ISLAMABAD  – Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza has called upon the nation to personify the teachings and poetry of Allama Iqbal in their personal and social lives in order to overcome the challenges being confronted by the country.

Dr Fehmida Mirza, in her message on the death anniversary of the national poet Allama Mohammad Iqbal, called for a cohesive strategy for fostering the human values of fraternity, brotherhood and truthfulness. The Speaker said the poetry and thoughts of Allama Iqbal awoke Muslims from their deep slumber and injected spirit of independence and freedom in the Muslim Ummah.

His poetry was the source of inspiration for the Muslims of the Sub-continent that enabled them to break the shackles of slavery and lead them to achieve a separate homeland for them, she said. The Speaker said Iqbal knew the real worth of Muslim Ummah and wanted to revive their past glory which had dwindled due to the drift from the religion.

Dr Fehmida Mirza said Allama Iqbal advocated the Muslim Ummah to recuperate their lost glory through reverting back to the teachings of Islam by holding steadfastly the teaching of Quran and Sunnah.

She said ideas of Iqbal laid emphasis on the progressive human thought and called for advancement in philosophical interpretation in the present days as the extremist elements in the society were interpreting Islamic scripture and verse to pursue their nefarious designs.

She said Iqbal believed in religion as a living force to be interpreted in the light of modern thoughts for opening fresh avenues perspectives and constructive views.

The NA Speaker advised the youth to adopt a role that personifies the human values of fraternity, brotherhood and truthfulness in their personal and social lives. She also urged them to idealize Allama Mohammad Iqbal and adopt traits of honesty and dedication in their routine affairs to take out Pakistan from the present crisis.