The war of independence started in 1857, there was a large British army, who attacked on the Subcontinent. Some of them were Muslims, some of them were Hindus and some were Sikhs. There were some certain events that also happened in that war the struggle for independence in 16th century.
Some Europeans visited the subcontinent, they landed in the west cost of India and when they saw some land rich in spices, fruits, and clothes of different colors, they were amazed. In 17th century, other traders arrived at Subcontinent and some settled there including Dutch, French and British. There were some traders of East India Company and they started to do business on large scale in 18th century. The power of Mughal Empire began to decrease by the time when Mughals grew weaker, when the minorities ruled in north in 19th century.
The British government began to rule the whole subcontinent through their monopoly. But during this struggling phase some of the compassionate & visionary Muslim leaders showed the signs of empathy towards the struggling and weak people of Sub-Continent & fought with bravery to attain freedom for them. Some of the highlighted one’s are:
Sir Syed Ahmad khan; who born in Delhi on 7 October 1817 till 1898.
Allama Iqbal; who was born in Sialkot in Punjab from 1877 till 1938
Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah; was known as the father of nation and was born in Karachi, on 25 December 1876 till 1948.
EPITOME OF INSPIRATION:
Muslim leadership contributed enormously to divergent phases of the Indian struggle for independence. They (Muslims) played a larger-than-life role and made significant sacrifices in this struggle for independence. From the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar to nawabs, princes, landlords of all sizes, clergy, ulema and the ordinary people, they all stood for the cause and took on enormous challenges and made supreme sacrifices.
Muslim leaders who contributed to India’s struggle for independence were: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Muhammad Ali, Maulana Shaukat Ali, Allama Iqbal, Muhammad Barkathulla, Bi Amma (mother of Ali brothers), Badarudeen Tyabji, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dr M.A. Ansari, Dr Siafudeen Kichlu, Dr Basheer Ahmad, Syed Ameer Ali, Dr Syed Muhammad, Hasrat Mohani, Nawab Abdul Latheef, Altaf Hussain Hali, Syed Ahmad Sirhindi, Syed Ahmad Bareilly, Maulana Shibli Numani, Munshi Karamat Ali, Munshi Zakaullah.
The struggle for India's independence was a pivotal moment in its history, a journey marked by the unity and dedication of individuals from all walks of life. Among the many communities that actively participated in this fight for freedom were the Muslims. While their role in the struggle is sometimes overlooked or underemphasized, it's crucial to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions made by Muslims to India's quest for independence.
Muslims in India played an integral role in the fight for independence, alongside individuals from all backgrounds. The legacy of the Muslim freedom fighters should serve as a reminder of the power of collective action and unity in achieving common goals.
It underscores the idea that, regardless of one's faith or background, the quest for freedom and justice unites people in their pursuit of a better future. They all put up a brave front, defied prohibitory orders, and fought the authority with tooth and nail.
Unfortunately, our new generations are clueless about the sacrifices made by their elders to make India a free country.
AYESHA SUBHAN OF PRIMARY 6
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