Shikwa is the most famous poem of Dr. Iqbal.
There are two parts of this poem named "Shikwa"
and "Jawab-e-Shikwa". Main theme of these two
poems is taken from the famous poems of John
Milton named "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained".
Dr. Iqbal used wonderful Urdu vocabulary in this
poem and highlighted achievements of Muslims.
In Shikwa, he played an oppressed and frustrated
Muslim who is being complaining to Allah Almighty.
In its second part, he assumed if Allmighty Lord
Himself is addressing to this complaining Muslim
and answering to his protest. Unfortunately,
instead of getting some point out of this wonderful
work, some rigid and narrow minded so called Muslim
scholars of that era declared Dr. Iqbal a rebellious
minded person who is being disrespectful to God.
But in the long run, this poem proved its worth
and it is still applicable for the whole Muslim
world even today.
For reading complete "Shikwa"