His political career can be seen from the following important positions he held. In 1927 he was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly; in 1930 he gave evidence before the Simon Commission; in the same year he was appointed president of the annual session of the Muslim League at Allahabad. But perhaps the greatest contribution of Iqbal was that through his poetry and writings he brought to the masses the realization of the fact that dynamism of Islam could never be separated from the political struggle of the Muslims of the India. Iqbal who was the student of Islam, wanted to remain aloof on the political questions of the India. But, Islam, which is the whole philosophy of life, did not allow to him to remain a passive observer of the political movements of India. He became a part of it, and to that movement he brought his own beliefs that 'politics have their roots in the spiritual life of man' and that 'religion is the power of the utmost importance'. He had the courage enough to declare the whole world that 'separation of religion and politics was the greatest misfortune of man and that it was the divorce between the two which was threatening to destroy the whole super structure of civilization".
Ten years ago when the
Muslim masses lay slumbering in ignorance, his words came to us as a challenge:
"The Indian Muslim has long ceased to explore the depths of inner life.
The result is that he has ceased to live in the full glow and color of life
and is consequently in danger of an unmanly compromise with the forces which,
he is made to think, he can not vanquish in open conflict.