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For a person to be remembered and honoured every year he must be a genius and extraordinary personality. Dr Muhammad Iqbal of Pakistan was one such person who touched the pinnacle of fame. Iqbal was one of the best articulated Muslim reformers that the Islamic world produced in the 20th century and was commonly referred to as Allama “scholar” Iqbal. He was a great representative of the subcontinent and an important personality for the Pakistan Movement. The Pakistani nation pays special tribute for his vision of a separate country for Muslims of the sub-continent.
Allama Muhamed Iqbal was one of the finest Muslim thinkers of modem times. His range of understanding of the working of human mind and its chemistry was so wide, that even trying to become acquainted with the comprehensiveness of Allama’s thought and ideas, is a daunting one, though an exiting experience. He is undoubtedly a great poet, but it is not fair to restrict him within the boundaries of mere flowery words. He was a philosopher, visionary, statesman and a historian.
Iqbal, a Kashmiri by descent, whose ancestors settled in Sialkot in Punjab, was born on November 9, 1877, and left this mortal world on April 21, 1938. His demise occurred two years before the adoption of the historic Lahore Resolution, ‘The Magna Carta’ of Muslim freedom in the sub-continent, which was Allama’s great vision and dream that became a reality in the birth of Pakistan in 1947.
His poetic gift has been of such high order, that his place in literature is certainly amongst the greats of the world. He holds the same place in the line of the world’s greatest poets as has been held by Homer, Jalaluddin Rumi, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Goethe. The poetry of Iqbal is a contribution to the human thought and an embodiment of a definite mission that is noble and invigorating.
Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the modern age, who infused a revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. His poetry has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English and several other languages and is considered a great philosopher all over the world.
He describes the past, contrasts it with the present, and casts a glance towards the future. Seldom does he express despondency in life and its adversities. He sets a way out and to him, the life is synonymous with persistent and vigorous action.