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Muhammad Iqbal محمد اقبال

1877 – 1938 CE

Muhammad Iqbal محمد اقبال ‎ (1877 – 1938)
"Spiritual father of Pakistan,” politician, "Poet of the East,” scholar, ‘Sage of the Ummah,”and one of the most important figures in all of Urdu literature; Muhammad Iqbal was knighted by King George and praised by US Supreme Court Associate Justice William O. Douglas though also condemned by Western leaders because of his anti-capitalist views. In 1930 he proposed the creation of a Muslim state in Northwest India, and is now considered the ideological founder of Pakistan as well as a main inspiration for the Iranian Revolution. Fighting hard against racial, religious, national social and all forms of oppression, inequality, and discrimination; he promoted democracy, humanism, peace and friendship.

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Quotes by Muhammad Iqbal (12 quotes)

“Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.”

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“In view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.”

Themes: Science Religion

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“When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.”

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“I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam”

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“But only a brief moment - one breath or two - is granted to the brave , whose wage is the long nights of the grave.”

Themes: Courage Old Age

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“Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.”

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“From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future.”

Themes: Karma

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“Democracy is a system where people are counted not weighed.”

Themes: Democracy

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“Human intellect is nature's attempt at self criticism”

Themes: Evolution

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“The spirit of philosophy is one of free inquiry. It suspects all authority. Its function is to trace the uncritical assumptions of human thought to their hiding places, and in this pursuit it may finally end in denial or a frank admission of the incapacity of pure reason to reach the ultimate reality.”

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“Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.”

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

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