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
Tundi-e baad-e-mukhalif se na ghabra ay uqaab
Ye tou chalti hai tujhay ooncha urranay ke liye”
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.
Although readers familiar with Iqbal’s work already know this fact, but this is shared just to clarify the confusions in general circle.
Photo: Dr. Munir Ahmed Slatch
Courtesy: Aqeel Abbas Jafri
On this 133rd birth anniversary of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, I’m sharing some of my hand-painted calligraphic works I did few years back. Urdu verses by Iqbal are painted in different decorative writing styles. I have used various mediums for creating these artworks.
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Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) is the greatest Poet-Philosopher of the Indian Subcontinent. Most of his poetry work is written in Persian [Farsi] and Urdu. Being a philosopher poet, his verses hold very deep meanings and are not very easy to comprehend.
DISNA [Dr. Iqbal's Society of North America] has developed a website offering a treat for Iqbal lovers and those who want to know about Iqbal and his works. You can visit the link image below to view the Urdu Poetry section of Iqbal, where you can find his Urdu books that can be read online in Urdu script.