Seminar at UOG “Allama Iqbal and Contemporary Issues”
Gujrat: Iqbal was not only a poet but also a great thinker and philosopher. Iqbal influenced the intellectual elite of his times and guided the Muslim nation like a helmsman. He inspired the educated classes of Indo-Pak subcontinent through his poetry in particular and masses at large. His poetry provided a new vigour and inspiration to the struggling Muslims of Indo Pak subcontinent for their rights and independence. His poetry serves as the guideline for the present Muslim Ummah as a whole. These views were expressed by Prof Shabber Hussain Shah, in the University of Gujrat (UOG) Thinkers Forum at Hafiz Hayat Campus. The proposition of the seminar before the forum was “Allama Mohammad Iqbal and Contemporary Issues”. Speaking on the occasion Director Evening Program Mr. Mohammad Mushtaq Bhatti opined that it was infact the poetry of Iqbal which regenerated a spirit of revolution among the Muslims for independence and liberty. He jolted the Muslims out of their deep slumber and inspired them to deeds and actions. He presented the idea of Pakistan. All our ills of today can be cured if we follow the pristine thought of Dr. Allama Iqbal.
Director Media and Publications Sheikh Abdul Rasheed said that each and every verse of Iqbal has the power and motivation to ameliorate the lot of the Muslims by reformation. He shakes us by recounting the glorious and heroic deeds of the past. He inspires the youth by his idealistic revolutionary vision of ‘the best is yet to be’. His symbol of eagle like that of Nietzsche explicates struggle for high and grand ideas. He regenerates a sense of Identity among the Muslims by making them conscious of their ego. Iqbal can serve as a beacon light for the nation today, which is lost in ambiguities and contradictions. Dr. Zahid Yousaf emphasized Iqbal's appeal to the concept of Ego; solely to generate the dynamos of energy and strength for the noble cause of independence and autonomy.
Prof Humayun Ghauri said that taking light from Iabal, we can regenerate our national ethos and move forward towards knowledge research and progress.
Additional Registrar Mr. Shahzad Nadeem, Mr. Shahid Minhas and some other speakers also addressed the seminar. After the seminar musical rhythms and recitationof Iqbal’s poetry were enjoyed by the participants.