Ma­jlis-e-Iqbal holds lit­er­ary event with top po­ets


JED­DAH: Ma­jlis-e-Iqbal, a lit­er­ary or­ga­ni­za­tion af­fil­i­ated with the Alami Urdu Markaz, re­cently held an event to cel­e­brate the life and work of Muham­mad Iqbal in Jed­dah.

The event, the fifth this year, be­gan with a recita­tion of verses from the Holy Qur’an by Qari Mo­hammed Asif fol­lowed by a naat by Mo­hammed Nawaz Jan­jua. Sher Afzal re­cited one of the Iqbal’s po­ems namely “Khudi ka sirr-e-ne­haan.”

Chaired by Wasim Bukhari, the event drew a large num­ber of Pak­istani and In­dian ex­pats. Syed She­habud­din con­ducted the cer­e­mony. Pop­u­lar poet Syed Mohsin Alavi hosted the event.

Ma­jlis-e-Iqbal Chair­man Amir Khur­shid told those in at­ten­dance that the lit­er­ary fo­rum has be­gun a new pro­gram for the recital of Iqbal’s po­etry. He read out a verse from a pop­u­lar poem “Lala-e-Sehra” which means “Flower of the Desert.”

Those in at­ten­dance in­cluded Khalid Ir­fan from the US known for his hu­morist po­etry and an­other poet Aziz Ji­bran from Karachi, who were in the King­dom to per­form Um­rah. Athar Nafees Ab­basi, pres­i­dent of Alami Urdu Markaz, thanked the two for at­tend­ing.

A mem­ber of Alami Urdu Markaz, Mu­nawar Hus­sain Bodla, pre­sented a the­sis writ­ten on Iqbal’s po­etic the­ory. He re­cited one of Iqbal’s po­ems: “Main zul­mat-e-shab me lay kay niklunga apne dar man­dah kar­wan ko; Sharar fishaan hogi aah meri, nafs mera sholah baar hoga.” The mean­ing of this cou­plet is: “In the dark­ness of the night, I shall take out my tired car­a­van — my sigh will be shed­ding sparks, my breath will be throw­ing flames.” She­habud­din, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Ma­jlis-e-Iqbal, said that Iqbal was a great and an out­stand­ing poet and the pride of Mus­lims. Iqbal was in­spired by Maulana Roomi and Maulana Jalalud­din’s book “Mas­navi,” he said.

Other mem­bers of Alami Urdu Markaz, Syed Farid Has­san, Khalid Katho­ria and Mubassir Aazam, also at­tended. Prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties in­cluded Feza-ur-Rah­man, Naeem Bazid­puri, Am­jad Obaid, Mo­ham­mad Amanat­ul­lah, Amin Na­jmi, Akram Agha and Nadir Khan Sar­giroh.

Lo­cal po­ets Naushad Us­man and Ir­fan Barah­bankvi re­cited their po­ems.

IQBAL’S MES­SAGE: Guests and or­ga­niz­ers pose for a group photo dur­ing the Ma­jlis-e-Iqbal event in Jed­dah re­cently. (AN photo)

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