My loving dad and I have been exchanging emails for the past couple of days… The latest topic has been about the late Waris Shah (1722-1798). Waris Shah was a great Sufi poet. His work included the very popular Heer Ranjha: an epic love tragedy. His poetry has lived on till today; and continues to strike the emotional chords of humanity.
|Awwal hamad Khuda da vird kariyeIshq kita su jag da mool mian
Pehlaan aap hi Rabb ne ishq kita
Te mashooq he nabi rasool mian
Translation: “First of all let us acknowledge God, who has made love the worth of the world.
It was God Himself that first loved, and the Prophet is His beloved “
Here is a link to a recitation by Iqbal Bahoo to Waris Shah’s poem, Heer: