New Delhi: Batla House, in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi which once dominated national headlines as hub of “Indian Mujahedeen” activities and the infamous Batla House Encounter witnessed an entirely different scenario on 26th January 2018 when 69th Republic Day was celebrated with traditional zeal before Friday prayer organized by Mumbai based Journalist Danish Reyaz of Maeeshat Media. While Ulemas and Madrassa students unfurled the tricolour, patriotic fervour gripped the area.
“The Republic Day functions passed off peacefully. Madrassa students also sung patriotic songs,” said Danish Reyaz ,Managing Director of Maeeshat Media Private Limited.
“Madrassa students are equally patriotic as any other student of any other institution of the nation,” added Reyaz.
Danish, a former alumnus of reputed Jamia Millia Islamia and a former resident of the area, in association with the Imam of Khaleelullah Masjid and Nazim Madrasa Ibrahimiyah Jamiatul Quraan organized the Republic day function to dispel the bad omen which had engulfed his former place of residence.
Danish, who himself Madrasa graduate and has seen the radicalization of young Muslim boys from close quarters, organized the function to show a ray of the hope to the young boys of the area.
The function which was first of its kind in the history of Batla House was well received and attended by prominent residents, students and elderly of the area.
Scores of Madrassa students with the traditional white attire and skull cap gathered for the flag hoisting ceremony held outside Khalilullah mosque. Then the students recited national anthem.
Maulana Syed Mohammed Ashraf Ashrafi, President of All India Ulema wa Mashaikh Board who was also present on the occasion, pointed out that politics in the name of caste and creed should stop. “India is a Democratic country. Our country is known for its unity in diverse culture. Irrespective of caste and creed, we all love our nation,” he said.
In his address he stated that” Education is the only ladder from which we can arise to success, our youth should participate more and more in Educational activities and get themselves educate adequately to prove their presence in world as a community.
He also added that it’s our mistake that our community is misunderstood by other, so we should take the responsibility and initiatives to clear this wrong notion.
Maulana Zafaruddin Barkati stated that” we are very grateful and thankful to Mr.Danish Reyaz for taking out his precious time from his busy schedule and helped them to organise and set up this event, it proves that if we stand together we can make a change, unity is our strength.”
Maulana Yaqub Ali Khan Qadri Imam Masjid Khalilullah Batla House, Maulana Muhammad Zafruddin Barkati Editor Kanzul Emaan and Teacher of Madrsa Ibrahimiyah,Mufti Afroz Alam Qasmi, Qazi e Shahar New Delhi, Maulana Nabeel Akhter Aafaqui, Arshad Sirajuddin Madani, Javed Iqbal Social activist and many known faces were enlightened the Republic Day celebration with their esteemed presence.
Ulemas and Madrassa students participated in the 69th Republic Day.
Flag hoisting ceremony was held outside Khalilullah mosque in Batla House.
Batla House, situated in south Delhi, made headlines following an encounter in 2008.
The Republic Day function passed off peacefully.
The organiser was Maeeshat Media Private Limited.