Edge of Nothing

I am nothing you are nothing every thing is nothing.


at the edge of nothing and beyond nothing
i found even more nothing
it is this nothing that holds the stars in their places
the same nothing that is between each cell in my body

that space where nothing exists where nothing is extinguished
that space of uncreating creation that space of indestructibility

the nothing that is in the span between sound and silence
that which is in the pause between the answer and another question

the space slightly above my skin
and that slightly below my skin
filled with the power of zero
expanding in opposite directions
to two different worlds
voids that feel familiar

the space between each eyelash
where dreams are trapped
and they mingle with tears
and it is in that space within the teardrop that i am
each time i cried that you made me feel like nothing
i now thank you immensely
from the…

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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


My mother’s dairy

This nazm (in her own hand writing) is in my mom’s diary which she left me over 60 years ago. I want to share it with my readers. The poet’s name is not known.


Na jaane phir meri jaan e haziN rahe na rahe

Ye rooh khaana e tan meiN rahe na rahe

Ye sar rahe na rahe ye jabeeN rahe na rahe

Hai khatm silsila e intezaar aa jaao

tumheN wafa ki qasam ek baar aa jaao

bara e naam bhi dil meiN sukooN ka naam nahiN

hayat e shauq  ka pahla sa wo nizaam nahiN

k subh, subh nahin koyi sham, sham nahiN

nahiN hai zeest ka kuchh etbaar aa jaao

tumheN wafa ki qasam ek baar aa jaao

main ashk o khooN mein daaman o dil bhigo bhi chukka

mataye sabr o sukoon o qarar kho bhi chukka

jo aah, hona tha anjaam e shauq hob hi chukka

k main huN hamaa tan inteshaar aa jao

tumheN wafa ki qasam ek baar aa jaao

[who knows if my sad life will survive

If my soul will remain inside my body

If this head, or this forehead will remain high]

[Come now (O beloved) as the waiting is over

 Just once, in the name of faithfulness, come]


[There is not a trace of peace in my heart

The Love life has lost its earlier regime

The morning is not the same, nor is the night

I am not sure of this life any more

Just once, in the name of faithfulness, come]


My dress is wet with my tears and blood

I have lost the treasure of peace and quiet

Alas, the inevitable end of love has happened

I am now in total disarray

Just once, in the name of faithfulness, come]



Posted by on October 29, 2016 in Meri Ammi ki diary se


Amir Khusro, Man Kunto Maula

Man Kunto Maula by Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali. Half an hour of pure bliss, if you may.

You will understand and enjoy more if you know the wording and their meaning. Note: Ali was the Prophet’s(PBUH) son in law)

1.The preliminary wordings   

Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar  

Lafatah illa Ali La Saif illa Zulfiqar.  

 {language: first line: Farsi,  second line: Arabic}


Shah-e-Mardan= King of men

Sher-e-Yazdan = lion of Allah

Quwat-e-Parwardigar = power of lord

Lafatah illa Ali = no victory without Ali

La Saif illa Zulfiqar.= no sword except zulfiqar (Ali’s sward)


2.(This piece is from the site:

Zahay izzo jalaale Bu Turaabe fakhre insaane
Ali al-Murtaza mushkil kushaye shere Yazdane

(The honour and valour of Abu Turab is the pride of mankind.
No doubt Ali al-Murtaza (K.W.K), helper in the time of need, is the Lion of God.)


[Abu Turab (Arabic: أبو تراب‎‎) or Father of Soil, is a title attributed to Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Caliph and Imam, and the fourth Sunni Caliph. According to narrations the title was given to Ali by Muhammad(PBUH), when he found Ali sleeping while covered with soil.]

These wordings are sung just before the main Amir Khusro’s poem.


3..The main Amir Khusro song “Mun kunto Maula...”

taken from: []


Man kunto Maula
Fa Ali-un Maula
Dara dil-e dara dil-e dar-e daani
Hum tum tanana nana
Nana nana ray
Yalali yalali yala
Yala yala ray…

~ By Amir Khusro    {language:First two lines: Arabic}


“Whoever accepts me as a master, Ali is his master too.”

(The above is a hadith – a saying of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Rest of the lines are tarana bols that are generally meaningless and are used for rhythmic chanting by Sufis.)



