January 22, 2022

Historical significance of Javed Manzil

The first thing that catches your attention is the statue of Allama Iqbal standing on a platform in the lawn outside.

This is the story of 1977 when Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s centenary was being celebrated in Pakistan. On this occasion, the Government of Pakistan handed over Iqbal Manzil to Sialkot, Iqbal’s residence on McLeod Road and Javed Manzil on Allama Iqbal Road in Lahore. I thought I’d save it. All three buildings were purchased and repaired into museums.
The museum was inaugurated by then-President Zia-ul-Haq.
In May 1935, Allama Iqbal, the poet of the East, and his family moved from the McLeod Road mansion to Javed Manzil, which was built by his elder brother Sheikh Ata Muhammad under his supervision.
۔ Sardar Befam died in the same house in 1935 and this house was also built by him on his wish.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mother of the Nation Fatima Jinnah also visited him in the same house. It was a sign of love for this house that he did not leave it until his death in 1938.
Allama Iqbal named this beautiful house after his son Javed after his last life and today Javed Manzil of the same seven kanals is known as “Allama Iqbal Museum”.

The Government of Japan has taken a positive step in this regard by providing a large amount of money from the Japan Cultural Fund for the Iqbal Museum for the display of showcases and air conditioners as well as related equipment and other matters. After the museum was completed, it was handed over to the Department of Archeology, Government of Pakistan, which is still in its custody.

The first thing that catches your attention is the statue of Allama Iqbal standing on a platform in the lawn outside.

The simple and charming white building, Iqbal Museum, consists of 9 galleries. The museum houses many of Allama’s items, which were donated to the museum by his son Javed Iqbal. These items include Iqbal’s passport, signature seal, visiting card wallet, bank book, spectacles, buttons, rings, cuff links, ashtrays, turban, shirt, shoes, coat, towels, sticks, ties, collars, gloves, Hats, lingerie, advocate coats, Jinnah caps, warm suits that were sewn from London’s Regent Street.
Pashmina Sherwani, Hyderabad Carpets, pens, drafts, letters, documents, passports, degrees obtained by you and certificates, photographs, gold watch and many other items sent by the Prime Minister of Hyderabad Deccan Maharaja Sarkarshan Prasad.

One room also houses models of important buildings related to Iqbal, including Scotch Mission High School Sialkot, Iqbal Manzil Sialkot and Government College Lahore.

The house has three rooms, one of which is a living room where Iqbal’s bed, bookcase, kerosene lamp, shaving equipment and medicines are kept.

The other room is the drawing room with sofas, chairs and pictures of Iqbal.
The last room is the dining room with a large dining table, chairs, dressing table, utensils and beautiful porcelain and metal utensils that you used.

The museum has been in good condition since its renovation in 2015, and its sanitation system is commendable. Undoubtedly, the Archaeological Department is fulfilling its responsibility in an efficient manner.
In 1977, the government of Pakistan declared it a national heritage site.