Chholas, a famous sadat village in NCR , is located at the distance of 4 Kms from the main G.T. Road point which is known as Kot Ka Pul and 40 kms from Delhi , the Indian capital city. The history of Chholas Sadat is very old . Interestingly, this grand village was in Bulandshahr District till November 14, 1976, then in Ghaziabad till June 09,1997 and now in Gautam Budh Nagar (Noida). Our ancestors from Sabzwar (Iran) were immigrated here about five hundred years ago. Majority of our population is the generation of Honorable Grand Father Late Syed Ali Asghar . Further, it was boosted in later half of the Nineteenth century when Late Engineer Mohd Nazir reformed the village extention i.e. Mohallah Garhi . His religious contribution is remarkable since he individually established two Imambargahs (Mahal & Bara Imambara) and one Mosque in this locality. The generation of Honorable Grand Father Late Syed Ali Asghar gave shelter to refugees also and now they are merged with the same identity and same culture. There are four Mosques, two Idgahs, one Karbala and twelve (Big) & twenty (Customary) Imambargahs in the village.
Chholas, with a population of approximately eight thousand, is represented by Shias, extending same cooperation to Sunnis and non Muslim communities respectively. This data is excluded of the people who have been shifted in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and other nearby cities in search of business and employment. They constitute and form a gathering of nearly 10,000 at the time of Eid and Muharram.
There are five schools including one Govt. recognized Higher Secondary and one Religious Institution ‘Jamia Rizvia’ in the village. Our Village community is still lacking in modern education. Actually, there are two major factors responsible if we couldn’t make fast progress in the educational sector. Firstly, our Previous educated class was moved by the Partition of India when our cream layer quickly emigrated to Pakistan. Secondly, Fast growing Sofa Industry (Main Profession of Chholas people) in last three decades of the 20th Century confined villagers’ mentality to earn money for their survival through this one and only industry . Now, we have only a remorse since our literacy rate is not equal to other communities in the second fastest developing country of the world. Actually, our land lord system had a ruling tendency which caused obstacles for a healthy future of the village . But now, this mentality is entirely changed and our people have started to spend a plenty of money on their kids education . They are imparting education to their kids wherever and however it is possible. Now, our children are acquiring education in other states and abroad also to accomodate with a new era. Unfortunately, our new generation is far behind in Arabic and Urdu education as well, although this pious land has been God gifted with a number of Religious Scholars, Maulivis, Professors, Engineers, Poets and Orators . Our local politics has failed to play a vital role in achieving educational goal for the community. No serious efforts are made by our community leaders to promote education among the people. That’s why people are shifting in the nearby cities. We can conclude that this is not a good sign for our Sadat future. We have to eradicate illiteracy at any cost to save the histroical identity of our Chholas sadat.
We are pleased to share a sound economy of the village community by the mercy of God. Our per capita income is around Rs. 81,000 (US$1306) which is better than our country's per capita income of Rs. 73,140 (US$1180) as per 2012-13 survey conducted by the Govt. of India. Now, we have leading businessmen in the nearby cities and other states also. Mosques and Imambargahs are being renovated . Our community people spend hundreds of thousands rupees on the auspicious occasions of Muharram and Chehlum (Arbaeen).
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“Illiteracy is my worst enemy, I would have killed it If I had found it in the form of human body.”
HAZRAT ALI IBNE ABI TALIB (AS)