The death anniversary of Shair-e-Mashriq, Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today (April 21). Various seminars will be arranged to mark the day, with special programmes to be aired on the state-run and private radios and TV channels, highlighting various aspects of Allama Iqbal.
Allama Iqbal, born in April 21, 1877, is our national poet and also regarded as Muffakir-e-Pakistan’ and ‘Hakeem-ul-Ummat’. He was the first man in Sub continent, who gave the idea of separate homeland, which is now, known as Pakistan.
Iqbal was known for his legal expertise and political ideologies, but his contributions to urdu literature are unforgettable. He still remembered with books like, ‘Rumuz-i-Bekhudi’, ‘Zabur-i-Ajam’, ‘Payam-i-Mashriq (1923)’, ‘The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam (1930)’, ‘Javid Nama (1932)’, ‘Pas Cheh Bayed Kard ai Aqwam-e-Sharq (1936)’, ‘Bal-i-Jibril (1935)’ and ‘Zarb-i-Kalim (1936)’etc.
In 1927, Iqbal was elected to the Punjab Legislative assembly and was later elected to preside over the session of the Muslim League. It was in these positions that he for the first time introduced the idea of ‘Pakistan’. Due to his failing health, Iqbal stopped practicing law altogether in 1934 and was honored with a pension by the Nawab of Bhopal. He dedicated his life to his own spiritual upliftment and contributing to the Persian and Urdu literature. He died in 1938 in Lahore after suffering for many years from various illnesses.
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