Allama Iqbal’s 138th birth anniversary
Co-Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari pays tributes to Allama Iqbal
Islamabad November 8, 2015: “On the 138th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the sage, poet and philosopher today the best way to pay homage to him is to reiterate our resolve not to allow anyone to exploit religion for foisting their own political agenda or for perpetrating violence”, said the former president Asif Zardari in a message on the occasion.
Allama Iqbal believed that nobody held monopoly over interpretation of religion which was a living and dynamic force that needed to be continuously interpreted, he said.
“Let us not fear in reinterpreting religious thought in the light of teachings of Allama Iqbal”, he said.
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari also called upon the people to forge unity in their ranks and resist those who seek to foist their political agenda on the people through force behind the façade of religion.
Paying tributes he said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal not only gave the vision of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent but also gave courage to the people to hold free and critical inquiry to understand the true message of religion instead of blindly following the dogmas.
On his birth anniversary today we rejoice and celebrate the life and teachings of Allam Iqbal, he said.
He said that the message of Islam has been ruthlessly distorted by the extremists and militants and called for correcting the distortions by drawing inspiration from the teachings and philosophy of Iqbal.