Yati Narasimhanand hate speech creates communal divide, AIUMB calls for strict legal action

April 08,2021 New Delhi

All India Ulama and Mashaekh Board (AIUMB), an apex body of India’s Sunni Sufi Muslims have condemned the hate speech made by Yati Narasimhanand Saraswati, declaring him a ‘hate preacher disguised as sadhu sant’.

AIUMB Chhattisgarh branch has lodged a complaint against Narasimhanand Saraswati, saying that he’s trying to harm the syncretic culture and the peaceful Ganga-Jamani Tehzib of India. “He insulted Hazrat Muhammad ( pbuh), the benefactor of humanity and messenger of mercy for the whole world, and is making offensive remarks against his noble personality which is completely reprehensible”, the statement said. It should be noted that in Islam, religious leaders of any religion are respectable and to make insulting remarks against them, by using abusive words is haraam (strictly prohibited). Similarly, the person who hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims in India by abusing Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) should be considered a criminal and must be strictly dealt with as per the law of the land, it added.
Having stated the above, All India Ulama and Mashaekh Board Chattisgarh Unit led by Qari Mohammad Imran Ashrafi and General Secretary Noman Akram Hamid filed the report in Thana City Kotwali and requested the government and administration to take strict action against Narasimhanand and punish him.

In fact, the people of the organisation to which Narsinghanad is associated should also take action against him so that such people can be restrained, the AIUMB Chhattisgarh branch said.

It is a known fact that even before this incident, Yati Narasimhanand Saraswati has made inflammatory statements to disrupt social harmony and communal unity in the country. In one earlier incident, he insulated the Indian Ironmen and our former President Dr. A, P, J Abdul Kalam by calling him a ‘Pakistani agent’.

With such an absurd statement, this person has been defaming the respected national heroes of India, which we Indians cannot tolerate at all. Therefore, the administration should seriously and promptly rectify this gross violation of the law which is spewing venom and promoting communal disharmony. Then only the current anger in the Muslim community will end and such hate rhetoric can be curbed.

Source: ClickTV

Yati Narasimhanand hate speech creates communal divide, AIUMB calls for strict legal action

AIUMB Joint Secretary at 9th Annual International Conference on Tasawwuf/Sufism and World Peace.

Istanbul, Turkey: February 19th, 2020

First time India represented at the 9th Annual International Conference on Tasawwuf/Sufism and World Peace – Istanbul – Turkey.

Haji Syed Salman Chishty, Joint Secretary at All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (An apex body of Sunni Sufi Muslims in India) represented 800 years old Sufi lineage of the Chishty Sufi Order from Ajmer Sharif and Indian Sub Continent at the Conference.

AIUMB Joint Secretary said He was Proud to raise our Indian Flag and represent All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (An apex body of Sunni Sufi Muslims) India for the first time at the 9th annual International Summit on Sufism/Tasawwuf org by Intl Academy of Sufi Scholars in Turkey. Thanks to International Institute of Non Aligned Studies, Delhi for facilitating our presence at the summit.

Haji Syed Salman Chishty talked about importance of having Sufi Understanding of the hearts among the peace loving societies across the world and said that Sufism/Tasawwuf is primarily realized by the renditions of the hearts, not by analytics of the mind. Important to reflect on vibrations of the Heart to experience Spiritual longing n Belongings to the Divine Realm, In his remarks.
while He addressed the Round Table Discussion along with Sufi Scholars from over 50 countries mainly from Arab Middle Eastern, North African, Central and South Asia, USA, Balkans, European Union and Russian Federations.

Organised by “International Academy of Sufi Scholars and DarAsalaam Kulliasi”. Leading Islamic scholars, Spiritual leaders, Sufi personalities & diplomats from 50 countries & organisations have taken part.

Introducing AIUMB at the summit he said that All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) has been established with the basic purpose of popularizing the message of peace of Islam and ensuring peace for the country and community and the humanity. AIUMB is striving to propagate Sunni Sufi culture globally .Mosques, Dargahs, Aastanas, and Khanqahs are such fountain heads of spirituality where worship of God is supplemented with worldly duties of propagating peace, amity, brotherhood and tolerance.

