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Hatered Of Hindus
Dec 2012

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan : It was one thing to be a staunch Muslim, but another to be prejudiced against other communities. But to be hateful of Hindus did not behave a person of the stature whose gift is Aligarh Muslim University, In a speech he made at Meerut on 16 March 1888, he said : the command of God was that Mussalmans could not be friends of non-Muslims. They could cooperate with Christians who were people of the Book. If hey could be friends, it could only be with Christians.

In another speech made on 28 December, 1888 at Lucknow he described the Bengalees as a people who at the sight of a table knife would crawl under his chair.

Sir Syed's contempt for the Hindu religious places is best known from his Urdu book Asaru's Sanadid edited by Prof. Khaleeq Anjum published in 1990:

Quwwatul Islam Masjid: when Qutubud-Din, the commander-in-chief of Muizzu'd-Din Sam alias Shihabu'd-Din Ghauri, conquered Delhi in AH 587 corresponding to AD 1191 corresponding to 1248 Bikrami, this idol house (of Rai Pithora) was converted into a mosque. The idol was taken out of the temple. Some of the images sculptured on walls or doors or Pillars were effaced completely, some were defaced. But the structure of the idol house kept standing as before. Materials from twenty-seven temples, which were worth five crore and forty lakhs of Dilwals, were used in the mosque, and an inscription giving the date of conquest and his own name was installed on the eastern gate�..

When Malwah and Ujjain were conquered by Sultan Shamsu'd-Din in AH 631 corresponding to AD 1233, then the idol house of Mahakal was demolished and its idols as well as the statue of Raja Bikramajit were brought to Delhi, they were strewn in front of the door of the mosque��

In books of history, this mosque has been described as Masjid-i-Adinah and Jama Masjid Delhi, but Masjid Quwwat al- Islam is mentioned nowhere. It is not known as to when this name was adopted. Obviously, seems that when this idol house was captured, and the mosque constructed, it was named Quwwatal-Islam (the might of Islam).

Justice Syed Ameer Ali : His best known book The Spirit of Islam was published in London in 1922. For an intellectual of his stature, he was surprisingly bigoted. He could not help giving vent to his contempt for the Hindus. In the above book he says :

Before the followers of Islam lifted the veil behind which India had lived enshrouded in mystery for thousands of years, she possessed no history. It is impossible to say when Vasudeva-Krishna lived, or to judge his personality. There are innumerable legends which verge on the absurd and puerile, legends evidently manufactured by the priests, who had become the equal, if not the superiors, of the gods; and whose interest it was to keep the minds of the vulgar fascinated and enthralled. The place which Vasudeva-Krishna occupies in the Hindu pantheon is that of the incarnation of Vishnu, and as such he forms the central figure in the devotional part of the Bhagavad Gita. He is evidently a composite divinity; one of the man-gods associated with his being the gay hero who lived among the cowherds of Gokul and disported himself in the famous groves of Brindabun with his merry companions. 

Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Sir Syed was born in the imperial City of Delhi in 1817. He was a Syed by birth. Paternally, he was descended from Hazrat Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Mahomed. Being presecuted by the Ommiades and the Abbassides, the Beni Fatimites migrated to different countries including India. Member of his family came to India in the reign of Shah Jahan. Their connection with the Moghul Court Continued down to the end of Bahadur Shah (1857). In 1839, he Joined as Naib Mir Munshi to Sir Robert Hamilton, Commissioner of Agra. In 1855 he was appointed as Sadr Amin, Bijnore (UP) and the Mutiny took place during his tenure at Bijnore. After the Mutiny he established an English school at Moradabad (UP). In 1869-70 he visited England. In 1877, Lord Lytton laid down the foundation of Muhammedan Anglo Oriental College at Aligarh. In 1878, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was appointed as a Member of the Imperial Legislative Council (1878-1883). 

(Source : Eminent Mussalmans, G. A. Natesan & Co. Madras 1922

The Right Hon. Syed Amir Ali

He occupies a unique position all over the Moslem World. As a Moslem jurist he has no equal; as an interpreter of Islamic history and belief he is recognized, on all hands, as an authority; as a reconciler of Islam with modern progress and enlightenment, he perhaps stands without a rival. Like Sir Syed, he stood aloof from the Indian National Congress from the conviction that the Moslem community tied to the wheels of the Juggernaut of the majority would be in the end crushed out of all semblance of nationality. He was born in Bengal in 1849 and traced his decent to the Prophet. In 1873 he was called to the Bar. (Inner Temple, London). He founded in 1876 the Central National Mahomedan Association and remained its Secretary for 25 years. In 1878, he was appointed to the post of Presidency Magistrate; and appointed Tagore Law Professor in 1889. He became a High Court Judge in 1890, being the second Mahomedan to be thus honoured, the first being Justice Syed Mahmood, the son of the legendry Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. 
In 1909 he was sworn in as a Privy Councillor. He was also the first Indian to enter the precincts of His Majesty the King's Council. 

(Source : Eminent Mussalmans, G. A. Natesan & Co. Madras 1922 )


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