Two Japanese students of Iqbal Studies (Iqbaliyat), today, gave a fabulous performance while singing the poetry of Allama Iqbal during a special ceremony held at the auditorium of University of Gujrat (UoG) Sialkot Campus here today.
The Japanese students of Iqbaliyat from Osaka-Japan Miss Erika Kagava sang Iqbal’s famous poem “Lab Pey Aati Hey Duaa Ban Key Tamana Meri” and Mr. Tenshin Tamura recited Allama Iqbal’s poetry “ Terey Ishaq Ki Intehaa Chaahta Houn, Meri Saadgi Dekh, Kiya Chaahta Houn” in their melodious voices, which lured and fascinated the audience including senior teachers, students, journalists and notables present there.
The audience had a big hand to the Japanese students for brilliantly singing “Kalaam-e-Iqbal” there.
On this occasion, the auditorium was also echoes with the high and loud slogans of “Pak-Japan Friendship Zindabad” by the participants.
The Japanese students Miss Erika Kagava and Mr. Tenshin Tamura paid homage to Allama Iqbal, the son of soil of Sialkot and poet of the East as well, saying that they much pleased to be here in Sialkot, the birth city of Allama Iqbal.
They said that it was love of Iqbal which had brought them here. They added that though Allama Iqbal was the national hero and poet of Pakistan, but he had also been enjoying the informal national poet of several other countries including Japan, as the Allama Iqbal would ever be the Poet of the East and the West was also promoting and utilizing the philosophy and theory of Allama Iqbal. They said that the most of the Japanese loved much the poetry of Allama Iqbal.
The Japanese students from Osaka-Japan narrated that there was a great imagination of implementation, ethics and spiritualism in Iqbal’s poetry, saying that Allama Iqbal had ever wanted to see the human’s development through the way of selfness and Khudi.
Welcoming the participants, Prof. Dr. Anwaar Ahmed (Director General UoG Sialkot Campus) announced the formal launching of the “Imam Bibi Endowment Fund” at this campus for encouraging the deserving brilliant students, saying that UoG Sialkot Campus had also designed an elective course of Iqbal Studies for BS students here. He said that the philanthropists and some leading exporters had yet donated Rs.1.7 million to Imam Bibi Endowment Fund, named after the Imam Bibi, the mother of Allama Iqbal.
Director General UoG Sialkot Campus Prof. Dr. Anwaar Ahmed stressed the youths, the Shaheens of the Allama Iqbal to follow the teachings, theory, philosophy and poetry of Allama Iqbal to bring changes in their life and to serve the nation and country in better way in future.
Addressing the participants as the Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. Ziaul Qayyum (Vice Chancellor of UoG)narrated that the teachings of Allama Iqbal are like a beacon of light to maintain tolerance, peace and stability in the society. He said that youth of the nation should transform themselves into Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ and strive for self reliance within own resources and emphasized austerity envisioned by Allama Iqbal.
Vice Chancellor stressed that Pakistan can only be redeemed through emulation of Iqbal’s vision on democracy, human excellence and self reliance as perpetual rule of dictators weakened the national institutions, especially democracy.
He narrated “We must meet this great intellectual challenge of our time for confronting the militants and militancy. For this we need to imbibe the teachings of Allama Iqbal”, he said, adding, “This indeed is the best tribute we can pay to Allama Iqbal today”.
VC highly hailed the pivotal role of DG Dr. Anwaar Ahmed in promotion of quality education in Sialkot. VC added that UoG has assured the easy access of everyone to the quality and advanced education besides, removing all the hurdles from the smooth way of promotion of education in the region, as the UoG had already been showing the excellent results and performance in curriculum and extra curriculum activities.
A Lahore based international famed expert of Iqbal Studies Prof. Dr. Tabbasum Kashmiri highlighted the various aspects of the life, poetry and personality of Allama Iqbal and said that the Iqbal has attributed the youth as Shaheen for promoting and motivating selfness, Khudi, courage, Kasab-e-Kamaal and height of eye sightness.
Prof. Dr. Tariq Zaidi added that Allama Iqbal had been the true Mard-e-Momin, as everyone could feel the reflection of Khudi, faith, unity, strong religious belief, selfness, Ishaq-e-Rasul (SAWW) and Rizq-e-Halal from all the dimensions of great personality of Allama Iqbal.
Dr. Nouman Idrees Butt (former President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry-SCCI) revealed that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was one of the great men of Islam and Pakistan, who dreamt for Pakistan, where brotherhood, social and economic justice would prevail. “We must create a society according to the vision of great poet, who gave the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent where they can practice their Islamic values and culture,” he urged. 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, he maintained.
Prod. Dr. Zahur Sheikh said that the nation owed freedom and independence to the vision of the great visionary Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the best way to pay tributes to Iqbal was to understand his message and imbibe his teachings. The need for understanding Iqbal’s concept of the message of Islam and the need for forward movement in human thought was never as great as it is today, he said.
Chairman UoG Sialkot Campus Faisal Manzur said “We need to encourage forward movement in philosophical thought instead of abandoning the interpretation of Islamic teachings to any individual or group”.
CEO of UoG Sialkot Campus Rehan Younas forward movement in human thought and interpretation is most relevant in the present day as extremists and militants selectively quoted scriptures and verses to advance their own political agenda behind the cloak of religion.
Dr. Muhammad Aslam Dar (former president of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry-SCCI), Shehzada Ibne Iqbal Syed (former Chairman Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association-PGMEA), Prof. Dr. Khalida Gillani, Miss Noma Khawaja, Kaleem Raza, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed-Gujrat, senior teachers and senior journalists were also present on this occasion/