Economic Vision of Allama Iqbal

Fateh M. Chaudhri


Allama Iqbal used both poetry and prose in Persian, Urdu and
English to convey his multi-dimensional feelings and thoughts. According
to one scholar, “Iqbal was a humanist and true citizen of the world. His
works testify to his acknowledged roles as poet and philosopher,
educator and student of cultures, lawyer and politician, missionary and
visionary, psychologist and sociologist, freedom fighter and inspirer of
a new nation, scholar and a man of action, mystic, seer and statesman”.1
As an all time great poet, Allama Iqbal had two shining
characteristics—an artistic one that presents poetry for leisurely
enjoyment and a visionary one that propels inspirational beams for
action and reform. As a great poet he also had a huge canvas to paint
on, and his subjects are big issues like humanity. In most of his
writings Allama Iqbal talks about the significance of man and his
dignity, freedom not only from political subjugation and intellectual
servility but also from hunger, ignorance, physical and spiritual
illnesses and other social and economic development issues facing the
poor and the weak nations of the East. As a universal humanist, Allama
Iqbal waged a relentless struggle to promote and defend human
self-esteem. Some scholars believe that “even his advocacy of Pakistan
was really based on humanist considerations”. He could not bear to see
one religions group dominating another simply because of numerical

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