Ever since I listened to it in Sankalp’s car, while going to a meeting, I have been fascinated by a brilliantly composed Sufiana kalaam. Since then I have often been listening to this composition sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It may not be called as a typical Sufi composition because it was not written by a Sufi dervish but in essence it very much speaks about the Sufi philosophy of One God. The quest of the Almighty and pure love for the One are beautifully enveloped in almost tauntingly questioning the real intentions of Him. This qawwali song is 30 minute long and is titled Tum ek gorakhdhandha ho (You are a puzzle). Penned by Naaz Khayaalvi; this verse is one of the best that I have come across. You will enjoy and understand it better if your Urdu vocabulary is good -but even with moderate understanding of Urdu language one can see how beautiful and deep it is. A bit of knowledge of Islamic mythology will also help you in connecting with the events described in it.
The song complains to Khuda (God) that you are a puzzle which a common person can not understand with his simple logical mind. The song goes onto citing examples as to how God has acted in contradictory manner in order to hide itself away from the human kind. Consider this:
Jab Bajuz Tairay Koi Dosra Maujood Nahi
Phir Samajh Mein Nahi Aata Tera Purdah Karna
It’s a very simple but powerfully expressed observation by the poet. It is said that the God is omnipresent and there is nothing else in the world but Him. If that is the true case then why does He needs to hide himself in veils?! Why is He concerned? Who is going to see Him if there is no one else in the world but Himself?
The song is full of citations where God acted in an unexpected manner (unexpected because people know the concept of God to be different from the way He actually behaves).
Here enjoy listening to this beautiful Sufiana kalaam:
And here are the lyrics for you in Devanagari script along with English translation:
The song itself is very beautiful but it’s beauty has been polished even more by the voice of Nusrat saheb. He sings this 30 minute qawwali and the listeners sink in the depth of melody, devotion and contemplation about the existence of the Life, Universe and Everything else.