Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.), an Assistant Director of the Department of Education in undivided Bengal and Assam, a renowned academician and social reformer, a reputed philanthropist, a famed literary figure and Sufi thinker of the country, was the pride of the Muslims in Bengal and one of the most enlightened personalities of his time. He was blessed with a long life and spent all his years for the advancement of a largely backward Muslims in the British-governed India by rejuvenating their thoughts and values and by lifting them from an all-consuming process of social degeneration. The goal of bringing a positive change both in the lives and the psyche of the Muslims that he had set himself to was fully accomplished through his works and deeds. As a result, Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.) became an institution by himself. The name of this vast, prodigious personality, who lived long enough to drench him in the sunlight to an entire millennium, will be pronounced again and again generations after generations. This nation and its people will continue to be indebted to him many ways. Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.) was born on Saturday in December 1873, in a village called Nalta, previously under Khulna and now under Satkhira district of Bangladesh. His father, Munshi Mohammad Mofijiuddin was a pious, wealthy and a generous man. His grandfather, Munshi Mohammad Danesh, was also a religious and affluent person.
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