The 138th birthday of national poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today(Monday) all over the country. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.
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He is also recognised as national poet, and known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan (thinker of Pakistan), Shair-e-Mashriq (poet of the east) and Hakeemul Ummat (doctor of the Muslim ummah) and is credited with sparking the pan-Islamic thought among Muslims of the subcontinent.
He is also considered one of the most important figures in literature with literary works in both Urdu and Persian languages. Asrar-e-Khudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim and Armughan-e-Hijaz were amongst his best works. Allama Iqbal is widely credited for conceiving the idea of Pakistan and is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the country.
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Other than thought provoking work, his works comprise romantic and humourous poems in both Urdu and Persian languages. Various social, political and cultural organizations will hold special programmes to pay homage to the poet. He passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938.