Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Postage stamps commemorating Iqbal: National Poet of Pakistan

Dr Sir Muhammad Allama Iqbal is the national poet of Pakistan. Born on 9 November 1877, this great philosopher turned poet and politician had the vision to dream of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the British India, It was he who requested Muhammad Ali Jinnah to lead the Muslims of the British India in their quest for a separate homeland, where Muslims could lead their life as per their aspirations and distinct social cutlture and heritage.

All long his life, he wrote motivational poetry to motivate the Muslims of the British India in particular and that f the world in general to stand on their own, away from the yoke of slavery and work hard to compete the West by their intellect and art.

He supported the Muslim cause, but could not live long enough to see his dream materialize as he left for his heavenly abode on 21 April 1938, just nine years before the creation of Pakistan. 

Pakistan Post has issued commemorative stamps on numerous occasions on his birthday and death anniversaries. The following documentary showing a collection of such stamps on this day, the 134th birth anniversary of Iqbal:

Related References:
Muhammad Iqbal (Wikipedia)


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