This poem has an interesting background. It was 1912 when a Turkish delegation was visiting Lahore (in the then India, a British colony). The head of the Turkish delegation asked Allama Iqbal why the Indian Muslims fell prostrate for so long. Allama answered:
HAZAR KAAM HEIN MARDAAN-E-HUR KO DUNIYA MEIN
WARAAYE SAJDAH GHAREEBON KO AUR KYA HAI KAAM
There are a thousand missions in the world for free men
But for the poor slaves what else is their but prostrations (before their masters)?
The great Allama writes in his Urdu prose and poetry that he "offers" Namaz only at Eid for social reasons. He disliked physical prostration. He strongly believed in spiritual SAJDAH (a hearty submission) to the commands of Allah.
NAZAR AA JAATA HAI MASJID MEIN BHI TU EID KE DIN
ASA-E-WA'Z SE HOTI HAI TABEEAT BHI GADAAZ
YEH AIK SAJDAH JISAY TU GARAAN SAMAJHTA HAI
HAZAAR SAJDAY SE DAITA HAI AADMI KO NIJAAT
dictated, not read