The 77th death anniversary of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal (RA) was observed on Tuesday in his native city Sialkot where his services for the nation was acknowledged with the holding of different symposiums, seminars and rallies.

Quran Khawani was held at Iqbal Manzil under the auspices of Bazm-i-Iqbal Sialkot with the participation of a large number of people from all walks of life. Meanwhile, contests on Kalam-I-Iqbal were held among students from different schools and colleges.

The people also visited Imam Sahib Graveyard and laid floral wreathes at the graves of his parents and other family members, offering Fateha. A symposium on Iqbaliyat was also held at the auditorium of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry where DCO Nadeem Sarwar was the chief guest.

Addressing a seminar at Govt Murray College Sialkot, Gujranwala Division Commissioner Shamail Ahmed Khawaja said that over 5,000 books and 100,000 research theses on Iqbaliyat have been published in 20 languages as the philosophy and theory of Allama Iqbal is being adopted globally.

He added that Allama Iqbal is the national hero and poet of Pakistan. He is the ‘Poet of the East’, and the West is also promoting and utilising his philosophy, he said.

He highlighted various aspects of the life, poetry and personality of Allama Iqbal , and said that he promoted and motivated Khudi, and urged the youth to follow the teachings of Allama Iqbal to bring changes in their life and to serve the nation. He said that Allama Iqbal wanted to see human development through selfhood or Khudi.

Likewise, a national-level symposium on Iqbaliyat was held at the auditorium of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). DCO Nadeem Sarwar said that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like a beacon which maintains tolerance and peace in the society. He said that the youth should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ and strive for attaining selfhood, and emphasised austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal . He stressed that the country can only be developed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self-reliance.

The participants including senior educationists said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was one of the great men of Islam as he dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail. “We must create a society according to the vision of the great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub-continent for practicing Islamic values and culture,” they urged.

He that the nation owes freedom to the vision of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the best way to pay tributes to Iqbal was to understand his message and imbibe his teachings. The need for understanding Iqbal’s concept of the message of Islam and the need for forward movement in human thought is necessary, he said.

Addressing the participants, Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed, the chairman of SCC Committee on Faroagh-e-Iqbaliyat, said, “We need to promote the philosophical thought instead of abandoning the teachings.” He said, “One of the most important intellectual challenges faced by us is to move forward according to the requirements while retaining the fundamentals of our great religion”.