LAHORE: Former Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice (R) Javed Iqbal breathed his last on Saturday, two days before his 91st birthday.
An research conducted by the “Jang Group and Geo Television Network” about Dr. Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s family life and his blood relatives shows that the late a former senator and an ex-chief justice Lahore High Court, Javed Iqbal, was one of his four children from his three wives.
Two of Iqbal’s sons had died during childbirths in 1901 and 1924.
Apart from the late Javed Iqbal, the Poet of the East had three other children: Miraj Bibi (born 1895-1915), Aftab Iqbal (1899-1979) and Muneera Bano (born on August 30, 1930, she was married to a seasoned Lahore politician Mian Salahuddin and is the mother of an eminent politician-cum-socialite Yousaf Salahuddin, artist Asad Salahuddin and a textile mill owner Iqbal Salahuddin).
According to Kunwar Zafar Iqbal’s thesis “Iqbal and James Ward” and Rasheeda Begum, Iqbal’s daughter-in-law and wife of his eldest son Barrister Aftab Iqbal, the Poet of the East’s three wives included Karim Bibi (mother of Barrister Aftab Iqbal and Miraj Bibi. Daughter of Khan Bahadur Ata Mohammed Khan, a civil surgeon of Gujrat, she had died on February 28, 1946 or 1947 at the age of 72 or 73 and was buried at Meraj Din Graveyard in Lahore), Mukhtar Begum who died on October 21, 1924 along with her new-born son at the time of delivery. Iqbal had married her in 1913 or 1914. She was buried in a Ludhiana graveyard) and Sardar Begum (the mother of Justice Javed Iqbal and Munnera Bano. She had died on May 23, 1935 at the age of just 37 only and was buried at Bibi Pak Daman Graveyard of Lahore. Sardar Begum had married Iqbal in 1914).
Rasheeda Begum’s book titled “Allama Iqbal Aur Unkay Farzand-i-Akbar Aftab Iqbal,” roughly translated as “Allama Iqbal and his eldest son Aftab Iqbal,” states that the name of Iqbal’s sister was also Karim Bibi, who had died on July 4, 1958, and was laid to rest at the Kashmirian Graveyard of Sialkot.
Interestingly, different historians have listed different dates of Iqbal’s first marriage with Karim Bibi. Some say the marital knot was tied on May 4, 1893, others claim the year of marriage of 1892.
Research further shows that Karim Bibi had one elder brother and four younger sisters, one of whom was the mother of celebrated music genius Khawaja Khursheed Anwar.
In her afore-mentioned book, Begum Rasheeda Aftab Iqbal has also given details of the last resting places of many of Allama Iqbal’s family members.
Her husband Aftab Iqbal, Allama Iqbal’s first son (1899-August 13, 1979), was laid to rest at the Sakhi Hassan Graveyard of Karachi.
Waqar Iqbal (son of Aftab Iqbal) had died on December 22, 1988 and was also buried at the Sakhi Hassan Graveyard of Karachi.
According to her, Noor Muhammad (father of Allama Iqbal) died on Aug 17, 1930 and was laid to rest at Imam Sahib Graveyard, Sialkot.
Imam Bibi, the mother of Allama Iqbal, had died on November 9, 1914 (Iqbal’s 37th birthday) and was buried at Imam Sahib Graveyard, Sialkot.
Shaikh Muhammad Rafiq (the grandfather of Allama Iqbal) was buried at Ropar graveyard of India, Taleb Bibi (one of Allama Iqbal’s sisters) had died on July 31, 1902 and was laid to rest at Kashmirian Graveyard of Sialkot.
Shaikh Ata Muhammad, elder brother of Allama Iqbal, had died on December 22, 1940. He was buried at Kashmirian Graveyard, Sialkot. Shabnam (Allama Iqbal’s granddaughter) had died on September 5, 1945. She was buried at Meraj Din graveyard of Sialkot.
Similarly, Akbari Begum (Iqbal’s niece) had died in 1948. She was buried at a Quetta graveyard.
Shaikh Imtiaz Ahmad, one of Iqbal’s nephews, had died on December 30, 1946, and was buried in Bahrain.
Shaikh Noor Ahmad (one of Iqbal’s nephews) had died in 1949. He was buried at Kashmirian Graveyard, Sialkot.
Shaikh Zahoor Ahmad (another of Iqbal’s nephews) had died on August 22, 1954, and was buried at the Kashmirian Graveyard, Sialkot.
Shaikh Khurshid Ahmad (Iqbal’s nephew) had died on August 25, 1954. He is buried at Kashmirian graveyard, Sialkot.