21st April is the death anniversary of Allama Iqbal, our national poet. The first Iqbal Day was observed in the life time on January 9, 1938. Since then Iqbal Day had been celebrated on different dates. In 1940, the Iqbal Day was observed on March 25, one day after the All-India Muslim League adopted the Pakistan Resolution. The function was presided over by Quaid e Azam, the father of the Nation. It is, indeed, a day of meditation, reflection and rededication to the principles, ideals and values preached by Iqbal. Rededication implies fresh resolution to practice his teachings in every day life and this must be our aim in life, to act as a true disciple of Iqbal by following his guidelines for spending life.
Iqbal Day was observed in March 1944 as well and Quaid e Azam’s message was delivered on that occasion which is still relevant and holds great significance today. “ To the cherished memory of our Natioal Poet Iqbal, I pay my homage on this day, which is being celebrated in commemoration of that great poet, sage, philosopher and thinker, and I pray to God Almighty that his soul may rest in eternal peace, Amen! Though he is not amongst us, his verse, immortal as it is, is always there to guide us and to inspire us. His poetry, besides being beautiful in form and sweet in language, presents to us a picture of the mind and heart of this great poet, and we find how deeply he was devoted to the teachings of Islam. He was a true and faithful follower of the Holy Prophet (peach upon him), Muslim first and a Muslim last. He was an interpreter and a voice of Islam.
Iqbal was not merely a preacher and a philosopher. He stood for courage and action, perseverance and self-reliance, and above all faith in God and devotion to Islam. In his person was combined the idealism of the poet and the realism of the man who takes a practical view of things. Faith in Allah and unceasing and untiring action is the essence of his message. And in this he emerges truly Islamic. He had an unflinching faith in Islamic principles, and success in life meant to him the realization of one’s “self” and to achieve this end the only means was to follow the teachings of Islam. His message to humanity is action and realization one’s self. Although a great poet and philosopher, he was no less a great politician. With his firm conviction and faith in the ideals of Islam, he was one of the few who originally thought over the feasibility of carving out of India such an Islamic state in the North-West and North-East Zones which are historical homelands of Muslims”