Iqbal Day – 9th November

Iqbal Day is the National Day of Pakistan.  9th November 1877 is the birth date of a great legendary poet, philosopher and a visionary politician Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Allama is a term used in Urdu language for scholars.

Iqbal was the first ever person who dreamed and propose about a separate country for the Muslims of India and later on 1947  his dream turned into the reality by the formation of Pakistan into the world landscape.

Government of Pakistan has declared Iqbal as the National Poet. Iqbal is also remembered as Poet of the East and  as the Thinker of Pakistan.

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Iqbal’s Family Background:

Iqbal was born in Sialkot city and got his early education from there. Iqbal’s father Sheikh Noor Muhammad was a prosperous and famous tailor. Iqbal was the eldest among his five siblings and was belong to a Kashmiri family. His father brought up his kids on the religious grounds.

Iqbal’s Poetry

Iqbal was the greatest inspiration for Muslims of India during Pakistan movement. He used his poetry to spread the awareness among the people to stand up for their rights.


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Iqbal has written his poetry in Urdu and Persian languages. His poetry mainly emphasized about the selflessness of people. He was also inspired with the bird due to its high fly on the sky and used it to educate the young people to think and act on the highest possible manner as do the eagle do.

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Iqbal Day Quotes

  • Arise and soar with the sun’s new born rays; to breathe new life into dying nights and days.
  • Words, without power is mere philosophy.
  • Inner Experience is only the one source of human knowledge.
  • The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.
  • Increase your selflessness to such heights, God himself would have to ask you that tell me your will.
  • Be aware of your own worth, use all of your power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.

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 Famous Books of Iqbal:

Poetic books in Persian

  • Asrar-i-Khudi
  • Rumuz-i-Bekhudi
  • Payam-i-Mashriq
  • Zabur-i-Ajam
  • Javid Nama
  • Pas Cheh Bayed Kard ai Aqwam-e-Sharq
  • Armughan-e-Hijaz

Poetic books in Urdu

  • Bang-i-Dara
  • Bal-i-Jibril
  • Zarb-i Kalim

Iqbal Day celebrations

Each year, 9th November is celebrated as the Iqbal day in Pakistan. On this day special events are arranged in the schools, colleges and other institutions to spread the awareness about the visionary messages of Iqbal. Kids in the schools sings the poems of Iqbal specially written for the children.

Iqbal was died on 21st April 1938 and he is buried in Badshahi Mosque Lahore. He has passed away from this world but he will remain alive in the hearts of his devotees in the form of his inspirational poetry and books.

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