A street in New York has been named after legendary poet Allama Iqbal in commemoration of Pakistan’s Independence Day.
The Richmond Hill, Queens, New York: With Pakistan’s Independence Day on the horizon, the bustling streets of New York City have taken on a new significance as 109th Street and 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, are co-named “Allama Iqbal Avenue.”
This move not only pays homage to Pakistan’s cultural legacy but also commemorates one of its most influential leaders, Allama Iqbal. The announcement, which resonates with the city’s diverse community, underscores the enduring ties between the United States and Pakistan.
Allama Iqbal Avenue is a tribute to Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, an esteemed poet, scholar, and visionary leader whose contributions paved the way for the creation of Pakistan in 1947. Recognized globally as an icon of Pakistani nationalism, Iqbal’s lifelong dedication to the empowerment of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent is a testament to his enduring impact.
In a statement from the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, Ambassador Masood Khan hailed the effort as a bridge between nations. He congratulated President Ali Rashid of the American-Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) for his leadership in advocating for the co-naming of the avenue. Ambassador Khan remarked, “Naming an avenue after our national poet would cement Pak-US ties and be a source of pride for the Pakistani diaspora, not only in NYC but across the United States.”
The significance of this naming goes beyond a mere tribute. President Ali Rashid and the APAG have played a pivotal role in fostering relations between Pakistan and the United States. Their efforts resulted in the introduction of a resolution in the United States House of Representatives, designating March 23, 2023, as “Pakistan Day.” This recognition showcases the cultural heritage and historical importance of Pakistan.
Super proud and happy to see this that New York City Council is renaming the corner of 109th street and 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York as the Allama Iqbal Avenue….this is such a big gesture…I remember part of Devon avenue in Chicago area is called Jinnah… pic.twitter.com/14K9MGwn59
— Fakhr-e-Alam S.I & S.E (@falamb3) August 7, 2023
Adrienne Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council, expressed her enthusiasm for the co-naming, stating, “As we approach Pakistan Independence Day, I am honored to celebrate the co-naming of 109th Street and 101st Avenue as Allama Iqbal Avenue.” Adams emphasized that Allama Iqbal’s contributions as a poet, scholar, and leader laid the foundation for Pakistan’s identity as an independent nation.
The rich cultural fabric of New York City is woven with the contributions of diverse communities, and the Pakistani-American community stands prominently among them. The co-naming of Allama Iqbal Avenue stands as a testament to their enduring impact. As this symbolic gesture solidifies its place in the city’s landscape, it symbolizes unity, cultural heritage, and the shared values of diplomacy and appreciation for visionary leaders.