Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan: Ye Hausla

This week's song is an ode to the spark of courage that exists in each of us. Courage is like a candle burning in our hearts inviting us to keep following an imperceptible faith that all will be well in the end. Courage then is not the absence of fear, but our ability to go ahead inspite of fear.

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"I ran the Boston Marathon out of love. I believe that love is the basis of all meaningful human endeavor. Yet it was a love that was incomplete until it was shared with others."

~Bobbi Gibb~

When Bobbi Gibb applied to run in the Boston Marathon fifty years ago in 1966 they rejected her saying: “Women are not physiologically able to run a marathon, and we can’t take the liability.” On the day of the marathon, Bobbi hid in the bushes and waited for the race to begin. When about half of the runners had gone past she jumped in.

She wore her brother’s Bermuda shorts, a pair of boy’s sneakers, a bathing suit, and a sweatshirt. As she took off into the swarm of runners, Gibb started to feel overheated, but she didn’t remove her hoodie. “I knew if they saw me, they were going to try to stop me,” she said. “I even thought I might be arrested.”

It didn’t take long for male runners in Gibb’s vicinity to realize that she was not another man. Gibb expected them to shoulder her off the road, or call out to the police. Instead, the other runners told her that if anyone tried to interfere with her race, they would put a stop to it. Finally feeling secure and assured, Gibb took off her sweatshirt.
As soon as it became clear that there was a woman running in the marathon, the crowd erupted—not with anger or righteousness, but with pure joy, she recalled. Men cheered. Women cried.

By the time she reached Wellesley College, the news of her run had spread, and the female students were waiting for her, jumping and screaming. The governor of Massachusetts met her at the finish line and shook her hand. The first woman to ever run the marathon had finished in the top third.


Lyrics and translation:

Rishtey Bharose Chahat Yakeen
Un Sabka Daaman Ab Chaak Hai
Samjhe They Hathon Mein Hai Zameen
Mutthi Jo Kholi Bas Khaak Hai
Dil Mein Yeh Shor Hai Kyon
Imaan Kamzor Hai Kyon
Nazuk Yeh Dor Hai Kyon?

Relationships, faith, love and confidence
All these things are injured now
I used to think that I have some wealth
but when I opened my fist there is nothing
Why this restlessness in my heart?
Why is my faith not strong?
Why is this thread so weak?

Yeh Honsla Kaise Jhuke,
Yeh Aarzoo Kaise Ruke
Manzil Mushkil To Kya
Dhundhla Saahil To Kya
Tanha Yeh Dil To Kya

How can this courage fail?
How can this hope diminish?
So what if it is a difficult goal?
So what if the shore is foggy?
So what if my heart is alone?

Raah Pe Kaante Bikhre Agar
Us Pe To Phir Bhi Chalna Hi Hai
Shaam Chupa Le Sooraj Magar
Raat Ko Ek Din Dhalna Hi Hai

If thorns are strewn on the path,
you still need to walk on,
The evening might cloak the sun,
but the night has to end as dawn.​

Rut Yeh Tal Jayegi
Himmat Rang Layegi
Subah Phir Aayegi

This season will pass,
Your valor will bloom
Sunshines will resume​

Hogi Hume Jo Rahmat Adaa
Dhoop Kategi Saaye Tale
Apni Khuda Se Hai Yeh Duaa
Manzil Laga Le Humko Gale

If mercy is granted to us,
The summer will pass in shade
I pray to God this way:
May our destination embrace us.​

Zurrat Sau Baar Rahe
Uncha Ikraar Rahe
Zinda Har Pyaar Rahe

May there be infinite courage
To uphold my commitment 
May each love thrive

Credits: Vivek

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