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One of Allama Mashriqi’s sons was killed, three were arrested, and the lives of his young daughters were threatened. This book profiles these unsung heroes of the Indian subcontinent’s independence.
Allama Mashriqi’s Sons & Daughters
British India’s Young Freedom Fighters, author Nasim Yousaf’s (Allama Mashriqi’s grandson) sixteenth book, has been published in the United States of America. The book profiles the stories of Allama Mashriqi’s sons and daughters, who fought for the freedom of the Indian sub-continent (now Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh). Like Mashriqi, these individuals made great sacrifices for the nation in order to end the British Raj.
The newly published book is a compelling read that sheds light on these heroes. The book is bound to draw considerable interest not only from researchers, students, and academics of South Asian studies, but also any individual interested in the history of the Indian sub-continent. The book is available in both print (hardcover) and electronic formats (accessible globally via Kindle, phone, and other devices).
Book Description (from back cover)
Allama Mashriqi led the freedom movement of the Indian sub-continent (now comprised of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) and liberated his people from British rule in 1947. Mashriqi was a force to be reckoned with, which is evidenced by the Government’s aggressive efforts to try and stop him; during the independence struggle, Mashriqi was arrested at least six times, his movements were restricted at least twice, his organization (including Al-Islah journal) was banned, and his followers were killed. Furthermore, he endured physical attacks, harassments and threats. And perhaps worst of all, Mashriqi’s sons were arrested and one was “murdered in cold blood” and became a martyr (over 50,000 people attended his funeral). Meanwhile, his daughters and wives faced death threats from those seeking to damage Mashriqi.
Indeed, Mashriqi’s family was incredibly devoted to him and also made deep sacrifices for the cause. Following in the footsteps of their father, Mashriqi’s sons and daughters were on the front lines in the fight for independence. This work, by a grandson of Mashriqi, focuses on Mashriqi’s children’s personal lives, their fight for freedom, and their sacrifices for the cause. The book contains articles on Mashriqi’s sons and daughters from his first wife (Wilayat Begum): Hameedah Begum (daughter), Ikramullah Khan Anwar (son), Mehmudah Begum (daughter), Ehsanullah Khan Aslam (martyred son), Masuda Yousaf (daughter), Inamullah Khan Akram (son), and Inayatullah Khan Asghar (son). The work also includes additional memoirs on Wilayat Begum and Professor Meraj-ud-Din (Mashriqi’s father-in-law).
About the Author
Nasim Yousaf, a grandson of Allama Mashriqi, has spent a considerable portion of his adult life engaged in academic research on Allama Mashriqi and the Khaksar Tehrik. His work has led him to some of the most prestigious research libraries in the US, U.K., and Canada. Mr. Yousaf’s research has been painstaking, as material on Mashriqi and the Khaksar Tehrik was not readily available, scattered or improperly catalogued. Many of the files related to the Movement have still not been declassified by the Governments of Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Yousaf’s published works have brought fresh perspective and made important contributions to the South Asian historical record. His books can be found in world-renowned academic/research libraries in five continents (Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America). His works have also been published in peer-reviewed publications as well as newspapers in various countries. And they have also been exhibited in famous book fairs in New York, San Francisco, London, and Frankfurt. Through his works, the author has introduced notable South Asian legends (Allama Mashriqi, Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan, and Air Commodore Mohammad Zafar Masud) to the Western world. As a result of his efforts, Mr. Yousaf has a large following on social media of individuals seeking information about his works on these legendary figures.