The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre invited for the first Iqbal Day on 14 December 2017, commemorating the 140th birthday of poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. More than 80 guests attended the programme that included a lecture, recitations of poems and a musical performance.
The guests were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Mouhanad Khorchide, Head of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster, by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi, Deputy Head of the Centre and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Ameer Khurram Rathore. Professor Karimi spoke in his introductory words about Iqbal’s familiarity with the questions of Islamic Theology, Islamic mysticism and European literature and philosophy. Karimi recognized Iqbal as a worthy representative for successful dialogue between cultures and religion and one of the most authentic representatives of 20th century Islamic scholarship.
The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre, established in January 2017, will host this year the Iqbal Day to commemorate the birthday of the Muslim thinker Muhammad Iqbal who was born 140 years ago. This Iqbal Day will highlight the motif of the journey in Iqbal’s works.
Muhammad Iqbal often describes life as a journey to God. We all are travellers. Where does this journey of life lead us? It is the longing for God leading us to this journey that does not resemble any other journey. The journey is of existential and spiritual importance because this journey happens to ourselves whilst we exist – this is the way we travel. The spiritual momentum of this journey is about binding it to our heart.
The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre was officially opened by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi on 13 February 2017. The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre wants to establish a fundamental framework for the re-vitalisation of Iqbal Studies and the systematic research of Iqbal's works in Europe. It aims to support scholars and young researchers and sees itself as as a research network and think tank. The Muhammad Iqbal Research Centre is not only dedicated to Iqbal's work but strives to provide innovative impulses for Islamic thought.