Muhammad Iqbal or Allama Iqbal was the great poet, politician and philosopher of the history of sub-continent. Other name of Iqbal are: Shair-e-Mashriq (Poet of the East), Mufakkir-e-Pakistan (The Thinker of Pakistan), and Hakeem-ul-Ummat (The Sage of the Ummah). Iqbal is known as the inspiration behind Pakistan Movement that resulted in the Independence of Pakistan. If talk about Urdu literature then two authors can’t be removed from the history of Pakistan that are Mirza Asadullah Ghalib and Allama Iqbal. Most of his literary work in Urdu and Persian languages.
The scholars of literature admired the Allama Iqbal for his notable work for the Muslims of the sub-continent. His admirer are from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and from other international platforms. Most of the people think that Iqbal was only the eminent poet but the fact is that he was the highly recognized and acclaimed “Muslim philosophical thinker of modern times”.
First book written by Iqbal was a poetry book named Asrar-e-Khudi (1915). This books was in Persian language. In 1922, he was given the title of ‘Sir’ by King George V.
Here is one beautiful story of Iqbal
Once he arrived late in class and his teacher asked, “Why are you so late?”
Iqbal replied confidently, “Sir, iqbal (prosperity/success) always comes late.”
Iqbal in his entire life work for the freedom of his nation. He always motivated the youngsters by spreading the message of Khudi (self). He used the term Khudi as a synonymous of the word ‘Rooh’ described in the Quran.
Here are some quotes of Iqbal and other celebrities in honour of Iqbal
Quotes of Allama Iqbal:
“The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.”
“Destiny is the prison and chain of the ignorant. Understand that destiny like the water of the Nile: Water before the faithful, blood before the unbeliever.”
“Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.”
“Words, without power, is mere philosophy.”
“People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. If thought is immature, liberty of thought becomes a method of converting men into animals.”
“I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.”
“The truth is that the religious and the scientific processes, though involving different methods, are identical in their final aim. Both aim at reaching the most real.”
“Since love first made the breast an instrument of fierce lamenting, by its flame my heart was molten to a mirror, like a rose I pluck my breast apart, that I may hang this mirror in your sight.”
Jinnah about Iqbal
“To me he was a friend, guide and philosopher and during the darkest moments through which the Muslim League had to go, he stood like a rock and never flinched one single moment and as a result just only three days ago he must have read of been informed of the complete unity that was achieved in Calcutta of the Muslim leaders of the Punjab and today I can say with pride that the Muslims of Punjab are wholeheartedly with the League and have come under the flag of the All-India Muslim League, which must have been a matter of greatest satisfaction to him. In the achievement of this unity Sir Muhammad Iqbal played a most signal part.”
Iqbal at international level
In his Soviet biography N. P. Anikoy wrote:
“Iqbal is great for his passionate condemnation of weak will and passiveness, his angry protest against inequality, discrimination and oppression in all forms i.e., economic, social, political, national, racial, religious, etc., his preaching of optimism, an active attitude towards life and man’s high purpose in the world, in a word, he is great for his assertion of the noble ideals and principles of humanism, democracy, peace and friendship among peoples.”
The Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei said about Allama Iqbal, “Quran and Islam are to be made the basis of all revolutions and movements’, Iran was ‘exactly following the path that was shown to us by Iqbal.”
Ali Shariati, a prominent person of Iranian Revolution “described Iqbal as a figure who brought a message of “rejuvenation”, “awakening” and “power” to the Muslim World.”
Yom-e Iqbal Messages:
‘Kahan Se Seekhi Hy Iqbal Tu Ne Darveshi…
K Charcha Hai Baddshaho’n Mein
Na Thi Jab Apny Haal Ki Khabar
Dekhty Rahey Logon K Aib-o-Hunar
Parri Jab Apnay Gunahoon Par Nazar
To Nigah Mein Koi Aur Bura Na Raha
Sone do ager wo so rhe ha ghulami ki neend…
Ho sakta hai wo khowab azadi ka dakh raha ho
Hazar Chashmah tere Sang-e-Raah se Phootay
Khudi Mein Doob Kar “Zarb-e-Kaleem” Paida Kar!
Hussn-e-Kirdaar say Noor-e-Mujassim Ho Ja
Kay iblees Bhi Tujhay Dehkay to Musalmaan Ho Jaey….
IQBAL teri qoum ka IQBAL kho gaya.
Mazi to sunehra hai magar Haal kho gaya.
Wo Roub-o-Dabdaba wo jalal kho gaya.
Wo Husn Be-Misal wo jamal kho gaya.
Dobe hain jawabon men pr sawal kho gaya.
IQBAL teri Qoum ka IQBAL kho gaya.
Urte jo fizaon men the Shaheen na rahe.
Ba-zouq na rhe
Zaheen na rahe.
Pakiza gar na rahe Ba-Deen na rahe.
Wo Lala-o-Gulzar, Meh jabeen na rahe.
Momin ka W0 Andaz-e-Bakamal kho gaya.
IQBAL teri QUOM ka IQBAL kho gaya..!
“Tum Haya-o- Shariyat k Tqazon ki Bat karty ho”,
“Ham ne Nangy Jismon ko Malbos-e-Haya dekha hy”
“Ham ne Dekhy hain Ehraam mein Lipty kaei Iblees”
“Ham ne May-Khany mein kaei bar Khuda dekha hy”
Yom-e Iqbal Speeches
Mr. Zaid Hamid Speech on Iqbal Day
The concept of Khudi of Iqbal
A Speech by GMGS Student at Iqbal Day
Speech by Allama Iqbal Medical College Student
Allama Iqbal-Best Urdu Speech on Dr. Iqbal by Indian boy Firasat Mulla
Iqbal Day Speech by Child
Allama Iqbal Poetry