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Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me ....
By:Jimmy Jamshaid, USA
Date: Thursday, 4 September 2014, 2:37 pm

3 Great poets, 3 different views.....

These three poets are legendary in Urdu literature .

Ghalib(1797 -1869),
Iqbal(1877-1938)
and Faraz(1931-2008)
Ghalib started it in the 19th century .It was a bold statement at the time but then Ghalib was never known for meekness or following the crowd.
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“Zahid, sharaab peene de masjid mein baith kar
Ya wo jagah bataa, jahaan Khuda nahin”

Translation:
Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me the place where there is no God.'

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Allama Iqbal was not convinced.
​ He ​decided to reply about half a century later, his poetic reply to Ghalib
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“Masjid Khuda ka ghar hai, peene ki jagah nahin
Kaafir ke dil mein jaa, wahaan khuda nahin”
​Translation:
Mosque is the abode of God, not a place to drink. Go to the heart of a non-believer because there God is not.

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Faraz had the last word. (Later half of 19th century) .
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“Kaafir ke dil se aaya hun, main ye dekh kar Faraz,
Khuda maujood hai wahaan, par usey pata nahin”
​Translation:
​I have returned from the heart of the disbeliever and I have observed that God is present in his heart too, but he just doesn't know it.

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Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me ....
Jimmy Jamshaid, USA -- Thursday, 4 September 2014, 2:37 pm
Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me ....
*Dr Shabbir, Florida -- Thursday, 4 September 2014, 2:40 pm
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Shan choadhry -- Thursday, 16 January 2020, 12:48 pm
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Dr Shabbir, Florida -- Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:07 pm
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M.Shan -- Thursday, 16 January 2020, 1:18 pm
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Khalil Khan Fakhtawala, Jamaica -- Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:09 pm
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M.Shan -- Thursday, 16 January 2020, 1:21 pm