Jawab e Shikwa English

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Jawab e Shikwa English is an effort to translate the original Urdu text of Jawab e Shikwa in English for better understanding of the lovers of Urdu language. Allam Iqbal produced great Urdu poetry. He was respected by people from all walks of life for his subtle, sublime, realistic and universal approach towards life. He wrote social poetry, religious poetry, political poetry, love poetry etc. But the most discussed of all his poetry remained Shikwa, the complaint, and Jawab e Shikwa, reply to the complaint. It is a well known fact that Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s reputation as a great poet seemed to be in trouble for a while when he published Shikwa without its sequel, the Jawab e Shikwa. With the publication of this poem, Iqbal’s poetic excellence earned greater respect. Jawab e Shikwa English is tribute to Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Where Shikwa was a plaint of a common Muslim of today, the Jawab e Shikwa was the reply of the God Almighty to the woes of suffering Muslims. Where John Milton wrote Paradise Lost to “Justify ways of God to men”, Iqbal wrote the poem to do the same but this time within the context of the woes of Muslims and their complaints. The meanings and scope of this poem could even be spread beyond Muslim sense but since the Shikwa was by a Muslim in the historical prospect; therefore, we tend to comment on it in a rather confined way. Within context of the two referred poems, Quotes of Milton, Quotes of Paradise Lost, Quotes of Allama Iqbal and Shikwa jawab e Shikwa remain widely referred.

Dil se jo baat nikalty hy asar rakhty hy,

English Translation of the first Verse of Jawab e Shikwa

Passionate prayers are always effective,
Though without wings, they may fly up to the heavens.

Qudasi al asal hy rifat pe nazar rakhti hy,

Qudasi al asal hy rifat pe nazar rakhti hy,
khat se uthati hy gurdon pe nazar rakhty hy

Second Verse of Jawab e Shikwa English

There is sacredness in man’s words; they rise up in search of heavenly attention,
Having beginnings in the dust, human prayer is heard by God Almighty.

Ishq tha fitna gar o sarkash o chalak mera,

Third Verse of Jawab e Shikwa English

So effective was my wild love that it proved clever and buoyant enough,
With its daring complaints, it pierced the layers of the sky.

Peer gurdon ne kaha sun ke kahen hy koi,