Allama Iqbal expressed his gratitude and reverence for Mevlana Rumi, in many places, which includes his Poem ‘Letter from Europe’ about Rumi from Baal-e-Jibreel.
يورپ سے ايک خط
ہم خوگر محسوس ہيں ساحل کے خريدار
اک بحر پر آشوب و پر اسرار ہے رومي
تو بھي ہے اسي قافلہء شوق ميں اقبال
جس قافلہء شوق کا سالار ہے رومي
اس عصر کو بھي اس نے ديا ہے کوئي پيغام؟
کہتے ہيں چراغ رہ احرار ہے رومي
کہ نبايد خورد و جو ہمچوں خراں
آہوانہ در ختن چر ارغواں
ہر کہ کاہ و جو خورد قرباں شود
ہر کہ نور حق خورد قرآں شود
A LETTER FROM EUROPE
Our senses limited, we do not venture beyond the seashores
But Rumi is an vast Oceon, Stormy and full of mysteries.
Iqbal! You, too, are moving
In that band of men–
That band of men of passion,
Of which Rumi is the guide,
Rumi, they say,
Is the guiding light for freedom;
Has he, indeed, a message,
For the age we live in?
(Mevlana Rumi’s) REPLY
‘Eat not hay and corn like donkeys;
Eat of thy choice like the musk-deer;
He dies who eats hay and corn,
He who eats God’s light, becomes the Quran.’
Allama Iqbal’s last verses from Javed Nama also manifests as Allama advise son Javed to hold the hand of Mevlana Rumi, since he is an ocean of knowledge and a true momin with insight to separate good from evil for issues of our times.
Iqbal also had a spirtual connection with Rumi, something that he hid in his lifetime but was eventually disclosed after his life by Ali Bux, his lifelong servant, see our post Mevlana Rumi visit Allama Iqbal – Story narrated by Dr. Javed Iqbal.
Also see link for an excellent Travel Guide to Rumi’s Shrine [Mevlana Museum] in Konya, Turkey.
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