Hero is a man of sky high personality with and exemplary character, distinctive deeds and ingenious ideas. He must a man of exceptional qualities of heart and mind, unparalleled vigour, machless genious and unique talent. He must possess the charismatic qualities of an inspiring leader to lead his people to their ultimate destiny despite whatever grave difficulties may hinder his way to success. The Muslim history is replace with great leaders of marvellous achievements. Our national Poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal is one of the bright stars of his galaxy. He was really a man worthy of the title “hero”.
It was the historic day of 9 November, 1977 when Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born in Sialkot. After the accomplishment of his primary education in his native city, an unquenchable thirst for brought him to Lahore. He did his M.A. in philosophy there, taught for sometime in the Government College. Then he went abroad, did his PhD, and returned home. It was the time when the British ruled the subcontinent. The English with all their craftiness and trickery, were making utmost efforts to confine the Muslims to the stinking cages of slavery and ignorance. Iqbal whose heart was ever throbbing for the service of his oppressed nation, endeavored to infuse a new spirit in the dormant and sluggish soul of the Muslims. Through his lofty verses, he embarked upon and auspicious mission that was the freedom of his nation from the yoke of and atrocious nation, the British. He not only inculcated and indomitable fervour into the indolent outlook of the Muslims but also, by his inspiring epistles, urged Muhammad Ali Jinnah to struggle for the freedom of Indian Muslims.
In the annual session of the Muslim League at Illahabad in 1930, he obvious manifested the solution to the discontent of India and suggested a sure means to secure peace and quiet for the nations inhabiting there. His speech, in this session reveals his concern for the welfare and prosperity of his Nation. He pointed out that the status of the Muslims is distinct and separate from those of other nations. He proved that the Muslims community evolves a broader philosophical concept of the universe which is non-temporal and non-spatial in its nature.
It is an undeniable fact that his heroic and philosophical poetry has won him the title of “The Poet of the East“. In this respect, he can be compared with Milton and Wordsworth who are also “laureate poets” of their nation. His innate poetic genius was perhaps more marvelous than that of Calliope. His musical knack was perhaps more melodious than that of Orpheus. The distinctive feature of Iqbal’s poetry is that it is a permanent source of joy, inspiration and didacticism. It has an irresistible urge for national sentiments.
His lofty verses, noble poetic instances, melodious songs for children and religious poetry have won him immortal fame placing him among the brightest constellations of immortal poets in the firmament of poetry. His poetry both in Urdu and Persian is replete with the verses of the Holy Quraan. Some critics have asserted to this extent that his poetry is the true appreciation and interpretation of the Holy Quraan. So, his poetry is an illustrious and distinctive source of enlightenment and spiritual illumination for the gone astray people.
In this age, when the Muslims are being dishonored and slaughtered everywhere, it is a pressing need that we should get guidance and inspiration from his poetry. If we appreciate his message and follow his advice, we may our lost glory. Iqbal has persistently urged the Muslim youth to ponder over the heroic achievement of their forefathers and follow the golden traditions set by them. May the Muslims of new Millennium be inspired by the illuminated thoughts of his poetry! Aameen.