You are the falcon, your passion is flight
For you to transcend are skies even more
Lose not yourself in the cycle of days and nights
Within your reach are feats even more
Gone is the day when I was lonesome in the crowd
Today those who resonate my thoughts are even more…
Born on the 9th of November, 1877 in a small town of then India, now Pakistan, was a child with an exceptional intellect and a zest for knowledge. This small boy with his little aspired heart keen for philosophy grew up to become not only a poet but a great scholar and a thinker, whom later the world will know as the Philosopher of the East.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal revolutionized the whole system of rationalism. This one person with his individual effort presented the idea of a separate homeland and of freedom to the crushed Muslims of the Subcontinent. He rekindled the burnt out fire and from this flame he changed the discourse of history, redefining the geography of the world with the birth of a new country; Pakistan – the land of purity.
The Allama received his early education from Sialkot. Later he moved to Lahore where he studied philosophy and received a distinctive scholarship for being the only candidate in his class to pass the Masters exam.
In west he completed his PhD and was highly inspired by the western philosophy. Allama extensively studied both Muslim and Western philosophy. He opted critical study of the latter to reform the decaying philosophical thoughts of the east.
Allama was deeply heart broken by the material and spiritual decay of Muslims of his time. He spent his entire life trying to revive the same spirit and glory of the past in every heart of his nation.
Sufism inspired him and Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi in particular became a great source of aspiration. The concept of Rumi, ‘Insaan e Kamil’ or the perfect man, further evolved under the mighty pen of Allama, thus forming the basis of Asrar i Khudi. Awe-inspired by the deep intellect...