Allama M. Iqbal

His Life & Message to the Contemporary World

Posted on 20/04/2013

Allama M. Iqbal His Life & Message to the Contemporary World


Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, the Islamic poet-philosopher who played such a vital role in the birth of Pakistan, was the first to advocate the formation of independent Muslim state for the subcontinent. In 1930, in his capacity as President of the Muslim League, Iqbal was the first to use a political platform to launch the concept of a separate homeland for Muslims.

He devoted most of his time to poetry, Philosophy and religion. He was much worried about the sad and deplorable plight of the Muslims. They had forgotten the true message of Islam and had indulged in petty worldly pursuits. Allama Iqbal tried to reawaken them from the sound slumber of luxurious ease. He wrote many great and beautiful poems which carry the message of Islam. Through his immortal theories of “Khudi” (self respect), “Mard-e-Momin” (Young Muslim) and “Shaheen” (eagle) he taught them self control self respect and love for the religion. He was against all political and religious exploitation. In his poems, he used simple language with beautiful similes and metaphors to explain his philosophical thoughts.

Professor Minhaj ul Hassan Syed is Professor of History at the Department of History, University of Peshawar but is currently deputed as Scholar, Quaid-i-Azam Chair in Pakistan Studies at the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. He has studied in the University of Peshawar, Pakistan, and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, United States of America. He has been associated with teaching and research for around 25 years. His research interest is in the history, politics and foreign policy of Pakistan. Besides that he also specializes in the history of Pakhtuns of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He has also served the University of Peshawar in many administrative positions such as Chairman Department of History, Provost, Chief Proctor, Proctor, Warden Students’ Hostel, Incharge Department Students’ Affairs and Semester Examination.

He has to his credit more than twenty research publications in research journals of international repute. He has co-edited a book titled, “Pakistan-Iran Relations in Historical Perspective”. He has also co-authored a book in Urdu on Pakistan Studies. He has contributed chapters in couple of books written on the history and Politics of Pakistan and the Pak-India sub-continent. He has participated and presented papers in more than 25 national and international conferences around the world. He has also delivered special lectures at many universities and institutes on different topics. He teaches two courses at the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, i.e., “History, Government, and culture of Pakistan”, and, “Pakistan in World Affairs.”

Dr. Anwarul Haq is a patriot of Pakistan who had served to Pakistan through education, media, social activities for many years. He is a Public Relation Officer & Media Advisor at Pakistani Student Association in Hong Kong currently.

Time: 20th April 2013 – 9.30 – 11.00 am

Venue: 909 C C Wu Building, 302 – 308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

*Refreshments will be served before the talk

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