The name of an era

By: Allama Asjad Nouman Qadri Noori

At what ever time mankind got humiliated or became inferior educationally morally or instinctively.
Almighty Allah bestowed such kind of people who did their endeavors to restore mankind's elapsed caliber.
Our history is full of these types of extraordinary people who by their hindsightness and prudence gave new lifes to dead minds.
Poet of East Dr Mohammed Iqbal is one of these nobel personalities, He is one who's name is on the top of the list of those peoples who toil for the people of subcontinent. A child who born in a small city Sialkot became spokesperson of whole East because of his outstanding thoughts and gained the title of "Poet of East".
Although Iqbal spent his life in Europe He did his PhD from Munich University (Germany) But he could not influenced by Western culture Once he is questioned why you did not influenced by West? he answered;
خیرہ نہ کر سکا مجھے جلوۂ دانش افرنگ
سرمہ ہے میری آنکھ کا خاک مدینہ و نجف
No glitter of western science could dazzle my eyes,
The dust of Medina stains, like Collyrium Black.
Those who have perception that all these glitters of west are because of their immodest culture. Iqbal showed them mirror and define in his many couplets that the reason behind their growth is only "educative and research activities" which East has given up now.
He believed in adherence with religion and knew very well that for the revival of Ummah unconditional love to the Holy Prophet is only path therefore he said;
قوت عشق سے ہر پست کو بالا کردے
دہر میں عشق محمد سے اجالا کردے
صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ واصحابہ وبارک وسلم
"Raise thou through love all humble to greatness and to fame,
Enlighten thou the groping world with dear Muhammad's name".
He considered Maulana Rome as his spiritual mentor (Murshid) and wanted to spread out Maulana's thoughts.
Iqbal's teacher "Professor Arnold" once said about him;
" Iqbal is a man of his age, He is a man ahead of his age and he is a man at war with his age".
Allama Iqbal was an optimist, A flame for revival of Muslim status was burning in his heart, At the time when Muslim scholars and intellectual had passimistic thoughts and were saying that;
پستی کا کوئی حد سے گزرنا دیکھے
اسلام کا گر کر نہ ابھرنا دیکھے(حالی)
"Inferiority has crossed all its limits and there is no way to gain elapsed status of Islam (Hali)".
At the same time Allama Iqbal had thoughts that;
 دیارِ عشق میں اپنا مقام پیدا کر
 نیا زمانہ، نئے صبح و شام پیدا کر
 خدا اگر دل فطرت شناس دے تجھ کو
 سکُوتِ لالہ و گُل سے کلام پیدا کر
مرا طریق امیری نہیں، فقیری ہے
 خودی نہ بیچ، غریبی میں نام پیدا کر!
"Build in Love's Empire your hearth and your home;
Build time a new, a new dawn, a new Eve;
Your speech if God given you the friendship of nature,
From the rose and tulips long silence with weave;
The way of the hermit not fortune is mine;
Sell not your soul in a bigger's rags shine"
Because of these outstanding and heroic virtues of Dr Muhammad Iqbal, A German novelist and noble price holder poet "Sir Herman base" Paid tribute to Iqbal in these words;
"Iqbal belong to three domains of the spirit and intellect the source of his tremendous work: the world of India, of Islam and of Western thoughts".
When Allama Iqbal saw infirmity of Muslims of subcontinent he felt deep grief and prayed to God;
تین سو سال سے ہیں ہند کے میخانے بند
اب مناسب ہے تیرا فیض عام ہو اے ساقی
"For three centuries India's wine shops have been closed and now for your largesse we pine Oh saki".
By his poetry he insisted Easterners to become furnished by education as he said once;
طہران ہو گر عالم مشرق کا جنیوا
شاید کرہ ارض کی تقدیر بدل جائے
"Read a new way! Asia's Geneva let Tehran be,
Earth's book of fate new statues may see".
His thoughts and wonderful poetry helped in revolution of Muslims of subcontinent he wrote for re-awakening of ahl e haram that;
معمار حرم باز بہ تعمیر جہاں خیز
از خواب گراں خواب گراں خواب گراں خیز
O ahl e Haram you build Haram and gifted a culture and civilization to world you have to reawaken them now.
He was well aware of this reality that Muslims can get their elapsed boom Just with the help of love of Holy Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
That's why he said,
کی محمد سے وفا تو نے تو ہم تیرے ہیں
یہ جہاں چیز ہے کیا لوح و قلم تیرے ہیں
To my Muhammad be but true, and thou hast concured me;
The world is nought shall command my pen of destiny.
Iqbal is not a name of a single person He is a name of an era, he is a name of a nation, He is an institution.
Once someone asked him about his outstanding thoughts that from where you get these thoughts so he replied;
نکلی تو لب اقبال سے ہے کیا جانیے کس کی ہے یہ صدا
پیغام سکوں پہنچا بھی گئی دلِ محفل تڑپا بھی گئی
"Though this voice has emerged from Iqbal's lips It source is unknown
The assembly got hopes message as well as became restless for activism".
The epitome of life of Allama Iqbal and his ultimate message is that;
بمصطفیٰ برساں خویش را کہ دیں ہمہ اوست
گر بہ او نہ رسیدی تمام بو لہبی است
May his soul rest in peace Ameen.

A tribute to Mard e Qalander on 9 nov 2021

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