\LAHORE: The nation is celebrating 139th birthday of ‘The poet of East”
and the ‘Thinker of Pakistan’ Sir Dr. Allama Muhammad
Iqbal today (November 9).
Besides different official ceremonies across the country, a
leading commemoration will be witnessed at Iqbal Manzil in Sialkot
which is ‘Poet of the East’s’ birth place.
According to Syed Riaz Hussain Naqvi, caretaker of Iqbal Manzil, key
cake-cutting ceremony will be organised there.
‘Kalaam-e-Iqbal’ will also be recited and debating competitions are to be
held at the place as well.
Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim
and Armughan-e-Hijaz are amongst his much loved work of art.
Moreover, the scholars across the board accredit Iqbal as the best Muslim philosopher
thinker of modern times there is. He was knighted by King George V in
1922 granting him the title “Sir.” He had studied law and philosophy in England before that and during his time there, he joined british chapter of All-India Muslim League.
Moreover, influenced by teachings of Sir Thomas Arnold in Government College
Lahore, Iqbal landed a scholarship in Trinity College, University of
Cambridge in 1905 and earned Bachelor of Arts.
Furthering his studies, he moved to Germany and earned his Doctor
of Philosophy (PhD) through a research titled The Development of
Metaphysics in Persia and the study was also published.
Allama Iqbal Poems
However, historians write that Iqbal had begun to write poems in
Persian during his stay in Europe because he felt expression of thoughts
was easier in the language.
Moreover, Iqbal is the namesake of a number of institutions of national as well as
international prominence across Pakistan.
One of the many institutions is Allama Iqbal Campus Punjab University in Lahore.
Moreover, the advocate of Pakistan for Muslims of the subcontinent passed away
before 1947 and could not witness the day, August 14 that changed the fate of South Asia.
He breathed his last on April 21, 1938 and was laid to rest in Lahore.