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Iqbal was born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot, which is now part of Pakistan. He was a brilliant student, and at the young age of 17 he was accepted to study law at Cambridge University in England. After completing his law degree, Iqbal returned to India and began teaching philosophy at Aligarh Muslim University. In 1910 he published his first book, The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam. This work criticized the traditional interpretation of Islamic theology and called for a more modern approach that would engage with the changing world around them. Iqbal’s ideas were highly influential and soon gained him a following among young Muslims looking for an alternative to the conservative religious establishment.

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About Allama Iqbal

birth of the author

9 November 1877

death of the author

21 April 1938

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British Indian

education of the author

Scotch Mission College

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20Th-Century Philosophy

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Islamic Philosophy

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Main Interests:
Islam, Urdu Poetry, Urdu Literature, Persian Poetry, Law, History, Metaphysics, Islamic Socialism

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Notable Ideas:
Allahabad Address


Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal


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Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal


Preserve your history and become everlasting; receive new life from the times that have gone by. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Everything that possesses life dies if it has to live in uncongenial surroundings. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent their lives in search of god. I am spending my life in search of man. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

If one cannot live the life of the brave, then it is better to die like the brave. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Life is a struggle and not a matter of privilege. It is nothing but one’s knowledge of the temporal and the spiritual world. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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 worldโ€“events. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions… Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul’s contact with the body. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

I tell the truth: your enemy is also your friendโ€“his presence makes your life fuller and richer. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal


Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Inspiring Phrases From Allama Iqbal

The intellect of two thousand asses cannot bring forth a single man’s thought. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The Westerners have lost the vision of heaven, they go hunting for the pure spirit in the belly. The pure soul takes not color and scent from the body, and Communism has nothing to do save with the body. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The possessor of a sound heart puts to test his power by entering into big adventures. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Various Statements From Allama Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

For centuries Eastern heart and intellect have been absorbed in the question Does God exist? I propose to raise a new question new, that is to say, for the East Does man exist? โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

When the thinking of a people becomes corrupt, the pure silver becomes impure in its hands. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The man of Love follows the path of Godโ€“and shows affection to both the believer and the nonbeโ€“liever. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

More Phrases From Allama Iqbal

People who have no hold over their process of thinking ara likely to be ruined by liberty of thought. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Become dustโ€“and they will throw thee in the air; Become stoneโ€“and they will throw thee on glass. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

It is the mysterious touch of the ideal that animates and sustains the real, and through it alone we can discover and affirm the ideal. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Deeper Quotes From Allama Iqbal

Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

I am but as the spark that gleams for a moment, His burning candle consumed meโ€“the moth; His wine overwhelmed my goblet, The master of Rum transmuted my earth to gold And set my ashes aflame. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

A community receives light from its history, it becomes aware of itself by remembrance of its history. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

Be aware of your own worth, use all of your power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

The religion of that prophet [Karl Marx] who knew not the truth, is founded upon equality of the belly. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

I have never considered myself a poet. Therefore, I am not a rival of anyone, and I do not consider anybody my rival. โ€” Muhammad Iqbal

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