Allama iqbal was born at Sialkot in 1877. He went to school at the age of five. He had completed his study of the Holy Quran, before he passed the Matriculation Examination. He began writing poetry in his childhood. He passed his B.A from the Murrey College, Sialkot. Syed Mir Hassan taught him with great love and devotion. Then he came over to Lahore and got his M.A. in Philosophy from the Government College. Here he was a favourite pupil of Dr. Arnold.
He worked as a professor in this college for some time. Then he went over to Cambridge to study law. After that he got his Ph.D from Germany. He returned to Lahore as a barrister, but poetry Interested him more than anything else. Baang-i-Daraa, Payam-i-Mashriq, Baal-i-Jibreel and Israr-o-Ramooz are some of his immortal works in Urdu and Persian poetry. He had great love for Hazrat Muhammmad (peace be upon him), and tears welled up in his eyes, whenever his name came on his lips. He gave the Muslims of india the idea of Pakistan in his presidential address at the annual session of the Muslim League at Allahabad, in 1930. But he did not live to see the realisation of his dream. He died on the 21st of April, 1938, in Lahore, and was buried beside the stairs of the Badshahi Mosque. May his soul rest in peace!