Sir Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), known as Iqbal, the poet-philosopher of the East is unique in his philosophy of human values, particularly in his thought about the Self, Love and Existentialism. On these aspects he is very much similar to the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Iqbal Day is observed during the month of November in many countries of the world including Denmark. This year Iqbal Academy Scandinavia managed to host two Iqbal Day functions in Denmark; one was arranged in Taastrup on 25th. November and the other on 26th. November at Hotel Admiral in Copenhagen.
We had invited Mr. Muhammad Suheyl Umar, the Director Iqbal Academy Pakistan and Dr. Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, the Director Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre. Both of them acceded to our request and graced our functions. On the session of 25th. Mr. Suheyl Umar delivered his thought in extremely beautiful and effective way and exactly what was the need of the day, i.e. “Love thy neighbour”. Søren Kierkegaard’s thought provoking deliberation on the Self, for developing the Self the presence of love and “Transparency of heart” was highlighted by Ghulam Sabir, the writer of “Kierkegaard and Iqbal”.
A sober literary and philosophical atmosphere prevailed all over during the session of 26th. November at Hotel Admiral, as besides Mr. Suheyl Umar, two other highly learned persons Dr. Cappelørn and Flemming Chr. Nielsen (a well known Danish writer and Journalist) also participated. Nearly all the audience in this session were highly educated persons, who really enjoyed and gained from the speeches of Dr. Cappelørn and Mr. Suheyl Umar. Both these great persons had also fully enjoyed particularly when after the final speech of Dr. Cappelørn there was somewhat shower of intelligent questions from the audience, which were beautifully replied by Dr. Cappelørn and Mr. Suheyl Umar.
As a whole both the sessions remained quite entertaining and educating.