Muhammad Iqbal popularly known as ‘Allama Iqbal’ is considered as one of the prominent figures in Urdu literature and is admired as a celebrated poet in India, Pakistan and Iran. His first poetry book ‘Asrar-e-Khudi’ was published in 1915. Other books penned by him are Rumuz-i-Bekhudi, Payam-i-Mashriq and Zabur-i-Ajam. He is called as the ‘Spiritual father of Pakistan’ and his birthday, Iqbal Day, is a public holiday. The Pakistan government has officially granted him the title ‘national poet’. In India he is popular as an author of the popular song ‘Saare jahaan se achcha’.
On his 79th death anniversary, let us pay tribute to the poet with by remembering some of his shayaris.
Maana ki teri deed ke qabil nahin huun main,
tu mera shauq dekh mira intizar dekh.
Nasha pila ke girana to sab ko aata hai,
Maza to tab hai ki girton ko thaam le saaqi.
Jis khet se dahqan ko mayassar nahin rozi,
Us khet ke har khosha-e-gandum ko jala do.
Khudi ko kar buland itna ki har taqdir se pahle
Khuda bande se khud puchhe bata teri raza kya hai.
Sitaron se aage jahan aur bhi hain,
Abhi ishq ke imtihan aur bhi hain.
Tire ishq ki intiha chahta huun,
Miri sadgi dekh kya chahta huun.
Tu shahin hai parvaz hai kaam tera,
Tire samne asman aur bhi hain.
Apne man men duub kar pa ja suragh-e-zindagi,
Tu agar mera nahin banta na ban apna to ban.
Dil se jo baat nikalti hai asar rakhti hai,
Par nahin taqat-e-parvaz magar rakhti hai.
Uruuj-e-aadam-e-khaki se anjum sahme jaate hain,
Ki ye tuuta hua taara mah-e-kāmil na ban jaae.