Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is Iqbal really followed?

Indeed, the ever-inspiring Iqbal’s poetry is full of freshness containing a golden message. His God-gifted ability to transform complex feelings into rhyming words and phrases is well known.
He stresses the role of the youth in Saqi Nama, saying that the young people are full of passion and new ideas, suggesting that the outdated rituals should not stop them from exploring new horizons. He didn’t mean a moral degeneration among the youth on the pretext of ultra modern fashions encouraged by the Musharraf’s notion of “enlightened moderation.”
Pakistan has just celebrated the 132nd birth anniversary of the great philosopher in a befitting manner on Monday.
The irony is, nobody questioned the religious validity of the recent catwalk/ a ‘semi nude' fashion show in Karachi (the commercial hub of the Islamic Rebuplic of Pakistan).
Wow! an extremely exotic show is the real slap on the liberty of the female folk.
Sadly speaking, the young ladies displayed their flesh with a lot of appreciation from the onlookers of course.
Actually, there is more liberty if woman is fully covered because she can protect herself from the gaze of lustful eyes as claimed by majority of islamically-educated girls.
It is worth mentioning here that the fashion industry is bent upon ‘moral crippling’ of the nation. The catwalks in Karachi with ‘semi nudity’ are going on beyond the acceptable norms.
The mushrooming growth of “fasion extremism” is dominating on the young minds of the most vulnerable-growing younger generation - the real future of Pakistan.
Generally, it is said that women should not cover their faces for security reasons; while on the contrary, the poor women are encouraged to be exposed to risk their own safety by displaying their flesh to the perpetrators. This way the sex-crimes would continue rising as long as women is used being a tool and a display item.
Did Iqbal and Jinnah envisioned such Pakistan? Of course not!
Iqbal, a lawyer and a poet, concentrated on writing on history, politics, economics, philosophy and religion. Asrar-e-Khudi, Rumuz-e-Bekhudi, Bang-e-Dara are some of his poetic works. Throughout his writings, he laid great emphasis on humanity’s creative capability. He was interested in the political and spiritual revival of Islamic civilisation across the world, but specifically in South Asia; a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect, were published as presidential address. He worked closely with Mr.Jinnah; is known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan, Shair-e-Mashriq and Hakeem-ul-Ummat, and is officially recognized as the national poet of Pakistan.
His poetry has philosophical depth, passion, force and eloquence. ( Khudi ko ker buland itna ke her taqdeer se pahle Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kiya hai). In “Rumz-e-Bekhudi”, he is addressing the Ummah about an ideal community based on Islamic social and ethical value where self-sacrifice is emphasized.
“Payam-e-Mashriq” is a reminder to the West about the importance of spirituality, morality and religion. In ‘Zabur-e-Ajam’ he denounces slavery and reminds on remembering the past, excelling the present and preparing for the future. “Javed Nama” is addressed to his own son and other young people at large arguing that “Muslim traitors” were responsible for the many victories of British in the Indian subcontinent leading to enslaving. His other Persian works are Pas Chih Bayad Kard and Armaghan-e-Hijaz.
Allama Iqbal persuaded Mr. Jinnah in 1934 to return from England and lead the Muslims of the Indian Sub-continent in their struggle to create Pakistan.
All Pakistanis must understand and benefit from the philosophy of Allama Iqbal, who taught self-reliance and true sovereignty instead of relying on the West.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on broken PAKISTAN

1 comment:

TGH said...

I understand the pain that thinkers feel when they see truthful messages perverted and God's Word corrupted beyond recognition.
Keep your chin up!

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