Allama Muhammad Iqbal: A Visionary Poet and Philosopher
Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed scholars, and seekers of wisdom,
Today, as we gather here to pay tribute to the great visionary and philosopher, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, I stand before you humbled and filled with a sense of profound admiration. In the realm of intellectual giants, Iqbal shines as a luminary whose words and thoughts continue to resonate with the essence of human existence.
Iqbal was not just a poet but a philosopher, a visionary, and a political leader who contributed greatly to the intellectual and political discourse of his time. He believed that the Islamic civilization was in decline and that Muslims needed to reawaken their intellectual and spiritual heritage in order to regain their strength and vitality.
Iqbal’s poetry is a reflection of his philosophical ideas and his vision for a better society. His poems are not just literary masterpieces but also convey a powerful message of social justice, religious tolerance, and human dignity. His poetry is a source of inspiration for millions of people not just in South Asia but all over the world.
One of the most famous poems by Iqbal is “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua Ban Ke Tamanna Meri,” which is recited by school children all over Pakistan. The poem is a prayer for the well-being and prosperity of the country and its people, and it reflects Iqbal’s deep love for his homeland.
Iqbal’s philosophy of “Khudi” or selfhood is also an important part of his legacy. He believed that every individual has the potential to become a great human being and that this potential can be realized through self-awareness and self-discovery. He encouraged people to explore their inner selves and to strive for excellence in all aspects of life.
Iqbal’s political vision was also ahead of its time. He believed in the concept of a separate Muslim state and played a key role in the movement for the creation of Pakistan. He envisioned a society where people of all religions and cultures could live together in peace and harmony, and his vision has become a reality in the form of the modern state of Pakistan.
In conclusion, Allama Muhammad Iqbal was not just a poet but a visionary and a leader who left an indelible mark on the history of South Asia. His poetry and philosophy continue to inspire people all over the world, and his vision for a better society remains relevant today. Let us honor his memory by striving for the values of social justice, religious tolerance, and human dignity that he championed throughout his life. Thank you.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a prolific writer and has numerous books and collections of poetry to his credit. Some of his most famous books include:
- Asrar-e-Khudi (The Secrets of the Self)
- Rumuz-i-Bekhudi (The Secrets of Selflessness)
- Bang-i-Dra (The Call of the Marching Bell)
- Zarb-i-Kalim (The Reed Pen’s Strike)
- Javid Nama (The Book of Eternity)
- Bal-i-Jibril (The Wing of Gabriel)
- Armaghan-i-Hijaz (The Gift of Hijaz)
These books cover a wide range of topics, including philosophy, spirituality, politics, and social issues. Asrar-e-Khudi and Rumuz-i-Bekhudi are considered to be Iqbal’s most important works on the concept of “Khudi” or selfhood. Bang-i-Dra and Zarb-i-Kalim are collections of his Urdu and Persian poetry, respectively, and are widely regarded as masterpieces of modern Urdu and Persian literature. Javid Nama is an epic poem in Persian that explores the themes of love, death, and the afterlife, while Bal-i-Jibril is a collection of poems that reflect Iqbal’s spiritual journey and his deep love for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Armaghan-i-Hijaz is a collection of poems that reflect Iqbal’s political vision and his call for Muslim unity.
Overall, Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s books are a testament to his intellectual depth, poetic genius, and his vision for a better society. His works continue to inspire people all over the world and remain an important part of the literary and intellectual legacy of South Asia. Thanks