Srinagar, Nov 9: The Kashmir University vice-chancellor, Prof Riyaz Punjabi on Monday called for understanding the message and philosophy of the noted poet and intellectual, Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal (RA), in true sense.
Addressing a two-day seminar on Iqbal-the intellectual, he said, "The Muslim world is facing several problems and issues at the moment. In a bid to address these issues, Iqbal's philosophy and message of love and brotherhood would always be relevant. But there is need to understand this message in its true sense."
Prof Punjabi, who presided over the seminar, said that Iqbal was the poet and intellectual par excellence.
"Though his medium of expression was poetry, Iqbal was an intellectual par excellence whether one sees him from as pure poetic angle or from the intellectual one. On both fronts, he did the job of conveying relevant and significant messages to humanity," the VC said.
The two-day seminar is being organised by the varsity's Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy (IICP) to mark the observance of Iqbal Day on November 9.
"We need to examine the impact of Iqbal's philosophy on our new generation. This generation is confronted with different problems. So we need to educate them about Iqbal's philosophy which reflects on our glorious past," Prof Punjabi said, while calling from accommodation of different schools of thought and views to face the contemporary challenges.
He said Iqbal taught the humanity how to find solutions to different challenges and problems within the framework of Islam.
The former KU vice-chancellor, Prof Hamidi Kashmiri, said that Iqbal became the voice of humanity because of his intellectual depth.
"This was true especially in the Eastern part of the world. Iqbal had a deep rooted love for people and Millat. Through his poetry, he spread the message of unity among Muslims," he said.
The KU Registrar, Prof S Fayyaz Ahmad, congratulated Iqbal Institute for organising the seminar on a vital theme. "However, Iqbal's research has to be made more relevant,' he said.
The director, IICP, Prof Bashir Ahmad Nehwi, dwelt at length about the Iqbal's philosophy and message. He gave a detailed account of the works of Iqbal, asserting that Iqbal was relevant for all times.
Senior faculty member IICP, Dr Taskeena Fazili presented the vote of thanks while Dr Syed Majeed Andrabi of Islamic University's department of Arabic conducted the proceedings.