Allama Iqbal Was Not A Mere Poet
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Published: Thu, 04 May 2017
In this paper, I will try to throw light upon Iqbal’s life and his special interest in promoting Khudi – the secrets of self in youth and the issues pertaining to Muslim Ummah in today’s time. Allama Iqbal was not a mere poet, in fact he was a great Philosopher and Thinker, a geo-political analyst, and a visionary. To be more precise, he was mystic poet – a saint who was assigned the task to alter the lives of Muslims through his poetry. As Allama Sahib himself said,
“I am two personalities in one; the outer is practical and business-like, the inner is dreamer, philosopher and mystic.”
Furthermore, in one of the articles about his basic life sketch, Mustansir Mir wrote,
“Iqbal is capable of writing biting satire. Two examples are: “Give Me another Adversary”, in which Satan argues that he deserves a better rival than Adam, and “Scorpion Land,” which criticizes slave mentality.”
Before, exploring the mystic world of Iqbal, let’s have a general view on his life.
Allama Iqbal, great poet-philosopher and active political leader, was born at Sialkot, Punjab, in 1877. He descended from a family of Kashmiri Brahmins, who had embraced Islam about 300 years earlier.
Iqbal received his early education in the traditional maktab. Later he joined the Sialkot Mission School, from where he passed his matriculation examination. In 1897, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Government College, Lahore. Two years later, he secured his Masters Degree and was appointed in the Oriental College, Lahore, as a lecturer of history, philosophy and English. He later proceeded to Europe for higher studies. Having obtained a degree at Cambridge, he secured his doctorate at Munich and finally qualified as a barrister.
He returned to India in 1908. Besides teaching and practicing law, Iqbal continued to write poetry. He resigned from government service in 1911 and took up the task of propagating individual thinking among the Muslims through his poetry.
By 1928, his reputation as a great Muslim philosopher was solidly established and he was invited to deliver lectures at Hyderabad, Aligarh and Madras. These series of lectures were later published as a book “The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam”. In 1930, Iqbal was invited to preside over the open session of the Muslim League at Allahabad. In his historic Allahabad Address, Iqbal visualized an independent and sovereign state for the Muslims of North-Western India. In 1932, Iqbal came to England as a Muslim delegate to the Third Round Table Conference.
In later years, when the Quaid had left India and was residing in England, Allama Iqbal wrote to him conveying to him his personal views on political problems and state of affairs of the Indian Muslims, and also persuading him to come back. These letters are dated from June 1936 to November 1937. This series of correspondence is now a part of important historic documents concerning Pakistan’s struggle for freedom.
On April 21, 1938, the great Muslim poet-philosopher and champion of the Muslim cause, passed away. He lies buried next to the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.
Many people have conducted research on Iqbal’s life. This list of people does not consist of only Muslims; rather Non-Muslims are far ahead in this field. Although Iqbal’s poetry was supposed to shake Muslims, nonetheless, on most of the occasions it is witnessed that West has taken advantage of it far better than we did. Similarly, Muslims in Iran and Turkey are quite fond of Iqbal’s poetical work. However, change is in the air. A sense of responsibility has arisen in Pakistani Muslims; therefore, some radical steps have been taken for promoting the message of Iqbal. The notable example in this context is of Iqbal Academy. Many articles, books and papers have been written on his life and work. Apart from that some other autohers like Late Prof. Muhammad Munawwar Mirza, A.R.Tariq, Maqbool Elahi, Alia Naushahi etc. have done some notable work in this area. They have discussed different aspects of Iqbal’s personality. For example, Alia Saleem Naushahi in her book Wasteland and Javednama; did a comparative study of the worldviews of Muhammad Iqbal and T.S.Eliot. In this book she discussed the true purpose and nature of poets in the light of Iqbal and Eliot’s work. One of the quotations explaining the importance of poets in a society is as follows,
“A nation without a poet is like a heap of clay.”
(Iqbal’s line quoted by Dr. Annmarie Schimmel in her Gabriel’s Wing.)
The nature of a poet is entirely searching
He is the creator and cherisher of wishes
The poet is like the heart in the breast of the nation
(Javed Nama, 724)
Alia further writes in her book; according to Mustansir Mir, the poet can be termed as an “eye” of the nation. This metaphor brings to mind three roles of the poet, “Those of guide (like the eye, the poet looks out, guiding the nation on its path), visionary (like a sheer, he has insight into the future and wishes to share this with others) and a well-wisher or comforter (he is full of sympathy for the other members of society and like the eye weeps for their suffering).” The poet then serves as the collective conscience of the people.
