Arif Mohammad Khan
Ancestry and Early life and education
Arif Mohammad Khan was born in 1951 in Bulandshahr. Barabasti or Barah Basti is a group of 12 villages lying in Bulandshahr district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Pathans who predominantly are residing there belong to the "Daudzai" the Pashtun tribe. Barabasti was established by Isa Khan during the regime of Sher Shah Suri (1472–1545).These are the villages of Pathans who migrated from Afghanistan in the far northwest of the country. Pathans who are residing there belong to the "Daudzai" the Pashtun tribe. He was educated at Jamia Millia School, Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and Shia College, Lucknow University. He was the General Secretary, Aligarh Muslim University Students' Union from 1971 to 1972 and its President from 1972 to 1973.
Arif Mohammad Khan started his political career as student leader. He contested the first legislative assembly election from Siyana constituency of Bulandshahar on Bharatiya Kranti Dal party's banner but defeated.
Khan joined the Indian National Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980 from Kanpur and 1984 from Bahraich. In 1986, he quit the Indian National Congress due to differences over the passage of Muslim Personal Law Bill which was piloted by Rajiv Gandhi in the Lok Sabha.
Khan joined the Janata Dal and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989. During the Janata Dal rule Khan served union Minister of Civil aviation and Energy. He left the Janata Dal to join the Bahujan Samaj Party and again entered the Lok Sabha in 1998. Khan held ministerial responsibilities from 1984 to 1990. In 2004, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and later unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate from Kaisarganj constituency. Khan quit the BJP in 2007 because he was "being ignored in the party".
Khan and his wife Reshma Arif run the Samarpan for physically challenged people.
Khan has been deeply involved in writing since his student days. He is the author of the best selling book of the year 2010 Text and Context: Quran and Contemporary Challenges, published by Rupa & Co. Now Arif Mohammad Khan is actively involved in writing articles and columns related to Islam and Sufism. Arif Mohammad Khan has advocated abolishing of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Arif Mohammad Khan also supported the Supreme Court of India's judgement in Shah Bano case to make the right to maintenance of a divorced Muslim wife absolute.
- "Let the Quran Speak for Itself, Books and Documents, Saif Shahin, NewAgeIslam.com, New Age Islam". Newageislam.com. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
- "Is there any scope for change and reform in Islam?". Tehelka.com. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
- "Arif Mohammad Khan on Shah Bano case: 'Najma Heptullah was key influence on Rajiv Gandhi'".
- "Arif Mohammad Khan welcomes Supreme Court's ruling on Section 125".