SIR SYED AHMAD KHAN
Great Reformer – Self Taught – Self Study
Not a Maulana or Mufti
"Sir Syed was the Prophet of Education"
"… the real greatness of the man (Sir Syed) consists in the fact that he was the first Indian Muslim who felt the need of a fresh orientation of Islam and worked for it – his sensitive nature was the first to react modern age"
Sir Syed Ahmad
Khan, one of the greatest
Muslim educationists, writers and reformers, but not a Mufti or Maulana, was born
Syed Ahmad had NO formal education in any educational institutions. He was rather a SELF TAUGHT person and became, through SELF STUDY, one of the MOST well read men of his days.
Sir Syed was born at a time when the continued existence of Muslims in the Sub-continent as a separate entity was in serious jeopardy. For nearly half a century he struggled against the apathy and dispondency that had settled upon the Muslims in the wake of their defeat in the War of Independence of 1857. He finally took them out of the abyss, gave them a national identity , enthused them with hope, brought clarity to their perception and thought and put them on the road to progress and freedom.
1875 he founded the
Syed was nominated as
Member Imperial Legislative Council in 1878 and renominated in
1881 but he resigned in 1883. He was a Member Education Commission in
1882 but resigned because of differences between him and the
1886 he founded the "Muhammadan
Education Congress', but later named it 'Conference' (to avoid
confusion with the Indian National Congress), to carry the message of
An ardent champion of a progressive and dynamic approach to education he was the first Muslim leader who perceived that the Muslims of India were a separate nation and must not be absorbed by Hindus in a United India. He made the prophetic declaration in 1867 "I am convinced that both the nations will not willingly cooperate in anything. Their mutual hostility will increase immensely in future. He who lives will see".
thus laid the first brick on which the edifice of
He is author of a number of famous essays and books namely' Aasaar- us-Sanadid', , Asbab-e-Baghawat-e-Hind', 'Loyal Muhammadans of India', 'Risala Tahqeeq-e-Lafze Nassara', 'Tabayyun-ul-Kalam', 'Strictures upon the present educational system in India', 'Series of Essays on the Life of Muhammad', 'Review on Hunter's Indian Musalmans', 'On the Present State of Indian Politics', 'Musalmanon Ki Kismat Ka Faisala', 'Sirat-e-Faridia'.
Syed had started working
on a commentary on the Holy Quraan. He wrote 7 volumes when he fell ill
in 1898 and did not live long enough to complete it. He died in 1898
and buried at
Author: Zia-ur-Rahman Zabeeh