Asalamualikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
What is the Meaning of National Anthem of India?
Jana gaṇa mana adhināyaka jaya he
Bhārata bhāgya vidhātā
Pañjāba Sindhu Gujarāṭa Marāṭhā
Drāviḍa Utkala Vaṅga
Vindhya Himāchala Yamunā Gaṅgā
Ucchala jaladhi taraṅga
Tav śubha nāme jāge
Tav śubha āśiṣa māge
Gāhe taba jaya gāthā
Jana gaṇa maṅgala dāyaka jaya he
Bhārata bhāgya vidhāta
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!
& is it permitted to sing for muslim children or not?
Muhammad Irfan Naik
Islami Jamiat e Talab J&K
Answered by Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq:
Wa Alaikum-as-Salaam WRWB
Following is almost the literal translation:
Applause to You, O Ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of the Destiny of India.
Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, Maharashtra
Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Bengal
Central India, Himachal, Yamuna and Ganga
and the swinging waves of the sea
They arouse Your Holy Name
They seek your Holy Blessings
They sing the song of Your applause
Applause to you, O giver of happiness to all people
Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Applause to you, applause to you, applause to you.
A longer poem was written by Rabindra Nath Tagore, out of which these stanzas were picked for National Anthem. Tagore declared that he wrote it in God’s praise which means it is a Ham’d (song written in praise of Allah).
No National anthem of any other country is sung in the praise of God. Even Iqbal’s Sare Jahan Se Achchha was in praise of the country and not for the Destiny maker of the country. The supporters of Vande Mataram claimed that he wrote it in praise of King George V and the Queen of England. They want it to be replaced by Vande Mataram.
Whatever the truth, if we sing it with the intention of praising Allah SWT, it is a very good Ham’d.
Salam to all
Syed Abdullah Tariq