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Afrikan brick Art – by Charis Tsevis

Afrikan brick Art – by Charis Tsevis

wonderfully beautiful art.

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


BEGUM AKHTAR, mere ham nafas.

This is Shakil badayuni’s famous ghazal. It is in very simple language and can be related to by us all.

I like the translation offered by ‘Rekhta’ very much, as it is it self poetry. Never the less I would take liberty to expand a little here and there.

The link to ‘Rekhta” is

First listen to it by Begum Akhtar

image shayari for mere ham-nafas mere ham-nawa mujhe dost ban ke dagha na de main hun dard-e-ishq se jaan-ba-lab mujh...


My explanation.

  1. O my friend, though we breathe together and our voices echo together, please do not betray me feigning friendship.

The burning love has brought me near death, do not if you will wish me well.

  1. My wounded soul glows and the light it emits keeps me alive,

I fear you, though my healer, might end up blowing the flame out.

  1. O my healer, leave me alone if you will, I have little confidence in your healing

Your brief attention might actually cause my malady to worsen.

  1.  (Here a bulbul (bird) is speaking, worried about the garden which is her abode) I am confident that any fire from outside will not touch it, but I have a real fear that the “fire” from the roses might ignite and burn down the garden.
  2. Lo and behold the beloved is ready to dispense favour, O Shakil, where are you,

What is yours might be usurped by someone else I fear.

[Literally: Where are you O  Shakil, Your lover is up, ready with wine and cup,

I fear that the peg of wine which is yours someone else might put a hand on it.]









Posted by on September 29, 2016 in adab and literature, Urdu Poetry, videos



Note: This article is for the novice (you), by the novice (me) and of the novice (us). I will try to give a skeleton only (for simplicity) and for detailed discourse would like to direct you to

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam [After 1). Oneness of God, 2). 5 times daily prayer to Allah 3). fasting one month every year in Ramazan, 4). Zakat, 2.5 % of your savings given to poor.]

Hajj can only be done in the month of Zilhajj and on a particular day. Only in Mecca. All the other pillars can be performed wherever you are. The first three pillars deal with your own inner steadfastness and need no financial well being or being healthy. (1, 2, 3,). The 4th, Zakat, is for the wealthy only, the Hajj needs you to be healthy, wealthy, and have time. Hajj must be performed at least once in a life time if you meet the criteria. Zakat is once every year. [IF YOU ARE WEALTHY BY QUESTIONABLE MEANS, YOUR HAJJ AND/OR ZAKAT HAS NO MEANING]

Now Hajj is an exercise which combines physical exertion and spiritual meditation, together with monetary sacrifices.

Hajj is performed in Mecca, but a visit to Medinah (some 300 km north of Mecca), where our beloved prophet (PBUH) lies, though not part of Hajj, is very much desired and done by almost all hajis, except if you are pressed for time.

Hajj has been performed since ancient times but after the advent of Islam it has been regularized and made a pillar. Now the inside of Kaabah (cubical structure) is empty unlike before Islam when it housed many idols. The Kaabah has also been named by Allah as qiblah (a place to where you must face when praying). Before it, the mosque in Jerusalem used to be the qiblah. The muslims face the Kaabah, and go round it,  but DO NOT worship it. They all worship only Allah.

The Hajj comprises mostly of rituals that are done in remembrance of what  prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (AS), prophet Ismail and bibi Hajrah (Hagar) did many years ago. Also there is a ritual which is the continuation of a practice before Islam.

(i) ZAM ZAM : Ibrahim(AS) was sent by God to some other place and leave his wife Hajrah and his toddler son in the desert near Kaabah. He was very thirsty and Hajrah went in search of some water. In doing so she walked several times between two hills, Safa and Marwah, a distance of about 400 m. All the time keeping an eye on the child Ismail who was at a distance of some 30 m from Kaabah and some 40 m from Safa. In between these hills, there was a stretch of about 50 m, when her view was blocked by a mound and thus she ran for this stretch so as to see the child again. This happened every time she ran and on the seventh run, she saw that lo, there was water gushing from where the feet of Ismail were and she had to say “zam Zam” (stop), because the water was so much and could drown every thing around. This well is still there near the Kaabah and has been supplying water ever since.

