SIALKOT: Muneeb Iqbal (the grandson of Allama Iqbal) has stressed upon the need of promotion of Iqbal’s theory and vision among the students and the teachers for establishing a durable peace and weeding out terrorism and militancy from the country, saying that Allama Iqbal had ever given a message of unity, faith, peace and self help for national prosperity.
Muneeb Iqbal narrated “We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting the militants and militancy. For this we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal”, he said, adding, “This indeed is the best tribute we can pay to Allama Iqbal today”.
He stated this while addressing the participants of cash prizes distribution ceremony held at the auditorium of University of Gujrat (UoG) Sialkot Campus after formally launching the “Imam Bibi Endowment Fund” established for encouraging the deserving and brilliant students here Monday.
Muneeb Iqbal paid homage to his grandfather Allama Iqbal, the son of soil of Sialkot and poet of the East as well, saying that he was much pleased to be here in Sialkot, the birth city of Allama Iqbal.
He added that though Allama Iqbal was the national hero and poet of Pakistan, but he had also been enjoying the informal national poet of several other countries including Spain, Germany, UK, USA, Iran and Japan, as the Allama Iqbal would ever be the Poet of the East and the West was also promoting and utilizing the philosophy and theory of Allama Iqbal.
Allama Iqbal’s grandson Muneeb Iqbal narrated that there was a great imagination of implementation, ethics and spiritualism in Iqbal’s poetry, saying that Allama Iqbal had ever wanted to see the human’s development through the way of selfness and Khudi.
Muneeb Iqbal revealed that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like a beacon of light to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. He said that youth of the nation should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ and strive for self reliance within own resources and emphasized austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal.
He also sang Allama Iqbal’s famous poem “ Ma’an” in his melodious voice and fascinated the audience a lot there, as the audience had a big hand for the Iqbal’s grandson.
Welcoming the participants, Prof. Dr. Anwaar Ahmed (Director General UoG Sialkot Campus) announced the formal launching of the “Imam Bibi Endowment Fund” at this campus for encouraging the deserving brilliant students, saying that UoG Sialkot Campus had also designed an elective course of Iqbal Studies for BS students here. He said that the philanthropists and some leading exporters had yet donated Rs. 2 million to Imam Bibi Endowment Fund, named after the Imam Bibi, the mother of Allama Iqbal.
Director General UoG Sialkot Campus Prof. Dr. Anwaar Ahmed stressed the youths, the Shaheens of the Allama Iqbal to follow the teachings, theory, philosophy and poetry of Allama Iqbal to bring changes in their life and to serve the nation and country in better way in future.
Dr. Anwar Naseem (President Pakistan Academy of Sciences Islamabad) stressed that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self reliance as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions, especially democracy.
He highly hailed the pivotal role of DG Dr. Anwaar Ahmed in promotion of quality education in Sialkot.
Dr. Farogh Naveed (President Emersonions Society, Govt. Emerson College Multan) highlighted the various aspects of the life, poetry and personality of Allama Iqbal and said that the Iqbal has attributed the youth as Shaheen for promoting and motivating selfness, Khudi, courage, Kasab-e-Kamaal and height of eye sightness.
He added that Allama Iqbal had been the true Mard-e-Momin, as everyone could feel the reflection of Khudi, faith, unity, strong religious belief, selfness, Ishaq-e-Rasul (SAWW) and Rizq-e-Halal from all the dimensions of great personality of Allama Iqbal.
Khawar Anwar Khawaja (Chairman Sialkot Dry Port Trust-SDPT) revealed that Allama Mohammad Iqbal was one of the great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail. “We must create a society according to the vision of great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent where they can practice their Islamic values and culture,” he urged. Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation, deprivation and destitute living is still a source of strength and guidance for us, he maintained.
Prod. Dr. Zahur Sheikh said that the nation owed freedom and independence to the vision of the great visionary Allama Mohammad Iqbal and the best way to pay tributes to Iqbal was to understand his message and imbibe his teachings. The need for understanding Iqbal’s concept of the message of Islam and the need for forward movement in human thought was never as great as it is today, he said.
CEO UoG Sialkot Campus Rehan Younas said “We need to encourage forward movement in philosophical thought instead of abandoning the interpretation of Islamic teachings to any individual or group”.
Kaleem Raza (Director Students Affairs UoG Sialkot Campus) said Allama Iqbal had forward movement in human thought and interpretation is most relevant in the present day as extremists and militants selectively quoted scriptures and verses to advance their own political agenda behind the cloak of religion.
During this prestigious ceremony, the UoG Sialkot Campus management honoured the Daska-based fruits-selling brilliant student Ali Hamza, who secured second position in boys (humanities group) in Gujranwala educational board during the recently held matriculation exams. UoG also honoured Pasrur based brilliant student Arbab Riaz (daughter of Shaheed police constable) who had died during an encounter with the criminals). She got 1070/1100 marks and second position in girls in science group in Gujranwala board in matriculation exams.
On this occasion, Arbab Riaz wished that she wanted to serve the nation as a doctor in Pak Army. UoG also praised the performance of her teachers Maqsudul Husnain and Abid Bhatti , in this regard.
Khawar Anwar Khawaja (Chairman Sialkot Dry Port Trust-SDPT) announced to bear all the expenditures of FSc education of both of these brilliant students.
Alma Iqbal’s grandson Muneeb Iqbal gave the special cash prizes to brilliant students Ali Hamza and Rubab Riaz for their outstanding performance.
On this occasion DG of UoG Sialkot Campus Dr. Anwaar Ahmed told the audience that the cash prizes worth 0.5 million today were distributed among the UoG Sialkot campus brilliant students from the “Imam Bibi Endowment Fund” to encourage them, in this regard.
Dr. Ejaz Sandhu, Prof. Dr. Khalida Gillani, Miss Noma Khawaja, Kaleem Raza, senior teachers, parents of the award-winning students and senior journalists were also present on this occasion.
Later, Allama Iqbal’s grandson Muneeb Iqbal visited Iqbal Manzil Sialkot (the birth place of Allama Iqbal, the poet of the East) in Sialkot. He took keen interest in Iqbal’s poetry, his personal used things and in Iqbal’s rare photos as well.
He spent few hours of solace at Iqbal Manzil and he paid homage to his grandfather Allama Iqbal. Muneeb Iqbal also offered Fateha at the graves of the parents of Allama Iqbal and laid floral wreaths on the graves in Imam Sahib Graveyard at Sialkot.