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The Glory of Iqbal 
Shaykh Abu al-Hasan Ali Nadwi

Awakening Publications (UK, USA)  2002
Paperback 199 Pages
Translated by M Asif Kidwai 

Iqbal's poems established him as a rising poet on the literary horizon of the subcontinent. His brilliance later dazzled the eyes of people living in distant countries and won for him an honorable place amongst the immortal poets of the world.

It was after his return from Europe that he started his real poetic career. His transitory period was over. His ideas had matured and he had formulated his outlook on human aspects, which lasted, throughout his life.

"Asraari-Khudi" (Secrets of Self) and "Rumuzi-Bekhudi" (Mysteries of Selflessness) thrilled the literary circles of the East and the West. These poems deliver the message he has for mankind and deal with the development of the individual self and the problems an individual faces as a member of society.

This book describes the life of Allama Iqbal who was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest Islamic thinkers of all times. He was, in fact, a poet of great genius, philosopher and law.

Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi was born in India in 1941. He belonged to the illustrious family of Syed Ahmed Shahid. Shaykh Nadwi excelled in the studies of tafsir, hadith and fiqh. He mastered the Arabic language and literature to the extent that in years to come most of his books would be written in Arabic. He was the Rector of Darul Ulum Nadawatul Ulama and President of the Academy of Islamic Research and Publications. He was a founding member of the Muslim World League and a visiting Professor at the Universities of Damascus and Madinah respectively. He was the founding member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and in 1980 he was awarded the King Faisal Award for his services to Islam. HE passed away in 1999


Extract: The Mosque of Cordoba FROM The Glory of Iqbal  Nadwi

In 1932, Iqbal visited Spain and also went to see the Mosque of Cordoba. It was not an ordinary sightseeing trip by a tourist interested in ancient monuments but a pilgrimage to an outstanding symbol of faith by a faithful Believer and a warm-hearted poet. It was a pilgrimage of love and loyalty by a celebrated Muslim to pay homage to the spiritual legacy of Abdul Rahman el-Dakhil and his companions.

Iqbal was greatly moved by the magnificence and solemnity of the Mosque and the deep emotional responses its awe-inspiring sight evoked in him found expression in the immortal poem called Masjid-i-Qartaba (The Mosque of Cordoba). Iqbal saw it as a cultural landmark of Islam and in its architecture and engravings he saw a moving portrait of the Believer's moral excellence and aesthetic refinement as well his high-mindedness, sincerity, piety and devotion.

The Mosque reminded Iqbal of its builders and their keen appreciation of artistic beauty, and of the noble ideas and appreciation, call and message, they upheld in life and propagated in the world. Its tall, stately minarets revived the memory of the spellbinding Azan that once used to rise from them and which people heard every day at the beginning and the end of the stresses of life. The Azan is a symbol of the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Millet.

The call it gives and the message it conveys may, indeed, be described as the National Anthem of Muslims and it is unique to their community. At one time the soul of the universe trembled and the foundations of the citadels of falsehood shook at the sound of it. It was the Islamic Azan that announced the dawn of a new morning and dispelled the gloom that had enveloped the world in the 6th Century A.D.

Iqbal recalls the Divine message and the celestial guidance the Azans used to carry to the four corners of the world and the depth and intensity of their significance. The more he ponders over it the more is he convinced that the Millet which is endowed with this eternal call and lives according to this everlasting message is, also, imperishable.




Dear Nephew (Muhammad al-Hassani)
I know that you, like other children of your age have a keen interest in reading and listening to stories, what saddens me is that stories you read are only about animals - cats, dogs, lions, wolves, monkeys and bears.
We your elders are to blame for this sad state of affairs, for these are the only only stories available to you.
That is why I planned to write ..... suitable for children --...Qisas al-Nabiyeen ~(Stories of the Prophets)
Ali al-Hassani

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