On this auspicious day as we remember Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal on his 141st birthday, I express my heartiest felicitation to not just the people of Pakistan but the entire Muslim brethren who have benefitted from the philosophy of Allam Dr. Muhammad Iqbal in different times, places and forms.
Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, the poet of the east, the poet of the nation, through his astounding, penetrating and through provoking verses brought about a renaissance in the minds and hearts of the Muslims of Indian Sub-Continent. Muslims of South Asia who had accepted being ruled by foreign invaders for long and had become docile in their lives, saw a reformation in their conduct through his words and verses and by following his ideology of two-nation theory were able to have for themselves a separate homeland which we call Pakistan.
While Iqbal is to be remembered on all days of the year, this day brings about new vigour to follow his principles of khudi, of love of God, of leaving a mark in this world and of the Muslim Ummah united under one flag. Pakistanis today need to follow the principles brought forward by Iqbal in the same rigorous and passionate way as they were presented and as they were followed back in the early 20th century. Iqbal’s ideology brought about historic changes in the lives of the Muslims of this region. It is high time that we find the solutions of our problems of today in the same verses that took the Muslims out of their miseries almost 100 years ago.