Monday, November 16, 2015 – Islamabad— Qaisra Alvi arranged a discussion session on national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal at her sprawling residence on Saturday. The topic was topical considering the cancellation of holiday on the birth anniversary of the national poet.
Ever a literary smart person, she thought that Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, who had spent his life on Iqbal Studies, should be appropriate person to lead the discussion since, in her view, dialogue and discourse increase understanding and build relationship. So it was good enough time to build that relationship anew with the man who consolidated national building philosophy for a separate homeland for Muslims in habiting the Indian Sub-continent. Short Story writer Hameed Shahid upheld Qaisra’s point of view, saying a scholar that he is Fateh Malik did not need any elaborate introduction because after the sad demise of Iqbal’s son Dr. Javid Iqbal Fateh Sahib could interpret Muhammad Iqbal authoritatively since he has spent his life time explaining the poet – philosopher’s lofty message
.In this regard he referred to a short story titled ‘Ban ke Rahe ga’ that things need to be done. ‘Now that we have achieved this country let us not talk of doing things anew but we should strive on improving that we already have achieved.
Iqbal is relevant today since we hear cacophony of harsh extremists views lately, said the Professor, alluding to Lal Masjid’s cleric, Maulana Aziz’s threat to enforce Shariah by force, if required.
Malik Sahib Iqbal derived inspiration from Quran and Maulana Rumi and that is why Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah relied on Iqbal’s thoughts in the making of Pakistan based on the needs of Muslim to come together in India based on Islamic concepts. The Quaid had a better understanding of Islamic principles and he was in complete agreement with Iqbal that even though Indian Muslims were in minority they still were a national separate from the majority peoples.
Congress leaders like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Maulana Ahmad Madni of Nadva who opposed the Quaid-i-Azam did not at agree with the Quaid and opposed the creation of Pakistan. That notwithstanding, Muslim peoples of the Indian sub-continent voted for the Quaid and for Pakistan. That clinched the issue. Ever since the people of Pakistan have rejected Mullahs dogma and have upheld the liberal Deen that is Islam. Prime Minister has also said the same in his recentspeeches.
However, the public view is that it needed to explain the cancellation of the holiday on November 9. Another view presented during discussion session was that all works of Allama Iqbal including his Persian writings needed to be read and studied inentirety, said Mr. Kazmi, a discussant at the discussion session.
Might we say that Qaisra Alvi has always been a smart literature activist right from the time when she was head of the Media Department at F G Girls College in F 7/4 as well as in Islamic International University. After her retirement she pursues her literary interest that helps communication at the literary horizon.