ISLAMABAB, Nov 09, (APP): Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the National poet
and hero of Pakistan is equally famous among the poetic circles of diverse languages worldwide.
Allama Iqbal, a man of high intellect is widely acclaimed for his poetry not only in Pakistan but worldwide and won laurels by people of pen.
Iqbal’s work is acclaimed as his master pieces and is being taught as part of sayllabi of schools across the globe.
Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Manzoor-ul-Haq on the occasion of ‘Iqbal Day’ said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a man of International stature, according to a statement received here from Saudi Arabia.
Iqbal, the Ambassador said, was highly praised by late Egyptian
poet, Farouq Shousha.
The Ambassador, Manzoor-ul-Haq recalled that when he was posted as
Third Secretary in the Embassy of in Cairo (1988-89), he met Egyptian poet Farouq Shousha who spoke highly of Allama Iqbal.
Shousah said, Iqbal selected the most difficult theme of philosphy for the composition of his beautiful poetry, the Ambassador remarked.
The Ambassador said, “I had the good fortune of listening to Farouq
Shousha on many occasions. He (Shousha) had the charm to mesmerise his audience in such a way that they would just listen to him in pin drop silence; It was not only the wisdom of his thoughts and the selection of words but also his melodious voice and captivating style
of delivery that made him the focus of his audience, he added.
He was revered for pronouncing Arabic words in a correct manner.
Radio and TV Cairo benefitted from this nightingale that hailed from Dummyat, his birthplace, where the Nile brings the richest soil collected in its long journey of six thousand kilometres. Lughatunal Jamila (our beautiful language) was a programme introduced by Farouq Shousha on Radio Cairo that became one of the most popular Radio programmes not only in Egypt but also in the entire Arab world, Manzoor-ul-Haq stated.
It remained on air for three to four decades with its charm increasing every day. His TV show, Omsiya al thaqafia (cultural evening) was equally popular and widely watched in his country. It also remained on air for a long time. Farouq Shousha’s knowledge, wisdom, intense love for Arabic language and unique melodious style of uttering words made his radio and TV programmes extremely popular among the people of all ages, the Ambassador said.
The Ambassador said, “I found him (Shousha) a friendly and sociable
On completion of my tenure, I left Egypt on December 15, 1991. A day
before my departure, Farouq Shousha came to the hotel where I was staying and left some of his books at the reception for me. You must have been busy so I did not wish to disturb you, he told me later. This is just one of the examples showing his thoughtfulness and consideration towards friends, he stated.
Paying tributes to Farouq Shausha, Manzoor-ul-Haq said, “I can describe his poetry as sweet as his speech and charming as his
personality. The selection of words, thoughts and topics and composing them into beautiful poetry was the art in which Farouq Shousha excelled. His verse was extremely alluring, sweet and attractive. He expressed feelings of love and emotions in a decent and dignified manner. He chose topics relevant to the ordinary man and his struggle in life. In addition to that, the love for his motherland is a characteristic feature of his poetry and writings.
He was a great poet, full of wisdom, charm and attraction.”