On the 73rd death anniversary of Poet Philosopher and leader of the independence movement Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal being observed across the country and beyond with great respect and reverence, thoughts inevitably turn to his remarkable feat of waking up the Muslim masses from their deep slumber of blissful ignorance and infusing them with a spirit of nationhood. That spirit led to the freedom movement and making it so strong that it culminated in the creation of Pakistan within a short period of seven years after Pakistan Resolution was passed. It was in his historic address at Allahabad that the beacon of a separate homeland for Muslims on the basis of Two Nation Theory was clearly shown. And all those who had belief in his power of reasoning supplemented with the blessing of intuition, the fulfilment of the goal of carving out a new place for Muslims on the map of the world seemed very much in the realm of possibility. It was particularly on this occasion that his powers as a philosopher and orator were at display which is clearly an indication of the fact that apart from being a poet and thinker of unquestionable rank, he took active part in the freedom struggle. It was to his credit that he convinced Quaid-i-Azam to give up his stay in London and return to the subcontinent to manoeuvre the Muslims out of the quagmire of subservience to the British. He was wise enough to guess what a person of the stature of Quaid-i-Azam was capable of achieving and hence was rightly egged him on to fight for the cause of liberating Muslims from the tyrannous grip of the British Empire. Although, Iqbal breathed his last nine years before he could see his dream of Pakistan becoming a reality, it is worth pointing out that he had already envisioned the guiding principles on which the new state was to follow its course into the future. His idea that in the new Muslim state, the powers of Ijtehad should vest in the parliament elected through a popular vote not only speaks volumes about his political sagacity but his vision of the role of Islam in the new state. Iqbals message of perseverance and determination that enabled the Muslims of the subcontinent to secure freedom from the Raj, unfortunately was forgotten soon after the country came into existence. Personal interests of whoever was at the helm and others who knew how to have their way took precedence over matters that needed immediate attention for Pakistan to prosper. Sadly, we continue to ignore his teachings to this day. Since all the basic elements of nationhood preached by him that can keep us as single entity have gone missing, it is no wonder that the country finds itself at a dreadful juncture of its existence. It is a moment of reflection for all of us whether this was what Iqbal had wanted the country to become?