"If it were revealed
a little of the heavenly music
that is heard within,
even the dead
will rise from their graves."- Surat Shabd Yoga
"Man Kunto Maula", a part of a famous statement of the Seal of Prophet, upon him be holy benedictions, which is, "Man kunto maula, fa Ali-un Maula" - meaning 'Whoever accepts me as master, Ali is his master too'. This was made on returning back from the Last Pilgrimage of the Prophet (year 632, just months before his passing), he stopped at a place called Ghadir Khum and delivered a sermon. The statement therein for the sufis is the confirmation of spiritual transmission in the path (leaving aside later politicized history related to it and giving rise of party of Ali, known as shiite e Ali).
Just like Mary Magdalene and Thomas were the recipient of mystical esoteric knowledge of Christ, in Islam Imam Ali, may God ennoble his countenance and bless his soul, was one of the leading companion of the Prophet who received mystical esoteric knowledge from Prophet Muhammad. Thus a majority of Sufi lineage goes back to the Prophet through Imam Ali in terms of transmission chain. The statement 'Man Kunto Maula' thus bear an archetypal significance in Islam spirituality where sufis view it as Prophet's public declaration of the transmission and declaring Ali the bearer of the spiritual transmission. There are other famous saying which confirms high status of Imam Ali such as, "Ana Madinat al-'Ilm wa 'Aliyu Babuha", 'I am the city of knowledge and 'Ali is its gate'. Imam Ali is known to be a great gnostic who perfected his realization.
Thus its seen in history that Imam Ali after the passing of the Prophet was more involved in transmitting the knowledge of truth and silently took up the role of a holy teacher. Maula Ali is considered to have acquired the Prophet’s qualities and attributes when he was transmitted the spiritual baraka. Imam Ali's love, noble emulation and devotion for the Prophet was such that sufi orders like the Chishtiyya considers Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali as two expressions of one same mystical Reality.
This particular Qawwali, Man Kunto Maula
is perhaps the most
popular Qawwali (author is Amir Khusrau) and if you happen to attend any Qawwali gathering anywhere in Indian Subcontinent, its very likely that this one will be sung for sure among others (its called Manqabat
and dedicated to Imam Ali's noble memory). The song praises Imam Ali's bravery on the face of injustice and falsehood - and also praises his high spiritual rank.
Below is its lyrics followed by approximate rendition in English:
Shah-E-Mardaan, Shair-E-Yazdaan, > The Qawwali in mp3 audio format (sung by King of Qawwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) can be dowloaded from here.
La Fata illa Ali,
La Saif illa Zulfiqaar
King of the brave, the Lion of God
The Strength for The Lord,
There is none like Ali,
There is no sword like Zulfiqaar
Man Kunto Maula
Khwaja Ali-Un Maula
Whoever I am master to,
Venerable Ali is his Master too.
(Abstract Sufi Chants follows)
Dara Dil E Dara Dil E Dar E Dani
Hum Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray
Om Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray
Yalali Yalali ala, Yala Ray
Tanana Tanana Tanana Tanana
Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray...
Enter into the heart,
Enter into the heart,
Melt therein, You and me
Sing inside in sweet melody.
Maula Ali Maula
Maula Ali Maula
Master is Ali,
Master is he
Ali Shaah-e MardaaN, Imaam-ul-Kabiira
ke ba’d az Nabii shud Bashiir-un-Naziira
Ali is the king of men, the great spiritual leader,
Cause after the Prophet he became
the bearer of glad tidings and warner for mankind.*
Yeh soch na hi bass hae
Kaha haha hae Ali?
Jaha jaha hae haqiqat, uha uha hae Ali
Idhar hae Zaat e Muhammad
Udhar hae Zaat e Khuda
Ini lati huyi hizaboka darme aae Ali Maula,
Maula Ali Maula Maula Ali Maula, Maula Ali Maula
This shall suffice if you realize
at which station is Ali.
Wheresoever inner reality to be found,
there will be found Ali.
There is the mystery of Muhammad,
Here is the mystery of Lord,
and sitting at the secret threshold
is my master Ali.
Her Qalb Ali, Jism Ali, Jaan Ali Hai
Mujh BeSar-O-Samaan Ka Samaan Ali Hai
Imaan Ka Matlaash E Ye Imaan Keh Doon
Iman To Yeh Hai Mera Imaan Ali Hai
Ali Maula, Maula Ali Maula
Maula Ali Maula, Maula Ali Maula
In every heart Ali, face is Ali, my life is in Ali
My faith is this that I have my master Ali
Master Ali, Ali is the Master.
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* Notes: Al-Bashiir ("Bearer of Glad Tidings") and an-Naziir ("the Warner" [for Mankind]) are titles given in the Quran to Prophet Muhammad in Surah Ahzaab (33rd Sura), verse 44: "O Prophet! We have sent you as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad Tidings and a Warner."
This Qawwali song is famously known for its effect on the heart and mind of its listeners, specially when its sung traditionally in the presence of the great saints at their shrines. Qawwali of this nature has a certain quality that often brings spiritual rupture. The psycho-spiritual effect these sufi qawwalis bring are unparalleled. This particular Qawwali often throws people into ecstasy and can be even witnessed in present days at any Qawwali gatherings. Sacred Songs blog
shared two such experiences:
"I cannot describe in words the impact Nusrat's 'Man Kunto Maula' had on me when I first heard this more than 10 years ago ... how it twirled me like a spinning top, and put me on a path to transformation..."
"I heard 'Man Kunto Maula' first time before 4 years.. It was in the voice of Sabri Brothers, and since then, whenever I listen, I never get satisfied by listening just once.. once its on.. i have to repeat at least few times before i listen anything else.."
May the sacred vibrations of this timeless qawwali open the subtle spiritual centers (lataif) of yours. May you also partake in this sacred intoxication amidst the circle of lovers. Madad ya Maula Ali!Lyrics and Translation credit
. Man Kunto Maula
via Nusrat Info
. With additional LyricsThe Episode of Ghadir Khum
. Hadith of the Pond of Khumm
. Ghadir Khumm Event
via Al-Islam Encyclopedia
. Ghadir e Khumm
. Poetry of Amir KhusroMan Kunto Maula | on Youtube
. Man Kunto Maula - Presentation by Legends
. Abida Parveen
. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
. Farid Ayaz
. Sabri Brother
. Zila KhanSource: Mysticsaint | Man Kunto Maula | Sufi Qawwali