Beacon in the dark: Father of the two-nation theory remembered

Published: October 27, 2014
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"He helped Muslims realise that they were a separate nation and should not allow the British and the Hindus to subjugate them." PHOTO: APP

"He helped Muslims realise that they were a separate nation and should not allow the British and the Hindus to subjugate them." PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: Back when the Muslims of the subcontinent were being subjugated by the British, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan realised that they needed to remove the scales of ignorance from their eyes and keep up with the times, former federal minister Syed Safwanullah said on Saturday.

He was speaking at an event organised by the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA) to mark Sir Syed Day.

Safwanullah said Khan encouraged Muslims of that time to get modern education and compete with Hindus. “He helped Muslims realise that they were a separate nation and should not allow the British and the Hindus to subjugate them.”

Khan selected a group of bright individuals from all over the subcontinent and “polished them into diamonds.”  We must keep Khan’s legacy and work alive today for the coming generations to benefit for them, Safwanullah said.

Members of the AMUOBA delivered speeches to highlight Khan’s efforts and successes in reforming the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) chancellor Muhammad Adil Usman said Khan’s birthday fell on October 17, but the event had to be postponed due to unavoidable reasons.

“Khan’s Aligarh Movement spearheaded an era of enlightenment among Muslims and helped improve their economic conditions. He wanted the Muslims to establish a command over the sciences.”

The SSUET is proud of following in his footsteps, Usman said.

He spoke of various projects launched by the Aligarian including the Sir Syed Tower, the ZA Nizami Block and four new technologies.

Prof Waqar Ahmed Rizvi spoke on Khan’s efforts for the advancement of Muslims and his achievements in his life. “Sir Syed devoted his life to Muslims. He visited London so he could learn new ways to motivate Muslims. There he studied the journals Spectator and Tetlor and launched Tazheebul Akhlaq. He said Khan also inspired scholars like Allama Iqbal, Maulana Shibli Nomani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Jigar Moradabadi and Abdul Haleem Sharar.

SSUET students sang Israrul Haq Majaz’s, Ye Mera Chaman Hai Meraa Chaman, Main Apne Chaman Kaa Bulbul Hun, the Muslim University Aligarh’s anthem at the end of the event.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2014.

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  • Karachi Mirchi
    Oct 27, 2014 - 2:08AM

    Please do not start another lie. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had nothing to do with the two-nation theory. He was a proponent of education of the Muslims of India. Every sensible person knows that India was one nation and if you divide on the basis of religion you are bound to face what Pakistan is going through right now. At least the youth of Pakistan should shake away this fantasyland theory. Sooner you resolve this intellectual conflict the sooner you will start to solve your problems.

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  • Karachi Mirchi
    Oct 27, 2014 - 2:19AM

    In addition to my comment above, I have to add that it is hard to imagine such chicanery and falsehood expressed by seemingly charlatan pseudo-intellectuals in a gathering of ‘educated’ people. Very bad reflection on Pakistan and the condition of its’ educated class. If indeed “Khan also inspired scholars like Allama Iqbal, Maulana Shibli Nomani, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Jigar Moradabadi and Abdul Haleem Sharar” we know that at least three of them never approved of a separate nation, most prominently Azad, so what is the need of perpetuating this lie??? Chances of my comment getting printed in ET are slim to none but honesty and integrity requires that it be said.

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  • Oct 27, 2014 - 4:49PM

    Abdul Kalam Azad warned Muslims that a country formed exclusively for a religion will fall by its own weight. His prophecy drowned in the euphoria of birth of a Muslims (not Islamic) nation.

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