In India, we might have noticed the politicians being partial and trying to divide the people based on religion, caste and creed. But there is a real Indian Muslim who stood with the core Islamic values which are based on the Holy Quran and which are logical in sense. He is liked by every Hindu and every Muslim who follows the Holy Quran and does not follow the other Imamas or Mullahs. That real Indian Muslim and patriotic person’s name is Arif Mohammad Khan. He is a BJP leader now and Governor of Kerala. His support for the CAA raged many Muslims. However, he never had gone back in his opinions and he left parties and the Ministry to stick to his opinions. Let us explore his life.

His date of birth and Education details:
Arif Mohammad Khan was born on 18th November 1951. in Bulandshahr. He was educated at Jamia Millia School, Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and at Shia College, Lucknow University.

Political career:
He started his political career as a Students Leader at Aligarh Muslim University. He was the president of Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union in the year 1972-73 and also its Honorary Secretary a year earlier (1971–72). At first, he contested for Siyana constituency but was defeated under the banner of Bharathiya Kranti Dal. Later he won the elections. He became a member of Legislative Assembly in UP at the age of 26 in 1977. He joined Congress party and became Member of Parliament for twice in the years 1980 and 1984.

Voice against religious politics:
When the passage of Muslim Personal Law Board, which was piloted by Rajiv Gandhi, he raised his voice against this and the Muslim Personal Law Board was initiated to counter the Shah Bano case. In Shah Bano case first, Supreme Court gave the verdict in favour of Shah Bano and later, Rajiv Gandhi piloted the Muslim Personal Law Board, which again turned the case down and Shah Bano was to lose the case due to the new law.  Arif Mohammad Khan was against the Triple Talaq. He is a progressive thinker, he opposed the idea of triple talaq.

With Janata Dal:
After differences with Rajiv Gandhi, he joined Janata Dal and was re-elected as MP. In 1989, during Janata Dal rule, he served as Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Energy. For a short time, he became part of Bahujan Samaj Party also.

BJP the right place for Mr Khan:
Mr Khan joined BJP in 2004 and served the nation in different capacities. BJP rightly recognized this great man and honoured him. He regained his energy when the BJP won the 2014 elections and in 2015, he was invited by Modi. Arif Mohammad Khan is best known for opposing a bill passed in Indian Parliament, the Muslim Personal Law Bill, the Bill denies the maintenance for women, which deprived Muslim women of Women rights. His progressive thinking came from his student life. He along with his co-workers in the Aligarh University was against the regressive and oppressive idea of exploiting and discriminating women in the Muslim community. He believed that the triple talaq was not at all right and it deprives the basic rights of Muslim women.

He wrote different books and supported Shah Bano. He said one should be jailed if triple talaq was given. Finally, with the hard work of Mr Khan and BJP’s leadership, the suppressive, regressive and unconstitutional triple talaq was called unconstitutional and against triple talaq, a bill was passed in   Parliament as Bill number 247 of 2019.

Along with his wife Reshma Khan, he has been serving handicapped people under the banner “Samarpan “

On his birthday, we should think of having such great people who fight for the right cause. feels proud of such a great leader who thinks of the wellbeing of Muslims and all Indians as well. 

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