Mast Qalandar (feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

Date of release: 21 Apr, 2016

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  1. Mast Qalandar (feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

    Dam mast Qalandar mast mast
    The drunk Qalandar*, in his drunken state**

    Iko vird hai dam dam Ali Ali
    (Has) Only one chant – Ali, in every breath

    Sakhi Lal Qalandar mast mast
    The generous red-robed Qalandar, in his drunken state (a reference to the  12thcentury sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar)

    Jhoole Lal Qalandar mast mast
    (Another reference to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar)

    Akhi ja malanga tu Ali Ali Ali akhi ja malanga
    Oh my brother, keep saying Ali, Ali, Ali; keep on saying

    Akhi ja malanga sach ape mun len ge
    Oh my brother, Go on saying, they will (themselves) accept the truth

    Aj ne te kal saray Ali Ali can ge
    If not today then tomorrow everyone will repeat Ali, Ali

    Rab ne kinne shaan banaye
    God has blessed countless (people)

    Be karma Te karm kamaye
    He has even blessed the wretched

    Jeda vi Tere dar Te Aaye
    Whoever comes to your doorstep

    O na kaddivi khaali jaye
    Never returns empty-handed

    Shana uchiyaan teria Peera
    Oh teacher (referring to Ali) with lofty grace

    Hovan door haneriyaan Peera
    May the darkness (within me) be purged, Oh teacher

    Aasan he ba teriya Peera
    I have pinned my (very many) hopes in you, Oh teacher

    Soon arzaa aj meeriya Peera
    Grant my requests today, Oh teacher

    Commentary: This song, which has been popular in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, is based on a poem by the Chishti Sufi and musical genius, Amir Khusro, which was later modified by the great Panjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah. The song’s lyrics honor and revere (but do not worship) ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, to whom virtually all Sufi orders trace their lineage, as well as the famous 12th century Sufi saint of Sindh, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

    *A Qalandar is a type of wandering Sufi or dervish who would often live in the wilderness and wear tattered clothes.
    Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was one such Sufi.

    **Drunkenness here refers not to intoxication from alcohol, but to the ecstatic state of remembrance of God.
    As the famous verse of the Egyptian Sufi poet Ibn al-Farid says:
    “In remembrance of the beloved, we drank wine;
    we were drunk with it even before the creation of the vine

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This song, which has been popular in the Indian subcontinent for centuries, is based on a poem by the Chishti Sufi and musical genius, Amir Khusro, which was later modified by the great Panjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah.

The song’s lyrics honor and revere (but do not worship) ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, to whom virtually all Sufi orders trace their lineage, as well as the famous 12th century Sufi saint of Sindh, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

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