Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861
7 August 1941) is worshipped by many as God. He wasawarded Noble Prize in 1913 for his contrbution to literature. Though he admired Islaam inmany of his writings and was deeply influenced by great Isalaamic Scholars like JalaluddinRumi (R A ), Allama Zami ( R A) and Shaikh Sadi ( R A), he remained communal throughouthis life. Apart from being communal, Tagore also was a profligate and a typical selfishZamindar.
INFLUENCE OF ISLAM ON TAGORE
There is no denying the fact that Rabindranath was deeply influenced by Islaam's universalmessage . Professor Ziauddin has written in his " Influence of Islaam on World Civilization"that diring his stay in Santiniketan at Bolpur in 1901, he witnessed Tagore's library enrichedwith Islaamic Literature including immortal writings by Rumi, Sadi , Zami and Hafiz.Rabindranath briefed Ziauddin that his father Devendranath Tagore recited verses of Quranin his death-bed (Influence of Islaam on World Civilization - page 96). Professor Ziauddinopines that Gitanjali is replete with Islaamic spiritualism and mysticism. For example, thevery first poem of Gitanjali is a perfect example in this respect:
Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again andagain, and fillest it ever with fresh life.This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through itmelodies eternally new.At the immortal touch of thy hands my little heart loses its limits in joy and gives birth toutterance ineffable.