Stray Reflections

March 28, 2007

Excerpts taken from Allama Iqbal (RA)’s personal diary published as ‘Stray Reflections’

  • The weak lose themselves in God, the strong discover Him in themselves.
  • For centuries Eastern heart & 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?
  • Individuals and nations die; but their children i.e. ideas never die.
  • The memory of a man is generally bad except for the offences he receives from his fellow-men.
  • Self-Control in individuals build families; in communities, it builds empires.
  • A mathematician cannot but a poet can enclose infinity in a line.
  • If you wish to become a public leader you ought to know how to flirt with the Dame public. Entertain her with platitudes and, if necessary, with lies.
  • “Think of the Devil and he is sure to appear.” This is equally true of God

Verses of the Day – Allama Iqbal (RA)

February 15, 2007

Na Utha Phir Koi Rumi Ajam Kay Laala Zaaro`n Say,
Wohi Aab o Gill e Ira`n, Wohi Tabrez Hay Saaqi,

No Other Rumi has born again in the gardens of Ajam (world other than Arab)
Same is the air & soil of Iran, Same is the Tabrez

Nahin Hay Naa Umeed Iqbal Apni Kisht e Veera`n Say,
Zara Namm Ho Tau Yea Matti Bohat Zarkhaiz Hay Saaqi

Iqbal isn’t hopless of his deserted land,
a little intent & this soil is very much fertile potent

<<forgive me for my pathetic translation>>

Baal e Jibreel – Allama Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal (RA)

-Aasim