This manqabat, song in praise of Imam Ali, is a type of qawwali, one of Hazrat Amir Khusro’s most famous. It revolves around one sentence – a saying of the Prophet Muhammad:
Man Kunto Maula
Fa haza Ali-un Maula
Whoever I am master to,
Ali is his Master too
And last night, I discovered yet another magnificent version of Man Kunto Maula, watch and listen, it is an absolute treat for the soul.
Here’s a great article with some background, lyrics & translation Man Kunto Maula : A Devotional Qawwali of Amir Khusro
Signing off this post with a reminder of the wisdom and eloquence of Imam Ali through a compilation of his sayings in my 100th post No Ordinary Sermon