Yeh Hai Iqbal Faize Yade Name Murtaza Jis Say, Nigahe Fiker Main Khilwat Sarai La Makan Tak Hai

“These are the blessings of the name of Ali (a.s.) that have enlightened me upto the sphere of God.”

Allama Iqbal was brought up under an Islamic atmosphere. His father was a pious, virtuous and very religious man. He was a true Muslim and would pass his time in the company of learned men of Islamic Faith.

Allama Iqbal learned Arabic, Persian and other Islamic subjects at his own house from Moulvi Meer Hasan who was a great learned scholar of his days. He set in Iqbal an inclination towards the studies in the realm of the religion of Islam. Later on Allans Iqbal carried on his own studies. While preparing his Thesis in Philosophy he went through the commentaries on Holy Quran, traditions and jurisprudence of Islan and got himself well equipped with a thorough knowledge about Islam. From the contents of Islamic History he concluded that Hazrat Ali (a.s.) is the hero of Islam and that it was Ali (a.s.) alone who surpassed all Muslims not only in embracing Islam first of all but who ranks a top in supporting the cause of Islam in all phases. He (Ali a.s.) pleaded and supported the cause of Islam at the cost of his life and was always seen by the side of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) protecting him against all odds and preaching the religion with words and deeds. Consequently Allama Iqbal picked up love and praise for Hazrat Ali (a.s.) as much as he has picked up for the Prophet (s.a.w.) of Islam.

Islamic history and traditions revealed this fact that comprison with all the noble companions of the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Ali (a.s.) was superior to all, in knowledge, valour and adherence to religion of Islam and that after the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) he was second to none.

In paying tribute to Hazrat Ali (a.s.) in his poetic verses Allama Iqbal has spent the utmost capacity, profuseness and profoundness of his pen and skill. In his verses while depicting the high qualities of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and speaking of his virtues of valour and intellect, his outstanding noble character, and vastness of knowledge in almost all the spheres of learning Allama Iqbal crosses the limit of human nature and assumes as if Hazrat Ali had been some super human. Now we quote his poetic couplets :


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