My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last: A Thematic Investigation

  • Muhammad Ali Shahid Principal, the Hope College of Science & Management Sillanwali, Sargodha Pakistan
  • Anser Mahmood Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature the University of Lahore Sargodha Campus, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Shaffaqat MPhil Scholar, the University of Lahore Sargodha Campus
  • Farooq Ahmad MPhil Scholar, the University of Lahore Sargodha Campus



"My Neighbour Friend, Breathing His Last" is an elegy written in response to the death of a friend, guide, and mentor, and it describes the agonies of death. Baba Bulla Shah wrote the poem in Saraiki, and A.R Luther translated it into English. Shah, a Sufi poet and Muslim devotee, believes that this world is only temporary. A.R. Luther sought out Islam after his conversion to Islam and shared its secrets with humanity. His translation of this poem demonstrates his zeal for proselytising. Islamism promotes an existential perspective on life on Earth. Men were created for men to be prepared for the next life. Thematic Analysis was used to identify thematic elements in the poem. The purpose of the study was to find the points in the poem under study where the essence of the poem can be found. The fact that his guide is no longer alive horrifies and devastates him. He is suffering from separation anxiety. What will he do when it comes time to bid his mentor farewell? His Guide will have a meeting with God. He is Allah's servant. He believes that God's love is essential for the success of man in this world and hereafter. He seeks guidance from only one source in this critical situation: Allah. God is everywhere, constantly watching over and supporting those who are in need.

Keywords: Elegy, Pangs of Separation, Thematic Analysis Islamism, Death

How to Cite
SHAHID, Muhammad Ali et al. My Neighbour Friend Breathing His Last: A Thematic Investigation. Journal of Religious Studies, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 56-86, dec. 2021. ISSN 2663-0206. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 oct. 2022.