– Jaihoon

Ya Rabbana! Ya Rabbana!
Tumhaari Rehmat ka kya kehna!

My own sins do I openly blame
For
Making my soul blind and lame
Yet,
In my eyes flow tears of shame
When,
I see how soon Your Mercy came

In Your worship is so much joy
Every vein in me wants to before You cry

Ya Allah!
Show Jaihoon the path of ‘Siraat’
Save him from those in astray and wrath!

I do see the flowers in their divine dance
I do see the little ones smiling across the fence
But these wonders to me carry no substance
If I reflect not in them Your Clear Signs

Ya Rabbana! Ya Rabbana!

Forgive this wretched and corrupt slave
For, his words only You will believe

‘Tis true
That a dumb person can never speak
‘Tis true
Only lies can come from liar’s beak

But still, Ya Rabbana! Ya Rabbana!

In Your Presence do I submit
My entire faults do I humbly admit
Allah! What from You is left to hide
I stand embarrassed, silent like a bride

Allah! All these years you have never withheld
Therefore, show a little, if not much, Mercy on me.

Let those preying eyes of envy
Learn a lesson from me

Ya Rabbana! Ya Rabbana!
Tumhaari Rehmat ka kya kehna!

There is much good I wish to do
(For which) I beg Time to give me its due
All my skills I want to further brew
For the task which for others shall Faith renew

In my heart is a wonderful tale
‘What a gem’ will every believer call (it)
Ya Rabb! Keep the dreadful Azraeel still
Until this Nightingale’s song is to its full.

O Allah! Keep alive this Hindi Deer
To complete the praises of the Hijazi Seer
‘O My Merciful Him!’ Consider my plea
Although in Your sight I am a worthless flea

Consider not my vile body
But Your thoughts that my soul does embody
Consider not the pen
But the blood-written tale from it
You know well how many lines I did dedicate
For the soul-stirring praises of Your Prophet

Ya Rabbana! Ya Rabbana!
Tumhaari Rehmat ka kya kehna!

Notes

Ya Rabbana… ki kya kehna!: O Our Lord! What to say of Your Mercy

Siraat: Sirat Muthaqeem, the Straight path

Keep the dreadful Azraeel still: Delay the angel of death

Hindi: Indian

Hijazi Seer: The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

Written on Friday, Feb 7th 2003. After Asar prayer.