International Seminar “Iqbal and Muslim Youth”

Discussing the life and thoughts of Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and his connection with Muslim Youth, intellectuals in an international seminar at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Tuesday said that revival of the Muslim’s glories is possible by following Iqbal’s philosophy of independent reasoning and utilization of youth for unity in the ranks of Muslim World.

International Seminar on “Iqbal and Muslim Youth” was organized here at IIUI’s Faisal Masjid campus by Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) in collaboration with the Department of Urdu and Dawah Academy.

The speakers shared their thoughts on Iqbal’s work, message and application of his ideas in society. Participants opined that country can acquire socio-economic targets by following the guiding principles of the poet of East.

They further said that Iqbal’s poetry is specially dedicated and helpful in uplifting the lowest and stressed community of society. The speakers were of the view that today, Iqbal’s philosophy is the solution to all challenges to humanity as it is based on equality, justice, love and peace.  They said Iqbal also teaches to love natural phenomena or nature, education and research.

“Iqbal told youth not to be impressed by fake glitter of the west, while he encouraged them to move forward in various fields of life with a blend of Islamic teachings” said Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI. He added that country’s educational system must reflect the thoughts of the great thinker as it would pave the way to lead the world in the light of Islamic teachings. He opined that Iqbal advocated the Muslim Ummah’s unity and this salient feature is a pre-requisite for a prosperous future, while it also can help in discouraging sects and racism. IIUI Rector desired that frequencies of such seminars be increased at male and female campuses of the university.

On the occasion, Dr. Muhamamd Akram Shaikh (HI) also delivered a lecture on “Islam: A complete code of conduct”. The event was also addressed by famous literary figures, researchers and academicians including  Akhtar Usman, Dr. Humaira Ashfaq, Raja Zia-ul-Haq, Dr. Tahir Mahmood, Professor Abdullah Ehsan (Turkey), Lu Wan (Nasreen) from China, Ms. Maria Trimzi and Dr. Ghulam Fareeda.