09 5 / 2013
Currently compiling a collection of quotes professors have said about me during these last four years. Some of them are true gems and I still laugh my ass off whenever I hear them. Probably not a good idea to publish/share them. Perhaps after graduation!
28 4 / 2013
This one verse of Iqbal has been sort of stuck in my head for a while. In Urdu it reads,
‘Amal seh Zindagi banti hai Janat bhi, Jahanum bhi
Yeh Khaki apni fitrat mein nah noori hai nah naari’
The literal translation I can come up with is something along the lines.
“Deeds are what make up this life, the heavens or the hell
The inherent nature of Ash is neither to shine nor to burn”
Its really quite an eloquent verse if you think about it. Iqbal is using ‘Khak’ or Ash (some may translate it as dust) as a metaphor for one’s life. Just like an Ash immanents both light and darkness so does life embodies these two forces. However, when one looks at ash one might be able to claim that its either burning or its shinning therefore demonstrating what Iqbal might mean by the ‘inherent nature’ of it being neither. Note how he uses Quranic words (Noor and Naar) to juxtapose these two forces to emphasize the importance of one’s actions.
Obviously the getaway message from the verse is that life is what you make it to be but it is eloquence with which Iqbal puts it together that it makes it so special.
22 4 / 2013
"The luxury of destination is forbidden in the religion of Love
Fighting the storms is permitted but the comfort of the shore is forbidden"