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My Ph.D. Journey – From Kashmir to Aligarh Muslim University

Fulfilling the dream of Prof. Abdus Salam

By Dr. Mohsin Ilahi, Aligarh

It is reported that when Prof. Abdus Salam wrote letters to some people in Kashmir that I need a M.Sc. physics student among Kashmiri Ahmadis but unfortunately there was none at that time.

Then he demanded any Kashmiri Muslim but no one turned out. Finally the last request was any one from non-Muslim Kashmiri community. There were many such students but no one came forward due to some unknown reasons. The point is Prof. Salam’s passion for his mission and vision to bring back the lost glory of science in Third World countries in general and Muslim World in particular. During his 1980 visit to Qadian,

It is said that a Kashmiri Delegation put a question to Prof. Salam: What is your message for Kashmir? Prof. Salam replied that I have already written to Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah (The Lion of Kashmir) that Kashmiris should focus on Science and Technology and the message is the same for you as well. These are not the exact words but more or less the meaning is the same.

Kashmir has a troubled history and this has taken a heavy toll on its education system. Kashmir does not have much history of science and technology scholarship. It is only in a recent decade that a significant improvement has become visible. Lots of Kashmiris have started to excel in biological, chemical and other experimental sciences but a lot is needed in mathematical sciences. Without mathematical sciences the science and technology revolution that Prof. Salam dreamt for Kashmir is incomplete. I am working towards this goal in my humble capacity by being an active core member of Kashmiri Institute of Mathematical Sciences founded in January 2019 by Dr. Muhammad Rukhsanul Haq – a passionate follower of Prof. Abdus Salam’s legacy.

Life in Kashmir-1991 to 2008

When I opened my eyes in village Nasirabad (Kanipora) that is about 4km from district Headquarters of Kulgam in South Kashmir, the armed struggle in Kashmir had already begun. I vividly remember the gunshots that used to be fired sometimes on and off around our village by army against the militants and we used to lay down our bodies so that bullets do not hit us.

Having education in such conditions was no less than an adventurous journey through a jungle.

Fortunately I had the opportunity to study up to 12 th class smoothly in my village private school TIAI Nasirabad that remained mostly insulated from the political, armed and violent turmoil.

This school was run by the elders of village Nasirabad like my beloved father Abdul Hamid Lone and his beloved friend Respected Abdul Khaliq Bhat. They were actively involved in running this school in those terrible times when militancy in Kashmir was at its peak.

Second blessing was that my village was an Ahmadi village. The Imams particularly Respected Nasir Nadeem used to narrate the childhood stories of Prof. Salam in Friday sermons that how passionately Prof. Salam used to study. In school Dr. Javid Sir and others who used to narrate the inspirational story of Prof. Salam in an eloquent manner that used to give me much needed motivational fuel up to 8th class. I was in 9 th class when I got hold of a quarterly magazine Minaret published from Kerala and the issue was dedicated to the life and legacy of Prof. Salam.

This provided the motivational fuel for about two more years. After 10 th I visited Qadian and I still remember it was the book Ramoozi Fitrat  by Respected Zakaria Virk that I bought for Rs. 25/ Indian rupees near Ahmadiyya Chowk in 2005. I spent nights after that to finish reading that book with full zeal and fervor as soon as possible. I got highly charged for the mission ahead after reading. The book remains with me as my very first inspirational book.

I narrated this event later with Respected Zakaria M Virk when he visited Aligarh in 2013 for Ibn Sina Memorial Lecture organized by Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Sciences Aligarh founded by visionary Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman. Mention of my name and the above inspiration by the book in another wonderful book “Salam Abdus Salam” by Respected Zakaria M Virk motivated me in a big way for my Ph.D. journey that started in 2014.

Life in Aligarh- 2008 to 2020

Due to timely guidance for higher studies by my beloved teachers Mubarak Sir, Raja Waseem Sir & Dr. Saifullah Lone, I decided to move to the Mecca of Education in India called as Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Here I got dozens of the celebrated magazine Tahzibul Akhlaq issues. These were filled with the inspiring articles by Respected Zakaria M Virk on Muslim scientists and biography book reviews on Prof. Salam. These periodically charged me for the goal of doing physics with much more intensity in my B.Sc. (Hons) physics days at AMU.

