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THS DAY IN HISTORY

THS DAY IN HISTORY

Birth of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

  • Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founded the Aligarh movement. This movement aimed at spreading modern education and creating political consciousness among Indian Muslims.
  • The first national awakening among the Muslims found expression through this movement. He was assisted in his movement by able persons like Khwaja Altaf Hussain Ali, Maulvi Wazir Ahmed.
  • This movement is known as 'Aligarh movement' because it had started at Aligarh. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan established Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College at Aligarh in 1875. This college developed into Aligarh University in 1890.
  • The Aligarh movement aimed at spreading Western education among Muslims without weakening their allegiance to Islam. The movement also aimed at introducing social reforms among Indian Muslims.
  • Sir Syed Ahmed Khan condemned polygamy and a social ban on widow remarriage.
  • The Aligarh movement was based on the liberal interpretation of the Quran. It strived to harmonise Islam with modern liberal culture.

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