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Lab pe ati hai Dua banke tamanna me
(Indian Kids Song)

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Sumbul Kamal Akhtar sent this song, and wrote the following about it, "This one here is a children's prayer in Urdu which is even sung in morning assemblies in schools in India. It was written by a freedom fighter by the name of Dr. Iqbal."

Lab pe ati hai Dua banke tamanna me
My heart's desire comes to my lips as a prayer
Children's Song
(Urdu)
Children's Song
(English)

Lap pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri
Lap pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri
 
Zindgi shama ki surat ho Khudaya meri
Zindgi shama ki surat ho Khudaya meri

Door duniya ka mere dam se andhera hojaye
Door duniya ka mere dam se andhera hojaye

Har jagah mere chamakne se ujala hojaye
Har jagah mere chamakne se ujala hojaye

Ho mere dum se yohe mere watan ki zeenat
Ho mere dum se yohe mere watan ki zeenat

Jistara phool se hoti hai chaman ki zeenat
Jistara phool se hoti hai chaman ki zeenat

Zindigi ho meri parwaane ki soorat ya rab
Zindagi ho meri parwaane ki soorat ya rab

Ilm ki shama se ho mujko mohabat ya rab
Ilm ki shama se ho mujko mohabat ya rab

Ho mera kaam ghareebon ki himayat karna
Ho mera kaam ghareebon ki himayat karna

Dardmandon se, Zaeefon se muhabbat karna
Dardmandon se, Zaeefon se muhabbat karna

Mere Allah! Buraee se bachana mujhko
Mere Allah! Buraee se bachana mujhko

Naik jo raah ho us rah pe chalana mujhko
Naik jo raah ho us rah pe chalana mujhko.

My heart's desire comes to my lips as a prayer
God, make my life as one of a candle, a guiding light,

My presence would destroy the darkness of this world,
And my burning light would illuminate all space

My actions would be for my country, beautiful and admired
Just as a flower adds to the beauty of a garden

My life would be like that of a moth that loves light and flies into it, O Lord!
Such would be my love for Knowledge, O Lord!

I would work not but to help the poor
And to fill the lives of the lost and old with love

O God, save me from the evil and wrong
And keep me on the path that is straight and righteous.

Notes

Muhammad Iqbal was born 1877 in Sialkot, Punjab (now part of Pakistan) and died in 1938. He was a poet, philosopher and politician.

Comments

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Sumbul Kamal Akhtar for contributing and translating this song.

Thanks in Urdu

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