Allama Iqbal, no doubt, was a poet like Alia has described. He is the collective conscience of the people. Since we have forgotten him and his work, thus we have started losing the conscience and have lost the way. The reason behind forgetting Iqbal is beautifully described in a book How to read Iqbal by Shansur Rahman Farooqi. He writes in his book,
‘But a reason for their declining popularity with the common reader could be that he is not all that excited with Iqbal’s role as Haki-ul-Ummat and Shair-e-Mashriq.’
I personally enjoyed reading Munawwar Mirza’s work. Prof. Muhammad Munawwar Mirza was a prominent Iqbal scholar, historian, writer and intellectual from Pakistan. He wrote a number of
books and journals on Allama Iqbal’s life and work. Iqbal, for him, was a passion not a profession.
He is extremely well-qualified on writing about Iqbal’s work & life. Dimensions of Iqbal is seventh, but third to appear in English, book devoted exclusively to Iqbalian Studies. Each article opens new vistas of thought and, in a sense; all these articles could be regarded as so many paths leading to the same summit of understanding. It is interesting to note that Munawwar Mirza has selected an article for the opening of this volume that recapitulates the process of growth of Iqbal’s minds and offers a brief overview of his litereary achievements. In this book, chapters like ‘Iqbal on Self-Evasion’, ‘Iqbal on Metaphorical death’ and ‘Iqbal and the test of Faith’ emphasize upon the subject of self realization, its stages and different obstacles that hamper the way to realize one’s self, that is, the pre-ontological principle of all existence.
In the twenty first century, Iqbalaian Studies has taken the advantage of technology. There are a number of websites, electronic juournal and articles on the life and work of Allama Iqbal. Some of the notable examples in this context are of DISNA group (disna.us) & allamaiqbal.com. They not only provide poetry in different languages but explanation of verses is also there for the better understanding of the reader. These sites also include articles by foreign authors like Safet Becktovit, Lissi Ramussen, Prof. Dr. Annemarie Schimmel and Dr. Theodore Jórgensen.
Nevertheless, less work has been done on discussing the spiritual dimensions of Muhammad Iqbal. Most of the time, he is merely considered a revolutionary poet and a great philosopher. No doubt he was that, but he was not like other revolutionary thinkers and poets. He was a foreseer and a saint – a Darwaish & Qalandar. As in the book Dimensions Of Iqbal Prof. Munawwar quoted Iqbal’s address to Cambridge students in December 1931 in London. He said,
“I would like to offer a few pieces of advice to the young men who are at present studying at Cambridgeâ€¦â€¦. I advise you to guard against atheism and materialism. The biggest blunder made by Europe was the separation of Church and State. This deprived their culture of moral soul and diverted it to the atheistic materialism. I had twenty-five years ago seen through the drawbacks of this civilization and therefore had made some prophecies. They had been delivered by my tongue although I did not quite understand. This happened in 1907- – After six or seven years, my prophecies came true, word by word. The European war of 1914 was an outcome of the afore-said mistakes made by the European Nations in the separation of the Church and the State.”
There are many examples of Allama Iqbal’s prevision and many of them are mentioned in this book. However, we – Muslims ignore them on most of the occasions and our enemies are well aware of the importance of Iqbal’s foresights. We have been strayed from this path deliberately through a well planned game. But it is the time that we revive Iqbal in our lives, in order to achieve what we are destined for. In this paper, I will try to explore the mystic and mysterious world & dimensions of Iqbal in the light of his and Prof. Munawwar’s work.
Iqbal – The Mysterious:
Allama Iqbal was a mysterious man. He was an extraordinary person. The title “Thinker of Pakistan” does not do justice; he was more than that – Thinker of Ummat e Muslima. He was a
foreseer and revolutionary figure. His entire work is based on Quran and Hadith. His poetry was not only for the making of Pakistan, in fact his work is for this age and the coming one too. As
the famous Iranian poet Bahar said,
“Our time is Iqbal’s time.”
Similarly, Prof. Arnold – famous teacher of Allama Iqbal – said on an occasion,
“Iqbal is a man of his age. He is a man ahead of his age and he is a man at war with his age.”
Our enemies are well aware of Iqbal’s importance. Deliberate attempts are made for side lining him from our lives, as they cannot eliminate his work completely. In order, to know their actual objectives; one should be familiar with the hidden and inner personality of Allama Iqbal.
