Syed Mir Hassan / Allama Iqbal Family


Syed Mir Hassan (1844-1929) belonged to a religious family of eastern physician 
but didn't opt for that profession for reasons of aesthetics; likewise he also refused
to take up a career as traditional prayer leader because he didn't wantto live on
charity. Much to the horror of his family he ended up teaching  at  a  vernacular
school run  by missionaries. At the age of nineteen he also  visited  Delhi to  meet
the famous  poet  Mirza Ghalib, and later became

a staunch supporter of Sir Syed AhmedKhan, whom he hadthe opportunity tomake to  meet
in person on numerous occasions.
Mir Hassan did not believe in discipline by the rod, and his answer to a principal who once
asked him why his class was noisy, was,"I am teaching the kids."When faced with the task
of teaching   English (a language  he  didn't at all),he   brough t  the   dictionary and  invited
pupils to join him learning the new tongue.he taught literature through comparison of couplets
from Urdu, Persian, Arabic and Punjabi.
Iqbal was known to consult him even long after leaving the school, and obtained the title of
Shamsul Ulema for him when he himself was offered  knighthood in the early 1920's.
Asked whether his teacher wrote any books, he made the famous reply,"I am the book he wrote.

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Allama Iqbal’s love for the Holy Prophet (صلی الله علیہ وسلم) has become proverbial. His visitors have related almost unanimously that whenever there was discussion about the Holy Prophet (صلی الله علیہ وسلم), Iqbal was deeply touched and tears would begin to flow from his eyes involuntarily.(1) In one of his letters, Iqbal says about the Holy Prophet (صلی الله علیہ وسلم):

"It is my belief that the Prophet (صلی الله علیہ وسلم) is still alive and the people of this age can get inspiration from Him as His Companions did during His mortal life."
Referenced Books : Rozgar-e-Faqir, Apna Greban Chaak, Aftab-e-Walayat Sawaneh Hazrat Waris Ali Shah (r.a.), Rijal-ul-Ghaib & Urdu Kalam-e-Iqbal