Role of Muslims in the Indian Freedom Struggle

Role of Muslims in the Indian Freedom Struggle

Famous Writer Mr. Kushwant Singh said: “Indian Freedom is written on Muslims’ blood, their participation in freedom struggle was much more, in proportion to their small percentage of population”.

In fact, Muslims make up over 30% of all the martyrs listed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2019 “Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947)”. In fact, Muslims make up over 30% of all the martyrs listed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2019 “Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947)”.

The sacrifices of Muslims, for the Indian freedom struggle were deliberately hidden. Let’s look into Indian History to know the truth.

Every Indian should know the innumerable facts and teach our children the truth! Please read fully and forward to every Indian you. In fact, the first freedom struggle was by Hyder Ali, and his son Tippu Sultan in 1780s and 1790s rockets from Mysore were the first iron-cased rockets, successfully deployed for military use. Hyder Ali, and his son Tippu Sultan, used rockets and cannons effectively against the British invaders during the 1780s and 1790s.

Everyone knows that Rani Janshi Bai fought to get the kingdom for her adopted child but how many of us know that Begum Hazrat Mahal was the unsung heroine of the first war of Independence, who shot the British Ruler Sir. Henry Lawrence. She also defeated the British army in a decisive Battle at Chinhat on June 30, 1857.

Do you know that the organizer and leader of “First Indian freedom struggle” was Moulavi Ahamadullah Shah – many were killed, among them 90% were Muslims! Ashfaqulla Khan was the first to be hanged at the age of 27 years for conspiring against the British Raj.

Maulana Hasrat Mohani created the phrases “Inqalab Zindabad,” which means “long live revolution,” and they became more well-known than he was. Maulana Hasrat Mohani took part in the Indian Independence Movement and spent many years in prison due to British rule. In 1921, he became the first individual in Indian history to seek “Complete Independence.”

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an Indian scholar and the senior Muslim leader of the Indian National Congress during the Indian independence movement. Gandhiji writes: “I have had the privilege of being associated with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in national work since 1920. His nationalism is as robust as his faith in Islam.” 

Last Mogul Emperor Bahadur Shah was the first to strongly fight for Indian freedom which lead to 1857 independence struggle and Rajiv Gandhi wrote Bahadur Shah’s grave: “Although you (Bahadur Shah) do not have land in India, you have had it here. Your name is alive…pay homage to the memory of the symbol and rallying point of India’s first war of independence….”

M.K.M Ameer Hamza, donated multi million rupees for Indian National Army (INA). Ameer Hamza was later arrested and interrogated by the British for aiding and abetting Netaji’s INA. After the second World War, the family stayed in Burma and returned to India in the 1960s repatriation of Burmese refugees. He was impoverished in his later days and struggled hard. He passed away on 1 January 2016, at the age of 99.

Memon Abdul Habeeb Yusuf Marfani, donated almost his entire fortune of Rs. 1 crore to the Indian National Army – a princely sum in those days by completely donating his entire asset to Netaji’s INA.

Shah Nawaz Khan (194-1983) was a soldier, a politician, Chief officer and commander, in the Indian National Army (INA).

Netaji’s ministry had 19 ministers, 5 of them were Muslims. Mother Beevimma, a Muslim lady donated over 30 lakhs rupees for the Indian freedom struggle. Abul Kalam Azad, Jinnah, Nawab of Bihar were the three who made the plans for total independence. Suraiya Thiyabji (a Muslim lady) assisted in designing the Indian National Flag.

Muslims were never reluctant to use mosques for the purpose of freedom struggle. When an Imam was addressing about Indian freedom in a Holy Masjid in Uttar Pradesh, the British Army shot all the Muslims in that Masjid.

Still you see the dried blood of the freedom fighters shed on the walls of that Masjid. All know that Muslims ruled India over 800 years and they didn’t steal anything from India as the British, Dutch & French did. Muslims lived here, ruled here & died here. By bringing in a wealth of expertise in the fields of literature, architecture, politics, justice, government bodies, and management structures—all of which are still employed in Indian management strategies—they helped to unite and civilize India.

In Tamil Nadu, Ismael Shaheb & Maruda Nayagam fought against the British for 7 continuous years. The British feared them most.

We all know V.O. Chithambaram Pillai (Kappalotiya Tamilzhan) -the first Sailor who sailed against the West Indian Company in the Indian freedom war but how many know that Fakkir Muhammed Rowther, was the one who donated that ship. When VOC was arrested, Muhammed Yaseen was shot dead by British police for his demonstration to release V.O. Chithambaram Pillai.

We all know about the great freedom fighter Tiruppur Kumaran (“Kodi katha kumaran”) who participated in the Indian independence movement and was martyred in 1932. With Kumaran 7 other participants were arrested – all were Muslims, Abdul Latheef, Akbar Ali, Mohideen Khan, Abdul Rahim, Vavu Shaheb, Abdul Latheef and Sheikh Baba Shaheb.

One can write thousands of pages as books, on the sacrifice of Muslims for the Freedom of India but unfortunately, the domination of communal extremists, fanatics hid these truths and history is misrepresented in Indian History books.

In fact, distorted history is rewritten to divide people for securing votes. Patriotic Indians should exercise caution to avoid becoming victims of dishonest politicians and strive to bring all citizens together for a powerful and forward-thinking nation.

A.M. HARRIS is the Secretary General of Indian National Muslim Jamaath Council, Thrissur, Kerala. Hailed from Thrissur, Harris earned his B. Com from Madras University, he has been a social activist for the last 50 years. He is also the working president of Kerala Muslim Jamaath Council. Formerly he was the director of Thrissur Chamber of Commerce. Email address: [email protected]

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