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  • “Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle

Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kya hai.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “People who have no hold over their process of thinking are likely to be ruined by liberty of thought.”  ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Failure is not fatal until we surrender

trying again is the key of glorious victory” ― Allama Mohammad Iqbal

  • “The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.” ― Muhammad Iqbal
  • But my alchemy has transmuted glass into flint

Pharaohs of today have stalked me in vain” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “The new world is as yet behind the veil of destiny In my eyes, however, its dawn has been unveiled” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The alchemist of the West has turned stone into glass
  • “Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.”  ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions… Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery.” ― Allama 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.”  ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.”  ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Divine life is in touch with the whole universe on the analogy of the soul’s contact with the body.” ― Allama 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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?” ― Allama Muhammad Iqball
  • “Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The new world is as yet behind the veil of destiny In my eyes, however its dawn has been unveiled.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self preserving we may dwell.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The thought of a limit to perceptual space and time staggers the mind.” ― Allama 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.” ― Allama 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 world-events.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Conduct, which involves a decision of the ultimate fate of the agent cannot be based on illusions.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Thou art not for the earth, nor for the Heaven the world is for thee, thou art not for the world.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.”― Allama 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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego’s evolution.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Ends and purposes, whether they exist as conscious or subconscious tendencies, form the wrap and woof of our conscious experience.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The soul is neither inside nor outside the body; neither proximate to nor separate from it.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.” ― Allama 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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Become dust – and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone – and they will throw thee on glass.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The standpoint of the man who relies on religious experience for capturing Reality must always remain individual and incommunicable.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.”― Allama 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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If one cannot live the life of the brave, then it is better to die like the brave.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Democracy is a system where people are counted not weighed.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I tell you the sign of a believer; When Death comes, there is a smile on his lips.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Look at the evils of the world around you and protect yourself from them. Our teachers give all the wrong messages to our youth since they take away the natural flare from the soul. Take it from me that all knowledge is useless until it is connected with your life because the purpose of knowledge is nothing but to show you the splendors of yourself!”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Words, without power, is mere philosophy.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “When the thinking of a people becomes corrupt, the pure silver becomes impure in its hands.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I tell the truth: your enemy is also your friend-his presence makes your life fuller and richer.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The man of Love follows the path of God-and shows affection to both the believer and the nonbe-liever.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “A community receives light from its history, it becomes aware of itself by remembrance of its history.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “My ancestors were Brahmins. They spent their lives in search of god. I am spending my life in search of man.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “It is absolutely certain that God does exist.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The intellect of two thousand asses cannot bring forth a single man’s thought.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If faith is lost, there is no security and there is no life for him who does not adhere to religion.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Islam is itself destiny and will not suffer destiny.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Become dust – and they will throw thee in the air; Become stone – and they will throw thee on glass.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The scientific observer of Nature is a kind of mystic seeker in the act of prayer.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.”― Allama 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.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “But inner experience is only one source of human knowledge.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Be not entangled in this world of days and nights; Thou hast another time and space as well.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Plants and minerals are bound to predestination. The faithful is only bound to the Divine orders.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim, Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Everything that possesses life dies if it has to live in uncongenial surroundings.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Why should I ask the wise men: Whence is my beginning? I am busy with the thought: Where will be my end?”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • Suraj Ne Diya Apni Shuaon Ko Ye Pegham

           Dunya Hai Ajab Cheez, Kabhi Subah Kabhi Sham

           The sun conveyed this message to its rays

           What wonder great, the change of nights and days!― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Amal Se Zindagi Banti Hai Jannat Bhi, Jahanum Bhi

Ye Khaki Apni Fitrat Mein Na Noori Hai Na Naari Hai

By action life may become both paradise and hell;

This creature of dust in its nature is neither of light nor of fire.― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Main Intihaye Ishq Hun, Tu Intihaye Husn

Dekhe Mujhe Ke Tujh Ko Tamasha Kare Koi

I am the extreme Love, Thou art the extreme Beauty

One should see me or witness Thy Spectacle ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Tere Ilm-O-Mohabbat Ki Nahin Hai Intaha Koi

Nahin Hai Tujh Se Barh Kar Saaz-E-Fitrat Mein Nawa Koi

There is no limit to your knowledge and love;

In the instrument of nature there is no sweeter song than you.― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Ho Deed Ka Jo Shauq To Ankhon Ko Band Kar

Hai Dekhna Yehi Ke Na Dekha Kare Koi

Close your eyes if you want taste for the Sight

The real Seeing is that one should not try to see Him― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Musalman Ko Musalman Kar Diya Toofan-E-Maghrib Ne

Talatum Haye Darya Hi Se  Hai Gohar Ki Seerabi

The storm in the West made Muslims Muslims.

