Iqbal Day 2007

9 11 2007

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Today is Iqbal Day, the birth anniversary of the great Indian poet and philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who has been described as the greatest Muslim thinker for the last five hundred years. Here is an extract from Payam-i-Mashriq (Message from the East)
A stranger to your own identity,
You seek new paths to the stars in the sky.
Open your eyes to yourself like a seed
So that you come out of the earth a tree.

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I K Gujral and Allama Iqbal

7 10 2007

Here is an interesting fact related to Allama Iqbal, when the All India Iqbal Birth Centenary Committee was form in 1973 its Vice-Chairman was Inder Kumar Gujral who would later become the Prime Minister of India. This also shows that one must rise above our narrow communal worldviews to appreciate people like Iqbal and Tagore.