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;