Allama Iqbal, life and thoughts in 2 parts. Part 1 by Anna Marie Schimmel.

Dr Mohammed Iqbal (1877-1938), life and thoughts in 2 parts. Part 1 by by Anna Marie Schimmel, a link. Part 2 by Sohail Hashmi to follow as post 215. Anna Marie Scimmel died in 2003 at the age of 81.

Masnavi of Rumi. Let us besech (ask)…

Maulana Jalal-Uddin Rumi was born in 1207 in Balkh now in Afghanistan and died in 1273 and is buried in Konia, Turkey.  Here is aselection from his Masnavi.
Let us beseech(ask) God to help us to self-control (adab); he who lacks self control

Is deprived (deprived) of the grace of the God;

The undisciplined man does not corrupt himself alone; he sets the whole world afire.

Whatever befalls thee of gloom and sorrow is the result of thy irreverence and indolence.

Anyone behaving with irreverence in the path of the Friend is a brigand who robs men:

He is no man. Through discipline Heaven was filled with light,

Through discipline the angels become immaculate and holy. By reasons of irreverence the

Sun is eclipsed, and insolence caused “Azazil to be turned back from the door.

Shaikh Sadi (1184-1283) a quote. Wash thy hand..

Rumi a short background and the worldly sense…

Maulana Jalal-Uddin was born in 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan and died in Konia, Turkey in 1273. Maulana as Rumi came about much later because the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire was in Turkey. The Roman Emperor Constantine (272-337) toward the end of his life had become a Christian. It was he who had convened the conference in Nicaea in 325 and where the Nice an Creed was agreed upon.

Here is a quote from his Masnavi. Khaliq


The worldly sense is a ladder to this world;

the religious sense is the ladder to Heaven.

Dr. Mohammed Iqbal by Anna Marie Schimmel

Here is a link to a lecture by Professor Annemarie Schimmel  “The Work of Muhammad Iqbal”. Allama Iqbal was a philosopher, a scholar , a mystic and a renown poet. He was born in 1877 in Sialkot, Pakistan and died in in Lahore in 1938. He

Annemarie Schimmel (1923-2003) was a highly respected German scholar who wrote extensively on Islam and Sufism and taught in many universities of the world including Harvard.  A link to her  talk..

Ibn Arabi (1165-124o) , a link to a lecture by professor William Chick.

Ibn Arabi (1165- 1240) was a philosopher and a renown scholar of Islam. He lived during the golden age period of Islam(8th to 13th century). Some of his contemporaries were Shaikh Sadi (1184-1283), Farid Uddin Attar ( 1150-1222), Maulana Jalal-Uddin Ruimi (1207-1273), and others.

Here is a link to a lecture of Professor William Chitick