No, No. This verse is not by Iqbal…

Posted by Knonie

There is one Urdu verse which is quite renowned because of its theme, and this verse goes like:

تندئ بادِ مخالف سے نہ گھبرا اے عقاب
یہ تو چلتی ہے تجھے اونچا اڑانے کے لیے

Roman Script:
Tundi-e baad-e-mukhalif se na ghabra ay uqaab
Ye tou chalti hai tujhay ooncha urranay ke liye”

Translation:
Don’t fear the intensity of opposing-wind*, O’ Eagle
It only blows to help you fly even higher.

[*headwind: A wind blowing from directly in front, opposing forward motion]

Due to such fine theme and the presence of the metaphor “Uqaab“, the Eagle, many people confuse this verse and relate it to Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

This verse is actually written by Sayyed Sadiq Hussain Shah, and below is the photo of his tombstone in Islamabad.

Poet: Sadiq Hussain-tombstone; Photo: Dr. Munir Ahmed Slatch

Although readers familiar with Iqbal’s work already know this fact, but this is shared just to clarify the confusions in general circle.

Acknowledgments:
Thanks to Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri for providing some missing pieces of the information, and Dr. Munir Ahmed Slatch for providing the photo.

 

Updated: 19 April, 2015

“After reading all the comments doubting the veracity of my claim, I did quite a bit of digging and was finally able to find the book containing poetry of Mr. Sadiq Hussain Kazmi (my great grandfather).

The book is titled Barg-e-Sabz and it does contain the poem of which the aforementioned verse is a part.

On the first page of the book, Sadiq Kazmi actually thanked those who attributed this verse to Allama because it inspired him to take a closer look at his poetry!

Cheers!”

– ConcernedPaki.

 


20 Responses to “No, No. This verse is not by Iqbal…”

  • Muhammad Ali Says:

    Thank you for this correction. I was also wrong.

  • ConcernedPaki Says:

    Thank you for this correction. You are right. The poet, Syed Sadiq Hussain, is my mother’s grand father. This is a verse from one of his poems written in his early years. My mother tells me that the other verses in this poem were not that good but this one became a huge hit!

  • Maria S Kazmi Says:

    Finally, someone says this!
    The poet, Sadiq Hussain Kazmi is my great grandfather from my father’s side.
    I find great pleasure in correcting Urdu teachers when they quote this as an Iqbal verse. ^_^

  • Maria S Kazmi Says:

    He had a lot of his work published as an anthology, actually. I have it somewhere.

  • Qaiser Shahzad Says:

    aoa

    please paste full nazam including this verse.

    thank you

  • Munib Iqbal Says:

    Thanks a lot for posting, bro, this verse is often wrongly quoted by people as being one of Allama sbs verses…. Actually 2nd misra is not upto the standard of Allama Iqbals poetry, if examined closely. I always thought, somehow, that this was by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan.

  • Syed Hyder Says:

    Jazakallah, Thank you

  • jasiiya Says:

    very interesting

  • Nazik Jatoi Says:

    I think this claim is totally wrong. couplet belongs to Hazrat Allam. Sadiq Shah dies in 1989. He himself has never claimed nor any other has given evidence.

  • Dr. Gulzar H. Shah Says:

    With all due respect to the family members who got the gravestone engraved and grand kids who recalled someone recalling this verse being claimed by Syed Sadiq Hussain Shah (may his soul be blessed), Nazik Jatoi’s argument seems pretty tenable. The verse had been in print media for at least 40 years while Shah Sahib was alive, there should have been plenty of opportunity for him to claim back the verse that almost became an epitome of Iqbal’s philosophy in the popular culture as well as literary circles.

    • Knonie Knonie Says:

      Just because someone didn’t specifically claim a verse during his lifetime, (a verse that would later become such controversial), doesn’t make that verse belonging to Dr Iqbal. It’s true that some TV anchors and few journalists and writers have used it in their scripts in the past (since around 20 years) and quoted it as Iqbal’s, but I doubt that any actual Iqbal Expert ever quoted this during discussing Iqbal’s philosophy.

      And leaving this claiming issue aside, the best proof would be to show the source of this verse in any of Iqbal’s books. If none of the original Iqbal’s writings contain it, which of course I’m unable to find, which means this verse is not as old as Iqbal’s work and it is relatively modern. Then we have no reason to give this verse to Iqbal, and we have to believe that Iqbal never claimed or used that verse anywhere because he didn’t write it.

  • Ahmad Says:

    Please share nazm or ghazal of Syed Sadiq Hussain containing this verse. Thanks

  • Mirza Mustafa Jamal Says:

    Hazaroon Saal Nargis Apnee Bey Nooree Pey Rotee Hai- Badi Mushkil sey Hota Hai Chaman Mey Didawar Paida.

    This verse is engraved on the gravestone of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, does it mean this belongs to him?

    Please be reasonable while writing in public domain.

    • Knonie Knonie Says:

      That’s a different case, Sir. The verse “Hazaron saal nargis” can be seen in Iqbal’s poetry books, and Sir Sayyed’s tomb didn’t claim that poetry. To prove this “Tundi-e-baad-e-mukhalif” as Iqbal’s verse, we need to find it somewhere in Iqbal’s poetry or any reference document related to Iqbal. Otherwise, It’s Sadiq sahab’s verse…

      I have encountered some people who are relative of Sadiq sahab and they told me that this is his verse. I haven’t yet met anyone who can present me something that prove it’s Dr Iqbal’s verse. If you’re not convinced, please solve this confusion and present some source from Iqbal.

  • ConcernedPaki Says:

    OK, after reading all the comments doubting the veracity of my claim, I did quite a bit of digging and was finally able to find the book containing poetry of Mr. Sadiq Hussain Kazmi (my great grandfather).

    The book is titled Barg-e-Sabz and it does contain the poem of which the aforementioned verse is a part.

    On the first page of the book, Sadiq Kazmi actually thanked those who attributed this verse to Allama because it inspired him to take a closer look at his poetry!

    Cheers!

    • Sunny Says:

      I agree with you but you can share that book or at least full poem on some where on net and share the web address.

  • zubair pirzada Says:

    pl. give us the complete poem by sadiq hussain kazmi of which this famous verse is the part

  • Ghulam Mustafa Says:

    He belongs to Shakargarh (Zafarwal).

  • Mohd Ali Says:

    Hi Maria- I know this because your grand mother told us- although I was kid that time but very detailed meeting with ur grand father at shakargarh – hope aunty Naveed is good ? Regards

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