A Walk in the Chains


Usman Quddus

aaj bazaar main pa bajolan chalo
let us  now walk in bazaars  shackled

Chashm-e-nam, jaan-e-shoreeda kafi nahin
wet eyes and restless soul is not enough

Tohmat-e-ishq-posheeda kafi nahin
charge of  concealed love is not enough

aaj bazaar main pa-bajolan chalo
let us now walk in bazaars  shackled

Dast afshan chalo, mast-o-raqsan chalo
let us go with afshan in hand, in trance and dancing( Masters are overlooking, dance in-front of them)

Khak bar sar chalo, khoon badaman chalo
go with dust on head and blood on garb( walk liken a criminal)

Rah takta hai sub shehr-e-janaan chalo
Go as the city of my beloved is waiting

Hakim-e-shehr bhi, majma-e-aam bhi
City’s wise and crowd of commoners

Teer-e-ilzam bhi, sang-e-dushnam bhi
arrow of false charge, stone of accusation

Subh-e-nashaad bhi, roz-e-naakaam bhi
morning of sorrow, day of failure

Unka dum-saaz apnay siwa kaun hai
who is their friend except me

Shehr-e-janaan main ab baa-sifa kaun hai
who is unsinfull in the city of beloved

Dast-e-qatil kay shayan raha kaun hai
who deserve the killers or executioners hand( everyone deserves execution)

Rakht-e-dil bandh lo, dil figaro chalo
get ready for the journey of heart, go wounded heart

Phir hameen qatl ho aain yaro chalo
let us (commoners) get executed again  friends


(Faiz Ahmed Faiz)

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