He believed that muslims could achieve their freedom

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He believed that Muslims could achieve their freedom by having arm struggle against the British and Sikhs. He believed that the evil in the Islamic Society had to be cured. He called for Jihad Movement to over throw the non-Muslim force which was oppressing them. In 1821 He went for Hajj and returned from Arabia in 1823 ready for action. At this time Punjab and NWFP was in the control of Sikh and Muslims were unable to live according to their faith. In 1826 Syed Ahmad established his headquarters near Peshawar and sent a messenger asking Ranjit Singh the ruler to allow Muslims follow their religion but the request was turn down so he had no choice but to attack at Okara on 21 st December 1826 and after that Hazarothe and defeat the Sikhs. He was successful military leader and the mujahedeen force soon reached 80,000 men. When Syed Ahmad was about to attack the Fort of Attock he encountered the army of Sikh of 35000 men. What he did not know was that Yar Muhammad Khan, a Pathan chief was bribed by the Sikh and even his servant tried to poison him. Then Yar Muhammad deserted him on the battle field along his men and thus this creates chaos and lead to defeat. Syed Ahmad had no choice but to move his headquarters to safety of Panjtar near Kashmir but was again betrayed when a person in his army told the British a secret way to attack them. In Battle of Balakot 1831 a surprise attack was led by Sikh and Six hundred Muslims were killed along with Syed Ahmed. HAJI SHARIATULLAH (1781-1840) He was born in 1781 in Faridpur district in East Bengal . His family was poor. In 1799 He went to Arabia on pilgrimage and stayed there for nineteen years. He was greatly influenced by the teaching of Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Wahab . He believed that the miserable condition of the Muslims in India led to the country being Dar- Ul-Harb (Country under Foreign Rule). He wanted Muslims to return to what he thought was the proper observation of Islamic duties called Faraizi. This was why he started his movement was called Faraizi Movement. The Faraizi Movement supported the idea of Jihad against the non- Muslims who were undermining the true principles of Islam. He started Faraizi movement to restore the Pride of the Muslims and remove what he thought were the Hindu practices. Emphasis was placed on praying for past sins and promising to lead a righteous life in the future which had crept into their worship. The success of this movement caused British and Hindu Landlord’s and they drove Haji out of the reign to Nawabganj in Dhaka where he died in 1840. He divides East Bengal into circle under control of each Khalifa to carry out religious activities. He helped the peasants to oppose land taxes and he threatened to declare Jihad against the British so he was captured and put in prison where he died in 1860.
Work of Haji Shariat Ullah was important to Faraizi Movement because it gave encouragement to Muslims at a time when they demoralised by oppression suffered from Hindus and British. It also brought about a spiritual revival which led to a revival in Islamic religion in East Bengal.

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