(ii) SACRIFICE: Ibrahim (AS) was ordered by God to sacrifice the thing most dear to him and he found his son was most dear to him. He decided to obey his God and sacrifice his son Ismail. Ismail was very willing to go through the exercise. He took him to a place called Arafat some three km from Mecca for the sacrifice. On the way three times Satan tried to dissuade him and each time Ibrahim (AS) threw stones at him to make him go away. Finally at the last moment a ram (sheep) was miraculously replaced and Ismail was saved. God accepted his sacrifice.

TAWWAF: Going around the Kaabah keeping the Kaabah on your left, seven times is called tawwaf. This was practiced by the pilgrims even before Islam.

SA’YEE: Going seven times between hills Safa and Marwah, to remember Hajrah’s search for water.

QAYAAM: Spending the a day in Arafat

AHRAAM: Two (preferably white) pieces of clothes for men, and (any colour) full dress for women covering all body except face, hands and feet.

JAMARAAT: There are three pillars with a distance of about 50 m or so between them, between Mecca and Mina, These indicate the three times Satan tried to dissuade Ibrahim (AS) from doing the sacrifice of his son. Pilgrims throw stones at these pillars to remember those times.

SACRIFICE: giving sacrifice of an animal (goat, sheep etc), to remember Ibrahim’s sacrifice.


(1) NIYAT (saying that I intend to perform Hajj)

(2) Take a bath. Put on Ahram. Men must leave the head uncovered.

(3) arrive at Mecca

(4)Perform Tawwaf

(5) Perform Sa’yee

(6) wait in Mecca for the day when every one must go to Mina.(7 Zilhajj, Islamic month). Mina is about 3 km from Mecca. Stay in Mina till the 9th of Zilhajj.

(7) On the 9th Zilhajj, go to Arafat and spend the day there. (pray, pray, pray and/or rest)

(8) In the evening move to Muzdalfa (near by) and spend the night there in the open.(collect 3 sets of 21 small stones each (pea size) from Muzdalfa).

(9) In the morning on the 10th, go to Mecca and join the Eidul Adha prayer congregation.

(10) Come back to Mina and on the way throw stones on the three pillars one by one (7 stones each).Also come out of Ahram and wear normal clothes, Shave head.. (Men only). On this day or on any of the next three days, you may give sacrifice of an animal (goat, sheep etc.) to remember Ibrahim’s (AS) action.

(11) Stay in Minah for the next two days and  throw stones on the three pillars one by one (7 stones each) once each day.

(12) On the 3rd day, (On the 13th Zulhajj), come to Mecca and perform Tawwaf e Vidah (Parting Tawwaf) of the Kaabah.

(13) Go home.

Note: a visit to Medinah mosque and pray there for at least 8 days (may be more or less, depending on time available) can be done before or after the Hajj.

NOTE: Of all the procedures above, the one of staying the day in Arafat is called THE PROCEDURE and if any one just happens to be there for that day becomes a Haji, even if he missed all the other actions. On the other hand, missing Arafat means you have NOT done the hajj, even if you did all the others actions.

NOTE: The first 5 rituals, (namely niyat, ahram, arriving at Mecca, tawwaf and sa’yee) are called UMRAH (lesser hajj) and can be performed any time of the year.

NOTE:  I did my first hajj in 1979, and the second Hajj with my wife, in 2006. I have alhamdulillah done numerous (about 10) Umrahs. The last Umrah we did was in 2012.



























Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Quraan o Sunnat


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Dikhai Diye Yun Ke Bekhud Kiya – Mir Taqi Mir


Poet Mir Taqi Mir was the leading Urdu poet of the 18th century, and remains arguably the foremost name in Urdu poetry often remembered as Khuda-e-sukhan (god of poetry).
Given Below is one of his exquisite works which was also recited in one of our Mehfils.

Faqiraana aaye sadaa kar chale,
Miyaan khush raho hum dua kar chale.
Mendicant like i came and part
Praying that you be blessed.
Jo tujh bin jeene ko kahte the hum,
So is ahd ko ab wafa kar chale.
Without you i will not live
Behold, this pledge i now redeem
Koi naumidana karte nigah,
so tum ham se munh bhi chippa kar chale.
An unhopeful glance i could have cast,
But you hid your face walking me past.
Bahut aarzoo thi gali ki teri,
So yaan se lahu mein naha kar chale.
To visit your street, i deeply…

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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized