Allama Sir Muhammad Iqbal was a poet, philosopher and politician born in Sialkot, British India (now in Pakistan), whose poetry in Urdu, Arabic and Persian is considered to be among the greatest of the modern era and whose vision of an independent state for the Muslims of British India was to inspire the creation of Pakistan. He is commonly referred to as Allama Iqbal, Allama meaning “Scholar”.)
Iqbal was a strong proponent of the political and spiritual revival of Islamic civilization across the world, but specifically in India; a series of famous lectures he delivered to this effect were published as The Reconstruction
of Religious Thought in Islam. One of the most prominent leaders of the All India Muslim League, Iqbal encouraged the creation of a “state in northwestern India for Indian Muslims” in his 1930 presidential address.
Iqbal encouraged and worked closely with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and he is known as Muffakir-e-Pakistan (“The thinker of Pakistan”), Shair-e-Mashriq (“The Poet of the East”), and Hakeem-ul-Ummat (“The Sage of Ummah”). He is officially recognized as the “national poet” in Pakistan.
Aims and Objectives of the Society:
- To foster an awareness of the importance of literature in general and Allama Iqbal’s works in particular.
- To encourage the study and appreciation of Iqbal’s work.
- To organise lectures, seminars, discussion groups, forums and other gatherings on literary topics.
- To promote excellence in the study of literature through providing awards and prizes at local educational institutions.
- To support societies and associations elsewhere which have similar objectives.
- To hold at least six Study Circle meetings in a year.
- To hold at least two functions in a year.
- To establish a library for research and academic activities for our members and general public.
- The membership of DISNA is and will remain open for anybody who likes to become a member. The conditions for membership are: (a) He or she possesses literary taste, (b) expected to write articles or books on various topics/problem of the society or (c) to help the Society financially. These are not rigid rules. We will welcome anybody who wants to be a member and would like to contribute in any way for the Society.