Amjad Islam Amjad

(4 August 1944 / Sialkot)

O, Defenders Of Faith - Poem by Amjad Islam Amjad

My creator is He
who gave flowers fragrance,
trees shade, oceans water,
winds motive power,
created earth, moon, sun.

All are Human beings,
none better than others
except the devout.

Everyone has right to
live on earth,
reap labour's fruit,
walk about with dignity,
enjoy free speech,
indulge in a smile,
have wishes fulfilled
and desires satiated

All God's progeny
deserve respect
why, o, why should
one's conceit be
fatal to others?

I seek light for
the unfortunate, those
whom, to feed your ego,
you treat as worse
than wayside stones

I speak for those
whom your beguiling
eloquence held captive
and sold to oppressors
in every age,
God is mine.

[Translated by Prakash Chander]

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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