Shaikhul Hind Medical College inaugurated

Saharanpur: A medical college named after the stalwart of the freedom movement, Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan, was inaugurated jointly by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party’s President Mulayam Singh and President of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind Maulana Arshad Madni here on 11 February by pressing the electronic button. On this occasion Maulana Mahmood Hasan’s grandson Reyaz Mahmood was also present. Before the inauguration the chief minister inspected different departments of the Medical College and directed the Principal of the Medical College Dr (Mrs) Aneja to pay full attention to the College and bring fame to it. After the inauguration Maulana Madni led a prayer for the success of the College. Many other distinguished personalities including ministers Azam Khan and Aashoo Malik, chief of UP’s JUH Maulana Ash’had Rashidi and others were also present. After the inaugural function, Maulana Madni accompanied by Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav went by helicopter to Samajwadi Party’s ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao’ rally nearby. Speaking in this rally Maulana Madni said that “our Muftis, Ulama and leaders issued the fatwa of Jihad against the British rulers at a time when speaking any thing against the British rulers was not allowed.” He said that Congress came much later, after about 80 years, on the scene in the struggle for India’s freedom along with Hindus and Muslims.

He said that people who are not aware of the history of Muslims role in the country’s freedom struggle should first learn about it. He regretted that Ulama and religious leaders who laid down their lives for the country’s freedom and Muslims who under their leadership fought valiantly against the British have been ignored. Praising Mulayam Singh he said that when the proposal to name this Medical College after Shaikhul Hind for his contribution to the freedom’s struggle was suggested, he immediately agreed to it. He also lavishly praised Aashoo Malik for his role in this work. He said that Maulana Mahmood Hasan’s personality is in no way exalted by naming any college or university after him. Rather, truly speaking, by naming this College after him, the honour and prestige of the Medical College itself is increased. Without mentioning RSS and Narendra Modi by name, Maulana Madni said that some people are working to disintegrate the country but it is a matter of satisfaction and happiness that the majority of countrymen and Mulsims and others are working for the integrity and progress of the country. He also spoke in detail about the life and service of Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan who played a stellar role in the freedom struggle of the country.

Akhilesh Yadav, speaking in this rally, named three persons i.e. Mulayam Singh Yadav, for familiarising the people with the valuable services of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Maulana Arshad Madni who spoke in detail about the services and sacrifices of Shaikhul Hind and advised the government to do such work in his memory which people may remember for centuries and Muhammad Azam Khan who, by setting up Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar Univesrity, kept his memory alive, about whom Jawaharlal Nehru had said that had there been no Ali Brothers, this country would not have become independent so soon.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2014 on page no. 7

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