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). However, I’m probably the first student of Iqbal Studies to interpret it as an allegory about what humanity has collectively achieved up to the present times, and what kind of world we may create on that basis.
This is the focus of my work. I believe that Marghdeen is the common heritage of humanity. We should make it our goal to realize it here and now. However, this requires a thorough education – based on a certain worldview, respecting the unity of the social process and creating a will to observe the ‘ten commandments for the state‘. Such education is probably missing today. This website is an attempt to present my work in a manner that might be helpful in filling some of the gaps.