Mushkil-kusha se taaruf

… Balke paaon bhi uth chuke the ke kasu ne mera haath pakad liya. Itne mein hosh aa gaya aur dekhta hoon ke savar sabz posh, munh par naqaab daale mujhe farmaate hai ke “kyun tu marne ki qasad karta hai? Khuda ki fazal se na umeed hona kufr hai. Jab talak saans hain tab tak aas hai. Ab thode dinon mein Rum ki mulk mein teen darvesh tujh jaise aisi hi musibat mein phanse huye aur aise hi tamashe dekhe huye teri se mulaqat karenge. Aur vahan ke badshah ka naam Azad Bakht hai, Usko ek badi mushkil darpesh hai. Jab tum woh bhi tum chaaron faqeeron se milega to har ek ke dil ka mutalib aur murad jo hai bakhubi haasil hogi.”

Main ne rakaab pakad kar bosa diya aur kaha: “Ae Khuda ke Vali! Tumhare itne hi farmaane ne se mere dil par iztirar huyi lekin Khuda ke vaaste yeh farmaiye ke aap kaun hai aur isme shareef kya hai.” Tab unhone ke Murtaza Ali mere naam hai aur mere yehi kaam hai ke jis ko mushkil pesh aave to main isko asan kar doon.”

Itna  farma kar woh nazron se posheeda ho gaye….

Yeh bayan tha Pehle Dervish ka Mir Amman ki “Qissa-e-Char Darvesh” mein se, jo Urdu mein pehla nasr ka kaam hai /This was the account of the First Dervish in Mir Amman’s “Qissa-e-Char Darvesh”, which happens to be the first work of prose in Urdu.

However, lets leave that alone and focus on the essential theme which is the legendary role of Ali ibn Abul Talib, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet (peace be on him) and the fourth and the last of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs or the First of the Imams – or even the first of the Sufis – whichever you prefer.

These mentions are not only related to dastaans. They are also found in various qawaalis, including one of the most well-known about which I wrote lots but will again share. As its refrain goes:

Bhatke huyon ko rasta dikhaya
Pyar na becha pyaar sikhaya
Tum ne paaya rudba vali ka
Tum par saaya Maula Ali ka
Maula Ali ke sadqe mein tum
Mere bhi bigde kaam bana de

Or in an another variant (s)

Peeron me mera Peer sabda Vali hai
Laqab Asadullah hai naam Ali hai
Naam-e-Ali……..naame Ali
Naam-e-Ali beda paar lagave Jhoole Lalaan…..

OR

Naam-e-Ali soya bhag jagaaye Jhoole Lalaan….

Or even in this famous variant:

Sa sa re re ga ga re re…
Dum Mast Qalandar Mast Mast

Ik Vird Hai Dum Dum Ali Ali
Sakhi Laal Qalandar Mast Mast
Jhoole Laal Qalandar Mast Mast
Dum Mast Qalandar Mast Mast

And later as it ascends to a crescendo:

Akhi Ja Malanga Tu Ali Ali Ali Ali
…Maula, Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula Ali Maula Maula
Ali Maula… Maulaa Maula Ali Maula Maula Ali Maula
Maula Ali Maula Maula Ali Maula

But even this pales in front of this manqabat – which like that the last variant I cited – in the immortal voice of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. And is one of the most favourite devotional songs of mine ever since I heard it the first time, in well, I guess it was 1996. Despite presenting my sister and my best friend with those cassettes on which I originally heard and then getting more and finally a MP3 CD which enabled to get to listen to all those unforgettable tracks – otherwise found on four different CDs – on one preciously guarded disc. But about it in the next post only……..

To be continued…..

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