On the closing remarks Haji Syed Salman Chishty extended warm regards and thanks on behalf of India and extended the personal invitation to all Sufi Spiritual leaders to visit India and experience the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of India.

Concluding Prayers for World Peace was done collectively by all eminent Spiritual personalities.

By: Husain Sherani

Syed Ashraf Kichchauchwi promotes Sufism in Sri Lanka

Friday, August 3/2018

The AIUMB President has gone on a visit to his spiritual followers in Sri Lanka to work on spirituality, humanity and morality that can be carried out through Sufism. He founded the World Sufi Forum in 2016 which has grown vastly all over the globe including Sri Lanka.

He has also granted permission for Baiat-o-Iradat (administering oath of spiritual allegiance), as an heir to the Chishtia, Nizamia and Ashrafia lines of mysticism. He has a vast number of disciples in different parts of the world including Sri Lanka. New disciples are introduced in accordance to the aforementioned mystical paths (silsila).

The World Sufi Forum that Hazrat has initiated is growing globally as each day passes. Through firm determination and constant struggle, Hazrat is engulfing the world with his key messages: Tolerance, Acceptance and Unconditional Love.

It is noteworthy that Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhauchwi son of Sayyad Izhar Ashraf Miyan—popularly known as “Shaykh al-A’zam”—the eldest son of Hazrat Sarkar-e-Kalan Sayyad Mukhtar Ashraf (Rahmatullahi alayhi). This clearly shows that he falls in line with the many esteemed and pious Sufi saints that have come through the Chishti-Nizami-Ashrafi Silsila in Kichchawcha Shareef.

It has been the salient characteristic of the Ashrafi Sufi hospice (Khanquah) that in every period, there has been an eminent personality accomplished with both spiritual and modern education, mystical inclination, intellectual grandeur, inherited zeal and determination showing path of Shariat (Revealed Law) and Tariquat (way to Allah).

Alahazrat Ashrafi Mian (R.A.) adorned it up to 1355 AH devoting his whole life in making the world familiar with name and mission of Hazrat Makhdoom Simnani (R.A.) followed by Mufti Syed Shah Mokhtar Ashraf (R.A.) who decorated this dignified office with his sublime spirituality for 62 years. Now Hazrat Maulana Syed Ashraf is inheriting virtues of his righteous predecessors and spiritual ancestors, possessing extraordinary merits whose religious, spiritual and reformatory activities and works have been, internationally recognised and admired.

Hazrat Syed Ashraf Kichchauchwi has been instrumental in promotion of Sufism in the modern India as well as aboard. With his progressive views on religion, nation and society, he has the future needs of the new generation of Muslims at heart.




By: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Congratulate to Pakistani People for rejecting Terrorism : Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichhochhawi

Lucknow, UP, (Press release) 26 July 2018

In recent Pakistan Assembly election result Pakistani people rejected any type of support to Terrorism as they totally denied to give any seat to known terror symbol of terrorism Hafiz Saeed Party. By this, they clearly declared their opinion and stand on any type of terror. They expressed their will of peace and harmony on their ground. This was stated by the founder of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board and president of World Sufi Forum Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf Kichhochhawi. He further stated the newly elected government is expected to make healthy relation between India and Pakistan by clearly countering every aspect of terrorism and to maintain the peace and harmony by respecting the Sufi believes and teaching as the majority of Pakistani Muslims. Syed Ashraf Congratulated Emran Khan on his big victory and praised for him for good relation between the two country and working for the sake of common people. He said Pakistan has always believe in Sufi tradition and it always has a strong effect in the mass. Emran Khan is expected to spread those Sufies teachings to counter any kind of hate and violence.

By: Abdul Moid Azhari

AIUMB statement on Kasmir Ceasefire: Need for complete cessation of violence

President of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), Hazrat Sayed Ashraf Kichchauchwi, during a day-long meeting at a branch of the Board, has welcomed the Centre’s decision to stop operation of security forces in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramazan.

Hazrat stressed that people in Jammu and Kshmir are tired of continuous clashes between the militants and the military in several parts of the region. “Therefore, nothing could be better than prevalence of peace and security during the holy month of Ramazan”, he said.

