In our intermediate textbook, there was poem by Allama Iqbal called “Sultan Tipu Kee Wasiyat” (Sultan Tipu’s Will). The poem was not long. As per our education system, we were supposed to learn it by heart and then re-write it in “nice handwriting” to get the best possible marks. Occasionally a question would pop up to give a “Khulasa” (Central Idea) of the poem. While preparing for my inter exams, I had the honor to meet a certain Khurram Ali Shafique. The man is an authority on Allama Iqbal and his works. I asked him to help me understand what that poem was all about as I couldn’t find any reference to Tipu Sultan in it. What he explained to me changed my life and my outlook towards it.
He explained that Allama Iqbal believed in the concept of “Justujoo” or Struggle. He didn’t believe in achieving everything but setting higher goals in your life. Iqbal believed that if we achieved our goals then the struggle to do better would end in us and hence our life would have no more spark in it. Khurram explained to me that simply speaking, “we have to set highest possible goals in our lives, struggle continuously to achieve them and when the goals are in grasping reach, do not rest there…set higher goals for yourself”. Off course, this Central Idea wasn’t what was taught to us in intermediate, hence, I can realize why I didn’t get great marks in Urdu but for sure my life and outlook towards it has changed.
Read the poem below and appreciate the quality of Iqbal and his work:
سلطان ٹیپو کی وصیّت
تو رہ نورد شوق ھے ، منزل نہ کر قبول
لیلی بھی ہمنشیں ہو، تو محمل نہ کر قبول
اے جوۓ آب بڑھ کے ہو دریاۓ تندوتیز
ساحل تجھے عطا ہو، تو ساحل نہ کر قبول
کھویا نہ جا صنم کدہ کائنات میں
محفل گداز! گرمئ محفل نہ کر قبول
صبح ازل یہ مجھ سے کہا جبرئیل نے
جو عقل کا غلام ہو، وہ دل نہ کر قبول
باطل دوئ پسند ھے، حق لا شریک ھے
شرکت میانہ حق و باطل نہ کر قبول
علامہ محمّد اقبال
Coming to the topic in hand, the recent victory of Asma Jahangir in the SCBA election is a small step in our struggle for a free society where bigots do not lead and rule us. Hope you all realize what I am trying to say. We may not win in one day, but our struggle in the right direction is what we want to see.
Kalam-e-Iqbal by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sanam Marvi