Iqbal’s poetry inspires us to realize hidden potential

NPC launches Iqbal Week celebrations

Zubair Qureshi

Allama Iqbal’s poetry has a message for youth, particularly the Muslim youth and calls upon them to discover their self-respect and realize their hidden potential (Khudi). By understanding Iqbal’s thoughts and by acting upon them, we can achieve the two above-mentioned two golden virtues.
This was said by Vice Chairman of the Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) Mian Muhammad Javed as Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the one-week exhibition of some rare pictures of Allama Muhammad Iqbal at the Aiwan-e-Quaid, F-9 Park here Thursday.
NPC has organized the week-long Iqbal’s 141st Birth Anniversary celebrations and photo exhibition that kick-started here on Thursday.
The exhibition will continue until Nov 15, 2018. Scholars and students on Iqbaliyat (Iqbal Studies) members of the NPC Executive Committee and a large number of patriotic children from twin cities’ schools attended the inaugural day ceremony.
Mian Muhammad Javed said it was our sole distinction that a great poet of the sub-continent was born on our soil. His kalam (poetry) awoke the Muslims of this region from deep slumber and inspired by his thoughts a number of revolutions took place in the world.
It is our collective duty to keep his thoughts alive in our heads and hearts and learn the message in his poems, said Mian Muhammad Javed.
He said Man is subjected not only to physical slavery but sometimes, his thoughts are also enslaved and it is only with the help of Iqbal’s poetry one gets liberated and realizes one’s self-esteem. According to him, Iqbal asks man to continue his struggle as the world is steadily in motion and it doesn’t suit Iqbal’s man to sit idle and wait for some chance.
Mian Javed congratulated the NPC team for organizing the rare photo exhibition and said the pictures put on display have a story to tell that we achieved Pakistan after great sacrifices and now it is our duty to protect and preserve this homeland from internal and external threats. He concluded his speech saying Iqbal was a practical politician who besides composing poems took active part in politics of the day. Anjum Khalique conducted the proceedings of the seminar.

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