Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Iqbal Day

Iqbal was born 130 years ago on 9th November. Pakistan celebrates it as Iqbal Day and India as Urdu Day.


THE 130th birth anniversary of Pakistan's leader and poet Allama Mohammed Iqbal was celebrated in Bahrain yesterday.

Iqbal Day, which falls on November 9, was marked by the Pakistan Urdu Literary Society (Halqa-e-Adab) and the Pakistan Embassy with a poetry evening held at the Bahrain Society of Engineers, Juffair.

The lovers of Urdu organised programmes at various places in the country Saturday to mark International Urdu Day on the 130th birth anniversary of the Poet of the East Allama Iqbal.

Speaking as Chief Guest in a programme organised under the joint aegis of United Muslim of India and Urdu Development Organisation in the Department of Urdu Delhi University, chairman National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Justice Suhail Ejaz Siddiqui advised the lovers of Urdu, for the promotion of the language, to take different practical measures on their own rather than only depending on the government.

"It is easy to read Allama Iqbal but difficult to understand him. It requires one full span of life to understand his thought and philosophy. He is not one of the poets who are read as pastime," Justice Siddiqui said.

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