Kalaam-e-Mowla Selected Verses for Mayat

khush khabaree dee-o aap jeev, jab saburee keetee;
jees ba(n)dene sabar kee-aa, teese fateh rabane deetee;
khaalak-kee sab khalkat jaanee, koee dukh deve to sabar karanaa;
to usathee tu(n) sahee jeete, aysaa maname(n) dharanaa..........207

Give glad tidings to your soul, when you have exercised patience. The creature that has been patient, has been granted success by the Lord. Knowing the Creator's entire creation, if anyone does harm, be patient. Then through that, you will truly win over him. Keep this in your mind.

saburee teree tuj fateh deve, jeese keesee upar aave balaa;
jo vae saburee kare to usaku(n) fateh deve, bujo aap allaah;
saburee karanhaarku(n) rab dost raakhe, aap rab kare a(n)t peeyaar;
ba(n)daa bhalaa vae jo saburee kare, to katthan velaa rab hove usakaa yaar....208

Your patience will give you success. This applies to anyone upon whom calamities befall. The one who exercises patience, to him success is granted by God. The Lord befriends the one who is patient, his Lord loves him very dearly. Noble is the creature who is patient, then in difficult times, the Lord becomes his friend.

sakhtee chheepaannee moman bhaaee, jo kuchh aap upar beete;
e muravat neeshaanee moman keree, or ehee sabarkee reet;
momeen upar aave jo sakhtee, so sabarse chheepaave;
to khudaaekee dargaahme(n) saburee badale, bohot ajar paave.....210

Do not reveal your difficulties, o momin brothers, that which befall upon you. This is the sign of the modesty of a momin, and it is the way of patience. If calamities befall upon a believer, he hides them through patience. Then in the presence of God, in return for patience, he attains great rewards.

bohot sakhtee jees upar aave, sach us par hove aasaaneekee aan,
ke sakhtee peechhe hae aasaanee, e nuktaa kalaam rabaaneese peechhaan;
momanku(n) jo sakhtee paho(n)che, to use peechhe sahee hove aasaanee;
to duneeyaame(n) jeene kasannee sahee, vo aakabatme(n) hove jan-nat makaanee.........211

If great calamities come upon someone, then in truth this person has earned peace. For after calamities there is peace, know this as a teaching from the Lord. If calamities hit a believer, then truly after that there will be peace. If a person undergoes tribulations in this world, he will have an abode of paradise in the hereafter.

sab gam peechhe hae khushee-aalee, or daaru(n) hae sab dukhanneku(n);
sab sakhatee peechhe hae aasaanee, samajaa-o deel apanneku(n);
dunee-aa ba(n)deekhaanaa hae momanku(n), or kaafarku(n) hae jan-nat tthaam;
moman dunee-aa sakhtee badale, a(n)t paaesee huraa(n) kasar jan-nat mukaam.....224

After every sorrow there is a joyous occasion, and there is a remedy for all unhappy situations. After every difficulty there is rest and calm, make this understood to your hearts. The world is a prison for a believer, and it is a paradise for an infidel. For the worldly tribulations, a momin will attain an abode of paradise.

hee(m)mat baddee eemaan neeshaanee, bhaaee baddee raakho apanee hee(m)mat;
jees keeseekee hee(m)mat baddee, us upar sahee aave rabakee rahemat;
rabakee rahemat so eemaan puraa, usathee aaraam paave jeev or tan;
rabakee rahemat sab aashaa puge, adakaa hove maal or dhan.......312
Great courage is the sign of faith(Imaan). Brothers, be very courageous. The one who has great courage, upon him will be the Lord's mercy and grace. Through the grace and mercy of the Lord, faith is complete, from which the body and soul attains rest. Through the grace and mercy of the Lord, all hopes are fulfilled, and property and wealth increases.

hee(m)mat baa(n)dho zeekar jagaavo, aap ulatt hak a(n)dar dekho;
e jaaher baatan jo kuchh deesataa, hak sahee hay sabame(n) ek;
hak beenaa kuchh khaalee naahee, tu(n) keenaku(n) ddhu(n)ddhan jaave;
aap fanaah ho meel usame(n), to tu(n) raaj ramajku(n) paave...317

Be bound to courage and awaken remembrance, behold in your inner upliftment(of joy and bliss), the truth(of Holy Deedar). Whatever you visualise in the manifest(zahir) and the hidden(batin), the Truth is in all as the One. There is no space which is bereft of the Truth(i.e He is omnipresent), then why do you go away far to seek Him. If you will annihilate yourself(your ego), then you will be in union with Him. Then you will attain the kingdom of mysteries and wonders.

khatam keeyaa ees kalaamku(n) sab jaaher kahe sunaayaa;
so paddo sheekho or suno sunaa-o, yu(n) maulaane hukam farmaayaa;
chaar tareeke hay eesame(n) jaaher, jo samaje so hove kaamal;
har ek harafme(n) hay hak shanaasee, pann paave so jo hove aamal........322

I have completed these sayings(kalaam), and have announced them to all. Then read, understand, listen and announce them, this is the command of the Lord. Four paths(Tariqas) are encompassed in it, those who understand it become perfect. Each word contains means to Divine realisation, but it is only those who follow them attain it.

jees bahestme(n) mot na aave, sohee takhat khudaakaa jaan;
khudaa to sab tthorme(n) bastaa, khaalee nahee us been makaan;
sab kul usame(n) vo sabme(n), baaher bheetar hae bharpur;
aysaa samaj jo usame(n) meeleeyaa, so laa mot huaa usakaa nur...246

