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The "Khizr-i-Rah" ("The Guided Path") is a poem in Urdu written in 1922 by Sir Muhammad Iqbal[1] and published in his 1924 collection Bang-i-dara.[2] It deals with the subject of the political future of Muslims. The poem is an imaginary conversation between Iqbal and Khizr (The Guide). Iqbal, while sitting alone one night, sees Khizr appear before him who asks him about the cause of his loneliness and restlessness.[3] Iqbal tells him about many things he has failed to understand in life and Khizr explains to him the secrets of those things.[3] The three main topics of the conversation were "the secret of life", "the Governments" and the "downfall of Muslims".

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  1. ^ Iftikhar Dadi (15 May 2010). Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8078-9596-2.
  2. ^ Iqbal Singh Sevea (29 June 2012). The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India. Cambridge University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-107-00886-1.
  3. ^ a b Irfan, Omar (2004). "Khiżr-i Rāh: The Pre-Eminent Guide to Action in Muhammad Iqbal's Thought". Islamic Studies. 43 (1): 39–50. JSTOR 20837324.