Lab pe ati hai Dua banke tamanna meri

Lap pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri

Zindgi shama ki surat ho Khudaya meri

Door duniya ka mere dam se andhera hojaye

Har jagah mere chamakne se ujala hojaye

Ho mere dum se yohe mere watan ki zeenat

Jistara phool se hoti hai chaman ki zeenat

Zindigi ho meri parwaane ki soorat ya rab

Ilm ki shama se ho mujko mohabat ya rab

Ho mera kaam ghareebon ki himayat karna

Dardmandon se, Zaeefon se muhabbat karna

Mere Allah! Buraee se bachana mujhko

Naik jo raah ho us rah pe chalana mujhko


My heart’s desire comes to my lips as a prayer
God, make my life as one of a candle, a guiding light,

My presence would destroy the darkness of this world,
And my burning light would illuminate all space

My actions would be for my country, beautiful and admired
Just as a flower adds to the beauty of a garden

My life would be like that of a moth that loves light and flies into it, O Lord!
Such would be my love for Knowledge, O Lord!

I would work not but to help the poor
And to fill the lives of the lost and old with love

O God, save me from the evil and wrong
And keep me on the path that is straight and righteous.

Allama Iqbal

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