Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tipu Sultan, who chose death over disgrace!

Posted by Tayyaba Zaid On 4:33 AM 2 comments

In 1799, 4th May, is the day of Shahadat of the greatest Muslim leader of the 18th century - Tipu Sultan, who chose death over disgrace, lived with dignity and died with honor.

His honorable saying in the battle field, just before his death, when he was asked to surrender to the British, has become a legend in the Muslim folklore - "a day in the life of a lion is better than a 1000 years of the life of a jackal !"

Allama Iqbal visited his grave and recited emotional poems for this great warrior, leader, inventor, thinker and visionary.

It is reported that this is the picture of Allama Iqbal at the muqam of Tipu in Mysore. Iqbal inside the final resting place of Sultan Fateh Ali Tipu, Mysore, India. This picture hung in the bedroom of the Allama at a prominent place, where he could see it the instant he awoke, till his dying breath. Such was Iqbal's love for Tipu.

 

Let us tell you more about Tipu.

He was a military genius, inventor of modern military Rocket and Missile science. For the first time, he deployed Rocket units into battle against the British and devastated them.

he was a mechanical engineer and inventor who had also designed and made a huge man size lion eating a British soldier, which would also play sounds of when the tiger would eat the British. Today, this amazing piece of invention is in the London Museum.

Tipu had formed a global alliance against the British and had close military relations with Nepolean of France, Khilafat e Usmania and China. Tipu's over seas trading was done with entire middle east, turkey, china and central Asia. He was a thinker, man of books as well as sword and a most noble humane character, kind and loving to his people.

He lost because of his treacherous Prime Minister Mir Sadeq, whos name has become immortalized with treachery and betrayal, even in the poems of Baba Iqbal. Even the British knew that as long as Tipu is alive, they can never capture India. After his Shahadat, the British General shouted "Now India is ours" !!!

After Tipu Sultan, Muslim world did not produce any leader of his caliber except Quaid e Azam, MashAllah! InshAllah, this new generation of Ummah will produce many tigers like him.. InshAllah!