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Published on 17 Feb 2011 | over 7 years ago

I wish i was also part of this crowd.
Rarely has just one song, in a single performance, Immortalized a singer. In the case of Iqbal Bano's rendition of Faizs' ghazal 'Hum Dekhenge' in Lahore, in front of more than fifty thousand people, rousing them to a frenzy unparallel while daring the oppressive regime of Zia Ul Haq...
'Jab arze khuda he taabe se Sab but uthwaye jaayengee
Hum ahle safa mardood e haram masnad pe bithaye jayenge
Sab taaj Uchhale jayenge sab takht giraye jayenge..Hum Dekhenge...'
was such a moment. For those blessed people who were present at that venue the moment has passed. But she will no doubt live amongst us for ever through her magical voice, and music.
The privileged who have heard her music are aware that even without that one evening, or that performance, the wealth of her music, she will always be remembered as one of the 'Greats'
Her voice is melodious no doubt, her expertise phenomenal, her performances soul stirring; but towering above them all is her virtuosity in being able to transfer her belief in what she sings to the listener, which makes her one of a kind.


Hum Dekhenge
Faiz Ahmed Faiz

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

My Translation

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 Gods creation will rule
Which is I, as well as you

اردو نظم

ہم دیکھیں گے

ہم دیکھیں گے

لازم ہے کہ ہم بھی دیکھیں گے

ہم دیکھیں گے

وہ دن کہ جس کا وعدہ ہے

جو لوحِ ازل پہ لکھا ہے

جب ظلم و ستم کے کوہِ گراں

روئی کی طرح اڑ جائیں گے

ہم محکوموں کے پاؤں تلے

جب دھرتی دھڑ دھڑ ڈھڑکے گی

اور اہلِ حکم کے سر اوپر

جب بجلی کڑ کڑ کڑکے گی

جب ارضِ خدا کے کعبے سے

سب بت اٹھوائے جائیں گے

ہم اہلِ صفا، مردودِ حرم

مسند پہ بٹھائے جائیں گے

سب تاج اچھالے جائیں گے

سب تخت گرائے جائیں گے

ہم دیکھیں گے

بس نام رہے گا اللہ کا

جو غائب بھی ہے حاضر بھی

جو منظر بھی ہے ناطر بھی

جو میں بھی ہوں اور تم بھی ہو

لازم ہے کہ ہم بھی دیکھیں گے

ہم دیکھیں گے

हम देखेंगे / फ़ैज़ अहमद फ़ैज़

हम देखेंगे
लाजिम है कि हम भी देखेंगे
वो दिन कि जिसका वादा है
जो लौह-ए-अजल में लिखा है
जब जुल्म ए सितम के कोह-ए-गरां
रुई की तरह उड़ जाएँगे
दम महकूमों के पाँव तले
जब धरती धड़ धड़ धड़केगी
और अहल-ए-हिकम के सर ऊपर
जब बिजली कड़ कड़ कड़केगी
हम अहल-ए-सफा, मरदूद-ए-हरम
मसनद पे बिठाए जाएंगे
सब ताज उछाले जाएंगे
सब तख्त गिराए जाएंगे
और राज करेगी खुल्क-ए-ख़ुदा
जो मैं भी हूँ और तुम भी हो
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