The Dual Challenge — A Repost

Below here is the repost of a poem I wrote sometimes back. It has become quite a norm when we celebrate the independence of Pakistan amid the perils to the very unity of our dear homeland courtesy a plethora of internal and external threats. Yet our hopes remain intact to see the vibes of passion and love oozing out of a common Pakistani for his/her country, every year on the 14 of August. This year too is no different; while we’ve largely succeeded in flushing out the nuisance of Talibanisation, we are yet to bring to the fold the fringe elements in Baluchistan. If cured with sincerity the ailments to our unity can be treated with the remedy of ‘the just distribution of revenue as per the sources of production in a Federating unit’. Though it would be naive to look at the scenario in total black and white, yet our history is replete with instances of troubles emerging out of the poor distribution of wealth. Its the cry of the time not to repeat the blunders we’ve made in the past, for they become history who don’t learn a thing from the history itself.

مرے خدا مجھے اتنا تو معتبر کردے

میں جس مکان میں رہتاہوں اس کو گھر کردے

Happy Independence Day To The Nation Pakistan! 🙂

A Dual Challenge:

The honest toilers; our ancestors,
collected the stones thrown at them,
and the mud slung at them, to build a house.
They mixed the ingredients with their
sweat and their blood; the color of love
To make it a home.

A few seeds of mistrust evolved into trees of
contempt in the hearts of the second generation.
And with the help of neighbors
they themselves erected a wall of separation.

The nameplate of my home which used to
read, ‘unity’ is rusted and withered since long.
Suspicion crept into our yard and settled
in every corner of the square as if
measuring a division.

I can hear the footsteps of aliens fast
approaching our home, and I’m faced
with a dual challenge; of repairing the
storm lashed doors and of wiping all
the germs of contempt.

I’ll keep the forces of ‘division’ at bay
‘Its a negative process’ said a mathematician.


12 thoughts on “The Dual Challenge — A Repost

  1. Assalamoalaikum,
    This is the first time I am reading this, very well written MashaAllah.

    I don’t know, I don;t think we can do anything for our country if we dont do anything to reform our own selves… i wish every person would individually wake up.

    I personally myself dont like ebing told anything, unless i get inspired from someone on my own…

    may Allah inspire us to retain our dignity and identity, Ameen

    1. Wsalaam!

      Thanks for liking the poem! 🙂 Yes, one should initiate to reform one’s own self before trying to do that to the whole but I fear an emphasis on the personal approach may lead us to being selfish. If we look at this approach from another perspective, doing individual bits for our country may yield lots of positivity, as Iqbal said,
      Afraad ke haatoN me hay aqwaam ki taqdeer
      har fard hay millat ke muqaddar ka sitara

  2. I am reading this poem for the first time and it’s very VERY well-written (:
    I wish you a Happy Independence day too. Let us not forget to pray for the country we live in and pledge to be better and responsible citizens.
    Hope you’ve a good day ! (:

    1. Thank you, man! 🙂 Yes, we’ve lots of prayers for the integrity and prosperity of our country and we pledge to be better and responsible citizens of this land!

      Hope you’re basking in the joy of your promotion! 🙂

  3. The header looks very nice. It was changed deliberately to keep with the Independence theme, I guess ?
    The new look of the blog is great too. You need more white (and bright) colours, Aadil ! (: I beg you do not return to ‘black’ again, please.

    1. Yep, twas for the sole purpose! 🙂

      White (and bright) doesn’t suit me for long I guess hence I won’t make a promise to stick to this theme notwithstanding its decency.

      Thanks for liking it, though! 🙂

  4. مرے خدا مجھے اتنا تو معتبر کردے

    میں جس مکان میں رہتاہوں اس کو گھر کردے

    Touching !!! w.r.t occasion.

  5. That’s wonderfully well written, though I’ve read something similar in Urdu/English somewhere, don’t remember where, may be he copied yours, so you are getting famous people have started to copy you 🙂


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