Poet Iqbal La­hori com­mem­o­rated in Pak­istan

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Pak­istan held cer­e­monies on Fri­day to pay trib­ute to the ‘Poet of the East’ Iqbal La­hori and com­mem­o­rated the con­tri­bu­tion of Al­lama Muhammad Iqbal for the Mus­lims of the sub­con­ti­nent.

In sep­a­rate mes­sages on the oc­ca­sion, Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan Arif Alvi and Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan called for un­der­stand­ing and act­ing upon the mes­sage of Iqbal La­hori to achieve high dis­tinc­tion in the comity of na­tions.

Born on Novem­ber 9, 1877 in eastern city of Sialkot, Pun­jab Prov­ince, he was great rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the sub­con­ti­nent and an im­por­tant per­son­al­ity for the Pak­istan move­ment.

Iqbal, known as Iqbal La­hori in Iran, was a great Mus­lim poet, philoso­pher and thinker of the sub­con­ti­nent and is widely known as the poet of Is­lam or the poet of the East.

About 60 per­cent of the works of Iqbal La­hori which are mas­ter­pieces in the Per­sian lan­guage makes him equally pop­u­lar in Iran.

The 141st birth an­niver­sary of poet Iqbal La­hori who is also the na­tional poet of Pak­istan was cel­e­brated Fri­day with na­tional zeal and fer­vor across Pak­istan and in other parts of the world, IRNA re­ported.

Pak­istani pro­fes­sor of Per­sian lan­guage Zee­shan ul Has­san told IRNA that Iqbal La­hori had strong grip over Per­sian and Ara­bic lan­guages and two-third of his works are in Per­sian lan­guage.

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor His­tory and Arche­ol­ogy Walled City of La­hore Au­thor­ity said Iqbal La­hori was the fol­lower of Rumi and con­sid­ered him his teacher and men­tor. “Iqbal La­hori and Rumi are two great fig­ures of Mus­lims who were born in dif­fer­ent eras,” he said.

The scholar added that there are many po­etic verses which ex­plain the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the works of Rumi and Iqbal La­hori. He said that Iqbal al­ways de­scribed Rumi as his spir­i­tual guide.

The ex­pert said Iqbal was also in­flu­enced by the woks of Hafez and Sa’di while he also read the works of other Per­sian po­ets.

He added that in his works Iqbal al­ways stressed the great­ness of Is­lam and Mus­lims.

Zee­shan ul Has­san ex­press­ing his views said, “We have one thou­sand years of his­tory of Per­sian in this area that is why Iqbal pre­ferred his lan­guage in his po­etry.”

Literary, ed­u­ca­tional, po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions ar­ranged spe­cial pro­grams to pay homage to the na­tional poet and high­light dif­fer­ent as­pects of his life and teach­ings.

Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the mod­ern age who aroused a rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit in the na­tion through his po­etry. His po­etry has been trans­lated in many lan­guages and is con­sid­ered a great philoso­pher all over the world.

Though Iqbal is best known as an em­i­nent poet, he is also a highly ac­claimed Mus­lim philoso­pher of mod­ern times.

He is called the ‘Spir­i­tual Fa­ther of Pak­istan’. He is con­sid­ered as one of the most im­por­tant fig­ures in Urdu lit­er­a­ture, with literary works in both Urdu and Per­sian.

Iqbal did not op­pose sci­en­tific Western cul­ture, rather he was against ma­te­ri­al­is­tic civ­i­liza­tion, which did not abide by the re­li­gious and mo­ral val­ues.

He had ad­vised Mus­lims to ben­e­fit from the mod­ern knowl­edge while safe­guard­ing their own cul­ture.


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