I got introduced to Allama Iqbal in my mid-20s thanks to a wonderful friend Naseer, a Punjabi poet from Lahore. Before that I had heard about Iqbal as an average Pakistani does from some PTV slots or from a paper here or there. Although my limited knowledge of Urdu did at times confuse me but I always seemed to get the message. (Poetry was/is never my subject of interest)
Iqbal helped me in better understanding of Islam and the philosophy behind the religion. His book, “Reconstruction Of Religious Thoughts In Islam” left an impact on my thinking about Islam. His famous Shikwa-Jawab-E-Shikwa was just the right antidote for stirring the change. My thinking about Islam and the world in general was never the same.
It’s unfortunate that we make sure the portrait of Iqbal hangs on the walls of educational institutes but the generation is never truly indoctrinated with his thoughts. This is one of the reasons Pakistan has a large population but is not yet a nation.
Below are some of Allama Iqbal’s quotes that inspire me.
Har Koi Mast-e-Mai-e-Zauq-e-Tan Asani Hai,
Tum Musalman Ho? Ye Andaaz-e-Musalmani Hai?
Haidari Faqr Hai Ne Doulat-e-Usmani Hai
Tum Ko Aslaaf Se Kya Nisbat-e-Rohani Hai?
Woh Zamane Mein Mu’azzaz Thay Musalman Ho Kar
Aur Tum Khawar Huwe Taarik-e-Quran Ho Kar
Quran Main Ho Ghota Zan, Aey Mard-E-Musalman
ALLAH Karey TujhKo Ata Jiddat-E-Kirdaar
Jo Harf-E-Qul Il Afw Main Posheeda Hai Ab Tak
Iss Dour Main Shayad Wo Haqeeqat Ho Namudaar
Manfa’at Aik Hai Is Qaum Ki, Nuqsan Bhi Aik
Ek Hi Sab Ka Nabi (S.A.W), Din Bhi, Iman Bhi Aik
Harm-e-Paak Bhi, Allah Bhi, Quran Bhi Aik,
Kuch Bari Baat Thi Hote Jo Musalmaan Bhi Aik!
Firqa Bandi Hai Kahin, Aur Kahin Zaatain Hain
Kya Zamane Mein Panapne Ki Yehi Baatain Hain?
Hai Jo Hangama Bapa Yorish-E-Balghari Ka
Ghafilon Kay Liyey Paigham Hai Baydari Ka
Tu Samjhta Hai, Ye Saman Hai Dil Azaari Ka
Imtihan Hai Terey Eesaar Ka, Khuddari Ka
Kyon Hirasan Hai Saheel-E-Fars-E-Aada Sey?
Noor-E-Haq Bujh Na Sakey Ka Nafs-E-Aada Sey
Uth Kay Ab Bazm-E-Jahan Ka Aur Hi Andaaz Hai
Mashriq-O-Maghrib Main Terey Dour Ka Aghaaz Hai
Baykhabar! Tu Johar-E-Aina-E-Ayyam Hai
Tu Zamaney Main Khuda Ka Aakhri Paighaam Hai
Kitaab-E-Millat-E-Baiza Ki Phir Shiraza Bandi Hai
Ye Shakh-E-Haashmi Kerney Ko Hai Phir Barg-O-Ber Paida
Agar Usmanion Pay Toota Koh-E-Gham, Tou Kya Gham Hai?
Kay Khoon-E-Sad Hazaar Anjum Say Hoti Hai Seher Paida