SIALKOT - During a seminar, Justice (r) Nasira Javaid Iqbal and Aysha Salman, the daughters-in-law of Allama Iqbal, stressed a need for promoting Iqbal’s vision for establishing durable peace in and weeding out terrorism from the country.

She said that Allama Iqbal gave the message of unity, peace and self-reliance for national prosperity. She stated this while addressing a seminar on Iqbaliyat “Apna Muqam Paida Kar” held at University of Gujrat (UoG) Sialkot Campus.

Justice (r) Nasira highlighted various aspects of Allama Iqbal’s poetry, theory and philosophy of Khudi and recited several famous Urdu poems of Allama Iqbal in her melodious voice. She got big applause from the audience. She also highlighted various aspects of the life, poetry and personality of Allama Iqbal, and said that the Iqbal called the youth as Shaheen for promoting and motivating selfhood or Khudi, courage and height of intellectual wisdom.

She sang Iqbal’s famous poem “Lab Pey Aaati Hey  Duaa Ban Key Tamanna Meri”, “Nigaah-e-Ishaq-o-Masti Mein...Wohi Awal, Wohi Aakhir, Wohi Quraan, Wohi Furqan, Wohi Yaseen , Wohi Taaha”. She said that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self-reliance.

She narrated, “We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting militants. For this, we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal. This indeed is the best way to pay tribute to Allama Iqbal today.”

She highly hailed the management of UoG for launching “Imam Bibi Endowment Fund” for encouraging the deserving and brilliant students.

She said that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like beacon to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. She said that the youth should strive for self-reliance and emphasised austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal.

Allama Iqbal’s Russia-based daughter-in-law Ms Aysha Salman, on the occasion said that she was much pleased to be here in Sialkot. She added that Allama Iqbal was the poet of several nations as the East and the West are promoting and utilising the philosophy and theory of Allama Iqbal.

She said that there was a great imagination of ethics and spiritualism in Iqbal’s poetry, adding that he wanted to see the human development through selfhood. She recited Allama Iqbal’s famous poetry and fascinated the audience.

Welcoming the participants, Rehan Younas, the chief executive of UoG Sialkot Campus, stressed the youth to follow the teachings, theory, philosophy and poetry of Allama Iqbal to bring change in their life and to serve the nation in a better way.

He said that Allama Iqbal was one of the great men who dreamt of Pakistan.

Talking to the newsmen at UoG Sialkot Campus, Nasira Javaid said, “We must create a society according to the vision of great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent where they can practice their Islamic values and culture.” Iqbal’s philosophical and human approach to save the Muslims from degradation, deprivation and destitute living is still a source of strength and guidance for us, she maintained.

Ms Aysha Salman said that Allama Iqbal’s Urdu poetry was getting much popularity in Russia, as it was being taught to the students of junior and senior students at the University of Moscow. She said that she has been striving for the promotion of Iqbaliyat in Moscow.

She added that the nation owed freedom to the vision of Allama Iqbal.

Meanwhile, Nasira Javaid Iqbal visited Iqbal Manzil and showed keen interest in the personal things, rare pictures of Allama Iqbal and his family and Iqbal’s rare letters displayed there. She was flanked by the students of Mass Communication Department of University of Gujrat (UoG).