E Ma’bood Shud

Auliyah Allah O Allah Auliyah
Yani Deed E Peer Deed E Kibriyah

Her Ka Peer O Zaat Haqra Aik Na Deed
Nai Mureed O Nai Mureed O Nai Mureed

Maulvi Hargiz Na Shud Maula E Rum
Ta Ghulaam E Shams Tabraizi Na Shud


You are the Gracious One and I am the ignoble,
Now waiting at Your door Oh my Cherisher

With devotion life becomes beauteous,
And without, what is life but disgrace

Remembrance of Him is the foundation of faith,
Beggars transform into kings due to His Remembrance.

Liege lord, Oh Muhammad you are the light of our lives,
The mighty and the best intercessor of the wrong-doers

Since Muhammad was purified of worldly things,
Whatever direction He turned is found the Face of Allah

The noble soul of his is like a falcon of the highest heavens
Being ‘the mercy of the worlds’ is his eminence

The mightiest and the best of all Prophets is he,
Except Muhammad in land or sky there is none worthy

He is the praise of God, divinely praised in abundant
He is the reflection of God in the shape of a worshiping servant

The friends of God are like God because God is their friend
And in this way he who has seen his Master, has seen God’s Glory

If one doesn’t see his spiritual Master as reflection of God
He is not a disciple, not a disciple, not a disciple!

Mevlana could never be Mevlana Rumi
If he had not devoted himself to Shams e Tabrizi.


Source: One; Two

Ask olsun,
Abdur Rahman

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