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Iqbal Day: Celebrating the Vision of Allama Iqbal


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The federal government of Pakistan has officially declared November 9th, a Thursday, as a public holiday in honor of Iqbal Day. This annual observance commemorates the birth anniversary of the celebrated philosopher and poet, Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, and this year marks the 146th year since his birth.

iqbal day holiday press release
iqbal day holiday press release

Dr. Allama Iqbal played a pivotal role in inspiring and galvanizing millions of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent towards the pursuit of an independent homeland where they could freely practice Islam. His thought-provoking poetry and philosophical insights continue to resonate with people not only in Pakistan but also around the world.

Born on November 9, 1877, in the historic city of Sialkot, Dr. Iqbal earned the endearing title “Poet of the East.” His contributions extended beyond the realm of poetry; he was a visionary philosopher and a notable political figure. Dr. Iqbal is most renowned for his relentless efforts in advocating for the creation of a separate nation for Muslims. His 1930 Allahabad address is a watershed moment in the political history of pre-partition India.

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The Allahabad address presented a clear and distinct path for the Muslims of the subcontinent, giving them a unique identity and a shared vision for the realization of an independent state. This address ultimately paved the way for the establishment of Pakistan.
Alas, he departed before witnessing the realization of the Muslim’s dream for an independent homeland, breathing his last on April 21, 1938.
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