Professor Latif Hussain S Kazmi, while delivering a lecture on “The Relevance of Iqbāl’s Reconstruction of Islamic Thought in Our Times”, emphasized that Allamah Iqbāl’s poetico-philosophical thoughts hold relevance in today’s world, significantly to understand the true spirit of Islam and its universal message for humanity at large. He pointed out that Iqbāl studied both the Eastern and Western literature and then developed his thought system by imbibing and encouraging the Philosophico-scientific spirit while keeping in view the deep spiritualistic tradition of Islam.
Professor Kazmi further said that having a sensitive mind, Allamah Iqbāl did not remain a mere passive observer of the situations that occurred throughout his life. The severe after-effects of the revolt of 1857, for example, left painful effects on his mind and thus he was much impressed by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. He informed that like Sir Syed, Iqbāl also tried to analyse the causes of the economic, educational, socio-political back-wardress and religious confusions of Indians, particularly Muslim, and came to the conclusion that the cure of the ills prevailing in the Muslim society lay in adhering to the Islamic moral and spiritual ideals and reconstructing and reinterpreting the basic Islamic beliefs, concepts and values. Dr Kazmi said that Iqbal advocated that only rational and scientific approach to various aspects of human life could bring a radical change and lead towards progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.
Professor Kazmi also brought out Iqbāl’s emphasis on inseparability of religion from politics and other spheres of human endeavours. He threw light on his humanistic vision, his emphasis on universal love and service to humankind in the light of the Holy Qur’an and the tradition of the Prophet.