In a move to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the federal government of Pakistan has declared November 9th, Thursday, as a national public holiday. Iqbal Day, as it is popularly known, is observed across the country to mark the birth anniversary of this iconic philosopher, poet, and visionary.
Dr. Iqbal, often referred to as the “Poet of the East,” was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877. His contributions and inspirational writings played a pivotal role in awakening the spirit of independence and self-determination among millions of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.
Dr. Allama Iqbal‘s influence extended far beyond his literary genius. He used his profound poetry and political acumen to advocate for the creation of a separate homeland where Muslims could practice their faith freely and prosper. His famous Allahabad address in 1930 marked a turning point in pre-partition politics, providing a clear vision and separate identity for Muslims in the region. This national holiday on November 9th serves as a reminder of his invaluable contributions and the ongoing journey of Pakistan as a nation.
Iqbal Day, which celebrates the 146th birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal, holds deep significance for Pakistanis. The day begins with special prayers in mosques across the country, where people seek blessings for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. These prayers symbolize the enduring influence of Iqbal’s vision, which continues to inspire the nation.
Allama Iqbal’s impact on the history of Pakistan is immeasurable, and his poetry remains a source of wisdom and reflection. His message of unity, faith, and discipline echoes in the hearts of Pakistanis. Additionally, as part of the Iqbal Day commemorations, a Change of Guards ceremony is conducted at his mausoleum in Lahore, paying homage to the visionary leader whose work transformed the destiny of millions.
The declaration of Iqbal Day as a national holiday reflects the profound respect and admiration that Pakistan has for Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal. His intellectual and philosophical contributions continue to shape the nation’s identity, reminding Pakistanis of their rich heritage and the struggles that led to their independence.