Indeed, in view of its function, religion stands in greater need of a rational foundation of its ultimate principles than even the dogmas of science.

Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal

Profession: Author
Nationality: Pakistani

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In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command.

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

It is true that we are made of dust. And the world is also made of dust. But the dust has motes rising.

Though the terror of the sea gives to none security, in the secret of the shell. Self preserving we may dwell.

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Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

Why hast thou made me born in this country, The inhabitant of which is satisfied with being a slave?

Yet higher religion, which is only a search for a larger life, is essentially experience and recognized the necessity of experience as its foundation long before science learnt to do so.

I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.