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Maulana Shaukat Ali – A great freedom fighter

Maulana Shaukat Ali, a freedom fighter was born on March 10, 1873 in erstwhile Rampur state, now a district of Uttar Pradesh who proactively participated in the Khilafat Movement along with his younger brother Mohammad Ali Jouhar, another renowned leader. He was educated from Aligarh Muslim University, besides served in …

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International Women’s Day : Empowerment of Women in India

International Women’s Day (March 8) commemorating social, economic, cultural achievements and struggle for liberation and gender parity is more relevant for Indian women fast emerging to play leading roles in every walk of life. In fact, the day, marking women’s struggle for equality does not belong to a feminist or …

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Colonel Mahboob Ahmad: The Hero of Indian National Army

Colonel Ahmad, who played an important role in INA for the emancipation of motherland and left his powerful imprint in history of the Independence Movement, was born on March 19, 1920 at Patna, Bihar. He joined Imperial Army in 1939 as a Captain, after education at IMA, Dehradun and later …

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Hindustaniyat and Kashmiriyat are synonymous

Hindustaniyat, the essence of Indian culture has tradition and heritage, blending mysticism both from Hinduism and Sufi Islam. Islam, reached in India since the time of Prophet Muhammad itself, subsequently transformed into an assimilative multi-faith entity which still pervades in the ‘inner being’ of the people of this country, besides …

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Faiz Khan: The ‘Cow Protection’ Campaigner

Allaying the notion, protecting cow as a Hindu religious icon, Faiz Khan, a practicing Muslim Raipur, Chattishgarh, has been campaigning for protection of cow progeny as his life’s goal as well as to strengthen communal harmony. He, being committed to inclusive utility of cow, since his childhood, left the job …

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Muslim youths serving Kumbh pilgrims

As an epitome of religious assimilation and ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehjeeb’, a group of Muslim youths is providing selfless services to Kumbh visitors like: quenching the thirst of Kumbh devotees through Sharbat/drinking water, setting Bhandaras to feed them, guiding them to the desired locations etc. The people participating in Kumbh have been …

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Radical/extreme fatwas dent core values of Islam

Some fatwas either misinterpreting the scripture for vested interests or advocating ‘Jihad/Islamomania’ sync leading to terrorism/extremism are self-destructive for the Islam/community, besides providing opportunities for distorted portrayal of the religion, as ‘Jahaliya’ and ‘violent’. Often, these fatwas with religious radicalism create false notions to incite hatred towards non-Muslims, thus spurious …

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India: Preceptor of Global peace and brotherhood

India with its rich spiritual wisdom and heritage of interfaith harmony has remained committed to peace by treating the world as a family: ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam/Sari Kayanat Khuda Ki’. It has always played the lead role in strengthening the human bonding through harmony and tolerance irrespective of national, religious, racial boundaries. …

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Moderate Islam: One of the measures against radicalisation

Inclusion of moderate Islam along with modern and contemporary streams/sciences in the basic education system may be one of the effective tools against radicalisation because, presently these institutes are imparting conventional/arcane/fundamentalist textual knowledge which often makes the youths vulnerable to radical/extremist trends. It is observed that lack of quality education …

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