Allama Iqbal's Poetry
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The Call of the Caravan Bell


The Himalayas
The Colourful Rose
The Age of Infancy
Mirza Ghalib
The Cloud on the Mountain
A Spider and a Fly
A Mountain and a Squirrel
A Cow and a Goat
The Child’s Invocation
A Mother’s Dream
The Bird’s Complaint
The Interrogation of the Dead
Moth and Candle
Reason And Heart
The Painful Wail
The Sun (Translated from Gautier)
The Candle
A Longing
The Morning Sun
Pathos of Love
A Withered Rose
The Tombstone of Sayyid
The New Moon
Man and Nature
The Message of Dawn
Love and Death
Virtue and Vice
The Poet
The Heart
The Wave of River
Farewell O World's Congregation!
Young Baby
The Portrait of Anguish
Lament of Separation
The Moon
The Story Of Adam
The Indian Anthem
Morning Star
The National Anthem For the Indian Children
A New Altar
Firefly and Bird
The Child and the Candle
On the Bank of the Ravi
The Traveller’s Request
Do not look at the garden of existence like a stranger
If you had not come I would have had no occasion for...
O Lord! Strange is the piety of the preacher
I should procure such straws for my nest from somewhere
What can I say how I got separated from my garden
Unusual in state, distinct from the whole world they are
One should not see the Spectacle with the material eye
What should I say how much Longing for dejection I have
The one I was searching for on the earth and in heaven
Completion of your Love is what I desire
When that Beniaz opens His Graceful Hand
I bear hardships on myself, I am unconcerned with others
Majnun abandoned habitation, you should abandon wilderness...
Beauty’s Essence
The Message
Swami Ram Tirath
Addressed To the Students of Aligarh College
The Morning Star
The Beauty and the Love
On Seeing a Cat in the Lap of Someone
The Bud
Moon and Stars
The Union
The Unfaithful Lover
The Unsuccessful Effort
The Song of Grief
The Short-Lived Joy
The Manifestation of Beauty
One Evening
The Message of Love
To Abd Al-Qadir
The life of Man is no more than a breath!
O God! Teach a little Love to my happy Intellect.
The world will know when the flood of conversation will...
Thy splendor is manifest in thunder, in fire, in spark
O worldly congregation! Though your gatherings were...
We circumambulate the wine‑cup like the wine’s ref...
Time has come for openness, Beloved’s Sight will be common
The Islamic Cities
The Star
Two Planets
The Royal Cemetery
Morning’s Appearance
Tadmin on a Verse of Anisi Shamlu
The Philosophy of Grief
On a Flower-offering
The Anthem of the Islamic Community
A Pilgrim on His Way To Madinah
The Complaint
The Moon
The Night And The Poet
The Assembly of Stars
Strolling in the Celestial World
The Motor Car
The Human Race
Address to the Muslim Youth
The Eid Crescent
The Candle and the Poet
Before the Prophet’s Throne
The Hospital of Hijaz
The Answer to the Complaint
The Cup-Bearer
Education and Its Consequences
Closeness to Kings
The Poet
The Good News of the Dawn
In Response To the Request For Writing a Poem on 'Eid
Fatima Bint ‘Abdullah
The Dew And The Stars
The Siege of Adrianople
Ghulam Qadir Ruhilah
A Dialogue
I and You
The Poem Based on a Verse of Abu Talib Kalim
Shibli and Hali
Abu Bakr The Truthful
The Present Civilization
In Memory of My Late Mother
The Sun’s Ray
In Response To a Letter
Infidelity and Islam
The Muslims and Modern Education
The Princess of Flowers
Based on a Verse of Sa’ib
A Conversation in Paradise
An Incident of the Battle of Yarmuk
Remain Attached To the Tree Keep Spring’s Expectation
The Night of the Celestial Ascension of the Prophet
The Flower
I and You
Begging For the Caliphate
Late Shah Din Humayun
Khizr the Guide
The Rise of Islam
O zephyr! Convey my message to the one wrapped in blanket
These songs of turtle doves and nightingales are merely...
O dejected nightingale your lament is immature still
Lift the veil from thy Face and be manifest in the assembly
The spring breeze is flowing again start singing, O Iqbal
For once, O awaited Reality, reveal Thyself in a form...
No wonder if the garden birds remained fond of poetry even...
Though you are bound by cause and effect
In the East principles are changed to religion
The girls are learning English
The Sheikh also is not a supporter of women’s seclusion
O wise man! This is a matter of a few days only
Western education is very encouraging
It does not matter if the preacher is poor
The patient of civilization will not be cured by the goli
Will there be an end to this, how long should we buy
We poor Easterners have been entangled in the West
“The search, the witness and the thing witnessed are the...
We have lost all material resources
As I tried to commit suicide the Miss exclaimed
So naive were they not to appreciate the Arabs’ worth
In India councils are a part of the government
Membership of the Imperial council is not at all difficult
What will be a better proof of affection and fidelity
The Sheikh was giving a sermon on the mode of operation
Let us see how long this business of the East lasts
The cow one day started saying to the camel
Last night the mosquito related to me
This new ‘verse’ was revealed to me from the jail
Life may be lost but truth should not be lost
Capital and labor are in confrontation with each other
That eternal rind has departed from the border of Sham
One day a dispute arose between the farmer and the owner
Throw them out in the alley
The owner of the factory is a useless man
I have heard this was the talk in the factory yesterday
Though the mosque was built overnight by the believers

