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Film on Sir Syed — Ujale ki or

New Delhi: A film-based on Sir Syed’s life and services, “Ujale ki or” (Towards the light) and an exhibition entitled “Muslim education: New Challenges” were two modes of paying tribute to the visionary on his birth anniversary at a programme organised at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi.

Former Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar expressed surprise how Muslims can lag behind in education when the very first word of Qur’anic revelation exhorts them “to Read.” He was speaking as the chief guest. Welcoming the audience Sirajuddin Quraishi, President Islamic Cultural Centre, said that Allah had bestowed on Sir Syed the role of a torch to dispel darkness of ignorance from India. To provide solace to his soul we should take a decisive step and dedicate his birthday as a day for introspection, to assess how far have we proved ourselves worthy heir to his legacy. He emphatically held that AMU should be named as Sir Syed Ahmad University. Those who spoke on the occasion included. NCP leader Tarique Anwar, Wasim Rashid and Saudi Arabian ambassador in India, Faisal bin Kokab. The programme was presided over by advocate Wasi Ahmad Nomani.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 19

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