SIALKOT -Speakers of a ceremony including Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s grandson Barrister Waleed Iqbal stressed the need for following the teachings of the Poet of the East to retrieve the country from the present day challenges.

“The teachings of Iqbal are no doubt a beacon for our countrymen in the current circumstances,” said Mr Waleed addressing the participants of the ceremony held at Jinnah House Sialkot under the auspices of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The ceremony was aimed to pay homage to Allama Iqbal in connection with his 136 birth anniversary. He said, “He (Iqbal) included the elements of thought and strategy in the national affairs. He highlighted the sense of unity in Muslim Ummah and raised voice in favour of economic justice.”

He said that terrorism and bigotry had no place in Allama Iqbal’s teachings and he wanted Muslims to be moderate, peaceful and enlightened so that their deeds may convince non-Muslim to accept Islam.

He said that Allama Iqbal was one of the visionary leader and thinkers who are born in centuries. “It was the vision of that great person, who for the first time, visualised Pakistan and presented the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of subcontinent,” he added. He said that Iqbal is counted among those visionary and intellectuals, who changed the course of time and history.

He said Allama Iqbal, who was bestowed by God with great vision and intellect, emerged as a saviour through his poetry and ideals in the world. “His poetry and lectures are considered and accepted as immortal litterateurs,” he added.

He narrated that at a time when the Muslims of Subcontinent were facing socio-economic and political challenges and needed a visionary leader, Allama Iqbal rekindled a new hope in the Muslims through his great poetry and thoughts. “Let us resolve and renew the pledge on the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal to vigorously and selflessly move on the path of security, progress and integrity of our dear country,” he added.

He said that youth the national youth should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Mo’min’ and strive for self-reliance within own resources and emphasised austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal. He stressed that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self-reliance as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions, especially democracy. He further said that Allama Iqbal was one of great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail.

“We must create a society according to the vision of the great poet,” he said. Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation, deprivation and poverty is still a source of strength and guidance, he maintained.

He further stated that prior to 1940, when Pakistan Resolution was formally passed, Allama Iqbal’s philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in the formation of public opinion. He said that the dream of Iqbal was a great blessing for the Muslims of the Subcontinent, and added that his poetic message strengthened the spirit and will of the Muslims to get independent and separate homeland for them where they could live according to their creed, culture and traditions.

He revealed that Allama Iqbal visualised the suffering of the Ummah and also proposed recipe for their revival and regaining the lost glory.

He said that the Muslim Ummah in general and Pakistan in particular are confronting tremendous problems and challenges that could be overcome through the proposed remedies by Hakeemul Ummah Allama Iqbal.

Chaudhary Ameer Hussain, former speaker of the National Assembly, local PTI leaders Umer Dar, Usman Dar, Prof Khawaja Rashid Javaid, Muhammad Ajmal Cheema, former Punjab minister, Ch Shah Nawaz Cheema , Mian Shakeel Ahmed Advocate and the others also addressed the participants.

They said that the nation owed freedom and independence to the vision of the great visionary Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the best way to pay tributes to Iqbal is to understand his message and implement his teachings. The need for understanding Iqbal’s concept of Islam and the need for forward movement in human thought was never as great as it is today, they said.

They said, “It is unfortunate that in the country envisioned by Iqbal, the name of Islam has been misused by extremists and militants to foist their narrow agendas on the people in the name of religion.” They urged the people to resolve to rebuild Pakistan by drawing inspiration from his vision. “Allama Iqbal believed that nothing remained static and stationary.

They said, “One of the most important intellectual challenges faced by us is to move forward according to the changing requirements of the time while retaining the fundamentals of our great religion. We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting the challenges. For this, we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal.”

Paying homage to Allama Iqbal, the other speakers said that Allama Iqbal was the great proponent of unity of Muslim Ummah and reliance on their resources and strength. They said that the most of present day problems will simply vanish by following the teachings of Allama Iqbal and strictly following Islamic ways of life. They said that Iqbal’s vision of Islamic society was universal that transcended beyond limits of territorial boundaries and barriers of nationhood. They added that the vision of Islam is global, encompassing every colour and race of humanity.