|A righteous Western writer has written|
Who was highly respected among the literateur
“Asia was the marshaling place of Sikandar of Rome
His status was More elegant than even the sky
History attests that in combat with the Romans
The claims of Porus and Dara were vain
At this emperor with the myriad-man army
The blue sky was looking with amazement
Today nobody knows him in Asia
Even the historian does not recognize him
|But Bilal, that humble person with Negroid origin|
Whose nature had been brightened by the Prophethood’s Light
The call whose custodian the breast of Bilal since eternity became
Subservient to which call emperors as well as the indigent became!
Which brings amity between the black and the red
By which the poor and the rich are placed together
That heart-melting song is fresh till the present age
Which the old sky’s ear has been hearing for centuries”
Iqbal! This general blessing is due to whose love?
The Roman has perished, the Negro is immortal!
Translated by: M.A.K. Khalil