The birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was observed here with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and fervour on Sunday.

There was a great rush of the people at Iqbal Manzil, the birthplace of the Poet of the East. Quran Khawani was held at the historic building where hundreds of people from all walks of life were present. The day dawned with the special prayers and Quran Khawani at all the mosques in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur for eternal peace of his soul.

Meanwhile, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence jointly organised Iqbal’s birthday cake cutting ceremony at Iqbal Manzil. They jointly cut the cake, as the several leading financial tycoons and senior journalists were also present there to pay rich tributes to Allama Iqbal (RA).

An exhibition of the ancient and rare pictures, books and personal things of Allama Iqbal and his family members was also held at Iqbal Manzil. The management has also displayed Allama Iqbal’s personal Qalam and Dawaat (pen and inkpot) for the public.

The management has displayed some new rare pictures of Allama Iqbal, his family members, his teachers, class fellows and other leaders of the All India Muslim League in attractive frames. Most of these photos have the autographs of Allama Iqbal. A large number of the people visited Iqbal Manzil that was illuminated with colourful lights. The visitors showed keen interest in the books and photos of Iqbal and his family members.

Addressing the participants, Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed, the SCCI Committee of Iqbaliyat chairman, and Dr Muhammad Aslam Dar, the former SCCI president, paid homage to Allama Iqbal. They said that Allama Iqbal was a visionary leader who conceived the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent that was ultimately materialised in the shape of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a seminar on Iqbaliyat was also held at Sialkot Dry Port Trust. Addressing the participants, DCO Nadeem Sarwar and Sialkot Dry Port Trust Chairman Muhammad Ishaq Butt revealed that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like beacon to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. They added that the national youth should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ and strive for self-reliance within own resources, and emphasised austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal.

A delegation of students and teachers of Govt Murray College Sialkot, the alma mater of Allama Iqbal, also visited Iqbal Manzil. College Principal Prof Javaid Akhtar Billah said that the teachings of Iqbal are beacon for the nation.

A delegation of Tehreek Aiwaan-e-Iqbal Sialkot, led by its President Gulzar Ahmed also visited Iqbal Manzil. Gulzar Ahmed paid rich tributes to Allama Iqbal. He stressed a need for following the teachings of Allama Muhammad Iqbal to retrieve the country from various challenges.

Later, MPAs Manshaullah Butt, Muhammad Ikram, DCO Nadeem Sarwar and a number of other people offered Fateha and laid the floral wreaths at the graves of the parents and other family members of Allama Iqbal at Imam Sahib Graveyard Sialkot.