To Sir Akbar Hyderi the Chief Minister Of Hyderabad Deccan
On receiving a cheque of one thousand rupees as ‘entertainment’ from the privy purse of the Nizam, which is in the charge of the Chief Minister
|It was God’s command that the pomp of Parviz|
Be given to the qalandar, for he has angelic attributes.
I was told: Take it and be an emperor;
Confer permanence on the ephemeral with your talent.
I would have much honoured this trust—
All bitterness tastes sweet to the mouth of a dervish.
However, the self-respect of faqr could not accept it
When He said: this is the charity of my Godhead.
Translated by: K. A. Shafique