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University of Tehran commemorates Allama Iqbal

Tehran, A seminar to commemorate the 141st birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal was organized by the Urdu Department of the University of Tehran in collaboration with Pakistan Embassy on November 27.

The seminar was attended by prominent Iranian scholars, academicians, students and media persons as well as Pakistan's Ambassador to Iran Riffat Masood as the chief guest at the event.

Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages Alireza Valipour; Head of Urdu Department Mohammad Kiumarsi; Head of Iran's Cultural Center in Lahore AliAkbar RezaeiFard and a number of Urdu language and literature university students also took part in the seminar.

The speakers paid rich tributes to the poet of the East and highlighted his message of Islamic unity.

Ambassador Riffat Masood, in her speech, paid homage to Pakistan's national poet and philosopher and highlighted the various aspects of his life and thoughts. She said that Iqbal not only supported the oppressed Muslims of the subcontinent but he also became a voice for all the Muslims of the world thereby earning him the title of a universal poet, the Pakistan Embassy reported.

The ambassador, while reciting verses from Iqbal's poetry, highlighted the importance of his message of renaissance among the Muslims. Iqbal's poetic work became a major source of inspiration and motivation for Iranians during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, she noted.

She said the poetphilosopher laid stress on knowledge about 'self', which had universal value and is an inspiration for the coming generations. Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was a poet, philosopher and politician, who in his short life wrote many works, said Valipour.

Widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement, Allama Iqbal can be a poetprophet and a role model for us. he said.

Influenced by contemporary philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Iqbal shed light on their thoughts, Valipour said, adding, Nietzsche's 'super human' is an imaginary concept. However, Iqbal in Pakistan, like Avicenna in Iran, are super humans themselves who belong to all generations.

He said that Iqbal was not just the national poet of Pakistan but his message of unity has worldwide appeal which raises his stature as international poet.

Reza Sabzevari, Iran's former cultural attache to Pakistan noted that holding cultural seminars prepares the ground for political cooperation among nations.

Commenting on the commonalities between renowned Iranian poet Ferdowsi and Iqbal, Sabzevari said the two poets saved their nations with their masterpieces.

People in Ferdowsi's 'Shahnameh' are depicted as assiduous, peaceful and pacifist � just as Iqbal's utopia, in which people are polite, united, responsible and have positive thoughts.

RezaeiFard reported on some cultural events organized by his office in Lahore, in the northeastern end of Pakistan's Punjab Province, such as celebrating Iqbal's birthday on November 9 and holding Iranian film week as well as courses in Persian calligraphy and miniature.

In addition, a major on Ferdowsi was founded at Lahore College for Women University in the year to March 21, 2018, he said.

Elaborating on the origin of the two countries' ties, RezaeiFard said IranPakistan cultural cooperation began in 1956 with the establishment of the first cultural house in Lahore, and the roadmap for cultural exchanges between the two countries is rewritten every three years.

While reciting Iqbal's verses, renowned Pakistani scholar Rashid Naqvi called Iqbal a universal poet who possessed remarkable knowledge of not only religious and political thought but also understanding of Western civilization. Iqbal apprised the world about decline of social norms a century ago and all of his predictions in his poetry today proved true.

Describing Iqbal a revolutionary poet, Kiumarsi, underlined the need for further research into the thoughts and philosophy of Iqbal and said that Iqbal revolted against all such concepts which were against humanity.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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