He added saying: “For this noble peace cause to be achieved, the holy month of Ramazan is the best occasion. It is harbinger of goodwill, bonhomie and harmony.” Hazrat ardently appealed to both the state and the people for extending their sincere cooperation in establishment of peace in the region by all possible means.

The AIUMB President stressed the need for complete cessation of violence in every part of the country. He also appealed to the Government of India to take concrete initiatives for finding a long-lasting solution to the issues and conflicts like Kashmir.


By: Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Kathua Rape Crime: AIUMB Calls for a National Consensus for Exemplary Punishment for the Culprits

13 April 2018

Harshly condemning the rape and murder of the eight-year-old innocent girl in Kathua district, All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), an apex body of Sufi Muslims in India is calling for a national consensus for exemplary punishment for the culprits.
“It should be nothing short of a ‘death penalty’ which is only fitting for this insane and inhuman brutality of the beasts”, said Syed Hasan Jamee, the national secretary of the AIUMB. He further said that the government should bring a “new law” on the rising rape crimes.
Syed Salman Chishty, the Joint Secretary of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board and the hereditary custodian of the Ajmer Sharif said:
“An amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on death penalty for rape of children below 12 years of age is mandatory after India has witnessed several brutal incidents of the rapes where the victims were mostly minor girls”, he added.
Highlighting the crucial aspects of this tragedy, the World Sufi Forum’s spokesperson, writer and media co-coordinator, Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi stated: “The brutal rape and merciless murder of Asifa—a minor Indian child—should open our eyes. But beware! It should not be painted as Muslim victimhood mentality in the country. It doesn’t make any difference if the victim is Muslim, Hindu, Dalit or of any other faith, creed or caste.”
Mr. Dehlvi continued: “There are a few people who are flogging off the narrative that the innocent Asifa was victimized because she was a Muslim’s daughter, besides belonging to the tribal community of Gujjar and Bakarwal. But for any Indian citizen sincerely concerned with this ghastly development, it makes no difference—being Muslim or Hindu. What worries us is the brutality and oppression in the disguise of the false religious identity and what concerns us the breaking of silence for all victims rising above any division on the basis of religion. Both the 8-year Muslim girl of Kathua and the 18-year old Hindu girl of Unnao were victims of the ‘inhuman’ men of the beastly nature. They were not part of a civilized society. We must feel ashamed of them being Indians. However, it should not trigger any sense of communal polarization in India.”
He added saying: “Though the Prime Minister has assured the country that no culprit will be spared and that “Our daughters will definitely get justice”, we have to watch if the complete justice would be delivered. And that is only possible when the rape criminals are hanged to death”.
In this regard, the officiating secretary of the AIUMB and a veteran journalist, Mr. Yunus Mohani posed a hard-hitting question. He asked: “Is this the newfound narrative of “New India” belonging to the ‘liberal and progressive’ people who have been witnessing such heinous crimes in their society for long, and now almost on a daily basis?”
“We fail to understand why the Investigating Agency instead of arresting the accused persons, arrests the complainant first in connection with such serious cases, as the Allahabad High Court has also asked in its order”, he averred.

By: Ghulam Rasool Dehalvi

AIUMB President met with Former PM of Malaysia Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad

Malaysia: 5 January 2018
AIUMB President & Founder Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchwi met with Doctor Mahathir bin Mohammad, the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, the longest-serving PM of Malayasia, Islamic intellectual, author, thinker and prominent leader of the Muslim world, appreciated World Sufi Forum’s Vision and Global efforts to promote Sufism.
He congratulated Indian Muslims on their peaceful, multi-cultural and pluralistic values. Quoted the Qur’an to be progressive, integrated and United against extremism, terrorism, religious persecution and fanaticism.
When asked about his role model as a leader, he said: ” Beloved Prophet (peace be upon him)”

By: Ghulam Rasool Dehalvi

Follow the country’s law along with the religion on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha : Syed Mohammad Ashraf

