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Remembering Allama Iqbal - A great poet, philosopher and a thinker of Pakistan

Allama Iqbal, a great poet, philosopher and a political leader, was born at Sialkot in 1877. Iqbal was the legend who influenced Pakistan Movement, and gave us a vision which later on became the mission of Quaid-e-Azam.

Iqbal was a man who could look beyond the barriers of community and culture, and see beyond into evergreen fields of prosperity. Although not deriving from an educated family, Iqbal managed to secure several degrees in philosophy from Lahore Cambridge (while simultaneously completing the education from London), and also Munich. This was a rare achievement for any man in the 1900’s.

Speaking about Iqbal, Dr. Durrani explains: “We don’t call him just a poet of Pakistan, but he is a Universal poet, and his thought is really universal in fact, comic. He is reserved as a poet-philosopher, because his poems were not just lyricism, singing the songs of beauty and love, but also the aims and ideals and destiny of nations.”

To mark the birth Anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Pakistan National Council of the Art, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National heritage organized an event to celebrate Iqbal day at PNCA auditorium on November 9th.

Puppet show, speeches, National songs and Tableau’ will also be presented. In this event, Renowned singers Muhammad Ali, Babar Niazi, Javed Niazi & Gulshan Jehan will be commemorating Iqbal’s work with his poetry.

One of the famous quotes stated by Allama Iqbal in reference to the Pakistan Movement is, “I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh and Balochistan amalgamated into a a single state. Self-government within the British Empire, or without British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim State appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of the North-West India.” 

Iqbal’s most of the work, which is also a part of the national curriculum, preaches virtues, such as helping others in need, as well as, providing lessons to safeguard against flattery. Through his poetic and literary work in Persian and Urdu, Iqbal explored understandings of man and his place on Earth. In particular, he was deep into the realms of spiritual thought drawing great inspiration from Jalal-uddin Rumi, a Persian metaphysical poet from the 13th century.

Iqbal passed away before he could see his poetry become a reality. In March, he fell seriously ill and eventually died on April 21.

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