Allama Iqbal, Gabriel and Iblīs

Allama Iqbal, 1877-1938

translated by M. Shahid Alam

Note: In the Qur’anic account of man’s creation, God asks the angels to bow down to Adam; they bow down, except Iblīs. God banishes Iblīs but, granting his request, gives him the power to tempt and waylay humans except those who submit in sincerity to their Creator.


Old friend, how is your time spent in banishment?


In fire wrapped, pain-swept, surging, toiling, unbent.


At our heavenly summits, we often talk of you.
Should you repent, seek grace, give us the cue.

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