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Muslims can progress only through education: Nadwi

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Azamgarh: Stressing on the need to carry forward revolutionary efforts made by Muslims in the past, the Chairman of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi said the community could progress only through education.

Addressing an international seminar here on 29 November on the 100th foundation day of Darul Musannefeen Shibli Academy, Nadvi said education was the key to remove  the backwardness among the community.

The community could progress only through education and for that revolutionary efforts made earlier should be taken forward, he said.

Maulana Nadwi said the country is once again facing a situation similar to 1857. At that time Sir Syed and Shibli Nomani saw that Muslims and Islam are being defamed and Muslims are looked down upon as a backward community. They thought that only through education the community can progress. Hence they laid the foundation of revolutionary institutions like Aligarh Muslim University and Shibli Academy. Shibli, in particular, attracted personalities which brought change in the community and changed minds. Now since the country is facing a situation like 1857, their heritage should be expanded and the light of education.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2014 on page no. 11

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