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Unveiling the Palestine Movement: Jamiat Ulamai Hind’s Historic Struggle for Justice and Freedom

In a historic proclamation, Maulana Asad Madni, leader of Jamiat Ulamai Hind, shared the formation of the All India Palestine Committee. This committee was established in August 1967, to address the grave issue of the loss of the Holy Places, including Baitul Muqaddas, Palestine, and other Arab territories seized by Israel.

Jamiat Ulamai Hind played a significant role in the Indian Freedom struggle against British rule, stood firmly against the division of India and emphasized the importance of justice and the security of Arabia. The formation of this committee highlights the commitment of Jamiat Ulamai Hind to the cause of Arab victims of Israeli aggression and the freedom of Afro-Asian countries from imperialist control.

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Book Reviews

Sawaneh-i Dehli: Delving into Dehli’s Enigmatic Past by Mirza A. Akhtar Gorgani

The book was written, as Mirza Akhtar states in his preface, to make his sons aware of the events and trends in brief. The first chapter gives a history of Dehli. The author refers to Hindu hagiography like “Dilli Mahatam”, and reminds the readers that the old fort was earlier called Inderpat, reminiscent of Indraprastha of the hoary past. And from Pandavas he jumps to Anangpal Tomar and Prithviraj Chauhan. Interestingly Mirza Akhtar notes that many historians believed Prithviraj had built the first story of Qutub (Qutb) Minar.

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Historical Event

Interaction between a Christian missionary and Shah Abd al Aziz of Delhi:

The missionary asked if the Prophet Muhammad was the beloved prophet of God why did he not ask God to save his grandson Husayn and his children. The assassination of Husayn, he said it proved that the Prophet Muhammad was not beloved of God.

Shah Abd al Aziz replied that the Prophet did go to God for help, but God said that He could not help his grandson because he could not save HIS OWN SON from crucifixion. This reply silenced the missionary, and he paid the promised amount to Metcalfe.

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Historical Event

The first and only visit of Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya to the royal court of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq

As it turned out, the Qazi who had brazenly threatened Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya passed away suddenly just two weeks after. The Sultan, who was hand in glove with the ulemas in orchestrating the Sheikh’s humiliation, met a violent end only some months later. And the entire coterie of ulemas was dragged off to Daulatabad by the mercurial Muhammad bin Tughlaq in 1328. Most of them never returned to Delhi: A few died on the way, many more perished after reaching Daulatabad. The city of Delhi, too, lost its lustre: It turned into a ghost town when Muhammad bin Tughlaq decided to shift his capital, and though efforts were later made to rectify the damage done, the city never quite returned to its former glory.

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Amir Khan Pindari – An Unrecognized Genius

It was Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, who compelled the British Government at the peak of its power to remove the Black Hole Memorial-a stigma on the fair name of Nawab Siraj-ud Daula. Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan stand supreme among freedom-fighters-time and again they compelled British arms to surrender ignominiously.

When Ashfaqullah was asked to offer an apology to the British Government, he retorted sharply, ‘Let a Muslim also sacrifice his life for the country.’ Of such stuff were the brave souls who broke but would not bend made. In the military sphere, in modern India, there is one such person and his achievements require impartial and unbiased judgement. He is Nawab Amir Khan, the ruler of Tonk State in Rajasthan from A.D. 1817 to 1834. He is popularly known as Mir Khan or Amir Khan Pindari.

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