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Songs of Lalon Phokir: 2

Translated from Bengali by

Carol Salomon

Who wants to go to the other shore?
Come aboard the Prophet's boat.
The boat is formed of shapely wood.
There's no chance of it sinking.

Sailors who don't follow Shariat
will die in a storm
when the first wave hits.
What can their Badar and Gazi do?
Where will they be then?

Those who don't know the Prophet
are infidels in this world.
Their worship is rejected.
Itís written in black and white.

The murshid himself is the Prophet.
There's no mistake about it.
He is God too.
Lalan didn't make this up.
It says so in the Quran.

Published December 25, 2007

Translated by Carol Salomon. Carol Salomon, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of ... (more)

Illustrated by Nilanjana Basu. Nilanjana has been regularly illustrating for Parabaas. She is currently based in California.

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