خودی کو کر بلند اتنا کہ ہر تقدیر سے پہلے
خدا بندے سے خود پوچھے، بتا تیری رضا کیا ہے
جوانوں کو میری آہ سحر دے
پھر ان شاہین بچوں کو بال و پر دے
خدایا آرزو میری یہی ہے
میرا نور بصیرت عام کر دے
9 November 1877 is the birthday of the greatest Urdu poet Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, who played a vital role in awaking the Muslims of Indo-Pak subcontinent for getting independence from the British rule. Iqbal introduced a term khudi (خودی) which can be translated as “Self Respect” in English. He told Muslims of this particular region that they had to fight for themselves otherwise they would remain as slaves.
Iqbal was the person who gave the concept of a seperate country for the Muslims for the first time. Later Muhammad Ali Jinnah followed this concept and Pakistan came into emergence in 1947. If we see Pakistan today, we feel ashamed. Iqbal taught us the concept of self respect, but unfortunately, we have lost it as a nation. Our President and Prime Minister visit other countries just like beggars, asking for the dollars. They are worse than any other rulers in the world. Even Bangladeshi government has never done this. Our leaders must think that if they don’t take action against their beloved friends who have transferred billions of dollars outside the Pakistan in the recent past, they will never be able to save Pakistan and we will remain beggar.
Government recently took strong action against the money changers and have arrested their top management. However, this effort will be useless the real culprits (including MNA’s, MPA’s and Senators) are not caught. We pray Allah to bless our country with dignity and self respect.