(RAHNUMA) Syed Ahmed Khan, Editor In Chief and Founder, TheRahnuma.com, on his visit to New Delhi, held a private meeting with the Dewan of the nation’s most revered Muslim Shrine at Ajmer.
His Eminence Dewan Sayyid Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, also called as the Sajjadanashin of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and His Eminence Syed Naseruddin Chisty, Deputy Dewan, the shrine of Ajmer met with Syed Ahmed Khan to discuss important issues pertaining to the general interests of Indian Muslims, and in the national interests of the Republic itself.
Khan’s meeting with the Dewan and deputy Dewan was a follow-up to Naseruddin Chisty’s visit to the office of India’s oldest Urdu daily newspaper, “The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily” in Hyderabad last month when he came to meet His Excellency Syed Vicaruddin, Editor In Chief & Publisher, The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily, Chairman, Indo Arab League.
The Delhi meet was commenced by Syed Ahmed Khan, applauding Sheikhul Mashaeikh Zainul Abedin Ali Khan on his successful meeting earlier in the day with India’s top National Security Advisor – Ajit Doval.
Khan sat with His Eminence for a few hours and discussed a number of issues, potential solutions, and exchanged ideas and views on topics of interest for Muslims in the Republic of India.
Khan also raised issues faced by the Muslim NRI diaspora and OCI cardholders before the Dewan which should be represented before the GOI.
The meeting concluded with the reiteration of the fundamental definitions much neglected in the current climate throughout the country.
These include the very idea that the Republic of India is not a civilization, it is a secular, democratic republic, founded in 1947 founded upon sacrifices of its freedom fighters, so many of whom were also Muslims and Sufis since the period of the Mutiny.
Indians are united by the tricolor flag, not religious narratives, nor stories nor partisan politics and ideologies.
The Republic of India’s most sacred document is its Constitution, and it was written by a Dalit, in English, not Farsi nor Sanskrit.
Indians are those who accepted the Constitution after Independence and stayed, became the first citizens of the newly founded Republic, regardless of whether they were Brahmin, Khan, or Sayyid.
The Republic of India was named and created to ensure it remained distinct, yet not disconnected, from its ancient and recent past, so it could successfully enter the modern Industrial Age and beyond.
India is as much belonging to its Muslim citizens, as it is anyone else.
The brave freedom fighters who laid down their lives to liberate this land from the British Empire did so in order to liberate its people from the poverty and famine the British Raj resulted.
This desire to eradicate poverty compliments the very core message of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer, who is known by the auspicious title, “Gharib Nawaz”, or simply the Sage who eradicates poverty.