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Excerpts from Iqbal's Poetry

The excerpts below are drawn from Allama Iqbal’s Urdu poetry. He wrote four books in Urdu: Baang-e-Dara, Baal-e-Jibraeel, Zarb-e-Kaleem and Armaghaan-e-Hijaz. Most of these excerpts are only selected verses of his famous poems and ghazals. The aim is to make Iqbal’s message and inspiration accessible to the casual reader, who has neither time nor appetite for large texts.

Like all great writers, Iqbal’s writings are as fresh and relevant as ever. Muslims all over the world are passing through a terrible phase. Under such testing times the worst victims are hope and self-image, both as individuals and as a people. Iqbal’s verses carry a very high doze of hope and positive thought. But he does not provide false hope. His advice is only for those who have the courage to act and change.

He has also vehemently criticized the ills of our society and culture, which despite a hundred year lapse seem shamelessly relevant and current.

Reading Iqbal feels like exposing yourself, especially as a people. After making you intensely aware about your self-defeating attitude, he passionately enlightens you about your true potential as a soul, leading you through to alternative behavioural disposition that makes you feel and believe that nothing is impossible.

Complete text and translation of Iqbal's poetry can be found at:

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