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Some of my favorite poetry by "Allama Muhammad
Iqbal" on Muslim Unity as a Nation:
some verses from "THE RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT" from
his book: "BANG-I-DARA",
translated by Dr. M.A.K. Khalil. In these verses the poet has responded on
behalf of Allah (God) on the complains the Muslim usually do, asking for
blessings and rewards for their sacrifices for Islam in the past. It ends with a
powerful message to all Muslims.
They were surely your ancestors, but what are you ?
Sitting in idleness, waiting for tomorrow are you !
The gain of this nation is one, also the loss is one
Only one is the prophet of all, religion is one, faith is one
The Holy Haram is one, God is one, Qur’an (Holy book) also is one
Would it have been very difficult for Muslims to be one
Sects abound somewhere and somewhere are castes!
Are these the ways to progress in the world?
Clamor is that Muslims have disappeared from the world
We ask whether the Muslims were present anywhere?
In fashion you are Christians, in culture you are Hindus
Are these Muslims! Who put the Jews to embarrassment!
Sure, you are even Sayyid, Mirza and Afghan also
You are all these, say whether you are Musalmans also?
Everyone is intoxicated with the wine of indulgence
Are you Muslims? To you is this the way of Islam?
You have neither the faqr of Haidar nor the wealth of Uthman
What spiritual relation between you and your ancestors exists?
They were respected in the world by being Muslims
And you became disgraced by abandoning the Qur’an
You think this is the plan for hurting your sentiments
This is a test of your sacrifice and your self respect
If you are loyal to Muhammad (P.B.U.H), We (Allah)
This universe is nothing the Tablet and the Pen are yours
Tablet and the Pen: A preserved tablet on which the fate of all Allah
(God) creation has been written and the pen accompanying it.
a verse from "THE CANDLE AND THE POET" from his book: "BANG-I-DARA"
individual is firm by nation’s coherence, otherwise nothing
The wave is only in the ocean, and outside it is nothing
a verse from "O THE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER REALITY! SOME
TIME APPEAR IN MATERIAL FORM" from his book: "BANG-I-DARA"
Whenever I went into prostration a voice came from the
Your heart is in materialism no rewards for your prayers are
some verses from "THE RENAISSANCE OF ISLAM" from his
Insight into the world is more difficult than the
Insight is produced only when the heart melts into blood!
For thousands of years narcissus bemoans its lack of luster
The discerning person is produced in the garden with difficulty
Learn again the lesson of Truth, Justice, and Bravery
You are to be entrusted with the world’s leadership!
Neither swords nor plans are of any avail in slavery
Chains are cast away when taste for Faith is created
Firm Faith, constant struggle, Love, conquest of the universe
These are the swords for the brave men in the battle of life
Dynamism establishes life; bestows heaven as well as hell
This earthly creature in its nature is neither angelic nor infernal
a verse from "REMAIN ATTACHED TO THE TREE KEEP
SPRING’S EXPECTATION" from his book: "BANG-I-DARA"
Keep very strong communication with the nation
Remain attached to the tree and have spring’s expectation!
a verse from "TO A YOUNG MAN"
from his book: "BANG-I-DARA"
Thy abode is not on the dome of a royal palace;
Thou art an eagle and shouldst live on the rocks of mountains.
a verse from "When the love of God teaches self
awareness (XXXIV)" from his book "Baal-i-Jibreel".
Translated by: Naeem Siddiqui
O ethereal bird! It is better to starve to death,
Than to live on a prey that clogs thy wings in flight.
a verse from "AN ADVICE OF OLD BALUCH TO HIS SON" from
his book "ARMAGHAN-I-HIJAZ",
Translated by: Q. A. Kabir
In each man’s hand lies the nation’s fate,
Each man is a star of nation’s great.