The philosophy of Iqbal was opposite to Rumi's philosophy .One pleaded actualization of self (KHUDDI ) while the other preached annihilation of self .Allama was impressed with the philosophy of dynamism & movement & not sufistic aspect of Rumi as is evident from his fundamental philosophy . The fact of the matter is that the poets are like a camel infected with false thirst of water & they roam for quenching this false thirst in various imaginary valleys & are therefore void of any purpose of life & pragmatism .The poetry is thrown into oblivion with the passage of time as it is antithesis of science & rationalism while prose with purpose would have risen the status of Iqbal far higher .He was thinking on these lines as well but could not author the book with the title "An introduction to understand the Quran " but due to his illness ; he could not materialise this dream.
The dilemma of poetry is that after Dr Shabir Ahmad & a few other lovers of Iqbal like me & those who use Iqbal in Qawwali , the poetry of Iqbal will disappear .All sufis including Rumi are endowed with satanic wisdom (In Urdu YAWAGOI ie Rational fallacies or absurdities ) which is a satanic trap for the people of intelligence & Iqbal was also trapped . Ibne Arbi was much higher in wisdom & knowledge than Rumi even greater than Aristotle & Plato who ruined the entire ummah by Ismising the sufistic terms altogether alien to Quran through this satanic wisdom declared by Quran as "Quloobun Munkira " .Ibne Arbi was the greatest personality of his time & was highly respected among Muslims .As a consequence the entire ummah was influenced with his writings ie Fasoosul Hikma & fattuhat ul Makkiyya , declared by Iqbal as Zindiqa (Pazhand ).This was Iqbal who reconstructed these Sufistic terms in the light of pristine Quran & presented in his book of poetry "Pas Chah bayad Kard ?
This is the greatest achievement of Iqbal who rejected this great scholar & guided the ummah to the right path.