Event having national level significance received very poor response that too in the Solapur city which is famous for Urdu high schools,Urdu teachers ,Poets and Muslim NGOs.
By Imran Inamdar
Solapur ( Maharashtra)
A young historian Sarfarz shaikh emphasised that Dr. Allama Iqbal was a true patriot and he was the only poet who had represented the true sense of patriotism to all his countrymen through his poetry.
Yet another step towards understanding Iqbal On Sunday khadimane Urdu forum had organized lecturer series On ” Iqbal’s concept of motherland “at Samaj kalyan kendr .
Addressing the gathering Sarfraz said, it is very unfortunate that Iqbal has become popular and accepted as a poet only. He has been a good social worker, politician and great Islamic scholar and a person with vision and mission .Iqbal always tried to represent a progressive thinking through his literary work.
He said,during freedom movement madrasas used to criticise Iqbal for his social and religious approach but now they have also started conducting research on his life and literary work.
Sharing information about National Song SAARE JAHAN SE ACHA Sarfraz said that , it represents the true love towards motherland and lauds its people,but this was sidelined and Tagor’s song approved as National anthem which was specially written to welcome British King in 1920 .
Anees Chishti a renowned scholar from Pune also spoke on the topic and said, loving motherland is a part of our religion Islam .Every body knows that during migration from Makkah to Madina our Prophet Muhammad ( PBH) was very upset and he was crying.chishti further said, Iqbal was the only muslim scholar who defined patriotism and Islamic teachings in a very clear and impressive way.
It was very shameful to say the Urdu lovers and self declared muslim scholars have given jolt of unpleasant surprise to the organisers by missing such a thought provoking and orientation program.
President of Khadiman Urdu forum Viqar Shaikh told Millattimes.com that, we had invited thousands of people by using all the means but this was not an entertaining event. Usually people don’t take such sensitive topics seriously ,he further said,we are not disappointed and we will keep moving on .
The function was presided by Basheer Jahagirdar .Members of the forum Shafi Chobdar,Mahmud Nawaz and other guests Moulana Ibrahim ,Adv.Mahboob kotimbre,Irfan SM ,AM Aleem were also present.