Srinagar: To commemorate Allama Iqbal`s 76th death anniversary Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy, University of Kashmir organised ‘Iqbal Day’ which was held at varsity`s Ibn-i-Khuldoon auditorium on Tuesday.
Deliberating upon the various dimensions of Iqbal`s philosophy the speakers maintained that Iqbal`s thought and vision transgressed time and space and his message is more relevant today than in the past for all ages, societies and nations.
Acting Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof MA Sofi while referring to the Iqbal`s timeless piece of work ‘Reconstruction of religious thought in Islam’ said in his address that Iqbal was essentially a man of actions and his philosophy and vision had left a great legacy for posterity which he said has been lost due to mankind`s materialistic outlook and ambitions.
Prof Sofi said “Though both Iqbal`s poetry and prose have been universally accepted as works of a creative genius but it was his understanding and interpretation of Quran which ultimately brought a rationality in his thought and philosophy and it was this transformation in his perspective following which Iqbal laid great stress on developing a scientific temperament.”
Prof Sofi added that for Iqbal Islam`s way of life was dynamic and said “it`s time for Muslims that they should once again reaffirm themselves on Ijtihad.”
Renowned expert on Iqbaliyaat Prof GR Malik while delivering an extension lecture on the occasion said that Allama Iqbal believed that the foundation of every civilization and social-setup should be based on spiritual values and not on physical values.
While deliberating further on the essence of Iqbal`s thought, philosophy and poetry Prof Malik said “Man cannot be conceived of as apart from God is the ultimate world view of Iqbal and Iqbal always held this view that it is the soul of mankind which connects him/her to God and not body”
In his presidential address Dean Faculty of Arts KU Prof BA Nehvi said that education and other scholarly pursuits of any student or scholar is incomplete without reading Iqbal and his works and maintained that though 90 percent of Iqbal`s poetry revolves around awakening of Muslim Ummah but still his world view, vision and thought belong to the entire mankind.
Director Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy Prof Taskeena Fazil said that Iqbal’s decades old poetry and teachings show how the youth of 21st century shall acclimatize themselves with the changing dynamics of the world and his teachings are also relevant even today and inculcate the moral and spiritual values among the youth.
While presenting a brief overview of the research being conducted at the centre on various dimensions of Iqbaliyaat Prof Fazil said Iqbal is concerned with developing the selfhood of the individual, and deals with the role and function of the individual in society.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai presented the vote of thanks on the occasion.
The program was attended by various faculty members, scholars and students of KU during which three books were also released including the 22nd edition of Iqbaliyaat- a journal by Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy.