Action as contemplation
It is not merely by receiving and intellectually shaping the impressions, but mainly by moulding the stimuli to ideal ends and purposes that the total self of man realizes itself as one of the greatest energies of nature. In great action alone the self of man becomes united with God without losing its own identity, and transcends the limits of space and time. Action is the highest form of contemplation.
Excerpt from 'Self in the Light of Relativity', an article by Iqbal, published in Crescent, Lahore, 1925