Na Tu Zameen Ke Liye Hai Na Asman Ke Liye
Jahan Hai Tere Liye, Tu Nahin Jahan Ke Liye
You are neither for the earth nor for the heaven,
The world is for you, and not you for the world.
Ye Aqal-o-Dil Hain Sharar Shola-e-Mohabbat Ke
Woh Khaar-o-Khs Ke Liye Hai, Ye Neetan Ke Liye
The sparks Reason and Heart are shed of the flame of Love:
That one to burn the straw, this one for burning the field of reeds.
Maqam-e-Parwarish-e-Aah-o-Nala Hai Ye Chaman
Na Sair-e-Gul Ke Liye Hai Na Ashiyan Ke Liye
This garden is for painful strains:
Neither for enjoying the roses nor for making a nest.
Rahe Ga Ravi-o-Neel-o-Firat Mein Kab Tak
Tera Safina Ke Hai Behar-e-Bekaran Ke Liye!
How long, while your ship remains in Ravi, Nile and Euphrates?
When it is meant for the Ocean, which knows no bounds.
Nishan-e-Rah Dikhate The Jo Sitaron Ko
Taras Gye Hain Kisi Mard-e-Rah Daan Ke Liye
Once who were beacons to the brightest stars,
Have long been awaiting a guide to show them the way now.
Nigah Buland, Sukhan Dil Nawaz, Jaan Pursouz
Yehi Hai Rakht-e-Safar Mir-e-Karwan Ke Liye
High ambition, winsome speech, a passionate soul,
This is all the luggage for a leader of the Caravan.
Zara Si Baat Thi, Andaisha-e-Ajam Ne Isse
Barha Diya Hai Faqat Zaib-e-Dastan Ke Liye
It was a plain and simple truth but the imagination of the Persian mind
Has confounded it with the poetic license.
Mere Gulu Mein Hai Ek Naghma Jibreel Ashob
Sanbhal Kar Jise Rakha Hai La-Makan Ke Liye
I am saving a song for the Place-less Realm,
A song that could shake even the trusty Gabriel.