There is magic in free will.

The city of Marghdeen is a magnificent place with tall buildings. Its people are beautiful, selfless and simple; they speak a language that sounds melodious to the ears. They are not after material goods; rather they are the guardians of knowledge and derive wealth from their sound judgement. The sole purpose of knowledge and skill in that world is to help improve life. Currency is unknown, and temperaments are not governed by machines that blacken the sky with their smoke. Farmers are hardworking and contented – there are no landlords to plunder their harvest, and the tillers of the land enjoy the entire fruit of their labour. Learning and wisdom do not flourish on deceit and hence there is neither army, nor law keepers are needed, because there is no crime in Marghdeen. The marketplace is free from lies and the heartrending cries of the beggars.

This is a glimpse of Marghdeen from my book, Iqbal: His Life and Our Times (2014). It is an ideal world, the complete description of which was given by Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbl in his much acclaimed epic poem Javid Nama (1932).

My major contribution as an Iqbal scholar is my effort to show that Marghdeen is not utopia, but an allegory about the world we live in. Marghdeen is here, already achieved. The reason we are not having the benefits described in this allegory is because we are reluctant to learn the manners of Marghdeen. This website is a portal for learning them. ‘The world will become different when you look differently at it,’ says a wise one from Marghdeen in the story, ‘The heaven and earth will readjust themselves too.’