Islamic Justice: The Story of Sultan Murad and a Mason

This is a poem by Dr Mohammed Iqbal about the Islamic justice system. He narrates an incident from the life of Sultan Murad. Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi often cite this poem to exemplify the role of Muslim rulers.

بُود معماری ز اقلیم خجند
در فنِ تعمیر نامِ اُو بلند
There was an architect from the area of Khujand (in present day Tajikistan). He had high acclaim in his art.

ساخت آن صنعت گرِ فرہاد زاد
مسجدی از حکمِ سلطان مراد
That skilled artist, on par with Farhad, built a mosque by the order of Sultan Murad.

خوش نیامد شاہ را تعمیر اُو
خشمگین گردید از تقصیر اُو
The king did not like his construction and became angry over his shortcoming.

آتشِ سوزندہ از چشمش چکید
دست آن بیچارہ از خنجر برید
The eyes of the king inflamed with anger. He cut off the hand of the poor man with dagger.

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جوئی خون از ساعدِ معمار رفت
پیش قاضی ناتوان وزار رفت
Blood stream flowing from cut off arteries, he came weeping to the Justice in this weak condition.

آن ہنر مندی کہ دستش سنگ سفت
داستانِ جورِ سلطان بازگفت
The artisan who crafted stones narrated the cruel treatment of the Sultan.

گفت ای پیغامِ حق گفتارِ تو
حفظ آئین محمدؐ کارِ تو
He said, ”O, you who preach the true words of Allah, you who are pointed to protect the constitution of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace and countless blessings of Almighty Allah be upon him)”.

سفته گوش سطوت شاهان نیم
قطع کن از روی قرآن دعویم
I am not a slave to the king. Decide between us accordint to the Holy Quran

قاضی عادل بدندان خستہ لب
کرد شہ را در حضور خود طلب
The just Justice nipped his lips under his teeth and summoned the king in his Court

رنگ شہ از ہیبت قرآن پرید
پیش قاضی چون خطا کاران رسید
The face of king became colourless from fear of the Holy Quran. The accused was brought before the Justice.

از خجالت دیدہ بر پا دوختہ
عارضِ اُو لالہ ہا اندوختہ
With shame his gaze was fixed on his feet and his face turned red like tulip.

یک طرف فریادیٔ دعویٰ گری
یک طرف شاہنشہِ گردوں فری
On one side there was the poor appellant. At other side was the powerful king.

گفت شہ از کردہ خجلت بردہ ام
اعتراف از جرمِ خود آوردہ ام
The king accepted his guilt, “ I am ashamed of my act. I confess to my crime”

گفت قاضی فی القصاص آمد حیات
زندگی گیرد باین قانون ثبات
The Justice decreed, ”The life is in Qisas. The life sustaines through this just law”

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عبد مسلم کمتر از احرار نیست
خون شه رنگین تر از معمار نیست
“A slave Muslim is not infirior to a free one. The colour of king’s blood is not redder than the blood of the mason”.

چوں مراد این آیۂ محکم شنید
دست خویش از آستین بیرون کشید
When Sultan Murad heard the rule from verse of the Holy Quran, he drew his hand out of sleeve and offered it to be cut off.

مدعی را تابِ خاموشی نماند
آیۂ بالعدل والا حسان خواند
The appellant could not keep his silent and recited the verse of justice and kindness from the Holy Quran.

 

گفت از بہر خدا بخشید مش
از برائی مصطفی بخشید مش
He said, ”I forgive for the sake of Almighty Allah, I forgive for the sake of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace and countless blessings of Almighty Allah be upon him)”.

یافت موری برسلیمانی ظفر
سطوتِ آئینِ پیغمبر نگر
Thus an ant overpowered the King Salman of his time. Just observe the power of the law of Holy Prophet (Peace and blessings of Almighty Allah be upon him).

پیشِ قرآن بندہ و مولا یکی ست
بوریا و مسندِ دیبا یکی ست
In front of the Holy Quran, the man and the slave are one, the rough clothes and the silk wear is same

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farhad_(Persian_literature)

http://tanzil.net/#2:179

وَلَكُمْ فِي الْقِصَاصِ حَيَاةٌ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

http://tanzil.net/#16:90

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ 

 

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