Hum dekhengey – Faiz – Translation

Yet another attempt to cage  the lyrics of a composition I live by…This is by Faiz. Please suggest changes if any. Blog from which I have copied these lyrics mentioned below. A must check out blog if you like ghazals.

Hum dekhenge

Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge
Wo din ke jis ka wada hai
Jo lauh-e-azl mein likha hai

Jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e-garan
Rooi ki tarah ur jaenge
Hum mehkoomon ke paaon tale
Ye dharti dhar dhar dharkegi
Aur ahl-e-hakam ke sar oopar
Jab bijli kar kar karkegi

Jab arz-e-Khuda ke kaabe se
Sab but uthwae jaenge
Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-harm
Masnad pe bethae jaenge
Sab taaj uchale jaenge
Sab takht girae jaenge

Bas naam rahega Allah ka
Jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi
Jo manzar bhi hai nazir bhi
Utthega an-al-haq ka nara
Jo mai bhi hoon tum bhi ho
Aur raaj karegi Khalq-e-Khuda
Jo mai bhi hoon aur tum bhi ho

Hum dekhenge, Lazim hai ke hum bhee dekhengey



We shall Witness
It is certain that we too, shall witness
the day that has been promised
of which has been written on the slate of eternity

When the enormous mountains of tyranny
blow away like cotton.
Under our feet- the feet of the oppressed-
when the earth will pulsate deafeningly
and on the heads of our rulers
when lightning will strike.

From the abode of God
When icons of falsehood will be taken out,
When we- the faithful- who have been barred out of sacred places
will be seated on high cushions
When the crowns will be tossed,
When the thrones will be brought down.

Only The name will survive
Who cannot be seen but is also present
Who is the spectacle and the beholder, both
I am the Truth- the cry will rise,
Which is I, as well as you
And then God’s creation will rule
Which is I, as well as you

We shall Witness
It is certain that we too, shall witness

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14 thoughts on “Hum dekhengey – Faiz – Translation

  1. Brilliant!! I haven’t read much of faiz, apart from this, couple of his works maybe, rabba sacheya and dasht-e-tanhai, which I also like very much.

    Interesting thing is, that so far I have read three of his works, and each one has a completely different aura and mood to it.

    Rabba sacheya portrays feelings of despair and betrayal, as man asks God what was promised to him and what was delivered when God sent man into the world.

    Dasht-e-tanhai is the ultimate romantic, full of hope and eagerness for the future and expressed beautifully.

    This piece makes me feel like he is ready to take on the world, and reading it made me feel as if so am I. Hum Dekhengey…

  2. He is an exceptional poet I’ve ever seen . There’s not much words to praise him as he deserves. Each of his work is a different entity! And hum dekhengey is the most wonderful one! Credit also goes to Iqbal Begum sahiba.

  3. Raat yoon dil me teri khoyi hui yaad ayi,
    Jaisay weeranay me chupke se bahaar aa jaye!

    Jaisay sehraon me haulay se chalay baad e naseem,
    Jaisay beemar ko chupke se qarar aa jaye

    Faiz and Dhoop Kinaray- killer combo

  4. Thank you for the translation into English, it helps make Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s work more widely appreciated…. although nothing can compare to the refined beauty of Urdu.

  5. Well, you could do what I did.Rip all your CDs to FLAC, drop them on a 500GB SSD plugged into an Odroid HC-1, load Armbian on a Swissbit microSD card, install PLEX Media Server, turn on their DynDNS service, install the PLEX app on your phone… You get your own high quality music, streamed from your own server that pulls a whopping 4W loaded. Mine will run for literally days on a 12Ah UPS. Streaming will work remotely or on your own network pretty much seamlessly, and PLEX Media Server has a DLNA server you can turn on for older devices (I use it with my Chumby!!!). They push the PLEX Pass thing but you don’t really need it for streaming music unless you intend on sharing the server with friends.It’s not foolproof (I’ve been running into issues with the PLEX server hanging on media scans,) but it was cheap to build, cheap to run, and the music I’m streaming is so much higher quality than what Spotify streams.

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