Mystic and mysterious Iqbal is present among us in one way or another. Many people have thrown light upon his this dimension. In the coming passages, I will explain it with the help of some incidents narrated by notable figures.
Iqbal had secret meetings with saints. The following incident was quoted by Khurshid Nadeem in his program Alf. The actual narrator of this incident is Allama Iqbal’s special servant Ali Bakhsh.
“One night Iqbal called me in his room. It was quite late; when I entered I saw that a very pious man with bright face was sitting on the sofa and Iqbal was on the floor pressing his legs. I had never seen that guest before in my life. Iqbal asked me to bring three glasses of sweet Lasi. I was astonished because it was impossible to find it at that time. But I left. When I went out of the house, I saw another pious man selling milk and yougurt. I went there and asked him for three glasses of sweet Lassi. He gave it to me in a bowl but when I tried to pay him, he plainly refused and said, ‘It is ok between me and Iqbal.’ Later, I gave it to Iqbal and he filled first glass of Lassi and presented it to the pious guest. After the guest drank it Iqbal presented him another glass. But when he presented him third glass he refused to take it and said, ‘You should drink too.’ Then Iqbal asked me to leave. After some time, he called me again and asked me to accompany the guest to the door. The pious guest was ahead of me and as I reached the gate, I saw the pious guest disappeared on the road. When I looked out, neither there was any shop, nor the pious shop keeper. I was shocked. I asked Iqbal about the two pious persons but he refused to tell me. Nonetheless, I kept on asking him for next few days and at last he told me that the pious guest sitting in the room was Hazrat Khwaja Moin ud Din Chisti (R.A.) and the pious shop keeper was Hazrat Ali Hajveri (R.A.) known as Daata Ganj Bakhsh. But he forbid me about telling it to anyone else.”
Dr. Javed Iqbal verified that Ali Bakhsh also told him about it. Moreover, Prof. Munawwar Mirza also quoted it in his book.
Allama Iqbal was sent to this world as a visionary and a seer. He was a threat to them who wanted to control people and make them their slaves. Iqbal had the ability to revive the lost soul. He shook the basis of Zionist system with his poetry. Free Masons and Zionists have one basic rule: Do not be afraid of huge armies and weapons, be afraid of philosophers and thinkers and
especially those one who can instill a new spirit in the dead bodies and minds of people. Thus, Iqbal is a clear threat to the current agenda of Zionists and Masons. They are making us slaves by controlling our mind, food, education and ultimately our soul.
The whole point behind removing Iqbal’s work from our lives is that then we will not be able to decipher the complicated dirty tricks of these people. Allama Iqbal is not only a threat to Zionists because of his work; he is a danger to them because his ideas are based on Pan-Islamism. He was a staunch supporter of Caliphate. He was called Hakeem-ul-Ummat because he had the answers to the issues pertaining to Muslims at that time and also at this time. In order to understand this, one should be aware of the three important phases/ stages of Muslim Civilization.
Qurun-e-Ula: The first stage of Muslim civilization which started after the death of our dear Holy Prophet (May peace and blessings be upon Him.) During this age, Muslims were at peak. They were strong not only ideologically but also economically. In fact, all the major Muslim cities were centre of gravity. Muslims were spreading their ideology, religion and values to other cities and conquered a number of places.
After Qurun-e-Ula: After many 100 years of Qurun-e-Ula, the second stage of Muslim civilization started. During this period, Muslims were not expanding their boundaries; rather they were defending their holy lands. Although they were under attack during this time, yet they were stable and strong due to the staunch believe in religion and adherence to the ideology. They faced the great massacre in Baghdad by Genghis Khan. Nonetheless, they bore it with patience and quickly gathered their strengths and fought gracefully with the Crusaders. Ottoman Empire also came to peak during this time. In short, Muslims faced trouble in the second stage; however, they were still at peak.
Doomed & Gloomed: The third stage of Muslim civilization was full of gloom. It started almost 250 years later especially with 1757 war of Plessey. East India Company invaded Bengal and the downfall of Muslims started. It became worse with the downfall of Ottoman Empire in 1921. Muslims were unable to stabilize themselves because they were in slumber; unaware of their ideology. It was this period during which Allama Iqbal was born. It was decided with his birth that the rise of Muslims will start.
One question often arises that if Iqbal was destined to change the conditions of Muslims and unite them to form Caliphate again then why he was born in this region – Pakistan? Well, the answer to this question unveils the futuristic importance of this area.
