Nida Tahseen

He was named Qamar-ul-Islam by his grandfather but his great father Allama Iqbal re-named him Javed which means eternal or bright. “He attributed his son’s name to the youth of Pakistan and in him he saw the future generation and he wanted the nation to always stay Javed,” said Dr. Nasir Javed Iqbal. Resultantly so, Dr. Javed Iqbal showed us the path of ethical expressions. He was a social philosopher, political analyst, poet, writer, Pizza lover and much more. In a house-full discussion organized under the premises of Khayaal Creative Festival, it was the first time that the personality of son superseded his father in open public.

The organizers had rightfully chose Naeem Tahir to moderate the session. Naeem Tahir while reminiscing his first meeting with Dr. Javed Iqbal introduced him as a man who lives till his legacy lasts. He highlighted many of his lesser known characteristics and said; only a few people know that Iqbal used to write dramas.

While sharing her memories of her incredible husband, she started as saying, “You have asked me to enclose sea in a drop.” Esteemed lawyers, Dr. Nasira Javed Iqbal said, “I knew him but his philosophy was beyond my understanding.” She said, “In his book, Apna Gir-e-ban Chaak Jaisa, he said, “My life encapsulates under the shadow of my father and my success and failure are judged accordingly.”

She continued saying, “One must put in extra efforts to understand his philosophy. We had an age difference of 16 and half years. He was 40 and I was 23 at that the time of our marriage. Begum Shah Nawaz brought his marriage proposal for me. Our’s was a match of semi modernism and conservatism. He never made me feel inferior in intellectualism. Once Dr. Corneal visited our house and went into a long discussion with him. When he was to leave, he stopped and said, “Discussions in your house must be of highly intellectual level.”

She said, “We had an unwritten and non-verbal agreement of not interfering in each others’ matters. We stayed together for 51 years. He refused to accept Chief Justice position twice. At the time of first offer, he was at 27th number of seniority level. He believed in legitimate expectancy. Second time, in Junejo era, near to his retirement. Junejo asked him to take oath as Supreme Court judge and side by side become the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Standing on his principles he refused to accept it and said there are more deserving people and they should have it.”

His son, Walid Iqbal joined the discussion, “On the day of my father’s death, I completely understood the verses of one of Allama Iqbal’s poem, “Mere dil mey tmhari itni yaadain hain, jitni Kaaba ki fizza mey duain hain,” my heart has so many invocations of thy, as much as there are invocations in Kaaba. His life was running through my eyes like a film. He never tried advising us. Sardar Abdur Rab Nashtar once advised him, “Consider me your father, never do anything that puts your father and your country’s name at stake.” He was always surrounded by people who used to advise him all the time. He used to say, “It is not easy to be Allah Iqbal’s son,” but he found his own way.”

No one can imagine that the son of Allama Iqbal flunked in 5th and 6th standards. He got third division in his matriculation exams. Later, after scoring first position in Masters of Philosophy, doing Phd from Cambridge and receiving two honorory Phds, he received Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) for his services to the nation. He excelled from his father’s legacy.

After Iqbal’s retirement, Dr. Nasira continued her career. Being an ideal husband, he did all the household chores. He once shared with his sister, “I do house hold chores, handle the washerman, Sometimes Nasira rushes outside and I also arrange her shoes.”

Suddenly, Dr. Javed’s second son, Munib Iqbal made a dramatic entry. Till then the discussion had heated up and Munib contributed in it by sharing his views on the concept of ijtehaad independent reasoning and takleed to follow. He focussed on the concept of search within soul and not to reach the interpretations by others’. He stressed on the concept of development of Muslim thought in Javed Nama by his father and concluded the session with all praise for his father narrating him as a simple, sensitive man without protocols and utmost humility.