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King of the Sanctuary
00 :40
qismat mēṁ mērī cain  jīnā likh !
ḍūbē na kabhī
mērā safīnā likh !
jannat bhī gavārā hai, magar mērē liē
ai kātib-ē-taqdīr madīnā likh 
Write in my kismet to have a peaceful life!
Write that
the boat/book of my life never sinks!
Paradise is also acceptable to me, but,
ho, Writer of Destinies, write Medina!
01 :38
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
[both lines x2]
ham ġarībōṁ  din
bhī sam̐var jāēm̐gē
kyā kahēgā jahān
[both lines x2]
āpkē dar  xālī
agar jāēm̐gē?
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
King of the Sanctuary
King of the Sanctuary,
oh, (give us) a look of mercy!
[both lines x2]
(So that) for us too,
the days as destitute ones will be rectified
Oh patron of the poor,
what will the world say
[both lines x2]
if we were to go empty (handed)
from your doorstep?
King of the Sanctuary! [x2]
02 :44
kōī apnā nahīṁ
ġam  mārē haiṁ ham
[both lines x2]
āpkē dar  fariyād
lāē haiṁ ham
varnā caukhaṭ  ham
āpkā nām    mar jāēm̐gē
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
We are stricken with grief,
(having) none of our own,
[both lines x2]
We have brought a petition for justice
upon your doorstep
Hey! A look of mercy!
Otherwise, on your door-frame,
we will die naming you
King of the Sanctuary! [x2]
03 :54
kyā tum  kahūm̐ arab  kum̐var
tum jāntē  man  batiyām̐
āē ummī-laqab!
kāṭē na kaṭē haiṁ ab ratiyām̐
tōrī prīt mēṁ sudh budh sab bisrī
kab tak rahēgī yah bēkahbrī
gāhē bafigan duzdīdāh nazar
kabhī sun bhī   hamārī batiyām̐
What can I say about you, Prince of Arabia?
You know the talk of my heart
At the gallows of separation,
oh, you, Unlettered One, shall really come.
We have been passing the nights with difficulty.
In your affection, all memory is forgotten
for as long as this unawareness will remain.
Cast a furtive glance towards (us) sometime!
Just listen our words too, sometime!
04 :13
āpkē dar  kōī
na xālī gayā
[both lines x3]
apnē dāman  bhar  savālī gayā [x2]
 habīb-ē-hazīṁ [x2]
par bhī āqā nazar
varnā aurāq-ē-hastī
bikhar jāēm̐gē
[both sentences x2]
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
No one ever returned
empty-handed from your door
[both lines x3]
the petitioner left having filled his lap [x2]
Ho! Upon the beloved of sadness (me),
Master, also a look!
Otherwise, the pages of my existence
will scatter
[both sentences x2]
King of the Sanctuary! [x2]
05 :13
maikśō āō āō
madīnē calēṁ [x4]
[both verses x2]
Come, come, wine-drinkers,
let's go to Medina! [x4]
[both verses x2]
05 :44
āō madīnē calēṁ [x2]
isī mahīnē calēṁ!
āō madīnē calēṁ
[both sentences x2]
tajlliyōṁ  ajab
hai fizā madīnē mēṁ [x2]
hai iṁtihā madīnē mēṁ [x2]
ġam-ē-hayāt na xauf-ē-qazā
madīnē mēṁ [x2]
namāz-ē-iśq karēṁgē adā
madīnē mēṁ [x2]
barāh-ē-rāst hai rāh-ē-xudā madīnē mēṁ
Come, let's go to Medina! [x2]
Let's go this very month!
Come, let's go to Medina!
[both sentences x2]
The wonder of splendours
is in the air in Medina [x2]
The end of the ever-seeking gaze
is in Medina [x2]
Neither sorrow of life nor fear of death
in Medina [x2]
We will perform the prayer of love
in Medina [x2]
Clear and direct is the path to God in Medina
06 :48
āō madīnē calēṁ [x2]
isī mahīnē calēṁ,
āō madīnē calēṁ!
Come, let's go to Medina! [x2]
Let's go this very month,
Come, let's go to Medina!
06 :58
maikśō āō āō
madīnē calēṁ [x2]
pīnē calēṁ [x2]
yād rakhō agar [x4]
uṭh gaī ik nazar
jitnē xālī haiṁ sab jām
bhar jāēm̐gē
[last 3 verses x2]
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
Come, come, wine-drinkers!,
let's go to Medina! [x2]
Let's go to drink
from the hand of the cup-bearer of Kausar [x2]
Keep in mind that if [x4]
(just) one look (suddenly) happens
As many wine-cups as are empty,
all will be filled!
[last 3 sentences x2]
King of the Sanctuary! [x2]
08 :08
khauf-ē-tūfān hai
bijliyōṁ  hai ḍar [x2]
saxt muśkil hai āqā
kidhar jāēm̐ ham? [x2]
āp  gar na lēṁgē hamārī xabar
ham, musībat  mārē, kidhar jāēm̐gē
[both verses x2]
tājdār-ē-haram [x2]
There is fear of the storm,
and dread of lightning [x2]
Our difficulty is is severe, master,
to where should we turn? [x2]
If you didn't, indeed, take notice of us
where will we, stricken by calamity, go?
[both verses x2]
King of the Sanctuary! [x2]
08 :51
[both verses x2]
irham lanā  [x2]
dāmān-tū-ī [x2]
pursān-tū-ī [x4]
Oh Mustafa (the chosen one),
Oh Mujtaba (the selected one)
[both verses x2]
show us mercy [x2]
For the hands of all the helpless ones
you are the lap [x2]
I am a sinner
I am feeble
I am alone
Inquire [x4] (on Judgment Day)
about my condition!
09 :10
ai muśk-bēd ambar fiśām̐
ai cārahgar-īsā-nafas!
ai mūnas-ē-bīmār-ē-ġam!
ai qāsid-ē-pharxandā-pā!
tujhkō usī gul  qasam
Oh musk-willow spraying fragrance,
sweet breeze of the early morning
Oh Healer with the Breath of Jesus!
Oh, Consoler of the Afflicted with Grief!
Oh Messenger of the Auspicious Feet!
I swear to you, (by) that same flower
09 :25
in naltī  yā-rīh-a-sabā
yāūmāṁ ilā-arzi-alharam
Oh, morning breeze, if you reach
that sacred land someday,
convey my greetings to the grave
where the revered prophet (rests).
09 :35
[both lines x2]
ham ġarībōṁ  din bhī
sam̐var jāēm̐gē
kyā kahēgā jahān [x2]
āpkē dar  xālī
agar jāēm̐gē?
tājdār-ē-haram [x3]
King of the Sanctuary,
oh, (give us) a look of mercy!
[both lines x2]
(So that) for us too,
the days as destitute ones will be rectified
Oh patron of the poor,
what will the world say [x2]
If we were to go
empty (handed) from your doorstep?
King of the Sanctuary! [x3]

