Stray Reflections on Iqbal – 3

Voice of East

Stray Reflections on Iqbal – 3

By Dr Maqsood Jafri

Francis Bacon had said “histories make Man wise.” It goes without saying that the history is a teacher. The Muslims of the sub-continent passed glorious era when they ruled over India. But they also suffered horrendous times when the British over threw the great poet-ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar. His poetry during his exile in Myanmar (Burma) is heart wrenching. The British with the collaboration of Hindus left no stone unturned to crush the Indian Muslims.

Dr Iqbal was quiet conscious and concerned about the atrocities inflicted on the suppressed Muslims. The identity and ego of the Muslims was fully vanished by the callous rule of the Britishers. Most of the Mughal emperors revelled in wine and women. Similar, was the attitude and lifestyle of the Khalijis, Tughlaqs and Lodhis. Exceptions of nobility, virtuosity and modesty are always found in some…

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