Being a Muslim we all are aware of Ghazwa-i-Hind. Many Hadiths point toward this event. Some of them are:
Hazrat Kaab R.A. narrated. Once Holy Prophet (May Peace and Blessings be upon Him) said,
“One of the Kings of Bait-ul-Muqadas will launch Battalion to India. Muslims will conquer India, capture their treasures, then King will use these treasures to decorate Bait-ul-Muqadas. That Battalion will present the rulers of India enchained with clutches in front of King. His warriors with permission of King will conquer all the area between east and west and will stay in India will the arrival of Dajjal.”
“Hazrat Sufwan bin Umru R.A. narrated that Holy Prophet Peace and Blessings upon him said, some people from my Ummah will fight India and Allah will give them success till they will
enchain the rulers of India in clutches. Allah will forgive sins of these Mujahadeens / warriors. And on their way back to Damascus they will find Hazrat Essa A.S.”
Holy Prophet (PBUH) Discussed India with Hazrat Abu Huraira (RA) and told that:
“One of your Battalion will fight in India, Allah will give success to them to the level that they (Mujahideen) will enchain their (Hindus) rulers with clutches, and Allah will forgive sins of these warriors and when they return they will find Hazrat Esa (AS) in Damascus.”
Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A.) said,
“If I had opportunity to participate in this war then I will sell all of my old and new belongings and will participate. When Allah will give us success and when we will return I will be an independent Abu Huraira who will come to Damascus and will find Hazrat Esa (AS). O my Holy Prophet (PBUH) I will have very strong desire at that time to got to him and tell him that I am your companion.”
There is no doubt in it that whatever is told to us, will be fulfilled now or then. We are at battle with highly educated and equipped people. They are not only qualified in worldly knowledge but they have also specialized in all those disciplines which could be useful and harmful for them. Zionists and Free Masons do know that their final show down will be with Muslims. Therefore, they are enchaining our minds and soul so that we could not fight them when the time reaches. Allama Iqbal’s poetry makes a person free thinker. He questions the lies and appreciates the truth. Iqbal’s poetry makes a Muslim Moomin. And the history verifies that a moomin fights fearlessly even if he does not have any worldly support. Our enemies are not unaware of Battle of Badar, Battle of Uhad, Crusade Warsâ€¦..etc. This list can go on and on. Therefore, the solution for avoiding such situations in future is
The mendicant whom death can’t affright,
Take Mohammad’s soul from his mould and expedite.
(ORDERS OF SATAN TO HIS POLITICAL PROGENY)
Strategies employed by enemies:
Now let’s analyze the methods which Zionist lobby has used for removing Iqbal from our lives.
There was a time when Iqbal was part of our syllabus. We were used to read his poems in our Urdu books since 2nd standard. Almost ten years back, six poems of Iqbal were part of Matriculation and Intermediate course. But it has been reduced to two.
Another important point is that books like Darb-i-Kalim, Israr-i-Khud, Ramuz-i-Bekhudi and Armaghan-i-Hijaz never made to the syllabus. These are the books which reveal the secrets of one’s true self. In these books Iqbal has taken reality to the extreme heights. Especially in Ramuz-i-Bekhudi, he has presented such kind of requests to Holy Prophet (May Peace and Blessing be upon Him) which shakes the Mulla system created by the Zionist lobby. He says,
But now the Muslim is estranged a new
Unto the Prophet’s secret; now once more
God’s sanctuary is an idols’ shrine;
Manat and Lat, Hubal and Uzza-each
Carries an idol to his bosom clasped;
Our sheikh-no Brahman is so infidel,
Seeking his somnath stands within his head.
Arabia deserted; he is gone
with all his being’s baggage, slumberous
Thirty years back, every child knew famous poem Lab py Ati Haiâ€¦â€¦ know as Bachay ki Dua (Child’s Prayer). Every single verse of this poem instills the spirit of morality, responsibility and love for religion, education and country. But now we teach our children Twinkle Twinkle, Baba Black Sheep or Jingle Bells. It did not happen quickly, slowly and gradually, Zionist agenda fed us through media and our government. Hence, nowadays you are backward if you know Iqbal or read any of his work.
