Ginan: Haq to paak tu baadshaah – You are the Truth and the Pure Majestic King

By Karim Maherali

The Arabic text is a supplication to Imam Ali – Nade Ali. Imam Ali, known for his courage, was often referred to by Muslim as “The Lion of God.” 17 Century India, (Image: Aga Khan Museum)
The Arabic text is a supplication to Imam Ali – Nade Ali. Imam Ali, known for his courage, was often referred to by Muslim as “The Lion of God.” 17 Century India, (Image: Aga Khan Museum)

The Ginan Gist

This Ginan can be considered as the Shia tafsir (interpretation) of Sura Al-Fatiha the first chapter of the Holy Qur’an, which is mentioned at the beginning of our Dua recited thrice a day. The essential message is that the Divine Essence (zaat) which encompasses all the Divine attributes (sifaat) is manifest in Hazarat Aly who is therefore the Mazhar (Epiphany). The Sirat al-Musataqeem (Right Path) is attaining friendship and servant hood of Aly through whom all the Divine guidance, assistance and favours are attained.

Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah has stated in his Memoirs: “The Shias have therefore always held that after the Prophet’s death, Divine power, guidance and leadership manifested themselves in Hazrat Ali as the first Imam or spiritual chief of the devout.”

The above statement is a reflection of verse from Sura An-Nas which is one of the verses recited in the Ziyarat-e-Mayyat:

Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim
Qul a’uzu bi rabbi’n naasi
Malikin-naasi
Ilahin-naasi

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficient , the most Merciful.
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind.
The King of Mankind
The God of Mankind (114: 1-3)

 

Hak tuṅ pāk tuṅ bādshāh

 

Audio: hak tuṅ pāk tuṅ bādshāh: Naz and Alikhan Hasham

 

The Transliteration, Translation and Commentary

 

Haq to paak tu baadshaah
Maherbaan bhi Aly tu(n)hi tu…..1

You are the Truth and the Just, You are the Pure and the Majestic King, You are also the Gracious and Merciful. O Aly You are all.

 

Rab tu(n) Rahemaan tu(n)
Aly awwal aakhar kaazi tu(n)hi tu(n)…..2

You are the Sustainer, you are the Merciful O Aly, O Aly you are the First and the Last Judge, You are all.

 

Te(n) upaayaa te(n) nipaayaa
Sirjannhaar Aly tu(n)hi tu(n)…..3

You originated and you established order, O Aly you are the Creator, You are all.

The verses 1-3 above, are reflected in the verses of the Holy Qu’ran (1: 1-4):

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful (1),
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds (2),
The Beneficent, the Merciful. (3)
Owner of the Day of Judgment, (4),

 

Jal that mool mandal – haarna
Aly hukam teraa bhi tu(n)hi tu(n)…..4

In the water and on the land, You have laid the roots (foundations, of creation),

O Ali everything therein and on is at Your command, You are indeed all.

Comment: This verse alludes to the notion of mono-reality as explained by Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah in his Memoirs: “Thus Islam’s basic principle can only be defined as mono-realism and not as monotheism. Consider, for example, the opening declaration of every Islamic prayer: “Allah-o-Akbar”. What does that mean? There can be no doubt that the second word of the declaration likens the character of Allah to a matrix which contains all and gives existence to the infinite, to space, to time, to the Universe, to all active and passive forces imaginable, to life and to the soul.”

 

Teri dostiye bolya Pir Shams
Me(n) bandaa teraa Aly tu(n)hi tu(n)…..5

In your Friendship, Pir Shams says: I am your servant O Aly, You are all.

Holy Qur’an (1:5-7):

Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help. (5)
Show us the straight path, (6)
The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray. (7)

 

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  1. Thanks for sharing means a lot to know the meanings of our Holy Ginans which we were taught at young age to
    sing but were not taught the meaning of the Ginans. This is indeed very helpful.

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