In M.Sc. days I came to know that Prof. Salam has donated a Replica of his Nobel Model to the prestigious and the largest university library of Asia known as Maulana Azad Library, AMU. I believe the purpose of Prof. Salam in donating this was just to inspire the Muslims and I can safely say I am the one who got that inspiration out of it. Whenever my motivational batteries went down I used to connect my heart and mind to the online books by Respected Zakaria Virk like “Musalmanu Ka Newton” and “Salam Abdus Salam” to get fully charged. Looking at the historic photos of Prof. Salam’s visits to AMU also fuelled sometimes my motivation.

I joined my Ph.D. program in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Abbas Ali. His role models are Prof. Salam and Prof. Israr Ahmad. The later prof. was not only a distinguished professor of physics department AMU but also a colleague of Prof. Salam in the vision and mission of bringing back past glory of Muslim scientists. He established the Centre for Promotion of Science for this purpose in 1985 on the direction of Prof. Salam in AMU. The table on which Prof. Israr used to work is now used by Dr. Abbas Ali and thus the Ph.D. journey was charged continuously by that legacy of Prof. Israr who used to follow footsteps of Prof. Salam. However, much of the credit goes to Dr. Abbas Ali without whose academic alertness, sense of perfection and nurturing the immature theoretical physicist sitting inside me, my Ph.D. journey would have been incomplete.

Conclusion To cut the long story short, it is the legacy of Prof. Salam that kept me going.

Luckily, part of that legacy was recorded, documented and preserved that fuelled my heart and made it possible for me to do whatever little I could by my mind trained in theoretical physics.

mohsinilahi23@gmail.com

Categories: Asia, India

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  1. The Kashmir Genocide

    Y the evisceral hate of the Kashmiris by the Hindoos ? They are not Indians by DNA,Race or Religion. Is it the white skin complex or the fact that the ancestors of the Kashmiris pillaged Hindoosthan and also raped/ravished Hindoo women and destroyed Satanic Hindoo Temples and Idols ?

    What is wrong with destroying Hindoo Temples and Idols or bombing them ? It was done by Moses,Abraham,Jesus,John the Baptist ,Prophet of Islam,Gobind Singh etc.Ghazni and his tribes just followed the path of the prophets !

    And what is wrong with raping Hindoo women (wives of Brahmins/ Banias etc.)? Hindoo Gods raped Hindoo women and wives of Brahmins all the time ! In reality – the Mughals fertilised the Indian race and created a new race – one which the Indians consider to be a martial hindoo race.

    Y is there a lack of intellectual defense among Islamists of the so called ravishing of the Hindoo Frigid Vaginas by the Mongols, Afghans and Mughals ?

    It is what they deserved ! The Hindoo Gods created Brahmins just to rape their wives ! The best practice model was that the Brahmin used to meditate in the forests and be celibates – inspite of having beautiful wives !

    The vile of the Brahmin was that he used his wife as bait to tempt the Gods to rape his wife – and then cursed the Gods – with a pardon contingent upon on a boon of writing some scriptures and limited morrtality !

    Is there more evil in this cosmos ? The Empirical and Theological proof is given below :

    Sage Atri – As Shiva,Indra and Vishnu , “raped his wife Anasuya”
    Sage Gautama – As Indra “raped his wife Ahilya”, by stealth he said the following from the Skanda PuranaV.iii.136.2-16
    O beautiful la dy of uncensured features, resort to me, the king of Devas, “Sport about with me”.
    What will you do with this Brahmana “who has become lean and emaciated”, due to his “over- zealousness for purity and conventional rites and austerities” and Vedic studies
    Lord Rama’s father – His wife had “sex with a horse and 11 Brahmins”, to make Lord Rama
    Lord Rama’s Story – “Vishnu raped Tulsi/Vrinda”, as her husband , was a Brahmin – then the “whore cursed Vishnu” to be “born as Rama” and have “his wife raped by Ravana” – all “due to the impotentica of 1 Brahmin”
    What did the Aswins say before they raped the Brahmin Sukanya
    Mahabharata 3.123
    “O divinely beautiful damsel, do thou, forsaking Chyavana accept one of us for husband. It behoveth thee not to spend thy youth fruitlessly…”
    Ved Vyas ,who wrote the Mahabharata, was the “bastard son”, of Rishi Parashar and Satyawa
    As per the Harivamsa Purana,Sage Vashishtha’s daughter , Shatrupa had sexual relations with Daddy Cool

    It is the cosmic wheel of providence as nothing can happen which Allah does not will

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