Iqbal – Andalusia to Pakistan

“Brothers in Islam! We now have the enemy in front of us and the deep sea behind us. We cannot go back to our homes, because we have burnt our boats. We shall now either defeat the enemy and win or die a coward’s death by drowning in the sea. Who will follow me?”

These golden words in the history was spoken by the leader, the fearless manTariq Ibn-e-Ziyad who ordered his loyal men to burn all the ships that had carried them there, the Mediterranean mountain, now Jabal Al Tariq.

Tariq realized, after he had pinched his troops for battle that the Spaniards were far superior to them in numbers of men and equipment and being cut off from home by hundreds of miles he could also not wish for reinforcements. His only hope lay in capturing the arms of the enemy. Otherwise, the scenarios were very gloomy.

Tariq was anxious and, in the nervousness of this situation, he could think of no other way out than to seek Divine Help by growing up the spiritual stamina of his men. He put his Reliance on the assist of Allah and took it for granted that He was with him for he was sure of the justice of his cause. He knew in his heart that his army was the troop of Allah’ which had not embarked upon the expedition for conquest or worldly brilliance but solely for the victory of His Word and the defence and advocacy of His Faith. They had come out with their heads on their palms’ to lead mankind from darkness to brightness and to deliver it from the over-lordship of fellowmen to the over-lordship of Allah, the Supreme Being, from the narrow confines of this world to the boundlessness of the Hereafter and from the tyranny and oppression of other religions to the equality and justice of Islam; and had the Lord of Lords, the Inventor of all things, not promised of the inspirational mission.

Allama Muhammad IqbaI (1877-1938), the poet of the East and the Inceptor of Pakistan has heightened the magnificence of it by adorning it with the robe of poetry. His poem, “Tariq ki Du’a” (The prayer of Tariq in the battlefield of Andalusia) beautifully described the valour and glory of Muslim leader and his army men.

یہ غازی یہ تیرے پراسرار بندے
جنھیں تو نے بخشا ہے ذوق خدائی

These warriors, victorious, These worshippers of Yours,
Whom You have granted the will to win power in Your name;

دو نیم ان کی ٹھوکر سے صحرا و دریا
سمٹ کر پہاڑ ان کی ہیبت سے رائی

Who cleave rivers and woods in twain,
Whose terror turns mountains into dust;

دو عالم سے کرتی ہے بیگانہ دل کو
عجب چیز ہے لذت آشنائی

They care not for the world;
They care not for its pleasures;

شہادت ہے مطلوب و مقصود مومن
نہ مال غنیمت نہ کشور کشائی

In their passion, in their zeal, In their love for Thee, O Lord,
They aim at martyrdom, Not the rule of the earth.

خیابان ہیں منتظر لالہ کب سے
قبا چاہیے اس کو خون عرب سے

In the flower-bed, Rose is waiting from long time
The Color from Arabs’ blood

کیا تو نے صحرا نشینوں کو یکتا
خبر میں، نظر میں، اذان سحر میں

You have united warring tribes,
In thought, in deed, in prayer.

طلب جس کی صدیوں سے تھی زندگی کو
وہ سوز اس نے پایا انہی کے جگر میں

The burning fire that life had sought For centuries,
Was found in them at last.

کشاد دردل سمجھتے ہیں اس کو
ہلاکت نہیں موت ان کی نظر میں

They think of death, not as life’s end,
But as the ennobling of the heart.

دل مرد مومن میں پھر زندہ کر دے
وہ بجلی کہ تھی نعرہ لا تزر میں

Make alive in the heart of a Muslim again
That Power the slogan ‘My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers’ had.

عزائم کو سینوں میں بیدار کر دے
نگاہ مسلمان کو تلوار کر دے

Wake up ambition in the breasts, O’ Lord!
Transform, the glance of the Momin into a sharpened sword!!

Iqbal’s interpretation of that beautiful Dua of Tariq has now become a symbol of bravery and motivation for Shaheens of Iqbal. Every time a soldier listens these words, a feeling of Goosebumps travels through his body and it buds the love of Jehad and the joy of martyrdom and then the kingdom of the earth holds no attraction for him.

On Iqbal’s 138th birthday, the nation tributes the revolutionary-legend whose heart-warming messages still awakening the true spirit of Muslim soldiers.

*La-Tazar (Verse 26 of Surah Nuh- No. 71 – Quran)