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She was born in 1885 in a devoutly religious family of Rampur. Her father, Azmat Ali Khan, worked as a high official with Rampur State. She lost her mother at a very young age and was brought up in the care of paternal grandmother and paternal aunts. She received her primary education at home. Having a large and rich collection of religious books at home she helped herself achieve an extensive study of religion. In 1902, she got married when she was 17. She always remained appended her husband in every journey and attended every session of Khilafat Conference. She collected money for Satyagarah and Khilafat fund and bore expenses of Mahatma Gandhi’s travel to introduce him to public. In his speech in the Constituent Assembly, charge sheeting her husband, Malcolm Healey [Governor of UP] complained, ‘Even the women of his household collect donations and go on the rampage of inciting unrest.’

Delegates at Muslim League Governing Council’s Lahore session.

    Gandhiji, in his Young India of 29 November 1921, wrote a special article about her entitled ‘A Brave Woman’.  While her husband was languishing in jail, all of his affairs outside the jail were managed by his mother and his wife. For the welfare of women she established a Khadi Bhandar at Aligarh. In order to spread the message of freedom of the motherland she launched an Urdu daily Roznama Hind edited by her.  When Khawaja Abdul Majeed Saheb was arrested she took upon herself to supervise the tasks of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She also the establishment of Hameedia Girls School in Allahabad which till today She played important role in the general elections of 1946.  She also contested and won a seat in UP on Muslim League’s ticket un-opposed but, sadly, on 28 March 1947 only a few months before the country was liberated from the chains of slavery she departed from this world for her heavenly abode. Excerpted from Rizwan Lateef
Khan’s Article in Inquilab, 28 March  2015,
translated by Urdu Media Monitor.Com

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 september 2015 on page no. 22

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