Another method employed for stopping Iqbal is by stopping those who promote him. Many such incidents have been noticed. One of the prominent examples in this context is of Dr. Annemarie Schimmel. She was immensely loved by people during her life. Her work was used to be published and appreciated. But now, after her death, her books are neither published nor discussed in public. It is because she devoted her whole life in studying, understanding and promoting love for Sufism and Islam. Her work includes Gabriel’s Wing: Study into the Religious Ideas of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, Rumi’s World: The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet, Mystical Dimensions of Islam etc. If her work is still published and promoted as it was done in her life, then Zionists would not have achieved the goal of spreading disinformation and hatred.
One last and the most foolish way of spreading hatred for Iqbal is by spreading disinformation among people about his personality. For example, some people often accuse Iqbal for being alcoholic. Well, they never give a satisfactory and logical proof for such nonsense. However, I would like to share one incident which would be enough for proving it wrong.
“When Iqbal was an infant her mother (Immam BiBi) stopped feeding her because she was doubtful about the source of income of Nur Muhammed (father of Iqbal). He tried to convince her that his source of earning was legal and legitimate. But she plainly refused to accept it. Moreover, she did not feed him until she became sure about the source of earning.”
Now the question arises, how a person can consume something which is prohibited in Islam and also when he is quite close to Allah Almighty and Holy Prophet (May Peace and Blessings be upon Him). He was brought up in an environment which was according to the true spirit of Islam. Such propaganda is initiated just to defame one, but all such attempts are lame in this case.
Issues faced by Islam and Muslims:
What issues are we facing today?
In this age Muslims and Islam are encircled by various issues and problems. Nonetheless, the purpose behind raising such problems is to weaken them. Let’s have a brief look on some of
The Muslim countries, nowadays, are either invaded by Jews or Christians or face different types of bans. For example, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates etc. are invaded or occupied by American forces & Zionists. On the other hand, countries like Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey are facing various bans merely because they still have their own opinion and the ability to defend them. One interesting thing is that Pakistan is the only Muslim country which is also a nuclear power. That is why, it faces the most problems. After her comes Iran which is struggling hard to be a nuclear power. Nevertheless, here I will discuss issues pertaining to Pakistan.
Pakistan is that country which is an ally of America in the war against terrorism yet she is passing through the most difficult phase. Terrorist activities like suicide bombings, drone attacks, interventions of foreign secret agencies in our defense programs and above all imposition of puppet government on us. Through this government they are buying the assets of Pakistan and making us their slaves. They want everyone to think democracy to be the only solution of every problem. For achieving this solution, they are trying to impose it everywhere especially in Muslim countries.
They are not only making us their slaves by controlling our Parliament and President House; they are doing this job in a far better way through media. With the help of Print and Electronic media, they are implanting their ideas in our minds so that we could become better slaves. Some people deny this bitter reality because they consider themselves clever and intelligent. Nonetheless, they are unaware of the fact that our enemies are clever enough not to be out smarted.
The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that we consider every single thing to be true which comes from west. Today our source of information and education is America and Europe. They are educated, cultured, modern and intelligent nations. Ok! True if definition of education, culture, intelligence, and modernization is materialism; then they are what people think of them. But for me they are in the state of biggest crisis. In short, they are feeding us don’t think; just accept what West tells you?
Be realistic is another problem i.e. keep religion out of your daily life business. It is for special occasions only.
Most of the above mentioned issues were faced by western countries in early 1900s. It was the time when they were being made slaves by Zionist lobby. This fact is quite confusing because what we, Muslims, know is that we are hated because of our religion. It is true, but still there is a separate group which is working for some big agenda – an ultimate goal. That group believes in only two classes – elite class & working class. This group has been there for centuries. In the time of Crusade wars they existed with the name Templar Knights. Nowadays, they are present under different titles according to hierarchy like Zionists, Free Masons & Satanists (member of Illuminati). Their ultimate goal is to promote New World Order (NWO), the government for
Anti-Christ or Dajjal. Being a Muslim we are familiar with Dajjal and his tact. He will rule people because of two reasons.
Because most of them would be mentally enchained, thus physically his slave.
People would be far away from their religion.
In fact, the above mentioned reasons are interrelated. If one is close to the religion and follows it whole heartedly then Allah Almighty will keep one on the right path and will protect from Dajjal’s sedition. Therefore, religion is the only key to safety. Among all the religions in the world, Islam is the only one which is safe and protected from the mischief of our enemies. It is the only complete religion which addresses every single problem in this world. Though, Zionists cannot change Islam or remove it from the face of the Earth, yet they can astray Muslims from the right path. And they do it by initiating new sects, promoting false prophets, and by defaming it. All these techniques are employed today. All of these dirty methods of them are discussed by Iqbal in his writings. Let’s discuss them one by one.
