The poet and philosopher Allama Iqbal (1877-1938. was one of the greatest poets and thinkers of modern times. He was born in Sialkot, British India, and received his early education at Sialkot Zilla School. In 1894, he became a disciple of Maulana Muhammad Ali, the chief minister of Punjab.

In 1899, he went to England for higher studies. He returned to Lahore in 1905 and started working with the Indian National Congress. During this time, he began writing poetry and composing his philosophical thoughts. He became the editor of the daily newspaper The Dawn in 1913, and remained so until 1920.

Iqbal was a Muslim nationalist who believed that Muslims must first free themselves from the British rule before they could think about their own nation. He also emphasized the importance of spirituality. He wrote poems on various themes such as love, social reform, nationalism, humanism, and religion. His poetry was influenced by the ideas of the Vedas, the Quran, and the Upanishads.

Iqbal had an immense influence on Urdu literature and poetry, and is considered to be one of the greatest poets in the Urdu language. He has been described as the greatest poet of modern times because he not only revolutionized the Urdu poetry but also the Urdu language itself.

In his poetic works, he has used metaphors to express complex ideas. Allama Iqbal was the founder of the modern movement in Urdu poetry. Iqbal believed that the poet is the one who can transform the lives of the people. The poet’s role is to educate the masses and awaken them from their slumber. Allama Iqbal wrote many books on various subjects. 

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