Allama Muhammad Iqbal

(9 November 1877 - 21 April 1938 / Sialkot / British India)

I Desire

Poem by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

I want to have the extremes of your Love,
See, how silly am I, wishing for unachievable.

I don't care if you maltreat me or promise to unveil your beauty,
I just want something unbearable to test my fortitude

Let the God fearing people be dwelling in the paradise,
For, instead I want to be face to face with you.
(I don't want to go to paradise but want to observe the Divine Beauty)

O fellows, I am here for a few moments, as a gust,
Like morning star I will fade and vanish in a few moments.

I disclosed the secret in public,
I need to be punished for being so rude.


Comments about I Desire by Allama Muhammad Iqbal

  • Harindhar Reddy (5/1/2020 11:34:00 PM)

    I wonder if poet could realize his desire to have meeting with God! But time goes it took the poet with it!(Report)Reply

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  • Alison MujatiAlison Mujati (5/1/2020 10:42:00 AM)

    Good punch lines worth reading(Report)Reply

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  • paul amrod (5/1/2020 8:21:00 AM)

    This describes passion with its unbelievable power through seduction to rapture a man into helplessness.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/1/2020 4:01:00 AM)

    I disclosed the secret in public,
    I need to be punished for being so rude.///great introspective utterance, in true heart there is no fear of helI; the true one is not greed for heaven; but seeks true light of god for all(Report)Reply

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  • Jagdish Singh RamánaJagdish Singh Ramána (5/1/2020 3:29:00 AM)

    It would be better to add the actual ghazal in Urdu(Roman or Nastaliq) .(Report)Reply

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  • Ravi Kopra (5/1/2020 12:24:00 AM)

    Poemhunter, please post here the original poem in Urdu. Or is it the original poem in English?(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/1/2019 11:21:00 PM)

    Let the God fearing people be dwelling in the paradise,
    For, instead I want to be face to face with you. ///// greatest brave heartiest utterance

    Yeah; O God
    really I, the love
    don't want your heaven,
    don't want the shadow of Your highest throne

    Yeah; still I'm waiting
    here, in this inn
    with this beggarly bin
    to see YOUR nonseenable undiscovered LIGHT!
    O' God, let me see YOU, let me see YOUR TRUTH!(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (5/1/2019 9:31:00 PM)

    Interesting poem about the line between being upfront and being rude. Behind it though lulls an appreciation for beauty which overrides both social concerns.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (5/1/2019 9:30:00 PM)

    True, meaningful and creative, but he's been dead these 80 years Abdulrauf(Report)Reply

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  • Abdulrauf MuhammadAbdulrauf Muhammad (5/1/2019 6:40:00 PM)

    what a fascinating poetry, i
    your poem is really meaningful and creative, the emotional expression is really touching,

    can you please check out my poem and rate it, " I seek a friend" it might be of your interest.
    thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (5/1/2019 9:20:00 AM)

    A emotional flow with wonderful intensity in pursuit of a cherished glimpse of the beauty. A great life song crafted by a master craftsman.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (5/1/2019 8:06:00 AM)

    Lovely poem of spiritual longing. This genera of poetry Expressed from heart of saints Sufi or devotional is so wonderful to trad if one can read in its original language. This translation is beautiful thanks for doing it.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/1/2019 1:53:00 AM)

    To unveil your beauty! ! !

    Longing for your love.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/1/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    So touchingly expressed. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/1/2019 12:52:00 AM)

    I want to have the extremes of your Love,
    See, how silly am I, wishing for unachievable. love and its problems.. desire, wishes of human kind. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/22/2016 2:21:00 AM)

    tere ishq kii intahaa chaahataa huu.N
    merii saadagii dekh kyaa chaahataa huu.N


    sitam ho ki ho vaadaa-e-behijaabii
    ko_ii baat sabr-aazamaa chaahataa huu.N


    ye jannat mubaarak rahe zaahido.n ko
    ki mai.n aap kaa saamanaa chaahataa huu.N


    ko_ii dam kaa mehamaa.N huu.N ai ahal-e-mahafil
    chiraaG-e-sahar huu.N, bujhaa chaahataa huu.N


    bharii bazm me.n raaz kii baat kah dii
    ba.Daa be-adab huu.N, sazaa chaahataa huu.N(Report)Reply

    Jagdish Singh RamánaJagdish Singh Ramána(5/1/2020 3:27:00 AM)

    Shukraan asli ghazal bhejne k liye! !

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/21/2015 7:32:00 AM)

    Bahut khoob....Kuch batein sare aam nahi ki ja sakti....10(Report)Reply

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  • A . (8/21/2009 3:00:00 PM)

    aur insan kya kay chaahataa han...... :)(Report)Reply

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  • Mazhar Butt (6/10/2009 6:06:00 PM)

    It would be nice if English translation of Iqbal's poems is also provided.
    Non-Urdu-Persian readers obviusly cannot benefit from his thoughts.
    I hope the managers of the website will do something in this regard.
    thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Ganesh Dhamodkar (8/4/2007 2:40:00 AM)

    bharii bazm me.n raaz kii baat kah dii
    ba.Daa be-adab huu.N, sazaa chaahataa huu.N
    what a nice couplet!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 31, 2012


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