How Allama Iqbal Influenced An Atheist
Mohammad Elshinawy, Research Fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, elaborates a couplet written by Poet of the East, Allama Iqbal (May Allah be pleased with him). Mr. Elshinawy narrates that a very known professor in New York City who struggled faith for a long time and was an atheist, reverted to Islam. The professor says “I read a line from Muhammad Iqbal, and it just shut me down. And all my research was finished, and I said there’s no running from this.” He quoted Allama Iqbal’s couplet “SURE YOU CAN DENY GOD, BUT HOW DO YOU DENY MUHAMMAD (AS)?”
Speaker Mohammad Elshinawy explains that the poet wants to say, sure you can be immature and say “I’m not going believe in something I don’t see, but how do you deny someone who lived in the flesh here, who God communicate with. How do you deny the reality of Muhammad (as)?”
How can one deny a person who was born in a vicious environment, yet becomes beautiful, soft, delicate, bashful, merciful person, who was content when people couldn’t even be patient, and was merciful when people couldn’t even be just?
A person who was gentle with kittens, but was always on the front lines on battlefield. A valor on war front yet kind enough to be worried about a pigeon, who was scared by someone by taking her babies away?
The speaker went on to say ‘How do you explain the only person in human history that has ever removed racism from their society successfully. The only person in human history that has ever removed alcoholism effectively, that has suffocated the institution of slavery until it dwindled and people benefited from their freedoms and enjoyed them. How do you explain that he becomes the most influential figure in human history?
How Allama Iqbal Influenced An Atheist 3:43 minutes