Jaane Saqi ki ankhon ne kiya ishara kar diya

aaj hum ne nazar-e-Saqi zuhd-o-taqwa kar diya

Kaabe walon se jo puchi mein ne manzil Yaar ki

buthkade ki janib chupke se ishara kar diya

( I know not what the Saqi’s eyes signalled

but we have rendred up our abstinence and piety in His honour.

When I asked of the Kaaba dwellers the home of the Beloved

a secret gesture pointed the way to the idol-house.)

I heard these at an urs gathering and they have never failed to remind of the “one thing needful”.

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