Poet Iqbal Lahori commemorated in Pakistan
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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