Tajdaar-e-Haram (Hindi: ताजदार-ए-हरम, Urdu: تاجدارِ~حرم) "King of the Sanctuary" is a famous song written by the Indo-Pakistani poet Purnam Allahabadi (his real name was Mohammed Musa). It was performed by the Pakistani Singer Atif Aslam in 2015 during season 8 of the TV musical series "Coke Studio Pakistan"

The Coke Studio version was abridged and arranged, in order to make it appealing to a wider audience.

The title of this song is the phrase tājdār-ē-haram which is in fact 2 words, tājdār and haram, joined by the nexus -e- in a characteristically Urdu way of joining words known as "izafat", in this case it indicates possession or relation.

tājdār means "king", or, more precisely "crowned one", and haram means a sacred of forbidden place (that is where the word "harem" comes from); but in this case it means "sanctuary".
Therefore, the phrase tājdār-ē-haram can be translated as "King of the (Holy) Sanctuary" or "Crowned one of the Sacred/Forbidden Place".

The king in question is the Prophet Muhammad, and the sanctuary is most likely the Kaaba, the structure within the Great Mosque of Mecca that is considered the holiest place in Islam.

Muslims are required to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime. This song, however, doesn't refer to a pilgrimage to Mecca but to Medina, the second holiest city in Islam.

The song's lyrics represent the plea of a Muslim pilgrim towards the Prophet Muhammad, in order to achieve divine grace when travelling to Medina.

The style of the song is a typical South Asian musical composition form called "qawwali". And more specifically, it is a "naat", a type of qawwali that mainly consists of praises to the Prophet Muhammad.

The Prophet Muhammad is called with the following epithets:
  • tājdār-ē-haram: already explained, King or the Sanctuary
  • kātib-ē-taqdīr: Writer of Destinies
  • hāmī-ē-bēksāṁ: Patron of the Poor
  • arab kē kum̐var: Prince of Arabia
  • ummī-laqab: He Who is Called the Unlettered One. This is because Muhammad is believed to have been illiterate before the Quran was revealed to him, and then he is believed to have acquired the ability to read suddenly and miraculously
  • āqā: master, Lord
  • dast-ē-sāqī-ē-kausar: The Cup-Bearer of Kausar. Kausar is a fountain, or body of liquid, believed to be located in the Muslim paradise. The liquid is most likely wine (although, strictly speaking, drinking alcohol is forbidden to observant Muslims)
  • mustafā: The Chosen One (it is also a common given name)
  • mujtabā: The Selected One
  • muśk-bēd: Musk Willow, an aromatic shrub believed to have healing properties
  • paik-ē-nasīm-ē-subah dam: Messenger of the Early Morning Breeze
  • cārahgar īsā nafas: Healer with the Breath of Jesus
  • mūnas-ē-bīmār-ē-ġam: Companion (or Consoler) of the Afflicted with Grief
  • qāsid-ē-pharxandā pā: Messenger of the Auspicious Feet
  • annabī almuhatram: The Revered Prophet

Many of these epithets are not exactly Hindustani, but words with strong Persian, Arabic, or dialectal Urdu influence.

This song was originally popularized by a Pakistani Sufi qawwali band called "The Sabri Brothers". The band was formed in 1956 around its two original and most prominent members, the brothers Ghulam Farid Sabri and Maqbool Ahmed Sabri, and it has remained enormously famous and active until the present day.