Iqbal is admired as a prominent classical poet by Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, and other international scholars of literature. His first poetry book, Asrar-e-Khudi, appeared in the Persian language in 1915, and other books of poetry include Rumuz-i-Bekhudi, Payam-i-Mashriq and Zabur-i-Ajam. Amongst these his best known Urdu works are Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim and a part of Armughan-e-Hijaz. In Iran and Afghanistan, he is famous as Iqbal-e Lahori (Iqbal of Lahore), and his poetry enjoys immense popularity among the masses.
In much of Southern Asia and Urdu speaking world, Iqbal is regarded as the Shair-e-Mashriq (Poet of the East). He is considered as "national poet" of Pakistan. In India he is also remembered as the author of the popular song Saare Jahaan Se Achcha.