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Sir Syed’s 202nd Birth Anniversary celebrated at PU

Seminar “Sir Syed: KhirdMandonKa Imam” pays tributes to the great reformer of subcontinent

Speakers suggest re-learning from education linked political practice of Sir Syed

Staff Report

LAHORE (Friday, October 18, 2019):  In connection with the 202nd Birth Anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and Liberal Human Forum jointly organized a seminar titled: “Sir Syed: KhiradMandonKa Imam” to pay tributes to the great thinker and reformist of subcontinent.

The speakers included Mujeeb ur Rehman Shami, Sajjad Mir, Dr. Mujahid Mansoori, Yasir Pirzada, Afzaal Rehan, Dr. Noshina Saleem and Dr. Shabbir Sarwar. A large of students of development journalism,film and television studies were present in the Hameed Nizami Hall on this occasion. A special cake “Happy Birthday to Sir Syed” was also cut by speakers and students.

The speakers while highlighting Sir Syed’s contribution for educating the depressed and emotional Muslims of Subcontinent after defeat in the War of Independence 1957 paid rich tributes him. Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami said the message of Sir Syed’s life was competing and getting success through education, however, today millions of children are out of school and we have forgot the message of Sir Syed.

Sajjad Mir said Sir Syed’s contribution regarding publication of a book in response to a blasphemous book after collecting money through fundraising was a great contribution which washed away all types of religious criticism against him.

Dr. Mujahid Mansoori said Sir Syed is amongst the top 10 reformers of the world who changed behavior of the people of subcontinent through his communication and rational approach at a time when British rulers were very revengeful against them due to Independence War 1957. He said Sir Syed was a great communicologist who changed Muslims and British rulers’ behavior through his publications “Causes of Indian Revolt”, “Aligarh Scientific Society Gazette”and Tahzeeb-ul-Akhlaq. He issued a warning to the government for illegal restrictions on the freedom of speech and expression. 

President Liberal Human Forum Afzaal Rehan said there should be tolerance to listen to the point of view of the liberal voices in the country as progress sticks to the progressive thinking as proven in the practice of Sir Syed. PU ICS In-charge Dr. Noshina Saleem said journalism students should learn for the practice and life of Sir Syed who fought with the power of pen. Dr. Shabbir Sarwar said Muslims countries were losing on all fronts in the world politically and militarily, hence, they should get back to the teachings of Sir Syed to re-learn the significance of education, practical preparation and rational approach to win in various aspects of human life.

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