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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.

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.

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. ---->>>

Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny. ---->>>

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

Words, without power, is mere philosophy. ---->>>

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

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?

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. ---->>>

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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

God is not a dead equation! ---->>>

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.

But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Pakistani
Born: November 9, 1877
Birthplace: Sialkot, Punjab, British India
Die: 04-21, 1938
Occupation: Poet
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Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Urdu: محمد اقبال ‎) (November 9, 1877 – April 21, 1938), widely known as Allama Iqbal (علامہ اقبال), was a poet, philosopher, and politician, as well as an academic, barrister and scholar in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement (wikipedia)