Historical place

The Iqbal Museum, a historic place attracting visitors on Independence Day


LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Aug 12, 2020): The Iqbal Museum was specially decorated with a national flag and buntings on the eve of Pakistan’s Independence Day, to be observed on Friday.

The museum was previously called Javed Manzil, where the poet, philosopher and national thinker Allama Muhammad Iqbal breathed his last on April 21, 1938.

This scribe spoke to renowned Iqbal studies expert Mr. Ilyas Khokhar on Wednesday about this museum and said that this residence was built by Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and that he named it Javed Manzil after of his youngest son Javed Iqbal.

He said Javed Manzil was later turned into the Iqbal Museum where personal effects and handwritten manuscripts and many other items of Allama Iqbal’s daily use were kept.

Ilyas said that Allama Iqbal bought a 7-channel plot in 1934 from Mauza Garhi Shahu on behalf of Javed Iqbal and that the house was built and completed at a cost of Rs 42,025. Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal moved into his new home in May 1935, he said.

While living in Javed Manzil for a few years, Dr Iqbal received many illustrious visitors, including Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah in 1936, and Hindu leader Pandit Jawahir Lal Nehru who was also a great admirer of the great poet and thinker, the expert informed.

He said former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto formed a National Committee for the Birth Centenary Celebrations to officially confirm the date of birth of Allama Iqbal who had suggested that the federal government should buy Javed Manzil and transform him. in a museum where all the personal effects of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal are preserved and displayed for posterity.

The Allama Iqbal Museum was officially opened on December 2, 1977 by the then Chief of Staff of the Army / President General Muhammad Ziaul Haq.

Javed Manzil was taken over by the federal government in December 1977 and turned into the Iqbal Museum which was renovated by Japanese engineers who had specially visited Lahore for this purpose at the invitation of the federal government, Ilyas said.

It is relevant to mention here that all the personal effects, dresses, handwritten manuscripts in Urdu, Persian and letters of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal were exhibited in the museum.


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