Allama Iqbal is the name that needs no introduction. His name doesn’t need any explanation to describe his personality. Shair-e-Mashriq, Hakeem-ul-ummat and Mufakker-e-Pakistan Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal is regarded as the one of greatest philosophers and poets of today’s era. He was born on 9th November 1877 in the famous city of Sialkot. He was the man of spirit who provoked the urge in Muslims to fight for the separate homeland in which we live today Pakistan. He was the dreamer of Pakistan who declared Muslims as separate nation. Allama Iqbal presented two nation theory and predicted the creation of Muslim state where Muslims can live freely according to teachings of Islam. His poetry inspired and motivated Muslims of subcontinent to get rid of slavery of British and Hindus. His literary work and poetry envisioned strength of Muslims as a nation.
Iqbal day is celebrated every year on 9th November as it is Iqbal’s birthday. This day is celebrated to pay vibrant homage to our national poet and thinker of Pakistan. This day is celebrated with traditional zeal and fervor across the country. There is a public holiday on birthday of Allama Iqbal and large numbers of literary, educational, political, cultural programs are conducted to memorize his brilliant work. His literary work is admired not only in Pakistan but across the world also. His poetry and literary work is translated in different languages and praised throughout the world. His poetry and philosophy is still being taught in foreign universities. Iqbal day is witnessed all over the country in order to pay vibrant tribute national poet. Special programs, workshops and seminars are conducted in schools and colleges to introduce new generation with the vision and ideology of eminent poet. Small kids show their ideologies in form of plays and tableaus. Special speeches are prepared by young girls and boys to evoke the enthusiasm of Pakistan movement among people of today. This is the greatest way to realize the importance of Iqbal day as well as his life and work.
A change of guard ceremony is held on Tomb of Iqbal. In the commemoration of Iqbal, special prayers are made for solidarity, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan. Special programs on different TV channels and state run and privately owned radio are broadcasted to highlight the significance the day. Different aspects of Allama Iqbal’s life and personality are highlighted in different programs to inform people.
The whole nation devotes this day to the great legend Allama Iqbal on 9th November. The celebrations of Iqbal day makes us realize us the importance of our great leader as a visionary leader, social activist, unrivaled poet and thinker. His teachings and poetry are the source of inspiration especially for youth. It is the outcome of his enthusiastic poetry and valid dream that we are living in Pakistan today as independent nation. His ideology and philosophy is still inspiring. Our leaders must get guidance from his teachings and exceptional poetry to bring Muslims of Pakistan on right path and make it stronger nation. His poetry has infused revolutionary spirit in nation – the precise need of the today.