Pearls are produced in abundance from the very buffetings of the sea.― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Koi Andaza Kar Sakta Hai Uss Ke Zor-E-Bazu Ka !

Nigah-E-Mard-E-Momin Se Badal Jati Hain Taqdeerain

Can anyone even guess at the strength of his arm?

By the glance of the man who is a true believer even destiny is changed.― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Sodagari Nahin, Ye Ibadat Khuda Ki Hai

Ae Be-Khabar! Jaza Ki Tamanna Bhi Chor De

This is not business, this is ‘ibadat of God!

O ignorant one, abandon the longing for reward also ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Ye Dastoor-e-Zuban Bandi Hai Kaisa Teri Mehfil Mein

Yahan To Baat Karne Ko Tarasti Hai Zuban Meri

Why does this custom of silencing exist in your assembly?

My tongue is tantalized to talk in this assembly.― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Khuda Ke Ashiq To Hain Hazaron, Bannu Mein Phirte Hain Mare Mare

Mein Uss Ka Banda Bano Ga Jis Ko Khuda Ke Bandon Se Pyar Ho Ga

There are thousands of God’s Lovers, who are roaming in the wilderness

I shall adore the one who will be the lover of God’s people. ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • In Ghulamon Ka Ye Maslak Hai Ke Naqis Hai Kitab

Ke Sikhati Nahin Momin Ko Ghulami Ke Tareeq!

These abject slaves opine and cling to creed that Holy Book is full of flaws indeed.

They think it incomplete for this fact because it fails to teach the slavish tact.― Allama 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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “From love’s plectrum arises the song of the string of life.

Love is the light of life, love is the fire of life.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “The new world is as yet behind the veil of destiny

In my eyes, however its dawn has been unveiled.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal 

  • “Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions…..

             Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal     

  • “The highest art is that which awakens our dormant will-force, and nerves us to face the trials of life manfully. All that brings drowsiness and makes us shut our eyes to reality around-on the mastery of which alone life depends�is a message of decay and death.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal 
  • Afrad Ke Hathon Mein Hai Aqwam Ki Taqdeer

Har Fard Hai Millat Ke Muqaddar Ka Sitara

Fortunes of States through individual prowess ripen

Each man one star of their ascendant― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “The causality-bound aspect of Nature is not the whole truth. Ultimate Reality is invading our consciousness from other directions as well, and the purely intellectual method of overcoming Nature is not the only way.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “The highest stage of Man’s ethical progress is reached when he becomes absolutely free from fear and grief.” ― Allama Muhammad 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

           Gaze you therein”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “he philosophy of Islam will be shown in terms of the modern philosophy, and if there are imperfections in the old ideas then they shall be removed. My task is merely constructive, and in this construction I shall take into consideration the best traditions of Islamic philosophy.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “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.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Khuda tujhe kisi toofaan se aashna karde,

Ke tere behr ki maujon men iztiraab naheen

May God grant you a storm! The voyage of your life is on too placid an ocean… ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “All will be annihilated in this age except the one who established in his ways and firm in his thought is”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “I said, “The thing we quested after is never attained.”

He said, “The unattainable – that thing is my desire!”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “In an over-organized society the individual is altogether crushed out of existence. He gains the whole wealth of social thought around him and loses his own soul.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions, and learn to determine the value of your individual and collective action, however directed on material ends, in the light of the ideal which you are supposed to represent. Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Although rare, even to this day

             such are found in this community.

             Who do their wudu using the tears they

             shed during their predawn supplications”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “-To Javed-

My way of life is poverty, not the pursuit of wealth;

Barter not thy Selfhood; win a name in adversity.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “Individuality, therefore, harbours its own enemy at home.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • “Nations are collectively judged, and suffer for their misdeeds here and now.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • Dua to dil sa mangi jati hai,

Zuban se nahi ae iqbal,

Qubool toh uski bhi hoti hai

Jiski zuban nahi hoti.

  • “Khird-Mandon Se Kya Puchon Ke Meri Ibtida Kya Hai

         Ke Main Iss Fikar Mein Rehta Hun, Meri Intiha Kya Hai

         What should I ask the sages about my origin:

         I am always wanting to know my goal.”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “What is love? Love is not a collection of words, a sonnet, music or art.

          Love is the act of you not existing so that someone else can.” ― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • “Alas for a love whose fire is extinct,

         A love that was born in the Holy Place and died in the house of idols!”― Allama Muhammad Iqbal

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