The 83rd death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.
Iqbal, through his revolutionary thinking, had provided the Muslims of the sub-continent with the idea of a separate state where they can live in accordance with their religion and customs.
Born in Sialkot in British India on November 9, 1877, this great Muslim philosopher is known for his poetic work. His famous collections of poetry include Zarb-e-Kalim, Bang-e-Dara and Bal-e-Jibril. Iqbal was a strong proponent of the political and spiritual revival of the Islamic civilisation across the world, but specifically in South Asia.
He is also considered one of the most important figures in literature with literary works in both Urdu and Persian languages.
Being a member of All India Muslim League, Iqbal strongly supported Jinnah and had great faith in his leadership. Iqbal was quoted in a book by Sayyid Nazir Niazi as saying “Muslim League can succeed only on account of Jinnah. Now, none but Jinnah is capable of leading the Muslims.”
Iqbal, during his last days, suffered from a throat disease and passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938.
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