Celebrating pakistani poets in schools

Maryam Saleem 02:30 PM | 28 Dec, 2022
Celebrating pakistani poets in schools

Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua Ban Ke Tamanna Meri

Zindagi Sham’a Ki Surat Ho Khudaya Meri

This poem has been celebrated for years in Pakistan. Schools have played these verses countless times in the morning assemblies; yet, they’ve failed to embed the message of these verses in students’ life. The prayer in these verses has failed to find its way into our ways. The promise students had made to themselves of becoming a sparkling light whose sparkle would remove the darkness of the world, and of becoming the pride of a nation whose presence would be like a presence of flower in a garden remained nothing but an unfulfilled fantasy. 

Certainly, the true spirit behind this poem has been lost somewhere. What the poets of Pakistan expected from this country has lost its real track. Our wire is being plugged into the wrong socket; therefore, we are unable to find our way through education. Our system of education is still influenced by Lord Macaulay who wanted to make us caged in slavery. We each year celebrate the Iqbal day for enjoyment. Students memorize a few poems and speeches to deliver at the school event. They participate in quizzes to answer questions like the birth date of Iqbal, the education of Iqbal, and the names of the books of Iqbal. Is this the sparkling light Iqbal wanted from his Shaheen? Weren’t we supposed to understand the essence of Iqbal’s poetry instead of memorizing it for an event?

Hence, Iqbal is the one who gives sense to the insensible. His poetry is like a flower blooming in the infertile desert. It is the light for the blind to see in the darkness and seek wisdom. Our teachers were meant to evoke such feelings and emotions in the students through the poetry of Iqbal. They should have made Iqbal’s poetry a tool to uplift society. Iqbal’s Asraar-e-Khudi should have been taught in the schools to enlighten the ideas of the students, to guide students to the path of self-actualization, and to spread the themes of love, truth, justice, freedom, and brotherhood among the students. That’s how the students could have rightly said that:

Elevate yourself to such heights that before every decree, 

God himself may ask his slave, 

“Tell! What doeth thou will?”

Though, Iqbal wanted the students to be “Mard-e-Momin”; the one who is not concerned about the world and its glamour; but the one who searches for higher values. Our education system should’ve not produced the literate uneducated but the literate educated, who have a heart with feeling and a life with emotions. Thus, Iqbal says that;

Seek from God also a Seeing Heart,

Eye Vision is not Always Heartful

We therefore should move forward from the tradition of reciting poetries in School functions; rather, we should teach students to apply the knowledge, construct the knowledge, and then evaluate the constructed knowledge through poetry. We work a lot on the logical brain of the students; we teach them all the calculations, physic, and math. But, if we consider diving deep down into reality, we could see that the world’s leading professionals work on the imaginative side of the brain. They use the imaginative brain for creation and innovation. Therefore, we should also move ahead of the culture of rote memorization of facts and ideas, instead; we should start experiencing the real world of Iqbal’s poetry. And, the seeds of nobility that Iqbal plants in the heart of others through his poetry. Iqbal teaches the true concept of life, the message of struggle, the greatness of knowledge, the knowledge of God, the love of the Messenger (Peace Be Upon Him), the right to leadership and freedom, the establishment of self-confidence, the competition with the inner self, and the domination of Islam through his poetry. All of Iqbal’s words should be given the right importance if we want to achieve something as a country. If we want to give back to our country, more scientists, more writers, and more philosophers, we must read Iqbal.

Thus, the words of Iqbal should be celebrated; these words should not only be repeated by tongue but; should become the practical reality of a student’s life. Iqbal’s message behind his famous Asrar-i-Khudi, Bang-e-Dara, and Zarb-e-Kaleem should be practiced and applied. When Iqbal’s poetry will be taught in its true manner it will likely develop the qualities of courage, tolerance, superiority, creativity, originality, free will, resourcefulness, dominance, self-control, self-confidence, and patriotism in the students. It will surely make the students succeed, grow, and develop. Thus, Hakeem-ul-Ummat Allama Muhammad Iqbal rightly said, 

The Mysteries Which Schools Hid from You;

Try to Find Them in the Solitude of Hills and Desserts

The writer is the prospective teacher in the Teacher Education Department of the University of Karachi

Maryam Saleem
Maryam Saleem

Maryam Saleem is a prospective teacher in the Teacher Education Department of the University of Karachi


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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