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.
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 new world is as yet
behind the veil of destiny
In my eyes, however
its dawn has been unveiled
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.
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.
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.
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.
Become dust - and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone - and they will throw thee on glass.
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.
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.