The Mosque of Cordova (Masjid-e-Qurtaba) – Allama Iqbal Poem
The Mosque of Cordova (Masjid-e-Qurtaba) – Allama Iqbal Poem from Baal-e-Jibreel
Masjid-e-Qurtaba is a poem Allama Iqbal wrote at Cordova Mosque, which is considered one of the greatest of Islamic monuments. Allama had a great reverence for Andalucia and great Umayyad General Tariq bin Zayyad, who led a handful of Arab forces via sea to invade and conquer southern Spain.
“Tariq Undulas key Maidaan Main” is one of Iqbal’s most renowned poems, which begins by the famous verse:
“Yeh Ghazi, yeh teray Pur-israr banday
Jinhain too nain bakhsha hai Zauq-e-Khudai”
“These Veterans, these mysterious men!
Whom you (God) has blessed with divine perception (to rule the worlds)!”
Below are selected verses from the poem Masjid-e-Qartaba with English translation, a personal favourite:
عشق کی تقویم میں عصر رواں کے سوا
اور زمانے بھی ہے جن کا نہیں کوئی نام
عشق دم جبریل ، عشق دل مصطفیٰ
عشق خدا کا رسول ، عشق خدا کا کلام