Man Kunto Maula

(Wikipedia article about Man Kunto Maula of Sabri Brothers released by EMI in 1975)

Man Kunto Maula is a Manqabat Qawwali song composed by Amir Khusro in the praise of Ali ibn Abi Talib. This song is based on a hadith, i.e. a saying of Prophet Mohammad: Whoever accepts me as a master, Ali is his master too

Man Kunto Maula
shaah-e-mardaaN
sher-e-yazdaaN
quvvat-e-parvardigaar
laa fatah illaa Ali
laa saif illaa zulfiqaar

Whoever accepts me as a master, Ali is his master too

King of the brave,
lion of God,
[and] strength of God.
There is no one like Ali [and]
there is no sword like Zulfiqaar*.

* Zulfiqaar was the sword of Ali presented to him by Muhammad.”

Ali imaam-e-manasto manam Ghulaam-e-Ali
hazaar jaan-e-giraamii fidaa-e-naam-e-Ali

Ali is my master, I am the slave of Ali
thousands of lives can be sacrificed for the sacredness of name of Ali.

man kunto maulaa
fa haaza Aliun maulaa

To whom I am the master
Ali is the master.

Note: A famous tradition (hadith) of Prophet Muhammad. Ali was his cousin and son-in-law.

daaraa dil daaraa dil daar-e-daanii
tum tum taa naa naa naanaa, naanaa naanaa re
yaalaalii yaalaalii yaalaa, yaalaa yaalaa

Dar – Bheetar, Aandar (inside)
Dara – Andar Aa (get in or come inside)
Dartan – Tanke Aandar (inside the body)
Tanandara – Tanke Aandar Aa (Come inside the body)
Tom – Main Tum Hun (I am you)
Nadirdani – Tu Sabse Adhik Janata Hai (You know more than anyone else)
Tandardani – Tanke Aandarka Jannewala (One who knows what is inside the body)
Tanan Dar Aa – Enter my body.
O Dani – He knows
Tu Dani – You know.
Na Dir Dani – You are the Complete Wisdom.
Tom – I am yours, I belong to you.
Yala – Ya Allah Yali – Ya Ali.

Ali shaah-e-mardaaN imaamun kabiiraa
ke baad az nabii shud bashirun naziiraa

Ali is the king of the brave and the great leader
because after the Prophet, there is Ali.

 

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