Allama Iqbal's affiliation with Kashmir remembered

Whenever Allama Iqbal visited Kashmir valley, he would go round in different cities, towns and villages to see for himself the atrocities unleashed by the Dogra regime on innocent Kashmiris, he added.

TARIQ NAQASH
Muzaffarabad, Publish Date: Nov 10 2017 12:46AM | Updated Date: Nov 10 2017 12:46AM
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Speakers at a seminar called for inculcation of the political thought of Allama Muhammad Iqbal among the young generation of Kashmir to safeguard the Islamic identity of the state, strengthen its religious and social bonds with Pakistan and ensure early success of the ongoing struggle. 

The seminar was held here on Thursday on the occasion of 140th birth anniversary of the poet-philosopher under the aegis of Jammu Kashmir Peace and Justice Forum (JKPJF), an organisation working for the peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people.

The speakers recalled that Allama Iqbal would always proudly mention and commemorate his Kashmiri lineage in his writings and talks, and his revolutionary poetry had inspired the Kashmiris to confront the despotic Dogra regime. 

“Allama Mohammad Iqbal had emotional and spiritual attachment with Kashmir, which is reflected by both his poetry and prose. Once he had stated that the blood running in his veins is like the red maple leaves of Kashmir,” said JKPJF chief Tanvir ul Islam, who had also held the office of United Jihad Council chairman in the early nineties.

Whenever Allama Iqbal visited Kashmir valley, he would go round in different cities, towns and villages to see for himself the atrocities unleashed by the Dogra regime on innocent Kashmiris, he added.

Islam recalled that in one of the verses of a Persian poem which Allama Iqbal had written in Srinagar’s famous Nishat Bagh in 1920, he had mentioned about silk factories and their workers in Kashmir and it was surprising that after only four years Kashmir saw a political movement beginning with the rebellion by workers of a Silk factory.

He said Allama Iqbal had suggested Kashmiri elders to launch struggle for freedom from a unified platform, and stressed that the pro-freedom leaders and young generation would have to adopt his philosophy for early achievement of the goal.

Speaking on the occasion, senior columnist and chairman Pak-Kashmir Solidarity Forum Syed Arif Bahar said Allama Iqbal was a multi-dimensional universal personality, who had endeavoured for the revival of Islamic civilisation.

Allama Iqbal believed that unless the mankind submitted itself to the teachings of the Allah Almighty and accepted Islam as the way of life, it could not achieve the noble goals of peace, security and prosperity, he said.

Kashmir Cultural Academy former chief Jawad Hussain Jaffri said Allama Iqbal was a poet of freedom who ignited the flame of rebellion against slavery among the oppressed nations with his revolutionary poetry.

Allama Iqbal believed that slavery made a man worthless and restricted its thinking powers, subsequently breeding regional, ethnic, clannish and other biases, he said, adding that Muslims could unite their disintegrated power on the basis of Allama Iqbal’s political thought. 

Others prominent speakers included Prof Amjad Butt, Master Yousuf Butt and Ayesha Khawaja.

Several other functions were also held in different parts of Pakistan administered Kashmir to mark Iqbal Day.