Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Akhtar Haseeb today released the special ‘Iqbal Number’ of renowned Urdu monthly, Tahzeebul Akhlaq, in a ceremony held at the conference hall of KA Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies.
Addressing the function, Prof Akhtar Haseeb said, Tahzeebul Akhlaq must reach the young readers to make them familiar with the work of important thinkers and intellectuals who have immense contributions to Urdu literature and thought.
He pointed out that criticism and appreciation leads to a better study, evaluation, and interpretation of literary thoughts and philosophy for understanding the meanings of cultural phenomena, and the context in which they take shape.
Prof Haseeb urged the young generation to read teachings and philosophies of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Allama Iqbal and other thinkers and writers.
Briefing on the ‘Iqbal Number’, Prof AR Kidwai (Director, KA Nizami Centre for Quranic Studies) said that the special Tahzeebul Akhlaq issue has 24 articles on Iqbal’s philosophical poetry and different aspects of his literary works.
He added that the special issue has been dedicated to late Prof Asloob Ahmad Ansari, who wrote extensively on Allama Iqbal.
Former Editor of Tahzeebul Akhlaq, Prof Abul Kalam Qasmi spoke on how Prof T W Arnold, a British orientalist and historian of Islamic art, introduced Iqbal to the Western world.
Discussing, Iqbal’s book, ‘Israr-e-Khudi’, Prof Qasmi emphasised that Iqbal’s philosophy of ‘Khudi’ is about self-realisation.
“It will be wrong to judge Iqbal’s work with a prism of a particular jurisprudence as he was a creative writer who encouraged the youth for introspection,” he added.
Prof Abu Sufyan Islahi (Editor, Tahzeebul Akhlaq) said that Iqbal had a close intellectual and emotional bonding with Sir Syed and his vision.
Speaking on the connection of Iqbal with AMU, Prof Islahi said that Iqbal was an AMU Court member, who was also awarded the D Litt degree from the University.
Prof Obaid Ullah Fahad said that Iqbal was undoubtedly one of the greatest poets and philosophers, who participated in the intellectual and cultural reconstruction of the country and his contribution to Islamic thought and philosophy, will live forever.
Mr Jalaluddin extended the vote of thanks.