Saif-ul-Malook | Mian Muhammad Baksh -1/8

Lake Saif-ul-Malook

Selected poetry from Hazrat Mian Muhammad Baksh Saheb’s “Saif-ul-Malook”. English translation by Khamosh Tamashai.

Iqbal Bahu:

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Firstly all praise to Allah, who is the owner of everything,
Whoever remembers His name is never a loser in any field.


Pour the rain of mercy, O Allah! turn the shriveled garden green,
Make the plant my hopes and longings full of fruit.


In this wonderful garden He planted the plant of Adam,
With the fruits of His recognition, adorned it with wonderful fruits.


Free of any dwelling Himself, no dwelling is free of Him,
All the time, all the things, Muhammad, He keeps in good order.


Whoever provisions He has decided for anybody, that written He never cancels,
Even seeing tens of millions of faults, He nourishes as before.


What a kind guardian (PBUH) of the Muslim Umma, he loves and intercedes,
The likes of Gabriel are in whose service, the leader of the Prophets.


He (PBUH) is the beloved of Allah, a helper on the day of judgment,
Himself an orphan, he consoles and protects the orphans.

saif_ul_malook_08I, a sinner, ashamed, a liar, filled with sins,
Have only a single hope, that from your doorstep; have no other protection.

saif_ul_malook_09I am blind, and the path is slippery, how can I be keep myself steady?
There are many to push, only you to hold my hand.

saif_ul_malook_10Listen to my urging, O guide of guides, please dont push me,
You are a guardian of the weak, God has given you honor.

saif_ul_malook_11Who don’t carry any money with them, they return empty handed from bazar,
All is in destiny, O Muhammad Bakhsh, what can be the remedy without fate?

saif_ul_malook_12Repeatedly taking the blows of defeats, don’t lose heart, one day tide will turn,
When a hungry man turns to begging, Muhammad, Ultimately he fills the bowl.

saif_ul_malook_13The talk of the sad ones, Muhammad, bears witness to their condition,
Whoever has wrapped flowers, his handkerchief emits fragrance.

saif_ul_malook_14In the world my life is indeed useless,
My heart had sought you; you did not remain friend.

saif_ul_malook_15I have taken what I had to, from what was written in my fate,
With the ones who don’t care, Muhammad, what power do we poor have?


I have spent my life in love, let me see one more time,
These eyes have seen you, may they be useless to see anything else.

saif_ul_malook_17Enough I am powerless to do anything; what else can I say about losing you?
What power does a weak have, Muhammad? either running away or crying.

saif_ul_malook_18In the house of beloved, aloofness helps the needy,
On whosoever He places his sight, he wins the game.

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2 Responses

  1. Mastoi Shah Murad says:

    A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~Doug Larson

    A weed is but an unloved flower. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s. ~Author Unknown

    What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place. ~Donald Culross Peattie

    Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls in airless rooms, and there is no known way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons. ~Dave Barry

    I always think of my sins when I weed. They grow apace in the same way and are harder still to get rid of. ~Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman’s Hardy Garden, 1903

    But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last. ~Robert M. Pyle

    Weeds are nature’s graffiti. ~Janice Maeditere

    They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I’ve concluded weeds must have brains. ~Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994

    We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt – as matter out of place. What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it. ~E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935

    I learn more about God
    From weeds than from roses;
    Resilience springing
    Through the smallest chink of hope
    In the absolute of concrete….
    ~Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives,

  2. Mastoi Shah Murad says:

    Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal. ~Horace Mann, “Thoughts for a Young Man,” 1859

    We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke strops our vice. ~Henry David Thoreau

    Blushing is the color of virtue. ~Diogenes

    Virtue is praised, but hated. People run from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you have to keep your feet warm. ~Denis Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew, 1762

    Virtue is insufficient temptation. ~George Bernard Shaw

    Beware of making your moral staple consist of the negative virtues. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau

    He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place. ~Charles Caleb Colton

    Modesty and unselfishness – these are virtues which men praise – and pass by. ~André Maurois, Ariel, 1924

    Virtues are dangerous as vices insofar as they are allowed to rule over one as authorities and not as qualities one develops oneself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

    Virtue is its own revenge. ~E.Y. Harburn

    All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance. ~Theodore M. Hesburgh

    The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can’t separate them. They’re wedded. ~Henry Miller

    Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company. ~François de la Rochefoucauld

    A man hasn’t got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined. ~Anne Petry

    What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. ~Voltaire

    Sin is commitable in thought, word or deed; so is virtue. ~Martin H. Fischer

    To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

    Any of us can achieve virtue, if by virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us. ~Robert S. Lynd

    The excess of virtue is a vice. ~Greek Proverb

    Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. ~Hugh Prather

    They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been found perfect, might as reasonably deny a sun because it is not always day. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

    Water which is too pure has no fish. ~Ts’ai Ken T’an

    On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time. ~George Orwell

    It is hardly respectable to be good nowadays. ~Edith Sitwell

    Some folks wear their halos much too tight. ~Author Unknown

    What, after all, is a halo? It’s only one more thing to keep clean. ~Christopher Fry

    We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. ~La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665

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