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Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer

Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer

Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’
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Mustansir Dalvi
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When Muhammad Iqbal first recited Shikwa (Taking Issue) in 1909, his audience was enraged by his effrontery. Iqbal, in his lament, took issue with Allah directly, audaciously implicating Him for the sorry state of Muslims worldwide and ruing the lost glory of Islam. In recompense, Iqbal composed Jawaab-e-Shikwa (Allah’s Answer) in 1913. Here, Allah responds to the poet, first berating his community, then offering hope for Islam in the world. Iqbal’s mellifluous words greatly assuaged those angered earlier. Over time, the poems have found their place in the canon of South Asian literature, and, through recitation, repetition and selective use, have forwarded a variety of agendas in the subcontinent.

In this elegant translation by Mustansir Dalvi, these classics by the most influential poet of his generation come alive once again in a language that is contemporary and immediate.

Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics

Published: May/2012

ISBN: 9780143416852

Length : 224 Pages

MRP : ₹299

Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer

Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’
,
Mustansir Dalvi

When Muhammad Iqbal first recited Shikwa (Taking Issue) in 1909, his audience was enraged by his effrontery. Iqbal, in his lament, took issue with Allah directly, audaciously implicating Him for the sorry state of Muslims worldwide and ruing the lost glory of Islam. In recompense, Iqbal composed Jawaab-e-Shikwa (Allah’s Answer) in 1913. Here, Allah responds to the poet, first berating his community, then offering hope for Islam in the world. Iqbal’s mellifluous words greatly assuaged those angered earlier. Over time, the poems have found their place in the canon of South Asian literature, and, through recitation, repetition and selective use, have forwarded a variety of agendas in the subcontinent.

In this elegant translation by Mustansir Dalvi, these classics by the most influential poet of his generation come alive once again in a language that is contemporary and immediate.

Select Preferred Format

Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’

Muhammad Iqbal ‘Allama’ (1877–1938) is best remembered in India for ‘Saare jahaan se acchha’, recited to this day as an alternate anthem. A pre-eminent poet of India in the early twentieth century, he eulogized the land and its peoples with his mellifluous verse. He published several collections, including Baang-e-Daraa (1924), Javed-Naama (1932) and Baal-e-Jibreel (1935). In his later years he became the voice of Islam in India, advocating its causes through his writings, particularly The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930), his poetry and public speeches. In Pakistan today, he is regarded and cherished as a founding father.

Mustansir Dalvi

Poet, translator and columnist Mustansir Dalvi teaches architecture in Mumbai. His poems have been published in The Brown Critique, Poiesis, Poetry India and the anthology Mind Mutations. In 2010 he collaborated with French and Indian poets translating contemporary poetry in Marathi, English and French. He is currently putting together his first collection of poems, Brouhahas of Cocks.