SOME OF THE MOST PROMINENT MUSLIMS IN INDIA'S FREEDOM STRUGGLE
India became independent in 1947 from the British who had taken over India from the Mughals (Muslim rulers) in 1857. Freedom struggle began in earnest in the early 1920's throughout India (India then included what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh).
The following Muslim activists fought for freedom under the banner of the Indian National Congress party.
Maulana Abula Kalam Azad (First Education Minister of India)
Hakeem Ajmal Khan
Maulana Shaukat Ali
Dr. Zakir Husain (President of India in the 1960s.)
Allama Shibli Nomani (A reknowned Islamic Scholar and author of numerous works including the famous 'Seerat-un-Nabi' and 'Umar Farooq')
Vakkom Abdul Khadir
Dr. Manzoor Abdul Wahab
Hakeem Nusrat Husain
Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan
Maulana Mohammad Ali (passed away many years before independence)
Rafi Ahmad Kidwai
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad (President of India in the late 1970s.)
Moulvi Abdul Hamid
The following Muslim religious leaders fought for freedom under the banner of Jamait-ul-Ulema Hind.
Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan
Maulana Rashed Ahmad Gangohi
Moulvi Waheed Ahmad
Maulana Uzair Gul
Maulana Husain Ahmad Madni
Maulana Obaidullah Sindhi
Maulana Sajjad Bihari
Maulana Abdul Bari
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan
Maulana Hifzur Rahman
Courtesy: The AIM Journal, USA, August 1997.
Note: The above information taken from salam.muslimsonline.com website.
India’s struggle against British imperialism for her freedom is unparalleled and worth emulating the world history. It is unique because people belonging to different religions fought unitedly not only to free themselves from the yoke of British imperialism but also to achieve the noble sentiments of equality, fraternity and patriotism.
Although Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and others had unitedly blown the bugle of freedom from the bonds of British imperialism as early as 1857, but the beginning of the 20 century gave an impetus to this struggle. Many Muslim freedom fighters, in particular, made remarkable contribution for the freedom of the country during this period. These actions of those Muslim patriots are not only a cause of national pride but are also a great source of inspiration for national integration and unity even today as they were in those days.
Keeping in view to give an authentic and secular understanding of Indian freedom movement, the present work in three volumes is designed and brought out. In the aftermath of independence, it has become necessary to assess the contribution of Muslim zealots in the freedom of India. No doubt, the partition was a sad event.
The present work is designed to highlight the contribution of the prominent Muslim freedom fighters in India and abroad. It is hoped that it will certainly add something more to what is available on the vast subject of Indian freedom struggle and shall bring before the people many facts which have hitherto remained unknown and will prove to be a boon to the research scholars of history and political science.