Iqbal Day: 9th November 2018

Iqbal Day: 9th November 2018
Iqbal Day: 9th November 2018

Iqbal Day (Urdu: یوم اقبال‎; Yom-e Iqbal) is the birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal on 9 November. The day is a public holiday in some provinces of Pakistan. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a poet and philosopher, was a great inspiration for the Pakistan Movement.

Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, within the Punjab Province of British India (now in Pakistan).

Inspired by his teaching at Government college Lahore, Allama Muhammad Iqbal pursued a higher education in the west, qualifying for a scholarship from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. On leaving university he became a barrister in London, but shortly moved to Germany to study doctorate and earned Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich in 1908. While in Germany, he started writing poetry in Persian.

On his return to Lahore he soon devoted his life to literary work, writing poetry in Urdu and Persian. Allama Muhammad Iqbal has had several volumes of his poetry published and many of these have translated into foreign languages, including English, German, Russian, Arabic, and Turkish. Tarana-e-Hind' is a song written by Allama Muhammad Iqbal that is still used in India as a patriotic song about communal harmony.

Iqbal Day Events:

The celebration of Iqbal Day became an event of great national importance during the early days of Pakistan’s existence. In fact, besides Pakistan, Iqbal Day used to be celebrated at all the major capitals of the world under the auspices of various socio-cultural associations in collaboration with the Pakistan’s diplomatic missions. In reality, the personality of Allama Muhammad Iqbal provided an opportunity to introduce the newly established nation-state of Pakistan into the international academic circles. So it is almost sad that we have lost the national holiday and must make an effort to preserve its significance regardless. In line with media reports, special prayers will be held in the mosques for the peace, national integrity, prosperity and development of the country.Iqbal Manzil’s caretaker said that the main birthday cake cutting ceremony would be held at the Iqbal Manzil where people from all walks of life will participate and the students of different schools and colleges and their teachers will visit the Iqbal Manzil where Kalaam-e-Iqbal and speech contests will be held.