Speech on Allama Iqbal

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When it comes to the biggest name in Urdu literature of the last century, Iqbal is a name to reckon with. He is still regarded as the greatest poets in terms of style and content. Most famous poems of Iqbal are “Sare Jahan se Accha” and ” Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua “.

Iqbal was born in Sialkot in 1877 and had a keen interest in languages namely Urdu, Arabic, and Persian even as a child. In college, he took philosophy and even taught it for a few years.

Apart from this, he had a degree in metaphysics, Barat law, and an arts degree. He even worked as a barrister in an inn. Eventually, he got his Ph.D. from Europe in1905. His poetry career came in later years where he espoused the theory of self-realization.

His poems depicted the spiritual beliefs and theological concepts of Islam and he gained an immediate rise to popularity. Soon, he became a renowned poet. He was a strong political voice and took part in all conferences like round table ones in England.

He was also awarded knighthood in the year 1922 by then British sovereign King George V, for his craft and skill. He rallied for raising the levels of education in Indian Muslims and called for the social transformation of the beleaguered minorities.

His poems and worked sparked a renaissance among the Muslims to learn about their faith. Among his literary works is Koh i Himala (first poem), Armaghan-e-Hijaz, jawab-e- shikwa, Bal-e-Jibrael etc.

He was invited to hold lectures at prestigious institutions like Aligarh and Bombay. His lectures would eventually be penned as a book titled, “The reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam”. He died in 1938 and was buried in Lahore.

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