After the completion of burial ceremony of the poet-philosopher, Allama Iqbal , an English officer said: “Today, you have buried the last true Muslim of this subcontinent.” The 77th death anniversary of the Poet of the East Allama Muhammad Iqbal has passed leaving behind plethora of questions whether we acted upon and discharged our duty according to the saying of Iqbal? Whether we have been sincere and honest with the conception of Pakistan given by the great Iqbal? The answer would be in the negative, and this is the tragedy. Allama Iqbal , the ideological founder of Pakistan, had conceived of Islam as an evolutionary and dynamic system of thought and conduct fraught with limitless possibilities of expansion and development. In this highly philosophical and erudite masterpiece in prose, “Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam”, he sought to discover, in the spirit of an imbued reformer, a dynamic principle of movement in the otherwise rigid and stereotyped legalistic structure of Islam. He proposed in the midst of an extremely illuminating discourse in his lecture, “The principle of movement in the structure of Islam”, that the Muslim countries in order to shake off their dogmatic slumber and intellectual stupor, should approach the question of Ijtehad in the spirit of Umar “the first critical and independent mind in Islam”. Iqbal contends ,“Who, at the last moments of the prophet, had the moral courage to utter these remarkable words “The Book of God is sufficient for us”.

On the death of Iqbal, Tagore remarked, “the death of Iqbal creates a void in literature that, like a mortal wound, will take a very long time to heal. India whose place in the world is too narrow can ill afford to miss a poet whose poetry had such universal value”.

Let us cast an inward glance, retrace our steps, rethink our thoughts and reconstruct our lives in the light of the principles our Quaid prescribed for us. In this and this alone lives our salvation and relevance to future as a nation otherwise we are bound to be lost.

MUHAMMAD YASIR KAYANI,

Kasur, April 21.