Ajmer: August 29
On the occasion of the upcoming festival, Eid-ul-Azha, Muslims will be sacrificing the animals while exercising the right to freedom of religion. But at the same time, they should also take care of the laws of the country. This point was particularly highlighted by the Founder and President of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board, Hazrat ​​Sayed Mohammad Ashraf in Ajmer Sharif Dargah Khwaja Gharib Nawaz (Rahmatullah alaih) in the gathering of Chhati Sharif in Baitun Noor.
He appealed to the people and said that in many places now, some enemies of peace and the people might try to spoil the atmosphere of peace during the sacrifice. “Therefore, we need to work with patience and respect the law of the country and follow it completely”, he said.
He also said that people should not sacrifice in open places. Our Deen (religion) also says this. We should not shed the blood of the Qurbani in the drains, rather bury it, as well as those parts of the animal which are not eaten and the food which is forbidden in Islam should also be buried. We do not have permission to give any of them to anyone else because we cannot give any such food to anyone. At the same time, we must take care of cleanliness so that nobody could have trouble with our sacrifice.
Hazrat further said: we have to make special arrangements to bring the meat of the Qurbani to the disadvantaged, less-fortunate and the poorest of the poor. He said that there is no restriction on sacrifice in our country, but we must take care of the feelings of those practicing other religions and faiths. We have to fulfill the rights of our neighbors and non-Muslims, while we take care of our co-religionists, because we are Muslims, so we must maintain peace and tranquility. This responsibility is ours. He also congratulated the people on Hajj.
Hazrat Maulana Syed Mehdi Mian Chishti congratulated the people on Khwaja Gharib Nawaz’s Chatti Sharif saying that the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is the best way to get closer to our lord.
Syed Mehdi Mian continued: Every capable Muslim should sacrifice, but we must take care that no one’s heart is hurt, no one is troubled, and it does not spread any kind of dirt. This is the only way we can emulate the example of Hazrat Gharib Nawaz Moinuddin Chishti (r.a).
If someone’s heart is broken, it is a big sin like breaking God’s house. “Hearts are to be connected, not to be broken”….. “You cannot achieve the pleasure of your Lord (Rabb) until you help the disturbed people”, he said.
Joint National Secretary of the AIUMB, Haji Syed Salman Chishti, with the grace of Huzur Gharib Nawaz, greeted on Eid-e-Ibrahimi and the Haj pilgrimage, saying that one should remember that in many parts of the country, people are upset with the flood. We have to help them on this occasion of Eid. Qurbani also teaches us that we are sacrificing our pleasure and welfare for the sake of our Lord. This feeling has to be awakened and spread widely, because human life is in danger and doing something about it is the means to achieve the pleasure of our Lord (Rabb-ul-Alameen). We have to tread the path of Sufia to benefit larger section of the people. “Love for everyone, hatred for none” is the only way to save the world from chaos and strife”, he said.
By: Ghulam Rasool Dehalvi

18th Century Ulema: The Unsung Heroes of the First Indian Independence War In 1857: By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi
29 August 2017
On this Independence Day, we need to also remember the freedom strugglers who have been forgotten almost completely. The first Indian freedom movement of 1857 should particularly be recalled in this context. While 70 percent of the soldiers came from the Hindu or Sikh community, the Ulema and Muslim leaders like Maulana Fazle Haq Khairabadi, Maulana Ahmed Shah, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Khan Bahadur Khan, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Firoz Shah and Azimullah Khan were the most prominent characters in the annals of the revolt. Remarkably, Nana Sahib, Rani Laxmi Bai and Tantya Tope declared Bahadur Shah Zafar, a Muslim King, India’s first independent ruler on May 11, 1857. Similarly, Ram Kunwar Singh, Raja Nahir Singh, Rao Tula Ram exerted herculean efforts and sacrifices to uphold the 1857 revolt.

