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Shaikhul Hind lecture in Jamia Millia

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“Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan (d. 1920) was a glorious symbol of India’s freedom movement. He was not only the distinguished founder of Jamia Millia Islamia, who laid the foundation stone of this important educational institution but he himself was a milestone in the field of religious and temporal or modern education.”

From right to left: Prof Zubair Ahmed Farooqi, Prof ZA Nizami, Prof Mushirul Hasan, Prof Akhtarul Wasey and Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan

From right to left: Prof Zubair Ahmed Farooqi, Prof ZA Nizami, Prof Mushirul Hasan, Prof Akhtarul Wasey and Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan

With these words MG editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan started his speech in Jamia Millia Islamia’s Edward Said Hall while delivering the first Shaikhul Hind Mahmood Hasan Memorial Lecture. He described in detail the pioneering role of the Indian Muslims in the history of the struggle for India’s freedom. While calling upon Muslims to learn a lesson from Shaikhul Hind’s life, he laid special emphasis on three things, i.e., it is essential for Indian Muslims to work whole-heartedly along with all our brethren for building and development of the country, acquisition of modern education along with religious education is essential and thirdly, we must avoid looking to foreign countries or forces for help in the progress and development of our community.

Prof Mushirul Hasan, vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, while emphasising the need for a detailed study of the history of the leaders of India’s freedom movement and keeping in mind the indelible imprint left by them, called upon the students and teachers of the institution to popularise the writings and thoughts of the builders of the community and country so that these could motivate the youth to follow in their footsteps.

Chief guest, Prof Zafar Ahmad Nizami, said that long before Mahatma Gandhi, Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan and his colleagues had started freedom movement activities, boycott of British goods, non-cooperation and Jihad against the British colonial power. Therefore, we should not lag behind our other countrymen in any field for the building and development of our country and community.

At the start of the meeting Prof Zubair Ahmad Farooqi, head of the department of Arabic, briefly spoke about the importance of the topic and important achievements of Shaikhul Hind. Prof Akhtarul Wasey, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Languages spoke on some of the important points relevant to the subject. 

The meeting, which was attended by the teachers and students of different educational institutions in large numbers, ended with thanks and complimentary statements of Prof Rafiul Imad Faynan.

JMI will hold the Shaikhul Hind Memorial lecture every year on some topic relevant to the Muslim community. «

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