First, issue was about invading Muslim countries and imposition of their form of governments on us. Our lands are occupied because we have forgotten our religion, values and forefathers. We belong to the four Caliphs, Hazrat Khalid Bin Waleed, Sallah-ud-Din Ayubi, Noor-ud-Din Zangi, and Tariq-bin-Ziyad etc. But our problem is that we want Bertrand Russell, Plato, Aristotle, they are the answers to our problems. This current state of ours was being foretold by Iqbal in his poem Khatab-ba-Jawanan-e-Islam (Address to the Youngsters of Islam). Not only in this but he has discussed this state of us in various poems. He did not only identify our problems but gives us the solution. Allama Iqbal deciphered the under table strategies of enemies and gave us the solution to the problem. Islam has already described form of government, Iqbal made it more understandable.
In the chapter “Iqbal’s Idea of Democracy” of Dimensions of Iqbal, Prof. Munawwar states that democracy of Iqbal’s liking requires the candidate whose first and foremost qualification is “spotless character, freedom from physical and moral infirmities, whereas the elector is required to possess above all other qualifications the attribute of “good reputation as an honest man.” Western democracy does not lay down such condition. Iqbal discussed it in an article Political thought in Islam published in 1910 and he referred to Al-Mawardy in it. For Iqbal, Islamic government has to be God’s kingdom on earth. And this is intolerable for Zionists. Iqbal once wrote to Prof. Nicholson and made the meanings of Islamic government manifest thus:
“The Kingdom of God on Earth means the democracy of more or less unique individuals, presided over by the most unique individual possible on this earth.”
In short, Allama Iqbal wants us to realize that Shariat regime is the best regime ever known to mankind. Further, it has been practically implemented in the times of Four Caliphs (R.A.). Then why not know? It is due to our mentality.
Rest of the three issues has one root cause which is Mind Control. We have become such good slaves that we cannot even differentiate between what is good for us and what is wrong. Education being given to us promotes their school of thought not ours. Their purpose behind this is to ruin our cultural and religious values. Allama Iqbal has pointed this out in his poem Religion and Education in Darb-e-Kalim. He says,
I know the modes of those who guide the creed,
though lacking truth, of vision boast, indeed.
The teaching that the English have devised
‘Gainst Faith and ties has great intrigue contrived.
That race is doomed to bondage and much pain,
which justice for its Ego can’t attain.
The faults of one man Nature can reprieve,
but groups for crimes no par don can receive.
He always wanted to promote Khudi – the secret of self in us especially the youth. If we had explored ourselves then the situation wouldn’t have worsen like this. As he said,
Thou hast lost thy Selfhood, and now
try thy best to capture it.
In hundreds of poems, Iqbal is giving us the message to revive our Khudi and explore our true self’s. It is the key to freedom from the chains of west. Only then, we will be able to understand the events going around us. Otherwise, it would be like everything is what it seems. Zionists have taken away our strength, our Khudi, and gave us the avatar which is controlled by them. Now the time has come that we distinguish between right and wrong otherwise it would be too late.
BEWITCHED BY THE WEST
Your being whole from head to foot reflects the West;
her masons in you have shown their art at best.
Devoid of self, your frame from clay and water made,
Is like a spangled sheath that has no steel or blade.
The best excuse which we give for our ignorance is lack of time. We are so much busy in our lives that we don’t even have time to prevent our soul from getting infected. We know the solution but cannot adopt it because it requires effort; what a shame! Then what do we complain about? Why do we protest against terrorist acts and invasion when we deliberately let them happen? People like Iqbal can only show us the path; it is our responsibility to follow it.
THOUGH YOU ARE BOUND BY CAUSE AND EFFECT
Though you are bound by cause and effect
Keep your heart a little independent
Intellect is not free from criticism
Establish the foundation of your deeds on Love
O Muslim always in your mind
Keep the verse “La Yukhlif ul mâiyd”
This is the message of the Voice of Time
Always deep in heart “Inna wa`d-Allah i Haqqun”
In sum, the message was in the air and it will always be there. It depends on us whether we want to grasp it or not. Allama Iqbal’s mystical life & work has laid the foundation of a new age. He has foretold us the future by interpreting Quran and Hadith in his poetical and prose work. Prof. Munawwar Mirza in his book
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