The Muslim contribution to Indian Freedom
A renowned Indian journalist, writer and regular columnist of The Hindustan Times, Khuswant Singh wrote:
“Indian Freedom is written on Muslim's blood, their participation in the freedom struggle is much more than their percentage of population”.
There are 95300 freedom fighters’ names written on India Gate, Delhi out of which 61945 are Muslims, implying that 65% freedom fighters are Muslims. Unfortunately, the sacrifices of Muslims in the freedom struggle does not find adequate mention or else it is purposely concealed!
Every Indian should know this;
In fact the first freedom struggle is led by Hyder Ali, and his son Tipu Sultan on 1780s and 1790s. Mysorean rockets were the first iron-cased rockets, successfully deployed for military use. Hyder Ali, and his son Tipu Sultan, used these rockets and cannons effectively against the British invaders during 1780s and 1790s.
Begum Hazrat Mahal; the unsung heroine of the first war of Independence shot herself the British ruler Sir.Henry Lawrence and defeated the British army in a decisive Battle at Chinhat on June 30 1857.
Moulavi Ahamadullah Shah is in the lead of organising the first freedom struggle.
Ashfaqulla Khan was hanged in a conspiracy case against the British Raj at the young age of 27.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a great Indian Islamic scholar and the a strong believer in unity in diversity lead the Indian National Congress during the Indian independence movement.
On Picketing of liquor shops struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi, 10 are Muslims out of 19 participants.
Last Mogul Emperor Badur Shah Zafar leads the first war of independence in 1857.
Rajiv Gandhi while visiting the Bahadur Shah’s grave: “Although you (Bahadur Shah) do not have land in India, you have it here, your name is alive… I pay homage to the memory of the symbol and rallying point of India’s first war of independence….”
M.K.M Ameer Hamza, donated multi million rupees for Indian National Army (INA). He also head the Azad library reading propaganda of INA and now is living poor in a rented house at Ramanadhapuram Tamil Nadu.
Memon Abdul Habeeb Yusuf Marfani donated almost his entire fortune of Rs 1 crore to the Indian National Army, a princely sum in those days by emptying his entire asset! to Netaji’s INA.
Shah Nawaz Khan was a soldier, politician, Chief officer and commander, in the Indian National Army (INA).
Netaji's ministry had 19 ministers 5 of them were Muslims Mother Beevimma; a Muslim lady donated over 30 lakhs rupees for Indian freedom struggle. Abul Kalam Azad, Jinnah and Nawab of Bihar are the three who had initially made the plan of receiving independence. how!
Suraiya Tayyabji (a Muslim lady) designed current Indian National Flag. No one used holy places in the war for freedom war except the Muslims. Muslims used the Masjid for freedom struggle; when Imam was addressing about Indian freedom in Hooly Masjid, United province, British Army shot all the Muslims in the Masjid;
Muslims ruled India for over 800 years; they didn't steel anything from India as British, Dutch, French did;
Muslims lived here, ruled, died and buried here. Their families and generations live here. They developed India giving it 25% GDPs with tons of knowledge in literature, Architecture, judicial and political structure, government body and management structure.
Tamil Nadu: Ismael Shaheb, Maruda Nayagam, fought against British for 7 continuous years and made the British a hell fear. We all know V.O.C (kapalotiya Tamilzhan) The first Sailor sailed aginst West Indian Company in Indian freedom war. How many of us know that Fakkir Muhammed Rawther, was the one who donated the ship!. When VOC was arrested; Muhammed Yaseen has been shot dead by British police in the demonstration to get the release of VOC. Tiruppur Kumaran (“Kodi kata kumaran”) who participated in the Indian independence movement; With Kumaran 7 other participants were arrested; all were Muslims, Abdul latheef, Akbar Ali, Mohideen Khan, Abdul Rahim, Vavu Shaheb, Abdul Lateef.
The story of Indian Muslims’ sacrifice is an endless depiction of undeniable facts.
In the present atmosphere of hatred and enmity these facts have to be publicised and this post must reach millions of Indians.
Pakistan has been listed among the next 11 countries that have a high potential of becoming one of the world’s largest economies in the 21st century.
السلام علیکم و رحمۃ اللہ و برکاتہ!
محمّد عبد الحمید
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