Happy Birthday To One Forgotten National Leader
November 9, 2009 4 Comments
As the days are passed, the past days become history and history becomes a lesson — a lesson that forthrightly brings up our extreme blunders. From one prospect, it makes ourself become aware of — by information or from observation — the past.
To stumble against the same rock twice is a proverbial disgrace, is a maxim which we, the Pakistanis, always have adopted without acknowledging our slips and flaws of our standard of living, manner of working things out, and afterall the character and personality of ourselves. The same perennial thing demonstrates the fact that it’s getting habitual.
If we follow up the history, we’ll open the lock which lead to the facts that how revolution was shaped in South Asia in 19th and 20th Century. A revolution nation requires doesn’t comprise of few days, few weeks or yet few months. Such far-reaching changes are transpired after interminable efforts, devotion, allegiance and diligence.
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal — a renowned Poet, Philosopher, Scholar, Sufi and Humanist — is one such person whose attainment of understanding the significance of Muslims mind and their history, the prospect of their future, and over and above, the judiciousness on behavior patterns of Muslims was, with evidence and facts, bonzer.
One day a friend of Allama Iqbal went to see him. He saw him sitting alone and weeping. He asked him, “Doctor Sahib, is everyone fine at your home?” And Iqbal said to him that everyone is fine. Then he asked him, “Why are you weeping so?” Allama, without giving any verbal response to him, handed over a letter. He saw the letter. It was on the name of Allama from a Professor in England. Professor was asking Allama to grant him the permission to translate his Persian treatise. Allama’s friend asked him why it is a matter of weeping; instead you should have been happy that your work is venerated by a professor in England who wants to translate your high caliber work to fine-tune the scholars in his country. Allama, who still was sitting with a head down, lifted his head and said, “The letter made me weep for the reason that I’ve written this to soften the hearts of my people and to make them learn the feelings and significance of ‘ Khudi’ — ‘self’ — self-realization, self-knowledge, self-control, self-appraisal, self-discovery, self-revival, self-respect, self-abnegation — but unfortunately my people can’t understand my message neither they pay heed to my message. While on the contrary, a professor of England wants to spread my message in his country within his people despite the fact that I’ve not written this book for them, but for my people.
In Iqbal’s words:
Kar Bulbul-o-Ta’oos Ki Takhleed Se Tauba;
Bulbul Faqat Awaaz Hai, Ta’oos Faqat Rang
It means that: don’t emulate the Nightingale or the Peacock. As Nightingale has nothing but a sweet voice and peacock has nothing but ornamental color. Your inner self is more important.
Iqbal’s prose and poems, both contemplate on the subject of “Khudi”. “Khudi” is the philosophical concept that Iqbal talks about a lot.
‘Khudi’ Ko Kar Buland Itna, Key Har Taqdeer Se Pehle;
Khuda Bandey Se Ye Pochey: Bata, Teri Raza Kya Hai
In English translation:
Exalt your ‘Self’ thus, that before every twist of fate;
God himself asks you: My creation, let Me know your desire
Iqbal was practitioner of ascetic lifestyle. He promoted asceticism which is very much relevant to the version of ‘Khudi’ which he has promoted.
Iqbal was of the view that in the nation you live in; the world you live in, if it clashes with your ‘Self’, and you find incompatibility in such situation, find and make your own place in the world to promote the significance of ‘Self’.
Allama Iqbal’s vision and philosophy was phenomenal in awakening the Muslims from deep slumber. He invited Muslims towards friendship and unity with each other. But in this contemporary world, people have cold-shouldered such great leaders and revolutionists hermetically.
Today, in order to pass through from the guilts of the wrongdoings we’ve committed and because it has become a major factor in the downfall of our nation and ourselves, we, as instanter, need to lay a siege to all those problems that have obstructed us in achieving the dreams of Iqbal and Jinnah.
Iqbal was, if anything, a tower of strength to Muslims. Just as things are at this moment, we, the Pakistanis, are obliged to resume the efforts from where Allama Iqbal and Jinnah left. Without regard to the drawback that they’re not alive today, we know quite well that their ideologies are aboveground, and in mint condition.
The whole Pakistan celebrates this day, besides, with a National holiday on this day. But that’s, if anything, a concave celebration when everything is taken into consideration. We’re failed to abide by the ideologies and vision of Iqbal; we’re failed to honor the ideologies and vision of Iqbal. Let’s pledge on this Birth Anniversary of Iqbal to resume, promote and follow the ideologies and vision of our genuine national leaders like Iqbal and Jinnah instead of the fallible ideologies of contemporary pseud leaders.
~ Happy Birthday, Allama Iqbal ~
~ Pakistan Zindabad ~