Mushkil-kusha se taaruf II

I was writing about the Mushkil-Kusha – the Sher-e-Khuda or Asadullah as the Persians and Arabs, respectively, refer to him. And I promised to cite an immortal manqabat, rendered in qawwali style, by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, eulogising Ali .

As per my promise, I have done it and you may see it below. But reading it will give just half the effect than if you listen to it – the enthusiasm and skill with which Nusrat Sahab rendered it is beyond my powers to describe. However until you have that happy pleasure, you can read it and understand why Hazrat Ali is called  Mushkil-Kusha (which for those of you unhappily not versed in Urdu means the ‘Vanquisher of Difficulties’)… that relevant stanza is marked in bold for your convinience.  (I may also cite how I included it on the dedication page of my dissertation…. but that was a lifetime ago (or it somehow feels like it). However, that is not germane to the issue. Lets get back to the point.

If you get the chance, you must also try to see the video recording of Nusrat sahab’s rendition….. not only does it seem he and his accompanying musicians are in a rare rapturous mood, but you will also feel you are in a trance if you allow yourself to succumb to the rhythm. You will then understand why the Sufis chose the medium of the qawwali…. 

Haider-e-un Qalandaram Mastam
Banda-e-Murtaza Ali Hastam
Peshwa-e-Tamaan Rindanam
Ke Saga-e-Koh-e-Sher-e-Yazdanam

Kabhi deewar hilti hai, kabhi dar kaanp jaata hai
Ali ka naam Sunkar ab bhi Khyber kaanp jaata hai

Shah-e-Mardaan-e-Ali, Ali Ali Ali Ali
Ali Ali Ali Ali, Ali Ali Ali Ali

Japle japle e re manwa
Yehi naam sacha hai pyaare
Yehi naam tere sab dukh utare
Isi naam ki barkat ne diya raaz haqeeqat khol
Tu Bhi to Ali Ali Maula Ali

Shah-e-Mardaan-e-Ali, La Fataa Illaa Ali
Shair-e–Yazdaan-E-Ali

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Maula Ali Ali, Maula Ali Ali, Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Haq! Haq!

Tan par Ali Ali ho, zubaan Par Ali Ali
Mar jayaun to kafan pe bhi likhna Ali Ali

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Kab kisi benava se kehta hoon
Baat Sher-e-Khuda se kehta hoon
Door hoja nazar se ae mushkil
Varna mushkil-kusha se kehta hoon
Kyunke woh hain mere Ali
Ali, Ali, Maula Ali

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Baghair hubb-e-Ali mudda nahi milta
Ibadaton ka bhi hargiz sila nahi milta
Khuda ke bande suno ghaur se Khuda ki qasam
Jise Ali nahi milta Khuda nahin milta

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Basad talaash na ub wusat-e-nazar se mila
Nishaan-e-manzil-e-maqsood raah per se mila
Ali mile to mile khana-e-Khuda se hamen
Khuda ko dhunda to woh bhi Ali ke ghar se mila

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Deed Haidar ki ibaadat hai ye Farmaan-e-Nabi
Hai Ali rooh-e-Nabi jism-e-Nabi jaan-e-Nabi
Gul-e Tatheer Ali, Haq-e-Shamsheer Ali
Peeron Ke Pir Ali

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula
Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula

Haq! Haq! Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali

Dast-e-ilah kyun na ho Sher-e-Khuda Ali
Maqsood hai har ata Shah-e-La Fata Ali
Jis tarah hai ek zaat-e-Mohammad bemisaal
Paida hua na hoga koi dosra Ali

Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali
Haq! Ali Ali Ali Maula Ali Ali…

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