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Symposium on the Muslim role in the freedom struggle

New Delhi: The Delhi state unit of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat held a symposium on 26 January on the role of Muslims in the freedom struggle. The programme started with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an. Girls of Shaheen Public School sang the national song, “Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara” by Allama Iqbal. The symposium was chaired by Syed Faisal Ali, group editor of Rashtriya Sahara Urdu daily. He said that necessary ways and means should be adopted to inform the new generation about the sacrifices of Indian Muslims in the long battle for the liberation of the country. He said use of new information technology is necessary to reach the hearts and minds of the new generation. Masoom Moradabadi, editor of the Urdu daily Jadid Khabar offered a bird’s-eye view of the sacrifices of the Indian Muslims for the freedom of India.

Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, editor of the Milli Gazette, spoke on the life and times of the great freedom fighter Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan while AIMMM Delhi unit President Abdur Rasheed Agwan spoke about Begum Hazrat Mahal, Prof. Shafiq Ahmad Khan shed light on Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Firoz Bakht Ahmad spoke on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Dr. Zameer Beg spoke on the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mughees Ahmad Alig spoke on Maulana Fazle Haq Khairabadi and Ghayasul Islam shed light on the life and struggle of Tipu Sultan.

Speakers said that literature on the sacrifices of Muslim for the freedom of the country should be prepared in Hindi and English. Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan on the occasion announced that, Insha Allah, he will publish within the next 2-3 years a comprehensive account of the Muslim contribution to the freedom struggle. The organisers committed themselves to organise more such events on a wider scale in future. A large number of intellectuals from the area participated in the symposium.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2016 on page no. 13

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