Iqbal Day (Urdu: یومِ اقبال, romanizedYōm-e Iqbāl) is the birthday of Muhammad Iqbal on 9 November. The day was a public holiday in all provinces and federal administrative areas of Pakistan until 2015.[1][2] The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Again restored public holiday in 2022. Iqbal, a poet and philosopher, was a great inspiration for the Pakistan Movement.[3]

Iqbal Day
یومِ اقبال
Official nameIqbal Day
Also calledیومِ ولادتِ محمد اقبال transliterated as Yōm-e Welādat-e Muḥammad Iqbāl
Observed by Pakistan
Date9 November

History of Muhammad Iqbal


Iqbal day is organized and celebrated on 9 November every year in all the provinces as a tribute to Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the "Poet of the East".[3][4] Iqbal was born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, within the Punjab Province of British India (now in Pakistan). He died on 21 April 1938 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. The Government of Pakistan has officially declared him the national poet.[5][6]

See also



  1. ^ "No public holiday on Iqbal Day in 'Naya Pakistan'". 7 November 2018.
  2. ^ "National Holiday November 9". 6 November 2010. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Seminar on Allama Iqbal held at Preston University". Preston.Edu.PK. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Literary symposium held on Iqbal Day in US". Geo.TV. 26 April 2011. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Allama Iqbal's 73rd death anniversary observed with reverence". Pakistan Today. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Iqbal". Iqbal Academy Pakistan. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2012.