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The Muslims and Modern Education

(Includes a Verse of Malik Qumi)

The preceptor's teaching was, O foolish Muslim!
Necessary preparations are incumbent on the traveler

The world's ways have changed, such changes have come that
Those who were invaluable once are not even saleable now

That bright flame of yours from which darkness escaped
Now is reduced to a spark, less bright than stars

Cease to be the Invisible's Lover, be the visible's lover
Now influence of the visible God is triumphant over nations

In this garden success for your efforts is not possible
Your snare is worn out and the fast-flying bird is clever

In this age education is the cure for nations maladies
Education is like a lancet for the diseased blood

By the leader's suggestions love of education developed in me
Obeying the command of Khizar is incumbent on the wanderer of the wilderness

But the discerning eye should see my misfortune

Went to pull thorn from foot, the litter disappeared from the sight
I was negligent for a moment it moved by a hundered years

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