Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum (feat. Abida Parveen)

Date of release: 22 Feb, 2019

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  1. Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum

    Yā Ḥayyu Yā Qayyūm
    O the Ever-Living, The Ever-Lasting One!

    Yā Raḥīmu Yā Raḥmān
    O the Most-Merciful, the Beneficent

    Yā ‘Ādilu Yā Mannān*
    O the Just One, O the Bestower (of blessings)

    Yā Ḥāfiẓu Yā Sattār
    O the Protecting One, the Concealing One

    Yā Wāhidu Yā Ghaffār
    O the Only-One, the Forgiver

    Yā Māliku Yā Razzāq
    O the One who owns everything, who provides for everyone

    Tu khāliq-e- har khallāq
    You are the Creator of all creators

    Har rāz tujhe ma‘lūm
    You know every secret

    Yā Ḥayyu Yā Qayyūm
    O the Ever-Living, the Ever-Lasting One!

    Tu mithl hai to la-raib
    You are the quintessence of certainty

    Tu pak hai to be-aib
    You are pure and immaculate

    Tu zistka hai unwan
    All life begins from You

    Tu sakhir-e-har udwan
    You are the Subduer of all enemies

    Teri zat hai azz-o-jal
    Your being is eternal

    Tu har mushkil ka hal
    You are the solution to every problem

    Har samt hai teri dhum
    You are known all over


    Raag: Ahir Bhairav
    Commentary: Although the exact origins of this qawwali are unknown, it is sometimes sung to revere the 12th century Sufi saint, Fariduddin Masud Ganjshakar (or Baba Farid) of the Indian subcontinent. A direct descendant of the second caliph of Islam, ‘Umar ibn Khattab, his poetry is also included in the Guru Granth Sahib — the most sacred scripture of Sikhism. Not only are the verses of this qawwali based on his teachings, but the opening verse of the qawwali, “Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum” were the last words Baba Farid uttered. It is related that on the 5th of Muharram, in the year 1266 (according to the Gregorian calendar), Baba Farid became unconscious after the ‘Isha (evening) prayer. When he regained his consciousness, he inquired of those present, “Have I offered my ‘Isha prayer?” Although those present answered in the affirmative, Baba Farid replied, “Let me offer it once more for I may not get another chance.” So, he performed ablution again and offered the ‘Isha prayer a second time. Then he fell unconscious once again. On regaining consciousness, he once more performed his ablution and said the ‘Isha prayer for a third time. Whilst still in prostration, he uttered, “Ya Hayyu Ya Qayyum”, and his soul left his body. That is why, for hundreds of years, this qawwali has been sung at the death anniversary of Baba Farid.

    *In the original version, the word used here was “Dayyān” but this has been replaced to “Mannān” (The Bestower).

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