During the 1857 revolt, India’s top Ulema declared the rebellion for freedom as “Wajib-e-Deeni” (religious obligation). They issued an anti-British fatwa while actively participating in the blood-spattered insurgents. Among the most forgotten Ulema and Maulvis who valiantly campaigned for an independent India were: Maulana Sadruddin Azurda Dehlvi, Maulana Ahmadullah Shah Madrasi, Maulana Fazle Haq Khairabadi, Maulana Kifayat Ali Moradabadi, Maulana Rahmatullah Kairanvi, Imam Bakhsh Sahbai Dehlvi and Maulana Wazir Khan Akbarabadi. These Ulema were imbued in an Indian strain of Islam with a pluralistic and nationalistic ideology originally underpinned by the Sufi mentors such as Mirza Mazhar Jaan-e-Jaanan (1195-1781), Shah Abdul Aziz Dehlvi (1239-1824), Qazi Sana’ullah of Panipat (1225-1810), Shah Rafiuddin Dehlvi (1233-1818) and Mufti Sharfuddin Rampuri (1268-1852). Their exhortation of nationalism called Hubb-ul-Watani (love for the country) was the driving force behind the Ulema’s fierce struggles and sacrifices in the Independence movements from 1857 to 1947. I suffice to reproduce three prominent examples from the Indian Ulema’s traditions and accounts.

Maulana Fazle Haq Khairadabadi (1797–20 August 1861)

A leading revolutionary in the 1857 revolt was Maulana Fazle Haq Khairadabadi, son of Allama Fazle Imam Farooqi, the Grand Mufti of Delhi in the 18th century and a disciple of the noted Sufi master, Shah Abdul Qadir (1230/1815). He rendered various services to the country but the anti-British fatwa known as “Tahqeeq al-Fatwa fi Ibtal al-Taghwa” (fatwa in refutation of the devil) was his most remarkable contribution to India’s first freedom struggle.

Vivek Iyer noted in his book “Ghalib, Gandhi and the Gita” that Khairabadi was a celebrated poet, philosopher and social scientist, but was most remembered as a freedom struggler of the 1857 Indian rebellion. He took up service with the government in 1815 but resigned from the job in 1831 and spent most of his time in an intellectual activism for the country’s freedom. He penned down a comprehensive historical account of the 1857 revolt in Arabic titled “al-Thaura al-Hindiya” (Indian rebellion). After his resignation from the services of the British government, Khairabadi got an opportunity to serve the Nawab of Jhajjar. He was also close to Bahadur Shah Zafar. When the 1857 revolt broke out, he travelled from Alwar to Delhi several times to hold meetings with Bahadur Shah Zafar. Munshi Zakaullah notes in his famous research work in Urdu “Taarikh-e-‘Urooj-e-Saltanat-e-Englishiah (History of the British government’s rise in India):

“When General Bakht Khan, along with his fourteen thousand soldiers, came for Bareilly to Delhi, Maulana Khairabadi delivered a Friday sermon before hundreds of Ulema in Delhi’s Jama Masjid. He put fourth an Islamic decree (Istifta) on the freedom fight for the country with the signatures of Mufti Sadruddin Azurda, Maulvi Abdul Qadir, Qazi Faizullah Dehlvi, Maulana Faiz Ahmed Badayuni, Dr. Wazir Khan Akbarabadi, Syed Mubaraksha Rampuri”.

No sooner did this fatwa against the British was declared and widely disseminated, the revolt intensified throughout the country. Some ninety thousand soldiers gathered in Delhi. Quoting from the “Akhbar-e-Dehli” of Chunni Lal, a contemporary Urdu researcher Khushtar Noorani writes: Maulana Khairabadi continued to hold gatherings delivering sermons on the significance of the jihad against the British to rescue the country which was Darul Islam (abode of Islam) in his view”.

In January 30, 1859, Khairabadi was arrested by the British authorities and a case was filed against him for ‘taking a leadership role in the rebellion’, as C. Anderson records in “The Indian Uprising of 1857-8: prisons, prisoners, and rebellion”. He was tried in the court and was sentenced to imprisonment at Kalapani (Cellular Jail) on Andaman Island with confiscation of his property by the Judicial Commissioner, Awadh Court. During the court proceedings, Maulana himself defended his case and categorically stated in the court that he had issued the anti-British fatwa with his free will, not by compulsion. He reached Andaman on 8 October 1859. Sir William Wilson Hunter, a Scottish historian and a compiler and a member of the Indian Civil Service, writes: “Fazl-e-Haq was an alim (Islamic scholar) who was sentenced to imprisonment in the Kaala Paani and whose library was confiscated and brought to Calcutta by the English government”. (Hamare Hindustani Musalamaan, [Urdu] Page: 203, Delhi).

