Kazi Nazrul Islam

(24 May 1899 - 29 August 1976 / Bardhaman / India)

Make Islam Strong, O God! - Poem by Kazi Nazrul Islam

Make Islam strong, O God,
let the Muslim world again prosper.
Give it back its sultanate of old,
its ancient prowess and generous soul.

Once again bless Islam
with heroic Ali's sharp-edged Zulfiquar,
give it back its old Caliphs and hashmat,
its glorious Medina and Baghdad.

Bless it with Hamza and the mighty Walid,
give it back its Omar and its Harun-a!-Rashid,
bless it again with a noble Salahuddin,
let once more a holy war be waged
against this sinful world.

Give Islam again its Roomi and Saadi and Hafiz,
once more bless it with Khayyam and Tabriz,
give it again its Akbar and its Shahjehan,
bless it again with that dream in white marble,
the Tajmahal!

Give it a sense of fellow-feeling and unity,
its spirit of self-sacrifice and heroic mind,
let the Muslims of the world form a single community,
let its crescent-bedecked flag fly once again
in the sky.

[Original: Taufiq dao khoda islame; Translation: Kabir Chowdhury]

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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