New Delhi: The country’s leading student and youth organization Muslim Students Organization of India (MSO) on Sunday organized a webinar on the theme of ‘Muslim’s contribution to the freedom movement’ on the occasion of Independence Day. In which the chairman of Darul kalam Delhi, Allama Akhtar Yasin Misbahi and Jamia Millia Islamia research scholar Ashraful Kausar Misbahi joined the online as keynote speakers. Apart from this, students, teachers and clerics (Ulemas) from all over the country also participated.
Inaugurating the webinar, Jamia’s Scholar Ashraful Kausar Misbahi gave important information about the period of ‘independence movement’ of the country. He told that the freedom movement in Urdu history is in two parts. The first part is of war of independence which is associated with the war of 1857. So the second part is Tehreek-e-Azadi (2nd part of Independence movement).
He said that the first part of freedom has been fought by shedding blood. At the same time, Tehreek-e-Azadi has been fought with sweat. The contribution of Muslims in both is important. Muslims not only sweated but also shed their blood to liberate the country. He expressed sorrow over the unilateral rejection of Muslims from the history of the independence movement. He said that without Muslims, the quote of freedom movement is incomplete.
At the same time, Allama Akhtar Yasin Misbahi, while addressing the students, teachers and clerics(Ulema) belonging to different parts of the country, said that the 1857 war against the British was a declaration of independence from the Muslims about which National archives Delhi and National archives of Pakistan is lying full. He told that more than one and a half lakh pages are written about independence. Those who have not been touched yet.
He said, it is from this that the contribution of Muslims in the freedom movement can be gauged. Allama said that Muslims started a war against the British in 1764 itself. This was started by Nawab Jung Siraj-ud-daula. After which in 1774, 1799, other Nawabs also fought with the British. In which Tipu Sultan’s name is prominent.
He said, the beginning of the war of 1857 started with the occupation of Muslims in Awadh in 1854 which finally ended by reaching Delhi where the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was made the emperor of Hindustan. However, on May 10, 1857, troops revolted in Meerut over cartridges. The next day they reached Delhi. This intense freedom lasted for four and a half months. During this time, the Muslim rule was also established in Shahjahanpur which was named as Riyasat e Muhammadi. The prominent Ulema of the war of independence include Hazrat Shah Abdul Aziz Dehalvi, Allama Fazle Haq Kherabadi, Maulana Abdul Shah Madrasi, Mufti Inamullah, Maulana Abdul Subhani, etc.
Highlighting the other part of the freedom movement i.e. Tehreek-e-Azadi, Allama Misbahi said that except Kakori, Jallianwala Bagh and Chauri Chaura incident, there is no splatter of blood in Tehreek-e-Azadi. This Tehreek has been fought only by sweating. The main characters of which were Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Maulana Firangi Mahli, Maulana Johar, Maulana Shaukat. He said that the way the contribution of Muslims in the freedom movement has been forgotten today is not just ungrateful but also treacherous. He said that today people who are asking Muslims for proof of nationalism and patriotism should know that their father and grandfather were homesick during the movement of independence. He said that Muslims should bring their history to the country and the world.
Our upcoming generations should be able to cite this history. With this, the history of independence written in Urdu, Arabic and Persian should be translated into Hindi, English and other languages. These translations should also be made available online. Finally, MSO President Shujaat Ali Qadri thanked all those who joined the webinar including Allama Akhtar Yasin Misbahi and Ashraful Kausar Misbahi.