Mufti Sadruddin Azurda Dehlvi (1804 -1868)

One of the most notable revolutionaries of the 1857 revolt in Delhi was Mufti Sadruddin ‘Azurdah’. An intellectual, spiritually inclined literary figure from the Kashmiri origin, Azurdah was a disciple of the renowned and authoritative classical scholar of Islam Maulana Fazl-e-Imam Faruqi (1244/1829) of Khairabad located in Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh).

Notably, Azurdah was Delhi’s Grand Mufti, an excellent Urdu poet and a bosom friend of Mirza Ghalib. His proactive engagement with the revolt of freedom in 1857 resulted in the loss and devastation of all his poetry during the riots. The only known collection of his poetry is the “Surviving Poetic work of Azurdah” compiled by A’bdur Rahman Parwaz from various Tazkiras (memoirs). One of the architects of modern Muslim mindset in India, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan mentioned Azurda in his book “Asaar-us-Sanadid” (the remnants of ancient heroes) as a “well-versed Muslim scholar of his age”.

When the Ulema of Delhi declared Jihad against the British, the fatwa was signed by Azurdah as published in the famous Urdu daily Akhbaar-uz-Zafar dated July 26, 1857. The newspaper is preserved in Delhi’s National Archives. Azurdah is also reported to have been the mediator between the English and Mughal elites in the early days of the British ascendancy in Delhi. He held meetings and consultations with Bahadur Shah Zafar in the Red Fort during the Mutiny to help the Indian revolutionaries further their cause. When the British curbed the 1857 revolt, a case for rebellion was filed against Azurdah. He was tried in the court and suffered a painful imprisonment. Consequently, a large part of his property was confiscated. The British authorities destroyed almost 3 Lakh books collected in Azurdah’s personnel library.

Remarkably, Azurda trained many Ulema and scholars like Maulana Ahmadullah Shah Madrasi and sent them to Agra in 1846 where they established a council of Ulema (Majlis-e-Ulema) to systematically campaign for the rebellion against the British colonialism.

Maulana Ahmaddullah Shah Madrasi (1787-1858)

In his well-researched work in Urdu, Taarikh-e-Jang-e-Azadi-e-Hind 1857 (page: 205), Syed Khurshid Mustafa Rizvi writes: “Ahmaddullah Shah prominently figures the list of ulema who prepared the whole country for the 1857 Revolt….He visited different parts of the country and instigated the people for the Revolt.”

Ahmaddullah Shah was a spiritually inclined Alim or Islamic scholar. He got fascinated towards a mystical lifestyle from his youth. Therefore, he left his home and travelled far and wide, from Hyderabad and Madras to England, Egypt, Hijaz, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Back in India, he spent most of his life in mysticism and even in Chillahkashi (Sufi practice of mystical seclusion for 40 continuous days) at Bikaner and Sambher.

He attained the spiritual disciplehood of his Pir-o-Murshid (Sufi master) Mir Qurban Ali Shah in Jaipur where he was granted the Ijazat-O-Khilafat (spiritual succession and authorization). From Jaipur, he travelled to Tonk where he held the Mahfil-e-Sima (gathering for mystical music) which was criticized by the conformist Ulema. Dismayed by their objection, he left for Gwalior where he met another Sufi mystic Mehrab Shah Qalandar. Having granted him the Ijazat-o-Khilafat, Shah Qalandar exhorted him to work for India’s freedom movement. Therefore, he left Gwalior for Delhi in 1846.

In Delhi, he met Mufti Sadruddin Azurda who directed him to go to Agra which he thought was the best place for a better and successful preparation for the campaign against the British oppression. In Agra, he consolidated ties with the leading Ulema who cooperated him in the formation of Majlis-e-Ulema (Council of Ulema) to campaign against the British regime.

