The Ethical Ideal of Islam and Indian Muslims (Iqbal 1908)

The following is a part of the work of Dr Muhammad Iqbal that was presented by him in Lahore (1908) upon arrival back to the sub-continent. This was following the completion of his higher education in the West (1905-1908). Dr Muhammad Iqbal, a member of the Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam, importantly, did not present his usual poetry at the annual event of the Anjuman between the years 1908-1911. Instead, Dr Muhammad Iqbal presented three articles during this period. The work presented here is from the first of these three articles and contrasts the state of the Muslims of the sub-continent with the ethical ideal that has been given by Islam to the world.

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MQ: To Comment or To Not Comment?

In light of recent developments regarding the matter of Mumtaz Qadri, we found it necessary to comment, we found it necessary to comment upon the situation due to various questions being asked on the matter. By the will of Allah, this is intended to serve as a sincere brotherly advice that we may all wholeheartedly …

Islam and the Distribution of Wealth

At a time of global advancement in various fields such as science and technology: communication across the seven seas has become instant, the duration of transcontinental journeys has reduced from months and years to a matter of hours and the world has been reduced to a global village. However, an issue of great importance that …

Intellectual Knowledge as Expounded by Allama Iqbal

The Islamic philosophical tradition prides itself over a rich history of illustrious names that have contributed to the development of Islamic thought throughout the ages. Thinkers such as Ibn Sina, Imam Ghazali, Ibn Rushd, Ibn al Arabi and Allama Iqbal, henceforth referred to as Iqbal, are some of the renowned Muslims personalities who have advanced Islamic thought. The present article entitled ‘Intellectual Knowledge as Expounded by Allama Iqbal’ discusses the modes of knowledge that are traditionally considered to be non-religious, non-mystical and non-intuitional. The article discusses the empirical and rational modes of intellectual knowledge that will be analysed in light of the revolutionary thought of Iqbal.

Translating Allama Iqbal: A Preview of ‘National Life’ (1904)

Background Those who stand well informed regarding Allama Muhammad Iqbal and his thought and are well aware of the various stages of his life in terms of the development of his philosophical thought. In the life of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, there are three distinct periods, or stages, of thought. Although many academics and scholars of …

Model Town Massacre: An International Human Rights Prespective

According to the political philosophy of the renowned 18th century thinker Rousseau,(1) individual sovereignty as to certain rights and freedoms is transferred from each individual to the state. In return, the state ensures the granting, protecting and preserving of certain rights that are given to each individual of the state. Thus, individuals become citizens.(2) This concept is known as ‘The Social Contract’ and plays a pivotal role in the modern nation-state theory.(3) Based on this mutually understood premise, it is a legal and constitutional responsibility of the state to uphold and protect the respective rights to the citizens of the state.

The Importance of Faith in an Age of Reason

The question of faith and reason is one that has intrigued philosophers since the dawn of human civilisation. In a tradition sense, both faith and reason are sources from which knowledge have been and continues to be derived. This is the case as both faith and reason can purportedly serve the epistemic (1) function of religious thought. In essence, this short article intends to shed light on the importance of faith in an age of reason. In particular, what faith can give Man that reason cannot.

Jamhooriyat Ka Husn (The ‘Beauty’ of Democracy)

The following poem written in the nazm form exposes the so-called system of Democracy in Pakistan. It touches upon political, religious and social themes in general. It is intended that the readers will question the reality of democracy in Pakistan and support Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri in his mission of bringing about true democracy in Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah as a whole.

Terey Koocho-o-Baazar Ka (Ghazal)

The following poem is written in the Ghazal form addressing and questioning the Beloved. The lover calls out to the Beloved of his heart-felt pain, sorrow and distress due to the anguish of separation. It is the Beloved who is also the 'Saaqi', the one who intoxicates the lover through his presence, his glance and …

A Poetic Response To PTI Trolls

This poem is a response to PTI trolls in the poetic form. It must be affirmed that I respect the great Imran Khan, the legendary Cricketer, Captain, Socialist and Revolutionary leader of Pakistan. I respect the true and sincere workers of PTI and its tigers. This response is ONLY aimed at those who stoop to …

Shamaa-e-Ishq (The Flame of Love)

The poem sheds light upon the travellers path to the Beloved via the route of Love. Love burns everything. Love burns the heart. Love burns the very composition, existence and physical matter of Man. Love burns logic and rational thought. Through love one reaches the Beloved, a station where knowledge and physical actions without spiritual …

Nizaam-e-Kuhan-o-Nau (The Old and New Systems)

Nizaam-e-Kuhan-o-Nau Nizam-e-Kuhan: Poocha Logon Ney Mujh Sey ‘Ey Zaalim, Tera Naam?” Bata Deta Hoon Tujh Ko Mera Andaaz-e-Kaam! Meri Manzil-e-Muraad Hai Daulat-o-Aiwaan Qatal-o-NaInsaafi Par Hai Mera Imaan! Ye Meri Wazaarat Jis Pey Hai Jahaan Ko Naaz Kursi-o-Izzat-e-Nafs Hai Merey Dil Ka Raaz! Mujhe Hirs-o-Laalach Taht-o-Hakumat Ka! Nahin Samaan-o-Fursat Qadam-e-Musbat Ka! Azal Sey Hoon Barbaadi-e-Qaum Pey …

Allama Iqbal: Causes of Muslim Disunity (Part One)

The renowned philosopher, academic and orientalist T. Arnold famously said regarding his pupil Allama Muhammad Iqbal that “Iqbal is a man of his age, a man ahead of his age and a man at war with his age”.  For centuries, the Muslim civilisation has produced unique thinkers and philosophers from the likes of Ghazali and …

The Necessity of Change and Intellectual Enlightenment

From east to west, the primary and most important source of jurisprudential ruling and guidance for Muslims is the Holy Qur’an. Without an atom of doubt, the basis of change whether on a national or global scale commences with individual change. This change is based on awareness and intellectual enlightenment. The fore-mentioned predicate is based upon Qur’anic injunctions in addition to being a principle witnessed throughout history prior to the changing fate, destiny and direction of nations. It is asserted in the Qur’an that “Verily, Allah does not change the state of a people until they bring about a change in themselves”