Iqbal Day (2017)
14th December 2017
„To get the place of the Self is to live.”
Muhammad Iqbal (1877 – 1938)
Venue: Münster - Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus (foyer), Hüfferstraße 61, 48149 Münster
Admission: 3:30 p.m.
Programme: 4:00 p.m. until around 5:30 p.m.
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. This journey does not take place outside ourselves, in the other or in the foreign but in ourselves, within each of us. We do not leave ourselves alone if we hit the road. God is not to be found among the things. The inner journey demands mindfulness, renunciation and attitude to let the journey to God be a purification of one’s soul at the same time. Nothing could grasp this journey better than the prayer, elevating us to the outer limits, granting us peace. As Muhammad Iqbal says: Islam understands itself not as the end but as the beginning and the fulfilment of this journey that is essentially knowledge.
Programme: Opening address by H.E., the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Germany Mr. Jawhar Saleem, with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi and a recitation of Iqbalian poetry, musically accompanied by Berus Nezhad.