Khuda-e-bartar teri zameeN par

Khuda-e-bartar teri zameeN par

Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

Vocals: Lata Mangeshkar

Kudaa-e-bartar terii zameeN par, zameeN ki Khaatir, ye jaNg kyoN hai?
har ik fatah-o-zafar ke daaman pe Khuun-e-insaaN ka  raNg kyoN hai?

zameeN bhi teri, haiN ham bhi tere, ye milkiyat ka savaal kyaa hai?
ye qatl-o-KhuuN ka rivaaz kyoN haiN? ye rasm-o-jaNg-o-jadaal kyaa hai?
jinheiN talab hai jahaan bhar ki unhiiN ka dil itnaa taNg kyoN hai?
Khudaa-e-bartar terii zameeN par, zameeN ki Khaatir, ye jaNg kyoN hai?
Ghareeb maaoN, shareef behnoN ko amn-o-izzat kii zindagii de
jinheiN ataa kii hai tuu ne taaqat, unheiN hidaayat kii roshnii de
saroN meiN kibr-o-Gharoor kyoN hai? diloN ke sheeshe pe zaNg kyoN hai?
Khudaa-e-bartar terii zameeN par, zameeN ki Khaatir ye jaNg kyoN hai?

qazaa ke raste pe jaanevaaloN ko bach ke aane kii raah dena
diloN ke gulshan ujaR na jaayeiN, muhabbatoN ko panaah dena
jahaaN meiN jashn-e-vafaa ke badle, ye jashn-e-teer-o-tufaNg kyoN hai?
Khudaa-e-bartar teri zameeN par, zameeN ki Khaatir, ye jaNg kyoN hai?

Glossary:

Khudaa-e-bartar = O superior God, bartar means superior, high, excellent, used as an adjective here for God
fatah-o-zafar = victories and triumph
milkiyat = property, land, possession
qatl-o-KhuuN = murders and blood (basically both indicating and emphasising “Murders, riots”)
jaNg-o-jadaal = fights and battles
talab = thirst, need
amn-o-izzat = peace and respect
ataa = blessed (given by the grace of God, a blessing)
kibr-o-Gharoor = pride (kibr = pride, eminence, similar meanings for Gharoor as well)
qazaa = destiny, fate, divine decree
jashn-e-teer-o-tufaNg = celebrations with bows and guns

Courtesy: Sahir ke qalam se

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One Response to “Khuda-e-bartar teri zameeN par”

  1. anonymouspakistani Says:

    Unfortunately my connection with Urdu was interrupted when I left Pakistan at the age of 12. I’ve tried to keep with the works of such great men as Faiz and Jalib. Ludhianvi will now be on my list of poets to watch for. Thank you for posting this Umer!

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