Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua
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One of the masterpieces by Dr. Mohammad Iqbal (1877-1938) includes this dua (prayer) which asks God to bless us with love for the entire world, love for one’s country, love for knowledge that becomes a blessing for the entire mankind and lastly, compassion for all human beings.
Dr. Mohammad Iqbal is referred to as Allama Iqbal in Pakistan. The word Allama means a highly knowledgeable person. He wrote from most simplest to the most complex poetry in Urdu and Farsi. A great philosopher and thinker who wanted to rejuvenate the Muslims in India. People say he was the originator of creating Pakistan but I feel contrary to that. He was an Indian nationalist and wanted entire Indian nation to perform its best in all walks of life, especially Muslims to help understand their past and what they can and must do to become a useful tool in society. I firmly believe Pakistan was a creation of Britisher’s not Muslims. They deliberately created environment of hatred between Hindus and Muslims of Sub-Continent and promoted people from within India to help achieve their goals using divide and rule policy and later promoting want of power and greed among the then politicians. It was their own idea of creating a New World. The Indian population and masses were herded as sheep and goats.
Allama Iqbal addressed the very basic element of schooling and education. There must be millions of boys and girls from my age group who recited this nazm in their morning school assemblies. If you ask them they will tell you how much they believed in this most simple and beautiful dua/poem. No political, no religious motive behind this nazm….just a sheer wish, desire and the right of every child to become a good human being, serve and help his countrymen and achieve his or her dreams and live fullest of what life has to offer.
I am sure the tradition of singing and reciting this nazm/dua in Pakistani schools came from schools in U.P., India. I have never heard this dua with a background music so prepared one for myself. Actually it is more of a live playing and singing.
Following is an internet translation with minor edit:
May longing comes to my lips as supplication of mine O Allah!
May like the candle be the life of mine O Allah!
May the world’s darkness disappear through the life of mine!
May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine!
May my homeland through me attain elegance
As the garden through flowers attains elegance
May my life like that of the moth be, O Allah!
May I love the lamp of knowledge, O Allah!
May supportive of the poor my life’s way be
May loving the old, the suffering my way be
O Allah! Protect me from the evil ways
Show me the path leading to the good ways
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