مہدی کے تخیل سے بیزار نہ ہو
It is a common question in minds that should we wait for a coming leader/promised era? or should we focus merely on our efforts as nothing is going to happen?
Allama Iqbal’s Poem ‘Mehdi’ is the answer of both questions.
Allama Iqbal emphasized that the ‘Concept of Mehdi’ is very important for Muslim Nation and this view for Muslims has the weight that for Cathay has musk of deer. We should not fed-up from this view as the arrival of Imam Mehdi (AS) is true. At the same time we should not sit idle and just wait. In other words all our efforts should be directed.
Cathay (Khatan) is the ancient name of a region in China (Central Asia) which is famous for musk producing deer and that musk is used in making perfumes/scents so Cathay’s musk adorn the world. If Musk is separated from Cathay, that region will have no weight. By this analogy, Allama Iqbal pointed the importance of ‘Concept of Mehdi’ to Muslim Nation.
Here explanation of this poem is posted from ‘Sharah’ of two famous Iqbaliat experts, Prof. Yousuf Saleem Chishti and Moulana Ghulam Rasool Mehr. Brief description to the subject is added before the Explanation/Interpretation. English translation of poem is added at the end of this post.
From Book: Sharah Zarb-e-Kaleem by Prof. Yousuf Saleem Chishti
From Book: Matalib Kalam-e-Iqbal Urdu by Maulana Ghulama Rasool Mehr
Original Scan of above Explanation (Book Matalib Kalam-e-Iqbal Urdu )
1. A nationʹs life gets much prolonged, By lofty aims and ideals high:
If residents here some zeal possess, They can explore the heights of sky.
2. The Frankish Sage (Nietzsche) by guile(cunning) and skill, New lease of life to nation gave:
The path for birth of Superman, By valor great he strove to pave.
3. To Guideʹs concept you seem averse (reluctant), Too fed up with this thought appear:
This view for Muslims has the weight, That for Cathay has musk of deer.
4. If man alive puts on the shroud (burial cloth), Must we take that foolish for dead:
Or tear to pieces small and shreds, His shroud and cast away the threads?