Iqbal Academy Pakistan announced the results of All Pakistan Kalam e Iqbal recitation competition on Thursday, September 24, 2020. In this regard, a grand ceremony was held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Lahore. The ceremony was presided over by Prof. Dr. Najib Jamal. Ms. Nureed Fatima (Research Scholar) was also present as guest of honor. Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen expressed her gratitude while Haroon Akram Gill hosted the event. The ceremony began with the recitation of the Holy Quran. Mr. Syed Muhammad Masood Alam enlightened the hearts of the audience with the recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Zafar Abbas Jafari presented Na’at Rasool Maqbool (PBUH).
Prof. Dr. Najeeb Jamal announced the names of the students who have secured the positions. Hoorain Qaiser, a 4th class student of Pak Turk Ma’arif school, Lahore won the competition whereas Bahria school and College student Syed Mohammad Waqib secured second position. Haniya Naqvi of L2L Academy, Karachi secured third position. Iman Rashid of NS Model Girls High School, Lahore stood fourth and Mahnoor Fatima of Lahore Grammar School came fifth.
In the second category consisting of 6th to 10th class students, Army Public School Westridge 3, Rawalpindi student Muhammad Hamza Iqbal won the first position, Bahria School and College, Lahore student Syeda Fatima won the second position, PAEC Model College Islamabad student Musifrah Shakeel bagged third position. Army Public School and College Jarar Garrison, Rawalpindi student Muhammad Hassaan Akbar bagged fourth position while Army Public School and College Jarar Garrison Rawalpindi's Zahra Fatima Iram and DPS Model Town, Lahore's Abdullah Safdar shared 5th spot. Two brothers Binyamin Zubair Baloch and Mudassir Zubair Baloch from Noshki Baluchistan were declared the recipients of special prize for amazing performance.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the function, Prof. Dr. Najeeb Jamal said that if you can speak your language properly, you can speak any language of the world. He said that Iqbal's thought created impact wherever it went in the world. "Javed Namah" a poem by Allama Iqbal which mentions the journey to the heavens, there are many universal poems on this subject in the world. Among them are Dante's Divine Comedy and Milton's Paradise Lost. But Iqbal is different in the way that he does not show any prejudice. He praises everyone above these things. This is the perfection of a great poet. Iqbal is a poet of human thought, human relations, society, politics, science, philosophy and in the true sense of neo-history. Iqbal's poetry is our identity as a nation and there is no other example like Iqbal.
Director Iqbal Academy Prof. Dr. Baseera Ambreen said that the Academy is working on making new generation understand Iqbal in a better way. She said that Shaheen's metaphor should be popularized among the younger generation to create interest in Iqbal. Children and young people are a constant part of our plans. He said that Shaheen is not just a poetic metaphor but has all the characteristics of divinity and Iqbal advises the youth keeping these qualities of Shaheen in mind. She said that when you keep your goals high, you become successful.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Nureed Fatima, the judge of the competition said that while compiling the results of these competitions, it has come to light that children need to be helped to choose Kalam Iqbal. He said that our national language is Urdu but it seems that we are moving away from the correct pronunciation of Urdu. There is a need to popularize Iqbal's teachings as well as correct the pronunciation of the new generation with the help of Iqbal's words. The children present on the occasion recited Kalam e Iqbal with pronunciation. Zafar Abbas Jafari recited Kalam Iqbal Taranum.