Nara-e-Hayder Nawai Buzor Ast, Gar Che Az Halqi Bilalo Qamber Ast

In this couplet Iqbal says that Islam had unified the Muslims in their thought and words. Abu Zar a companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.) and Bilal and Qamber who were only slaves always utter in one and the same sentence from lips. Thus their thought and speech did not differ from one another. Iqbhl by saying this, wishes that all Muslims of today should follow this track and should not make difference between themselves.


Chonn Ali Dar Saz Ba Nan-e-Shaeer, Gardane Marhab Shikan Khyber Be Geer

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) used to lead a very simple life. His meal contained bread of barley flour. Sometimes he would eat stale loaf of bread with water and despite this dry and ordinary food, God granted him victory in the battle of Khayber. When even Abu Bakar and Umar failed to conquer the fort of Kamoos, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said “Tomorrow I will give the flag of Islam to the bravest man, whose power is unparallel, and, God would grant victory

through him. He is true lover of God and the Apostle of God, and God and his Apostle love him deeply.” So next morning the flag of Islam was given by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) to Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and when Hazrat Ali (a.s.) advanced with his renowred Sword Zulfiqar and carrying the flag of Islam towards the fort, the veteran warrior of the forces of enemy, whose name was Marhab, came forward and stood before Hazrat Ali (a.s.) reciting loudly the songs in self praise to frighten Hazrat Ali (a.s.). Marhab was verily a famous warrior and brave soilder well-skilled in the art of fighting. “Khayber knows that I am that Marhab who is the adorner of the arms. I am the bravest of the brave. I show my valour and skill?” Hazrat Ali (a.s.) in response spoke aloud: “Beware! I am not unknown to the world. I am the man who was named Hayder (the killer of the lion) by my mother. I am a fierce lion for my enemies and I am here to entertain the bravest combatant with the sharpness of sword just as a lion meets its pray”. With this exchange of words they fought fieriously and Hazrat Ali (a.s.) in one stroke of his sword beheaded Marhab and thus the pillar of the pride of didbelievers fell down.

Hazrat Ali (a.s.) after killing him broke open the weighty iron door of the fort and conquered it. This was a glorious victory for the Muslims and proved long stride in the glory of Islam.

Allama Iqbal by referring to this historical miracle of the valour and strength of Hazrat Ali urges the Muslims of today to follow Hazrat Ali who despite a simple life possessed matchless strength.
Hazar Khayber o Sad goona Azdarast eenja, Na har ke Nane Javeen Khurd Hayder donad

Iqbal says that there are thousands of Khaybers (forts) and serpents around us, but it is not possible for us to subdue these formidable enemies. Hazrat Ali (a.s.) had renounced all worldly comforts. He contented himself with bread of barley throughout his life but God Almighty had endowed him with such strength that he conquered the famous fort of Khayber single-handed and tore off the jaws of a serpent while still a child. But according to Iqbal every one who eats bread of barley or renounces worldly pleasures cannot claim to possess the qualities of Hazrat Ali (a.s.). In fact it was God given strength which Hazrat Ali (a.s.) possessed and which no one on earth could match.


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