KARACHI - A function held under the auspices of Hamdard Naunehal Assembly Karachi chapter paid glowing tribute to Poet of East Allama Muhammad Iqbal. The event, comprising speeches, recitation from Iqbal’s poetry, was held in connection with Iqbal Day.

Speaking on the occasion, Sadia Rashid, president Hamdard Foundation Pakistan, said that today Muslim lagged behind in science and technology and latest knowledge. She said that the central idea of Iqbal’s poetry was to awaken the Muslims and to achieve the lost glory.

If Muslims keep in mind the requirements of modern age, stay firm on their faith, they could obtain respect in the comity of nations by acquiring quality education and modern scientific knowledge, she maintained.

The event’s chief guest, educationist, Dr Ghazala Siddiqui, said it was our national duty to make Pakistan according to the vision of Iqbal as he wanted to reform his nation and for this purpose, he made his poetry a tool.

She said that “Iqbal loved youths and we too, but not those who use to drive their motorcycles without silencers and make people’s lives miserable, but those who struggle to acquire a certain place in society, a good place to live in by doing small good deeds and favourable action.” She added that nobel laureate of Bangladesh, Mohammad Younus, had not only made poor women to stand on their feet by granting them small loans but also gave a big support to his country’s economy.

She advised the children to shun hatred, as it created rage and violence which was very harmful for a person.

Child speakers, Angabeen Mushtaque Ali Nadeem, Iqra Shahzadi, Mizab Haram, Marya Noor, also spoke. Besides teachers, parents and children in large numbers attended the function.