Drifting in the realm of past, I as awestruck by the magnitude of what we had been blessed in the form of a national poet, divine, mystical and a politically aware beacon of light. It was the dawn of 9 November, 1877 when suddenly melodies of prayers engulfed in the atmosphere, and were pierced by an infant cry. A feeble soul had entered the world, that was destined to change the destiny of Muslims. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, an Islamic poet with heighten spirituality and Islamic philosophy was a staunch believer of the idea of an Islamic Nation across the subcontinent. Iqbal with his poetry and “Falswa e Khudi” (philosophy of self-awareness) highlighted the virtues that withered the Muslims from pages of history and stirred the belief that right morals and Islamic identity will outshine them again in the world and here after.

Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a prominent leader of All India Muslim League and had a vision of separate state for the Muslims. In his address in 1930 he encouraged a north-western state for the Muslims of sub-continent. His philosophical importance and literary prominence jolted a wave of independence in Muslims that lead to the establishment of Pakistan.

Read again the lesson of truth, of justice and valor!
You will be asked to do the work of taking on responsibility for the world.

The poet of East mastered his literary works in Persian and Urdu. Through his poetry he tried to instill lasting questions and thoughts about life, soul and connection with the Creator in Muslims. Iqbal likened the youth with “Shaheen” and expects character, attitude, vision and high qualities of a falcon from the young generation that shall redeem the forfeited glory of the Muslim Ummah.

Allama Iqbal while being inspired of Nietzsche, Bergson, Goethe and Dante, under the influence of Rumi proposed a sacred journey of mysticism to regain the true Muslim identity. From his intellectual genius, he decreed the Islamic philosophy under the light of Ijtihad. Truly, Iqbal is a beacon of light for Muslims and all the light seekers. His vision of invigorating a nation that can lead the world and humanity, is truly a message of hope and truthfulness for young generation.

The doctrinal beliefs of Iqbal truly reflect a true picture of “Momin” as an exemplary person. Every bit of his work from Asrar-e-Khudi, (Secrets of the Self) to Shikwa portrays the true ideology of Islam. It is time to have his morals in our lives as a future leader to create a better Pakistan and may we be able to put Iqbal’s toil to justice in bringing harmony, prosperity and justice to Pakistan.


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The writer is a former student of Cadet College Hasanabdal and currently doing his Bachelors from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is an active columnist, trying to represent Balochistan on national and international forums.

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