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Muslim rulers subservient to western powers

New Delhi: Prof. Ahmad Alqadi,  President of the Department of Urdu in Cairo's Jamia (University) Al Azhar who is also the president of India-Egypt Friendship Association and who was recently in Delhi said that our rulers in Arab countries are subservient to America and its European allies in order to protect their throne and to keep themselves in power. He said that conspiracies of western powers are at work behind all that is happening in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

About the recent revolution in Egypt he said that it was because of the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak and his government which had suppressed people's wishes and aspirations but the youth of that country consolidated and united themselves through the internet. He said that Hosni Mubarak and his government had not the least idea that such an organised and large scale revolution against him could take place.

About Urdu he said that in addition to Jamia Al Azhar, Urdu is taught in four other universities of Egypt and in Al Azhar there is a separate department of Urdu and in other universities Urdu is being taught as an eastern or an east Asian language. He said that in Al Azhar there are more than 100 students of Urdu at present.

In reply to a question about himself he said that he has done PhD with Urdu and though he himself is not a poet, he is translating Arabic poetry in Urdu and has also translated many Urdu books into Arabic like Shibli No'mani's Siratun Nabi, Syed Sulaiman Nadwi's Arab aur Hindustan ke Ta'alluqaat and Mufti Ataullah Qasmi's Dehli ki Taarikhi Masjid. He also said that he is an admirer of Ghalib and that people in Egypt are interested in Urdu.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 21

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