In the famous book, “The Indian mutiny of 1857” edited by Colonel Malleson, Maulana is mentioned as follows: “If a patriot is a man who plots and fights for the independence, wrongfully destroyed, for his native country, then most certainly, the Maulvi (Ahmadullah) was a true patriot”.

The British historian Malleson has described Maulana in these words: “The Maulvi was a very remarkable man…. In person, he was tall, lean and muscular with large deep set eyes, beetle brows, a high aquiline nose, and lantern jaws….. The British considered him a worthy enemy and a great warrior”.

Malleson further writes that “no doubt, the leader behind this conspiracy (1857) which had spread all over India was the Maulvi (Ahmadullah)…….. I think that he the brain behind the revolt”. During his journeys, Maulana introduced a novel scheme which is known as the ‘Chapati scheme’. He devised the circulation of Chapatis from hand to hand to disseminate the message amongst the rural population of the North India that a great uprising would take place. The English historian G.W. Forest heaps high praises on the Maulana for being a ‘practicing alim’, a ‘Sufi soldier’ and commander with great military skills (Kaye’s and Malleson’s History of the Indian mutiny of 1857-8).

In his article, “Maulvi Ahmedullah: The Unsung Hero of the Revolt” published in Radiance Viewsweekly, Mohd. Asim Khan depicts a portrait of how valiantly Maulana fought against the British: “Maulvi Ahmedullah Shah was a rare combination of both a writer and a warrior. He used his sword valiantly, and his pen effortlessly for awakening and mobilising the people against the foreign subjugation…..He wrote revolutionary pamphlets and started distributing them. It was too much for the imperialists and they ordered his arrest. He was tried for sedition and sentenced to be hanged”.

The British officers declared a reward of Rs. 50,000 for capturing Maulana alive. The proclamation reads: “It is hereby notified that a reward of Rs.50, 000 will be paid to any person who shall deliver alive, at any British Military post or camp, the rebel Moulvee Ahmed Molah Shah, commonly called “the Moulvee”. It is further notified that, in addition to this reward, a free pardon will be given to any mutineer or deserter, or to any rebel, other than those named in the Government Proclamation No. 476 of the lst instant, who may so deliver up the said Moulvee”.

Noted Urdu historian of Karachi, Prof. Mohammad Ayyub Qadri writes: “The martyrdom of Maulana Ahmadullah put an end to the [first] war of independence, not only in Ruhelkhand But in the entire country” (Jang-e-Azadi-e-Hind 1857, P. 303).

The author is a scholar of classical Islamic studies, cultural analyst and researcher in media and communication studies and regular columnist with New Age Islam.

We stand by the Muslim personal laws, not the self-imposed Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB): Syed Mohammad Ashraf

Hazrat Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichchawchchvi, Founder & President of All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board has stated that while we fully respect the Supreme Court’s Judgment, we cannot succumb to the self-imposed law of the government. For a well-intentioned and well-spirited reformation in the Indian Muslim society, the government will first have to win the community’s trust with due regard to its faith and all matters of religious conviction.
Speaking to the media outlets, Syed Ashraf Kichchawchchvi said that it would be too early to draw a conclusion from the Supreme Court’s observations, unless the final, complete and conclusive judgment is passed. Personal laws come under the ambit of the essential rights for all religious communities including the Muslim minority. They don’t stand in violation of the constitution, Kichchawchchvi said.
Syed Ashraf Kichchawchchvi also maintained that All India Ulama & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) stands by the “Indian Muslims’ personal laws” rather than the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). However, it would not support any infringement on the basic provisions of the religious freedom accorded to the Muslims in the Indian constitution. The Indian constitution’s article 25 which allows the complete freedom of profession and practice of the religion has the primacy in all such affairs, he said.
In this context, Syed Ashraf Kichchawchchvi took a note of introspection as well, while stating that the ulema and Muftis (experts on the Islamic jurisprudence) would do well to carry out a rigorous research on the entire subject. Keeping this purpose in view, the AIUMB plans to organize research seminars and workshops across the country to make a deeper delving into the subject matter. This will help us prepare and interpret a well-thought-out Muslim divorce law which will be pertinent both in the Qur’anic and constitutional terms.

By: Ghulam Rasool Dehalvi