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77 Top Quotes By Muhammad Iqbal

Famous As: One of the Most Important Figures in Urdu and Persian Literature
Born On: November 9, 1877
Died On: April 21, 1938
Born In: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died At Age: 60

Popularly known as the ‘Spiritual father of Pakistan’, Sir Muhammad Iqbal was a renowned poet, philosopher, barrister and politician from Lahore, British India. As a result of his prolific work in Urdu and Persian Literature, he was tagged as the ‘Poet of the East’. Iqbal is the one who coined the ‘Two Nation Theory’ which eventually led to the partition of India and Pakistan. He was a key member of the All-India Muslim Leauge, and his famous speech at the Allahabad session is widely considered as a breakthrough moment for formation of Pakistan. Along with Jinnah, he spearheaded the founding principles of Pakistan Movement. His notable works include Asrar-e-Khudi, Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, Payam-e-Mashriq, Zabur-e-Ajam and Javed Nama. He was also the author of popular Indian hymn ‘Saare Jahan se Achha’. Iqbal was knighted by King George V in 1922, which granted him the title of ‘Sir’. We have collected Iqbal’s most famous quotes from his speeches, articles, poems, books etc. Let us take you through these quotes from the Father of Pakistan.

Failure is not fatal until we surrender
trying again is the key of glorious victory

Failure is not fatal until we surrender trying again is the key of glorious victory

Muhammad Iqbal
People who have no hold over their process of thinking ara likely to be ruined by liberty of thought.

People who have no hold over their process of thinking ara likely to be ruined by liberty of thought.

Muhammad Iqbal
Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.

Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.

Muhammad Iqbal
Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self preserving we may dwell.

Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self preserving we may dwell.

Muhammad Iqbal
The new world is as yet
behind the veil of destiny
In my eyes, however
its dawn has been unveiled

The new world is as yet behind the veil of destiny In my eyes, however its dawn has been unveiled

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Words, without power, is mere philosophy.

Words, without power, is mere philosophy.

Muhammad Iqbal
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.

When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.

Muhammad Iqbal
Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

Muhammad Iqbal
The alchemist of the West has turned stone into glass
But my alchemy has transmuted glass into flint

Pharaohs of today have stalked me in vain

The alchemist of the West has turned stone into glass But my alchemy has transmuted glass into flint Pharaohs of today have stalked me in vain

Muhammad Iqbal
Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.

Muhammad Iqbal
Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.

Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.

Muhammad Iqbal
A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.

A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.

Muhammad Iqbal
God is not a dead equation!

God is not a dead equation!

Muhammad Iqbal
Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.

Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.

Muhammad Iqbal
It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.

It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.

Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.

Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.

Muhammad Iqbal
The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.

The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.

Muhammad Iqbal
Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body.

Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul's contact with the body.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.

If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.

Muhammad Iqbal
The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.

The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.

Muhammad Iqbal
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 am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay.

Muhammad Iqbal
From love's plectrum arises
the song of the string of life
Love is the light of life
love is the fire of life

From love's plectrum arises the song of the string of life Love is the light of life love is the fire of life

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.

I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.

Muhammad Iqbal
I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.

I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.

Muhammad Iqbal
The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.

The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Ki Muhammad se wafa toonay to ham teray hain
Ye jahan cheez hai kiya lauho qalam tere hain

Ki Muhammad se wafa toonay to ham teray hain Ye jahan cheez hai kiya lauho qalam tere hain

Muhammad Iqbal
Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.

Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.

Muhammad Iqbal
Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world.

Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world.

Muhammad Iqbal
The soul is neither inside nor outside the body; neither proximate to nor separate from it.

The soul is neither inside nor outside the body; neither proximate to nor separate from it.

Muhammad Iqbal
The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.

The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.

Muhammad Iqbal
But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.

But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.

Muhammad Iqbal
My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent their lives in search of god. I am spending my life in search of man.

My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent their lives in search of god. I am spending my life in search of man.

Muhammad Iqbal
Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?

Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?

Muhammad Iqbal
Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.

Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.

Muhammad Iqbal

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Reh Gyi Rasm-e-Azan, Rooh-e-Bilali Na Rahi
Falsafa Reh Gya, Talqeen-e-Ghazali Na Rahi

Azan yet sounds, but never now Like Bilal’s, soulfully;
Philosophy, conviction-less, Now mourns its Ghazzali

Reh Gyi Rasm-e-Azan, Rooh-e-Bilali Na Rahi Falsafa Reh Gya, Talqeen-e-Ghazali Na Rahi Azan yet sounds, but never now Like Bilal’s, soulfully; Philosophy, conviction-less, Now mourns its Ghazzali

Muhammad Iqbal
The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.

The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.

Muhammad Iqbal
It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.

It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.

Muhammad Iqbal

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Maa tujhe salaam

pher lete hai nazar jis waqt bete or bahu..

ajnabi apne hi ghar me hae ban jati hai maaa..

Maa tujhe salaam pher lete hai nazar jis waqt bete or bahu.. ajnabi apne hi ghar me hae ban jati hai maaa..

Muhammad Iqbal
I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.

I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.

Muhammad Iqbal
It is the mysterious touch of the ideal that animates and sustains the real, and through it alone we can discover and affirm the ideal.

It is the mysterious touch of the ideal that animates and sustains the real, and through it alone we can discover and affirm the ideal.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.

Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
But only a brief moment
is granted to the brave
one breath or two, whose wage is
The long nights of the grave

But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is The long nights of the grave

Muhammad Iqbal
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.

If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.

Muhammad Iqbal
For centuries Eastern heart and intellect have been absorbed in the question � Does God exist? I propose to raise a new question � new, that is to say, for the East � Does man exist?

For centuries Eastern heart and intellect have been absorbed in the question � Does God exist? I propose to raise a new question � new, that is to say, for the East � Does man exist?

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
The heart is like a mirror. Do not prevent it from being broken. It’s breakage is more dearer in the sight of its maker [Allah], than its safety. Almighty Allah being indeed the Maker

The heart is like a mirror. Do not prevent it from being broken. It’s breakage is more dearer in the sight of its maker [Allah], than its safety. Almighty Allah being indeed the Maker

Muhammad Iqbal
I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky,
And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.

I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
I am but as the spark that gleams for a moment,
His burning candle consumed me - the moth;
His wine overwhelmed my goblet,
The master of Rum transmuted my earth to gold
And set my ashes aflame.

I am but as the spark that gleams for a moment, His burning candle consumed me - the moth; His wine overwhelmed my goblet, The master of Rum transmuted my earth to gold And set my ashes aflame.

Muhammad Iqbal

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.

Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.

Muhammad Iqbal
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.

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.

Muhammad Iqbal
I said,

I said, "The thing we quested after is never attained." He said, "The unattainable - that thing is my desire!

Muhammad Iqbal
Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?

Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?

Muhammad Iqbal
But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.

But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.

Muhammad Iqbal
Alas for a love whose fire is extinct,
A love that was born in the Holy Place and died in the house of idols!

Alas for a love whose fire is extinct, A love that was born in the Holy Place and died in the house of idols!

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Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.

Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.

Muhammad Iqbal
Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.

Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.

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