The paradise in which there is no death, is truly the throne of God. God is present everywhere, There is no place where He does not exist. Everything is in Him, and He is in everything, He is omnipresent inside and outside. If one has attained such an understanding, then his light has become deathless(immortal).

hak shanaasee khub hay bhaaee, naahakse man vaar;
jaaher baatan hak ta-aalaaku(n), haradam nahee beesaar;
ek dam par do shukaraane, laajam hakake jaan;
saas usaas jo aataa jaataa, so baddee nyaamat hay maan........323

Realisation of God is the best(achievement), o brother, therefore keep your mind away from falsehood. Every moment, do not forget your manifest(zaheri) and hidden(batin) duties towards God. Upon every breathe express gratitude twice, know this as a compulsory act towards God. Every inhaling and exhaling of a breathe is a great boon.

saas usaase samaran kar le, or heeras havaa sab chhodd;
hak beenaa sab heeras havaa hae, tu(n) hakase mohabat jodd;
jo jo sukh dunee-aa ukabaake, sabase deelku(n) vaar;
jo paavegaa vasal hak-kaa, to e sab rahege taabedaar..........324

Upon every breathe, remember God and abandon all the temptations. Without God everything is illusion, therefore bind your love to God. Whatever happiness of this world and the hereafter that you think of, discard them from your heart. If you will attain the abode of the Truth, then all of these will be at your disposal(under your control).

hakakee to kuchh shakal sabeer nahee, or makaan hae laa makaan;
laa makaa(n)se tahatsaraa lag, jo kuj makhafee ayaan;
jaaher baatan jo kuchh deesataa, jo kuchh sunataa kaan;
hak beenaa to khaalee naahee, ye nuktaa khub pahechhaan.......325

God does not have any form and his abode is in the placeless(laa makaan). From the placeless to the undersurface of the earth, that which is hidden or manifest, whatever that is visible, whatever that you hear, without God there is no empty space(God is omnipresent). Be aware of this great mystery.

aval aakhar jaaher baatan, deesataa sunataa so hay;
hay sabaheeme(n) sabase neeyaaraa, or nahee sab vo hay;
ma(n)y or tu(n) kee duee chhodd kar, ek dekh kuchh do nahee(n) hay;
aysaa samaj fanaa ho usame(n), tu(n) nahee tab vo sahee hay...327

The first, the last, the manifest and the hidden, that which is visible and heard, is all He. He is in everything yet he is beyond everything, there is nothing apart from Him. By abandoning the separation between I and you, behold this oneness, there is no duality at all. If you lose yourself in this understanding, you will not exist, it will be He in truth.


Kalam-i Mawla, i.e., the sayings of Imam Ali bin Abu Talib, is a poetical work of 328 verses, composed in Hindi. It is a manual of ethics for believer, stating the virtues to be cultivated and the vices to be shunned. It is recited in the Jamatkhana.

Sind was near Iran and it influenced the local inhabitants to learn the Persian. It also inspired the Ismailis to have knowledge of the Persian language after the time of Pir Dadu (d. 1005/1596) The Ismaili pilgrims of Kutchh, Gujrat and Kathiawar used to seek the services of the Persian speaking Ismailis of Sind and took them in Iran as their guides. In the time of Imam Khalilullah Ali II (d. 1233/1817), a Persian copy of the Kalam-i Mawla into Hindi was found in the prayer-hall of Shahr-i Babak, but the name of the composer could not be ascertained. A certain Syed Baba of Sind had visited Shahr-i Babak on those days as a guide and copied the Kalam-i Mawla into Khojki script and brought it to India. The Akhund family, knowing the Persian spread its copies in other parts of India.

The earliest manuscript of Kalam-i Mawla is dated 1795, implying explicitly that it was composed most probably in the time of Imam Khalilullah Ali. It was printed for the first time in 1860 into Gujrati in Bombay by Alarakhia Kurji under the title of Mawla'ka Kalam (words of the Mawla). It is to be noted that its few stanzas were also presented in the court during the Aga Khan Case of 1866.

It contains 328 stanza divided into 23 different topics. The first eight lines from beginning apparently are the words of the composer, which reads: "The mention of God is the first, the Merciful and the second kalma is for Muhammad, who is the faith of religion. The third epistle is for the Mawla, who related the words into Hindi. This is the treasure of jewels, which has been shown in public." These lines are followed by the first topic of the truthfulness and ends with the subject of courage.

The maxims are designed not in the first person of Ali as saying, but the composer himself relates it in different manner, such as it is the binding of the word (8), the Lord of Zulfikar said (16), Mawla says that (22, 40, 102, 119, 168, 170), the Wali Maqbul himself says (35), Hazrat Shah says (71), the Lord of mystery says (99, 267), the Saqi of Kawthar says (108), the Shah of the Dhuldhul Aswar says (114, 131), Mawla relates (121), Shah Awliya Hazrat Ali Savera says (183), The Lord Mawla Murtza Ali says (206), Shah'i Namdar says (227), Hazrat Amir himself says (246), etc.

KALB [ see QALB ]

Qalaam-e-Mowla - Text and Translation

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  Submitted
Authors  Ibn Abu Talib, Hazrat Ali

Qalaam-e-Mowla - Translation and Summary

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  1982
Authors  Bandali Haji, Alwaez Shamsudin