The federal government has announced Thursday, November 9, as a national holiday in honor of Iqbal Day.
“November 9, Thursday, will be a public holiday across the country,” the Cabinet Division said on Friday.
To commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, November 9 is marked as “Iqbal Day” throughout the country. This year marks the 146th anniversary of his birth.
Dr. Iqbal was influential in persuading millions of Muslims throughout the subcontinent to seek an independent country where they could freely practice Islam.
The day will begin with special prayers at mosques for Pakistan’s success and prosperity.
Dr. Iqbal, renowned as the “Poet of the East” in Pakistan and elsewhere, was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.
Iqbal was a well-known poet and philosopher. He is recognized for creating poetry and using his political clout to advocate for the establishment of a separate nation for Muslims.
His speech at Allahabad in 1930 was a watershed point in pre-partition politics.
Allama Iqbal’s speech provided Muslims on the subcontinent with a clear direction and distinct identity in their pursuit of Pakistan.
A ceremony to change the guards will also be place at his mausoleum in Lahore.
However, the administration chose to revive it last year. Furthermore, the Iqbal Day holiday was previously established in the official list of public holidays for the year 2023, which was issued in December of last year.