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When I was young, I learned a prayer-poem that is sung in many Urdu-speaking families in India, where I was born and lived until I was eight. The poem is also sung all over Pakistan, uniting Pakistani and Indian Muslims across borders and tense relations between the two countries through a shared appreciation for the famous Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal. It is called “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua” and in it, we sing a longing for divine guidance, for the ability to be a light and of service to those in need, so that each person can “do their country proud” by being the best person they can be. The opening lines of the poem are “My longing comes to my lips as supplication of mine! O God! May like the candle be the life of mine! May the world's darkness disappear through the life of mine! May every place light up with the sparkling light of mine! May my homeland through me attain elega...

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