Nation remembers Allama Muhammad Iqbal on his 145th birth anniversary

Nation remembers Allama Muhammad Iqbal on his 145th birth anniversary

Lahore (Web Desk): The 144th birth anniversary of national poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being celebrated across the country with national fervour today (Wednesday).

Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal also known as "Poet of East' was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.

He awakened the Muslims of the Subcontinent through his universal poetry and political acumen by presenting idea of the creation of Pakistan through his historic address at Allahabad in 1930.

Allama Iqbal’s address gave a clear direction and separate identity to Muslims of the Sub-Continent to achieve Pakistan.

The great Muslim philosopher is also considered one of the most important figures in literature with literary works in both Urdu and Persian languages.

Iqbal, during his last days, suffered from a throat disease and passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938.

His famous collections of poetry include Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam- e-Mashriq, Bang-e-Dara, Bal-e-Jibril, Zarbei-Kalim and Armughan-e-Hijaz.

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

A change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy assumed responsibility of guard from Punjab Rangers.

Pakistan Navy's Station Commander Commodore Sajid Hussain was Chief Guest on the occasion, he offered fateha and laid floral wreath at the mausoleum.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in their separate messages on birth anniversary of national poet, have urged the nation to make a pledge to achieve a Pakistan as dreamed by Allama Muhammad Iqbal which should feature peace, political forbearance and brotherhood.

The President in his message said we pay homage to Allama Iqbal for giving the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of subcontinent, where they can lead their lives in accordance with their religious, social and cultural values and without fear and intimidation of the majority Hindus.

In his message, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the nation to carry out self-accountability whether they succeeded to safeguard Iqbal’s Pakistan which came into being consequent to the remarkable struggle and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of people.

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman also visited the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal.

On the occasion, the laid floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered prayer.

The Punjab governor also penned down his comments in visitors' book and paid tribute to the national poet.