Freedom fighter Maulana Azad did not speak to his relative for months together because the latter had used Azad’s name as a reference in a job interview, said IU Khan, a social activist, professor and convenor of the Maulana Azad Birth Centenary Trust.
“He was righteous and wanted people to stand on their own feet. He was the only Muslim leader who opposed the partition of the country,” added Khan, a former professor at the Mumbai University.
Khan along with other academicians will speak to more than hundred students, activists and professors at the inaugural lecture of ‘The Shining Glory of Muslim History’ series on Friday. Organised by the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), a non-profit organisation, the lectures will be conducted every fortnight at the Khilafat House in Byculla, where prominent Muslim leaders, movements and events in history will be discussed.
“Ignorance is not limited to the youth alone. Even the aged are unaware of the history of Islam and the contributions made by their forefathers to the country,” said Aamir Idrisi, president, AMP. “We want everyone to be inspired by the thoughts and works of our great leaders of the past,” he added.
Open to everyone, the fortnightly series will touch upon issues such as the degradation of Urdu in contemporary society, historical movements and prominent people.
The first lecture will also have Sohail Warsi, poet and writer, Hasnain Naqvi, professor of history at St Xavier’s College and Maulana Mustaqeem Ehsan Azmi, president, Jamitul Ulema Hind, Maharashtra.“History is considered to be a boring subject by most children. Most of them only study it for their exams without learning,” said Hasnain Lakhani, 20, a management student, who will be attending the lectures along with his friends.
“These sessions will help me make up for the history that I missed learning as a student,” he added.