Allama Iqbal Family / sheikh ata Muhammad


Sheikh ata Muhammad

Sheikh Ata Muhammad(1859-1940) virtually brought up his younger brother and
Sponsored his education in Lahore(1895-99) and Europe(1905-8). Iqbal felt morally indebted to him and normally put up with hi dominating attitude and fiery temperament-although silently pursing his one ways.
Ata had a large family (he divorced his first wife when Iqbal was about 8 or 9, and remarried), and retired in 1912. Concern for returning favours by looking after Ata’s 3 daughters and 3 sons was among the reasons why Iqbal could not permanently shift to Europe, something he desired very much at that time.
Ata’s eldest son ijaz turned ahmedi and, according to him, ata had also the same faith. Other family traditions and scholarship contradict this assertion.