The whole nation was in a constant back and forth these past few days: will there be a public holiday for Iqbal Day this year, or not?
Prime Minister Imran Khan had a very satisfying and firm answer to the question, as he reminded everyone of the dignified place our homeland has among the comity of nations, because of the concept of “Shaheen” and “Khudi”, as enunciated in the works of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Imran Khan shared a message on Friday, 9th of November as Iqbal Day was observed all across the nation.
Adopting Iqbal’s vision is the need of the hour to brighten the world through our deeds and introduce Pakistan as a developed and Islamic welfare state.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan also took the initiative to arrange special programmes at government-level to highlight the vision of the great philosopher instead of announcing a public holiday.
He highlighted the significance, as he said that Iqbal guided Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent at a time when they had lost their destination in the darkness of slavery.
Iqbal’s thoughts illuminated a candle of hope to identify the destination. Pakistan was the realisation of Iqbal’s dream and his poetry was read and taught in the entire world.”
He [Iqbal] always advised the Muslims to remain united and be practical. It was farsightedness of the Poet of the East that he predicted problems of today’s world decades ago.”
He further said that Iqbal’s approach on sectarianism, ideological extremism and creation of new communal groups was the guiding light for the nation, while adding that it was need of the hour to understand not only his philosophy but also apply it to make Pakistan the state Iqbal envisioned.
And you have to admit, the PM does have a very strong point, the day was made a national event for the recognition of the Poet of the East’s contributions and efforts, and what better way to pay tribute to him than to follow the guideline he left for the Muslims of the Subcontinent and build the Pakistan he had dreamt of?