The Unfaithful Lover

O Iqbal! You are a strange mixture of opposites
You are the elegance of assembly’s crowd as well as alone
O lunatic with colorful song! Your struggles and efforts
Are the garden’s beauty as well as wilderness’ adornment
You are the associate of stars due to your flight’s elegance
O land traveler your steps also traverse the sky
Your forehead is in prostration in the midst of preoccupation with wine
In your system are some colors of the system of goblets also
Like flower’s fragrance you are devoid of color’s dress
Though you are a creator of wisdom you are also insane
Like waves you are running to the destination without foot-prints
And then you are also left behind like the sea-shore
Female beauty has the effect of electricity for your nature
And strangely enough your loves are unconventional also
Your existence depends on the amusement’s law
Are you prostrating only at a single door step?
Among the beautiful you are famous for infidelity
O fickle-minded! You are famous as well as infamous
You have come into the world with mercury’s nature
Your restlessness is lovable, you are very restless
What the disturbance of love has turned into wilderness
I keep that handful of dust concealed under the cloak
It has thousands of facets, each of a different color
I keep such a multi-faceted diamond in my breast
The poet’s heart, is but intoxication’s toil and hustle
What do you know, what I keep inside my breast!
In every intoxication of Love there is a new effulgence of Longing
I am restless, I have a heart unacquainted with rest
Though a new beauty every moment is the sight’s object
I have a firm covenant of fidelity with the Beauty
Beniazi has created my nature’s Niaz
I keep the struggle for the Longing like the zephyr
The spectacle of a single flying spark
Cannot be assuasive as I have a thunderous heart
What may fulfill every demand of the nature of Love
Ah! Attainment of that Perfect Effulgence is my aim
The search for the Whole misguides me into It’s parts
The Beauty is boundless, I have the incurable pathos
My life depends upon Love’s extreme compassion
But I keep the Love free of customs of fidelity
The truth is that lack of imagination produces fidelity
I have a new Resurrection Day ever fresh in my heart
Cup‑bearer’s bounty is like dew, heart’s capacity demands oceans
I am always thirsty, I have a burning fire under my foot
By creating me He created His own critic
As a picture, I have complaint against my Painter
If the Beauty was so short‑lived in existence’ assembly
Why then do I keep such a boundless imagination?
I am constantly struggling in the Longing’s wilderness
I am the ocean’s wave, I carry my destruction on my shoulder

Translated by: M.A.K. Khalil
The Unfaithful Lover

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