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125th death anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed has been observed

The passing of Sir Syed was seen as a tremendous intellectual loss, and editorials and obituaries were written in several worldwide publications. In an editorial from April 1889, The London Times expressed its profound sorrow at his passing: "India loses one who has been hailed as its most renowned Mohamedan since the death of the great Sir Salar Jung." Sir Syed has served as an intermediary between the Mohammedans of India and their rulers for about 50 years, notably after the Mutiny, as well as between them and the British people. He was always prepared to defend his fellow believers against literary assaults, and both our own columns and the editorials of some of the top magazines have attested to his knowledge and his dialectical prowess when defending his own people.

On March 27, The Aligarh Muslim University observed the death anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of this university. 

After Zuhar prayer, a Quran reading session was held at the University Jama Masjid, and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tariq Mansoor, lavishly honoured the founder by placing a floral chadar on his grave, which is located on the Masjid's grounds.

Prof Abdul Alim (Dean Students’ Welfare), Prof Mohd Wasim Ali (Proctor), Prof Tauqueer Alam ( Dean, Faculty of Theology), Prof Mohammad Habibullah (Chairman, Dept of Sunni Theology and Nazim-e-Deeniyaat), Prof Syed Tayyab Raza Naqvi (Chairman, Dept of Shia Theology), Dr Farooq Ahmad Dar (Provost, SS Hall South), Prof Mohammad Tariq (Provost, SS Hall North), Dr Shariq Aqeel (CMO In-charge, UHS), Dr Rahat Abrar (Associate MIC, PRO), Prof B D Khan (Principal, AK Tibbiya College), Prof M M Sufiyan Beg (Principal, Z H College of Engineering and Technology), Prof Zaki Anwar Siddiqui (MIC, Land and Garden) and other university officials participated in the proceedings with traditional solemnity.

Earlier, to mark the occasion, Dr Rahat Abrar, former Director, Urdu Academy, and former PRO, AMU presented his latest book “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan’s Writings on 1857 Revolt” to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor, in presence of senior journalist, Tariq Hasan and MIC, PRO, Prof Shafey Kidwai.

Dr Abrar’s book, published by Manak Publishers, New Delhi, carries a foreword by noted scholar, David Lelyveld, who held that “Dr Rahat Abrar has performed a significant service in bringing these texts together and offering his own interpretation from the point of view of present day India and challenges of a very different world”.

Prof A R Kidwai and Prof Shafey Kidwai have also contributed to the book in the form of short commentaries on the book.


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