Muhammad Iqbal

(Sir Muhammad Iqbal)

Muhammad Iqbal
Muhammad Iqbal
  • Born: November 9, 1877
  • Died: April 21, 1938
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Poet









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A false reverence for past history amid its artificial resurrection constitute no remedy for a peoples’ decay. Development & Growth
A separate federation of Muslim provinces reformed on the lines I have suggested above, is the only course by which we can secure a peaceful India and save Muslims from the domination of non-Muslims. States. Nations & Nationhood
A society based on … reality must reconcile in its life, the categories of permanence and change. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every generation of Muslims should be permitted to solve their own problems, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors. Development & Growth
In an over-organized society, the individual is altogether crushed out of existence. He gains the whole wealth of social thought around him and loses his own soul. Management & Managing Government
Is religion a private affair? Would you like to see Islam, as a moral and political ideal, meeting the same fate in the world of Islam as Christianity has already met in Europe? Is it possible to retie in Islam as an ethical ideal and to reject it as a polity in favor of national politics, in which religious attitude is not permitted to play any part? …. The proposition that religion is a private individual experience is not surprising on the lips of a European. In Europe the conception of Christianity as a monastic order, renouncing the world of matter and fixing its gaze entirely on the world or spirit. led by a logical process of thought, to the view embodied in this proposition…. The religious ideal of Islam, therefore, is organically related to the social order, which it has created. The rejection of the one will eventually involve the rejection of the other. Therefore, the construction of a polity on national lines, if it means a displacement of the Islamic principle of solidarity is simply unthinkable to a Muslim. Religion & God
It is absolutely necessary to tell the world both inside and outside India that the economic problem is not the only problem in the country. From the Muslim point of view the cultural problem is of much greater consequence Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is an attitude—an attitude, that is to say, of freedom and even of defiance of the universe. It is really a protest against the entire outlook of the ancient world. Briefly it is the discovery of man. Religion & God
The enforcement and development of the Sharia of Islam is impossible in this country [India] without a free Muslim state of states. Religion & God
The league will have to finally decide whether it will remain a body representing the upper classes of Indian Muslims or Muslim masses who have so far with good reason, taken no interest in it. Management & Managing Government
The Muslim demand for the creation of Muslim India within India is … perfectly justified. ... . I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sind and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single state. Self-Government within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims at least of North-West India States. Nations & Nationhood
The nations that are achieving something have no taste for poetry Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The Palestine question is very much agitating the minds of the Muslims. We have a very fine opportunity for mass contact for the purposes of the League….This will at once popularize the League and may help the Palestine Arabs. Personally I would not mind going to jail on an issue which affects both Islam and India. The formation of a Western base on the very gates of the East is a menace to both States. Nations & Nationhood
The question, therefore, is how is it possible to solve the problem of Muslim poverty? Religion & God
The religious ideal of Islam … is organically related to the social order which it has created. The rejection of one will eventually involve the rejection of the other. Therefore, the construction of a polity on national lines, if it means the displacement of the Islamic principle of solidarity, is simply unthinkable to a Muslim. Religion & God
The truth is that among the Muslim nations of today Turkey alone has shaken off its dogmatic slumber, and attained self-consciousness. She alone has claimed her right of intellectual freedom: she alone has passed from the ideal to the real. States. Nations & Nationhood
The ultimate fate of a people does not depend so much on organization as on the worth and power of individual men. Leaders & Leadership
The verdict of history ... is that worn out ideas have never risen to power among a people who have worn them out. History
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.
Another way of judging the value of a prophet's religious experience, therefore, would be to examine the type of manhood that he has created, and the cultural world that has sprung out of the spirit of his message.
Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy. Literature, Writers & Writing ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well. Time
Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.
But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.
But the perception of life as an organic unity is a slow achievement, and depends for its growth on a people's entry into the main current of world-events. Life
But the universe, as a collection of finite things, presents itself as a kind of island situated in a pure vacuity to which time, regarded as a series of mutually exclusive moments, is nothing and does nothing. Time
Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.
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.
Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body. Life
Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.
God is not a dead equation! Religion & God
I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay.
I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.
I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.
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. Life ;History
I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.
If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion. Life ;Religion & God
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy. Literature, Writers & Writing
In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command. Life
Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Inductive reason, which alone makes man master of his environment, is an achievement; and when once born it must be reinforced by inhibiting the growth of other modes of knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.
It is the lot of man to share in the deeper aspirations of the universe around him and to share his own destiny as well as that of the universe, now by adjusting himself to its forces, now by putting the whole of his energy to his own ends and purposes.
It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self. Nature
It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.
It may, however, be said that the level of experience to which concepts are inapplicable cannot yield any knowledge of a universal character, for concepts alone are capable of being socialized. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.
Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
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.
Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.
Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.
Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity. Life
Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
That is why, according to this newer psychology, Christianity has already fulfilled its biological mission, and it is impossible for the modern man to understand its original significance.
The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
The immediacy of mystic experience simply means that we know God just as we know other objects. God is not a mathematical entity or a system of concepts mutually related to one another and having no reference to experience. Religion & God
The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time. Life ;Time ;Nature
The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer. Nature
The soul is neither inside nor outside the body; neither proximate to nor separate from it.
The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.
The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind. Time
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. Truth
The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something. Motivation
The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment. Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.
Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self preserving we may dwell.
Thus passing through the infinite varieties of space we reach the Divine space which is absolutely free from all dimensions and constitutes the meeting point of all infinities.
Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture. Power
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry. Truth ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?
Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?
Words, without power, is mere philosophy. Power
Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology