Speakers at an Allama Iqbal International Conference on Thursday called for understanding and implementing the essence of Allama Iqbal’s messages in routine matters to weed out the challenges with a special focus on ‘create your own world if you are alive’.
The two-day conference is arranged by the Department of Urdu, Government College University Faisalabad in which scholars from Pakistan, India, Turkey, England, Iran and Egypt are participating. The inaugural session of the conference was chaired by GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain in which Justice (r) Dr Javaid Iqbal was chief guest. Dr Sulamani from Iran, columnist Attaul Haq Qasmi, Dr Moeenuddin Jina, Dr AB Ashraf, Dr Shahzad Qaisar, Dr Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim, Department Chairman Prof Dr Tahir Taunsvi and others spoke on the occasion.
Dr Javaid Iqbal said that Pakistan can emerge as an ideal Islamic state by practicing all clauses of Madina Pact, first constitution of a federal and democratic nature, which he termed spiritual democracy. He stressed upon the youth to be familiar with Persian to understand Iqbal as without doing it, they cannot get the benefit from the poetry of national poet. He said we should iron out our differences arising because of cast and creed because in Islam, we are all Muslims and it gives us a lesson of brotherhood. He stressed upon need to develop understanding with Islam and spent the life according to its golden lessons. The students should also bear the fruits of modern knowledge to compete the world, he added.
Prof Dr Zakir Hussain said Iqbal was the person who illuminated the thoughts of Muslims with the revolutionary philosophy based on Islam. By practicing the message of Iqbal and implementing it in our lives, the country can move to the new horizon of progress. He was of the view that Iqbal had given a fresh blood to youth who took every tangible step for the freedom and Pakistan emerged as an independent state .
Attaul Haq Qasmi said that through his poetry, the national poet gave the nation the enthusiasm of freedom to come out of the clutches of British ruler and practice the Isalm in their own state. He said the nation should develop understanding with the poet of the East to make progress in every field.
Prof Dr Tahir Taunsvi said that we need a Iqbal today to combat problems.
The other speakers highlighted the thoughts of Allama Iqbal and urged the nation to get the lesson from his message. Dr Javaid Iqbal and the GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir also inaugurated a Khana Farhang-e-Iran, a library of Persian, sponsored by Iran. The library is having hundreds of Persian books, digital reading material. On the occasion, GCUF Prof Dr Zakir Hussain also named a seminar Hall of H block with Allama Iqbal Hall.