A Reflecting Poem by Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma ( 19th August,1918 – 26th December 1999) was the ninth President of the Indian Republic and served his tenure from 1992 to 1997. Before he was elected to the post of President, he served as the eighth Vice President of India. [1]

Dr. Sharma had written a poem on the Quran during the 1970s which is highly regarded among the Hindi/Urdu-speaking Muslims of India and Pakistan. [2]

The Poem

“Amal ki kitab thi.
Dua ki kitab bana dia.
Samajhne ki kitab thi.
Parhne ki kitab bana dia.
Zindaon ka dastoor tha.
Murdon ka manshoor bana dia.
Jo ilm ki kitab thi.
Usay la ilmon ke hath thama dia.
Taskheer-e-kayenaat ka dars denay aayi thi.
Sirf madrason ka nisaab bana dia.
Murda qaumon ko zinda karne aayi thi.
Murdon ko bakhshwane per laga dia.
Aye Musalmano ye tum nay kia kiya?”

“It was a command for action.
You turned it into a book of prayer.
It was a Book to understand.
You read it without understanding.
It was a code for the living.
You turned it into a manifesto of the dead.
That which was a book of knowledge;
You abdicated to the ignoramus.
It came to give knowledge of Creation.
You abandoned it to the school.
It came to give life to dead nations.
You used it for seeking mercy for the dead.
O’ Muslims! What have you done?”


[1] https://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/government-politics/dr-shankar-dayal-sharma.html

[2] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shankar_Dayal_Sharma

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