ASRAR-I KHUDI (1915)
Considered by many to be Iqbal's best book of poetry, Asrar-i Khudi is concerned
with the philosophy of religion. In a letter to the poet Girani, Iqbal wrote that the
ideas behind the verses had never been expressed before either in the East or in the West.
R.A. Nicholson, who translated the Asrar as The Secrets of the Self, says it
caught the attention of young Indian Muslims as soon as it was printed.
Iqbal wrote this in Persian because he felt the language was
well-suited for the expression of these ideas.
The Asrar explains the importance of the ego and the
clarification of the self. Iqbal believes the answers to essential questions regarding the
ego are important in determining morality for both the society and the individual.