The brave British-era freedom fighter who exemplified Hindu-Muslim unity

Abdul Hafiz Mohammad Barkatullah was born on July 7, 1854 in Itora, Bhopal. He had elementary education in Arabic and Persian from Sulemaniya Vidyalaya in Bhopal, then later he did his higher studies in the same institute.

Maulana Barkatullah received her education in English from Sulaimaniya School through high school. During his studies, he met many highly educated and experienced clerics and experts and learned a lot from them.

After completing his studies, Maulana Barkatullah was appointed as a teacher at the school of Sulaimaniya itself. While teaching here, he was greatly influenced by Sheikh Jamaluddin Afghani.

Contribution to the War of Freedom

Shaikh Jamaluddin was touring the world for mutual unity and brotherhood among Muslims of all countries, at the same time Maulana Barkatullah’s parents passed away. After which, he left Bhopal and went to Bombay, continued his English studies by giving lessons in Khandala then in Bombay.

Abdul Hafiz Maulana Barkatullah aka Maulana Barkatullah Bhopali was one of India’s brave freedom fighters, Maulana Barkatullah spent most of his life abroad but he provided vital support to the struggle of India for freedom.

He is also called a flamboyant face of Hindu Muslim unity. For this reason, Maulana Barkatullah Bhopali, in meeting with Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi in 1915, announced the first Indian government petition regarding migration.

It should be mentioned here that many people believe that the Azad Hind Fauj formed the first government of India. But the reality is contrary to this, “India’s first interim government was formed in Afghanistan under the leadership of Raja Mahendra Pratap”. Maulana Barkatullah and Ubaidullah Sindhi, whose President was Mahendra Pratap Singh and Prime Minister Maulana Barkatullah Bhopali.

In 1915, Maulana Barkatullah Bhopali reached Kabul with the help of Turkey and Germany to participate in the ongoing Ghadar wave against the British from America to Afghanistan, where he participated in this movement and worked out new strategies for India’s liberation campaign.

I worry about India even at the last moment

On that last night of September 20, 1927, Maulana Barkatullah left the world. On the last night of his life, he meaningfully told his companions: “I have fought for the freedom of my homeland with honesty all my life. And today, when I leave this life, where I regret that in my lifetime my attempt to liberate the country from British rule could not succeed.But I am also aware that millions of brave men have come forward after me to liberate my country, who are honest , brave and even braver. Now I am going with a quiet hand, placing the fate of my beloved country in their hands.”

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Thelma J. Longworth