Shair-e-Mushriq (Poet of the East) and Muffakir-e-Pakistan (Inceptor of Pakistan) Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s soul departed this world 74 years ago, without seeing his dream of a separate Muslim homeland materialise.
His 74th death anniversary will be observed in the country on Saturday.
Born in Sialkot in British India on November 9, 1877, this great Muslim philosopher is known for his poetic work. His famous collections of poetry include Zarb-e-Kalim, Bang-e-Dara and Bal-e-Jibril.
Being a member of All India Muslim League, Iqbal strongly supported Jinnah and had great faith in his leadership. Iqbal was quoted in a book by Sayyid Nazir Niazi as saying “Muslim League can succeed only on account of Jinnah. Now none but Jinnah is capable of leading the Muslims.”
Iqbal, during his last days, suffered from a throat disease and passed away in Lahore on April 21, 1938.
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