The 133rd birthday anniversary of the Poet of the East, Doctor Allama Mohammed Iqbal was observed on Tuesday with traditional zeal and fervour. The day was declared as a public holiday throughout the country. Special programmes were chalked out to observe the day, a private news channel reported.
On the day, the speakers paid glowing homage to Allama Iqbal and newspapers published special editions while TV channels telecast special programmes relating to the life and achievements of Allama Iqbal.
Special exhibitions of books and relics have been held at Iqbal Museum Lahore, National Museum Karachi and Iqbal Manzil Sialkot.
Special arrangements were also made to screen documentary films on Iqbal’s life in Cinema Houses. The academy of Lahore arranged a book exhibition on this day. The traditional ceremony of change of guards also took place on the mazaar.
Allama Iqbal, a poet, great legislature of subcontinent and important personality of Pakistan movement who gave the awareness message of “Lab pe aati hai dua’a ban ke tamanna meri” to the nation, was born on November 9, 1877 in Sialkot.
He was Sufi poet of the modern age. He aroused revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. Sophism and Islamic touch are prominent of his poetry.
His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages and he is considered a great philosopher all over the world.
As a great politician, his great achievement was to think of the ideology of Pakistan, which later became the base of independence of Pakistan.
Unfortunately, he could not see the independence of Pakistan and died on April 21, 1938.