In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Profound
When I think of someone who has a deep understanding and insight, Allama Iqbal comes to mind. Through his poetry and his philosophy he has tried to awaken the mind of a sleeping nation.
I was first introduced to him when I heard the following verses he wrote in Urdu :
Masjid toh bana di shab bhar mein Iman ki hararat walon nay
Mun apna purana papi hai, barson say namazi bun na saka.
You’ve managed to build a mosque overnight
You people of faith,
But your sinful heart,
could not become religious in all these years!
I was curious to know who was the poet addressing and why?
I did some research on the internet and learned, there were two groups who wanted to take possession of a vacant land in Lahore. No one owned it, but among the two groups whoever could successfully build a place of worship would be owners.
Both the groups wanted the land, but one of the groups worked all night to build a mosque. After the building was complete, the people did not show up for prayers.
During the years when India was ruled by the British, there appeared a man named Iqbal who convinced his people, the only way they can regain their independence was to work hard for it. He was a man of deep understanding, he could not bear to witness the plight of the Indians.
He wrote poems, he spoke to the general public in person to make them understand freedom is achievable if they took active part in achieving it. They were successful but Iqbal did not live long enough to see it.