The modern age sage

I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil. My Mother kept insisting that I draw famous people like the Quaid, or Iqbal, even suggesting a go at holding a mini exhibition of sorts, given the current re-surgence of interest in Art in Pakistan. But I have been doodling really, with cartoons and solemn faces drawn on the edges of almost every book all through my schooling years. That of course, has hardly changed, with an odd doodle or a cartoon being drawn – almost unconciously – on presentation drafts and what not. But that is not why I am writing this… scratch that. Let’s start again.the-ghost-of-iqbal.jpg

Allama Iqbal is by all means, the modern-age sage.

Not a single scholar that I have come to know of, or have seen on TV or read about in a book, not a single one of them has gone about without quoting the Great Master. I, as you have probably noticed, am a fan as well.

The city of Lahore can easily be proud of her most accomplished son. Allama Iqbal is still reverred amongst many. I sometimes fear that he is losing his relevance becuase his major works are in either Farsi (Persian) or in Urdu. The urdu ones are again, not your usual Urdu! Add to that the fact that our generation and the coming ones take pride in actually being unable to write Urdu – ‘Oh I can only write in English, you know, you know’. Unfortunate.

But it is efforts like these that give me, for one, some hope that after all, Allama Iqbal will still live amongst us, in a way that a person like him should. Whoever made this website, thank you.

edited by author: 18-May-07

8 Comments so far

  1. Pakman (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    dude! the most famous son of lahore was born in sialkot!

  2. iblees (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    The urdu ones are again, not your usual Urdu!

    You meant, the Urdu that is closer to true Urdu and not the Engdu. :-)

    For any fan of Iqbal, or general philosophy, his doctorate thesis
    Development of Metaphysics in Persia is a must read.

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

    @PAKMAN: Iqbal was indeed born in Sialkot but was generously adopted by Lahore. He’s as much Lahori as anyone who was at least born here.

  4. V (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

    Is the accompanying picture your work? *confused*
    I totally suck at drawing!

    As for Allama Iqbal, I admit, I’m a pretty ‘bay-zoq insaan’ when it comes to poetry but I’m well aware of his contributions. I wonder why the government hasn’t “honored” him by printing his picture instead of Quaid on one of the new currency notes.

  5. kidal (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

    Well written article momekh. But I think you might want to change the title. The phrase “diamond in the rough” means that a person may not appear to be good, but has the potential to become good.

    Allama Iqbal, as we all know did achieve his potential. He was an accomplished poet, author, philosopher and lawyer. He was full of grace and nobleness.

    I think what you mean is that he was “one in a million” or one great man in the middle of not so great people.

    Check out this site for a definition of the phrase. Please take no offense. English is a second language for all of us.

  6. Bhola (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Hey guys, help me out here. I was talking to one of my co-worker about Iqbal other day and he said that iqbal was involved in murder of some tawaif. Is this true? if it is can we find that info on the net?

  7. Momek.h (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    Nice to see the involved nature of comments regarding Allama.
    And totally excellent that I get to find out what ‘diamond in the rough’ actually means. It will be changed inshALLah. I always thought what the content of the body suggest, that ‘in the rough of this world, once in a while you see a true diamond ‘lying about”. Metaphors are not to be taken literally, duuh!! :)
    @BHOLA: the rumor is a famous one, no doubt. I have heard it as well. None of the limited literature (in favor of or against Iqbal) that I’ve read verifies this; in fact, it is not even mentioned. I personally think it is heresey at its best. God knows best! :)

  8. Mohammad Akram R... (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 11:55 pm



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