Pakistan is celebrating 141st birth anniversary of national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal today (Nov. 9) with national zeal and fervor, and a change of guards ceremony was held at Allama Iqbal’s Mausoleum in Lahore. November 9 is known as Iqbal Day in the history of Pakistan.
At this occasion Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message regarding Iqbal Day, acknowledged the contributions of Allama Iqbal and said, “adopting Iqbal’s vision is the need of the hour to brighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed and Islamic welfare state.” He further said that Iqbal supported the Muslims in their dark time.
He added that if we, as a nation follow the iqbal’s lesson of ‘Khudi, we will definitely achieve the dignified place in the world. “Iqbal’s thoughts illuminated a candle of hope to identify the destination.”
President Dr Arif Alvi in his message said “Today, the country is facing multifaceted challenges, while the spirit of Islam and its message is being distorted by religious extremists and zealots. The need to understand his message and reverting to his teachings and philosophy was never as great as it is today,” he said in his message on the occasion. He further added “we have been successful in following the path that was shown to us by the great philosopher and Poet of the East”.
“He awakened the Muslims from their deep slumber and rekindled the spirit among them to seek their true identity and to discover, cultivate and assert khudi for the individual as well as collective progress and prosperity,” he said. “Let us, therefore, on his 141st birth anniversary, reiterate to continue making efforts for translating his vision into reality and strive harder for achieving ideals as envisioned by the great poet-philosopher.”
Allama Iqbal 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. Sir Muhammad Iqbal, was a famous poet, philosopher, lawyer and politician from British India. He is believed to be the inspiration behind the historical ‘Pakistan Movement’, in which he was one of the few leaders who first presented the idea of Pakistan as a different nation for the Muslims.
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23 August, 2019