Sir Syed Bi-Centennial Celebrations

Sir Syed Died on 27th March, 1898 in Aligarh, United Province of British India

Sir Syed Died today in 1898 in Aligarh, United Province of British India


We pray to Allah to shower his blessings on Sir Syed and grant him highest place in Jannah - (Aameen)

By Afzal Usmani


The sad demise of Sir Syed on 27th March 1898 was covered by national and international media of the time.

Here I am reproducing the coverage on the March issue of M.A.O. College Magazine which was in press for publication so they just added a notification and a brief news. Later on articles were published on his life and major achievements in College Magazine"






Here I am reproducing the coverage in the Times of London which was reproduced in the M.A.O. College Magazine May issue of 1898"




Many condolence messages were received from India and abroad which was reproduced in the M.A.O. College Magazine April/May issue of 1898. I am reproducing a condolence message sent to Syed Mahmud from Pandit Madan Mohan Malviyaji, who later founded Banaras Hindu University (BHU) along with Ms. Annie Besant and Maharaja of Darbhanga in 1916"

India's Nation Builders - Sir Syed Ahmad Khan by D.N. Bannerjea

India's Nation Builders - Sir Syed Ahmad Khan by D.N. Bannerjea


By Afzal Usmani



"There would be no educated Mohammadan community existing and flourishing today but for the heroic pioneer efforts and far-sighted vision of this great man, who did not see in the utter collapse of the Moghul empire an argument for racial estrangement and enmity, nor yet a sign and symptom of the permanent moral decay of his community, only a fresh inspiration to summon courage, to accept the challenge on behalf of his community, thrown by the arduous competitive spirit of the West, to serve as a pathfinder for his countrymen, to prepare them for that relentless competition through education and social reform, so that they may thus be equipped for the struggle which the introduction of western civilization had rendered inevitable."

D.N. Bannerjea




The pages are from the book India's Nation Builders by D.N. Bannerjea published by Headley Bros
Publications Ltd. London in 1919




The Political Works of Sir Syed Ahmad : Theodore Morrison

The Political Works of Sir Syed Ahmad : Theodore Morrison


By Afzal Usmani


It is commonly perceived that Sir Syed was apolitical person and only focused on Social, literature and Educational reforms. But this is not completely true. It was very interesting to read about his political works by Prof. Theodore Morrison. Prof. Morrison has a unique distinction to be associated with all the 3 generations of First Family of Aligarh, Sir Syed, Syed Mahmud and Sir Ross Masud.

Prof. Morrison served as faculty member of M.A.O. College and later became Principal of M.A.O. College. He also served as guardian of Sir Ross Masud, the only grandson of Sir Syed when Syed Mahmud and his wife Begum Musharraf Jahan were going through a dispute in the guardianship of Sir Ross Masud.

To know more about Prof. Theodore Morrison, please read;

Prof. Theodore Morison

http://aligarhmovement.com/karwaan_e_aligarh/Theodore_Morison




The pages are from the May 1898 issue of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental (M.A.O.) College Magazine and Institute Gazette;




Sir Syed aur Urdu Literature : Allama Shibli Nomani

Sir Syed aur Urdu Literature : Allama Shibli Nomani


By Afzal Usmani


Sir Syed is a well accepted Muslim reformer in modern history. But majority considers him only as a social and educational reformer. But he was a multi facet personality and he brought revolution is lots of fields and Urdu Literature is one of them. When he died on 27th March 1898, the April issue of mouthpiece of M.A.O. College, its Magazine was already out in press so other than a single page notification nothing more was published on Sir Syed. But a lot of important things were published in May 1898 issue and one of them was an amazing article on Sir Syed's reform and contribution in Urdu Literature, "Sir Syed Marhoom and Urdu Literature" by one of his ardent supporter, admirer and his disciple Allama Shibli Nomani.

Before Sir Syed, Urdu was a language of "Ishq and Mashooq".

"Hum huye, tum huye ki Mir Huye, ---- uski zulfo(n) ke sab aseer huye"

Sir Syed broke from this and tried his best to make Urdu as a language of masses. The Urdu language used in his journalistic ventures "Tahzibul Akhlaq" and "Aligarh Institute Gazzette" was simple and effective and made good inroads to common people.

As we are in the year 2017. This year will mark 200th Birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and best way to pay your tribute to him is to know more about him and imitate him to help the humanity in best possible way.

The pages are from the May 1898 issue of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental (M.A.O.) College Magazine and Institute Gazette;







Sir Syed aur Mazhab : Maulana Altaf Hussain Haali

Sir Syed aur Mazhab : Maulana Altaf Hussain Haali


By Afzal Usmani


Here we are in the year 2017. This year will mark 200th Birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, one of the most respected Muslims reformer of modern time. His credentials are unmatched with his contemporaries and generations which followed him. A lot had been said about him but still at least I do not understood Sir Syed completely.

People do not question his social and educational reform initiatives but his religious reform views are still very controversial even among his admirers and followers. His commentary of Quran are almost untouchable by main stream Muslims and are hardly available in Market including in and around his dreamland of Aligarh Muslim University where he is finally resting.

I heard a lot of negativity about his religious reformist ideology and always wanted to read on this subject by his respected contemporaries. I was amazed to get the following article which was published in May 1898 issue of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College Magazine and Institute Gazette, just after a month of his death by none other than one of his strongest admirer friend Shamsul Ulama Allama Altaf Hussain Haali, who also authored his detailed biography Hayat-e-Javed few years after the death of Sir Syed.

Maulana Haali's religious credentials are not polluted so something coming on this subject from him was worth reading. I have read it line by line and a lot of things are clear to me about Sir Syed's religious beliefs. Its a must read to know about Sir Syed and his religious reform mission.

The pages are from the May 1898 issue of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental (M.A.O.) College Magazine and Institute Gazette;