Javidnama: Junior Edition (2006) was translated and abridged by Hina Tanvir and edited by Khurram Ali Shafique, with Muhammad Suheyl Umar as series editor. It was published by Iqbal Academy Pakistan and has run through several editions within a few years. It is part of a series of abridged illustrated works of Iqbal in English translation. It may also be downloaded in PDF for free.

  • An epic story written by Iqbal
  • Abridged and translated into contemporary English prose
  • Originally written in Persian verse
  • Translated by Hina Tanvir
  • Edited by Khurram Ali Shafique
  • Series editor Muhammad Suheyl Umar
  • Full-color illustrations by Tabassum Khalid


Khurram Ali Shafique
Khurram Ali ShafiquePresidential Iqbal Award
Khurram Ali Shafique is the author of several books on Iqbal, including “Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography”, for which he received Presidential Iqbal Award, and the recently published “Iqbal: His Life and Our Times”. He has vast experience as an educationist. He is the founder of Marghdeen Learning Centre and is the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, which he has been conducting since May 2011.


An interesting feature providing biographical background
“The human being is ever craving for company in this seven-colored world, O Lord! …”
Long long ago, A lonely evening, The spirit of Time
A friend of everyone, Sarosh, The valley of the prophets
The assembly of ancient gods, The tyrants and the Mahdi
The wonderful world of Mars, The astronomer, An enchantress
The wayfarers, An interview, Satan
The Ocean of Blood
The Paradise, The kings and the houris, God
“The book has come to an end but I still have something to say that cannot be said…”

About the book

On a lonely evening, Iqbal meets Rumi. Together they embark on a journey to the end of the world and beyond – meeting those who cannot be seen, and those who are long gone.

The worlds of spirit and matter combine, leading the poet into the presence of the Divine…

Javid Nama was described by Iqbal as his “life’s work”, and can be justly regarded as one of the most important books of the modern times.

This abridged translation presents the grand epic in simple contemporary English.

How to purchase

The book is available from bookstores in Pakistan

Free download

The book can be downloaded for free from Iqbal Cyber Library. Please note that it is a heavy file and may take a while to open. Best option is to right click on the link and choose the option of “Save link as”.

Junior Editions Series

A Message from the East is also available in this series.