Allama Iqbal’s poetry is beacon of light for Muslims: Waleed Iqbal

SIALKOT: Poet of the East Allama Iqbal’s grandson Barrister Waleed Iqbal has stressed the need to follow teachings of Allama Muhammad Iqbal to retrieve the country from various challenges it is facing. “The teachings of Iqbal are no doubt the beacon of light for our dear country, in the current circumstances”.

Addressing the participants of a ceremony held at Jinnah House Sialkot under the auspices of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) to pay homage to Allama Iqbal in connection with Allama Iqbal’s 136 birth anniversary here late at the last night, Iqbal’s grandson said that Allama Iqbal included the elements of thought and strategy in the national affairs. He highlighted the sense of unity in Muslim Ummah and raised voice in favour of economic justice. He said it would not be illogical to state that Iqbal’s saying “Utho Meri Dunya Ke Gharibown Ko Jaga Do” was not a mere poetry but was a call to create such an economic system, which is free from deprivation, injustice and inequality.

He said that extremism and bigotry had no place in the Allama Iqbal scheme of things and he wanted Muslims to be moderate, peaceful and enlightened so that their deeds could convince non-Muslim to develop belief for Islam. He added “Time is witness and I can say it with full confidence that we are the saviour and champion of Iqbal’s thinking, philosophy and ideals.

Allama Iqbal’s grandson said that the Allama Iqbal was such a visionary leader and thinker who are born in centuries. “It was the vision of that great person, who for the first time, visualized Pakistan and presented the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of sub-continent”. He revealed that Iqbal is counted among those visionary and intellectuals, who changed the course of time and history.

He said Allama Iqbal, who was bestowed by God with great vision and intellect, emerged as a saviour through his poetry and ideals in the world. “His poetry and lectures are considered and accepted as immortal litterateurs,” he added.

Barrister Waleed Iqbal narrated that at a time when the Muslims of Sub-continent were facing unfavourable socio-economic and political conditions and needed a visionary leader, Allama Iqbal rekindled a new hope in the Muslims through his great poetry and thoughts. “Let us resolve and renew the pledge – on the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal – to vigorously and selflessly move on the path of security, progress and integrity of our dear country”, he added.

Allama Iqbal’s grandson said that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like a beacon of light to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. He said that youth of the nation should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ and strive for self reliance within own resources and emphasized austerity envisioned by him.

He stressed that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self reliance as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions, especially democracy. He further said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was one of the great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail. “We must create a society according to the vision of great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent where they can practice their Islamic values and culture,” he urged. Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation, deprivation and destitute living is still a source of strength and guidance for us, he maintained.

Allama Iqbal’s grandson Barrister Waleed Iqbal further stated that prior to 1940, when Pakistan resolution was formally passed, Allama Iqbal’s philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in formation and moulding of public opinion. He said that the dream of Allama Iqbal was a great blessing for the Muslims of the Subcontinent, and added that his poetic message roused and strengthened the spirit and will of the Muslims to get independent and separate homeland for them where they could live according to their creed, culture and traditions.

He revealed that Allama Iqbal visualized the suffering of Ummah and masses that led to their meltdown and also proposed recipe for their revival and regaining the lost glory of the Muslims. He said that the Muslim Ummah in general and Pakistan in particular today was confronting tremendous problems and challenges that could be overcome through the proposed remedies by Hakeem-ul-Ummah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Iqbal was a visionary who conceived the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent that was ultimately materialized in the shape of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he said.

Chaudhary Ameer Hussain (former speaker national assembly), local PTI leaders Umer Dar, Usman Dar, Prof. Khawaja Rashid Javaid, Muhammad Ajmal Cheema (former provincial minister), Ch. Shah Nawaz Cheema, Mian Shakeel Ahmed Advocate and the others also addressed the participants. They said that the nation owed freedom and independence to the vision of the great visionary 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 was never as great as it is today, they revealed.

They said that it was unfortunate that in the country envisioned by Iqbal, Islam has been ruthlessly exploited by extremists and militants to foist their narrow agendas on the people in the name of religion. They urged the people to resolve on this birth anniversary of the poet philosopher to rebuild Pakistan by drawing inspiration from his vision. “Allama Iqbal believed that nothing remained static and stationary. They believed in and advocated forward movement in human thought”, he said and added, “We need to encourage forward movement in philosophical thought instead of abandoning the interpretation of Islamic teachings to any individual or group”.

They said forward movement in human thought and interpretation is most relevant in the present day as extremists and militants selectively quoted scriptures and verses to advance their own political agenda behind the cloak of religion.

They said that one of the most important intellectual challenges faced by us was to move forward according to the changing requirements of the time while retaining the fundamentals of our great religion, he said. “We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting the militants and militancy. For this we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal”, they said, adding, “This indeed is the best tribute we can pay to Allama Iqbal today”.

Paying homage to Allama Iqbal, the other speakers said that Allama Iqbal was the great proponent of unity of Muslim Ummah and reliance on their resources and strength. They said that much of today’s problems will simply vanish by following the teachings of Allama Iqbal and strictly following Islamic ways of life. They said that Iqbal’s vision of Islamic society was universal that transcended beyond limits of territorial boundaries and barriers of nationhood. They added that his vision of Islam was global, encompassing every colour and race of humanity.