Dec 1 2010

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”

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.

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!


– ConcernedPaki.


Nov 9 2010

Iqbal’s verses in decorated hand-painted calligraphy

Posted by Knonie

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.

[Click images to view larger versions]

Nov 9 2010

Free online Urdu Books by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

Posted by Knonie

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.