“hat was, has faded what is is fading: but of these words few can tell the worth; Time is still gaping with expectation of what is nearest its hour of birth.” This quote elucidates Iqbal’s concept of Time and Space. We have several instances of tradition ‘la tasubbu ad dhar’ (Do not vilify time) that was central philosophy in Iqbal’s works. Many of his works revolve around this idea and same goes with the work “Mosque of Cordoba” where Iqbal talks about succession of day and night and cycle of life and death.Iqbal widened the scope of Bergsonian concept of pure time ‘duree’.Although he distinguishes between the serial and non-serial aspects of time, but at the same time Iqbal associates serial time with efficient self and the non-serial to appreciative self. The efficient self is concerned with the physical world. It is revealed as a series of specific and numerable states whereas the appreciative self is the deeper self, which one can only become cognizant of through tasawwuf and in moments of profound meditation. Serial time is spatial or clock time, whereas pure duration is an incessant flow in which all things live and partake their being.
As we achieve self actualization we move out of the bounds of serial time and gain a measure of eternity. Iqbal asserts that clock time is unreal time. He ascribes psychological time or pure duration with the real time. For Iqbal, time does not lie in the palpable points or things or events of this world but, within human consciousness. So to unravel this mystery of time we need to plumb into our deepest recesses. As Iqbal maintains” The right course is a careful psychological analysis of our conscious experience which alone reveals the true nature of time. “And also in Secrets of Self (Asrar i Khudi) he says, “Our Time which has neither beginning nor end; Blossoms from the flower bed of our mind.” So existing in real time means to create time from moment to moment. Henceforth, the purpose of life is to reach to the stage of self actualization which fulfils our motive to come in this world and makes us prepared for the next.