Irfan Yousaf

A Tribute to our leaders

Posted on: December 4, 2011

JEDDAH: Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah organized a program for the remembrance of national leaders of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan and Dr. Allama Mohammed Iqbal the thinker of Pakistan on Thursday at Pakistan International School (Al-Aziziah).

Abdul Salik Khan the Pakistan Consul General, honored the program as Chief guest and Azad Iqbal the grandson of Dr. Allama Iqbal the poet philosopher of the subcontinent.

The other important guests were Dr. Irfan Hashmi, Asfaq Ahmed, principal of PISJ, Salma Shah Khan, vice principal of PISJ, Athar Abbasi, president of Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah, and many other dignitaries and community members.

A number of renowned poets from the community also presented their tributes with their poetry to the leaders, for the unforgettable services they provide to the nation.

Athar Abbasi, the President of the Aalami Urdu Markaz Jeddah also praised the efforts of Quaid Azam and Allama Iqbal and emphasized on Pakistanis to follow their footsteps and work on what they said to keep the freedom of the country.

Abdul Salik Khan and Azad Iqbal praised the event and said that we should not only organize such events, but also promote the message of Iqbal and the Quaid to strengthen the stability and progress of Pakistan.

“The Muslim Ummah and Muslims of the subcontinent were obliged to the farsightedness and political acumen of Allama Iqbal and Jinnah for the creation of homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent,” said Salik .

He also said that Iqbal gave the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims while the Quaid-e-Azam materialized the idea.

He emphasized on commemoration of such functions to follow and practice the teachings of these great leaders, “the philosophy of Iqbal depicted the spirit of Qur’an and Sunnah and the best tribute for these leaders was to practice their teachings and follow their footsteps,” he added.

Azad said Allama Iqbal was a great philosopher and practical Muslim. He shed light on different aspects of the life of Iqbal and narrated couplets from “Shikwa and Jawab Shikqwa.” He added that Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah can revive their glory by strictly following the dictates of Qur’an and Sunnah.

“Our aim behind organizing this event was to increase love for Pakistan in youth, we love Pakistan and want to work for the stability, safety and progress of Pakistan,” said Abbasi .

– By Fouzia Khan – Saudi Arabia

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