Tomb of Allama Iqbal

mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan

The Tomb of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, or Mazaar-e-Iqbal (Urdu: مزار اقبال) is a mausoleum located within the Hazuri Bagh of the Courtyard of the Badshahi Mosque, in the Pakistani city of Lahore, capital of Punjab province. It is said that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk sent earth collected from Maulana Rumi's tomb to be sprinkled on this grave[1]

Muhammad Iqbal’s Tomb, National poet of Pakistan.

Architecture change

The architecture has a combination of styles however it reflects mainly the Islamic Mughal style. Six couplets of a ghazal are carved from Iqbal's poetical work Zabur-e-Ajam (Persian Psalms) on the mausoleum's interior surfaces.[2] Outside, there is a small garden, distributed into small plots. The mausoleum was designed by Hyderabad Deccan's then Chief Architect, Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur and took thirteen years to build at a cost of about one hundred thousand (Rs. 100,000) Pakistani rupees. The major reason for delay was the stoppage of red-stone from Jaipur in post-Independent India.[1]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iqbal’s final resting place Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine, Amna Nasir Jamal, 20 April 2002, Dawn
  2. Annemarie Schimmel, Islam in the Indian Subcontinent (Handbuch Der Orientalistik), Brill. 1980. ISBN 978-90-04-06117-0