Tribute paid to Sir Syed on his 121th death anniversary
The 121th death anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was observed with tributes paid, to his selfless services to the nation, on March 27, 2019 at University of Sargodha.
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was the first Indian Muslim to contribute towards the intellectual and institutional foundation of Muslim modernization in South Asia. The nation is duty bound to remember its heroes who contributed to the well-being of Muslims.
The session was organized by the Department of Urdu and Oriental Languages, Sargodha University in which esteemed literary personalities including Dr Saadat Saeed, professor of Urdu language and literature at Government College University, Lahore, Dr Amir Sohail, Chairman Department of Urdu and Oriental Languages, SU, Dr Tariq Hashmi, Dr Naseem Abbas, Abdul Aziz Malik, Dr Khalid Nadeem, Dr Muhammad Yar, faculty members and number of students participated.
Speakers highlighted the endless services of Sir Syed to the Muslims of South Asia, without leaving any sect or seat or dynasty behind him. The consensus was developed among the speakers after a day-long impressive talks that Sir Syed was not only the pioneer of the two-nation theory, but also the pioneer of South Asian Muslim journalism, politics, education and etiquettes.
They highlighted the spirit of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s message clearly guided us even today to put all our energies to make this nation the great.
Addressing the session, Dr Saadat Saeed said that Sir Syed was a visionary leader who pulled the downtrodden Muslims out of the darkness of ignorance and awakened the Muslims and rectified their direction in difficult times by guiding them towards acquiring education. He was a true interpreter of the Holy Quran, a true follower of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him), he added.
Dr Saeed said that Sir Syed promoted interfaith harmony and unity at Aligarh, and he also believed in the unity among various communities. He stressed the need for following Sir Syed Ahmed Khan teachings in order to make Pakistan a prosperous country.
Dr Naseem Abbas said that like Jinnah, Sir Syed played a significant role in altering the destinies of the Muslims of the subcontinent. “He was a great thinker, historian, writer and social and political leader, he said. Initially he was in favour of Hindu-Muslim unity but due to extremist approach of Hindus, he changed his mind,” Dr Abbas said.
Dr Amir Sohail said that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan provided the beacon of hope, modernity and scientific approach and we have to establish educational institutions as a seat of learning and character building. By establishing the Muhammadan Educational Conference, he provided Muslims with a platform on which he could discuss their political problems, he added.