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Obituaries: 1-15 February 2002

Prof. Muhammad Mashkoor Alam, distinguished scientist and head of department of AMUís department of Botany recently died in Aligarh. More then two hundred of his research papers were published in various Indian and foreign journals. He was also honoured with Prof.Hiralal Chakravarty Award. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. 

Maulana Syed Mohammed Tahir Sahib Hussaini, former adviser to the rector of Darul Uloom Nadwatul ulama and father of Mualana Syed Salman Hussaini Nadwi died at Lucknow on 24 Dec. He was bed-ridden since 1993 when he fell and broke his hip bone. Born in1929 , he was from Hussaini family of Mansurpur Muzzaffar Nagar U.P. He had his education at Mazahir-uloom Saharanpur. He was Ba'it to Maulana Zakaria and was his Khalifa also. He was co-brother of Hazrat Maulana Syed M.Rabey Nadwi Nazim Darululoom Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow.

Freedom fighter and founder member of Praja Mandal Muhammad Ghaffar Alvi died on 3 January of a massive cardiac arrest. He was87. Alvi was the youngest member of the Working Committee of Praja Mandal and started legal practice in 1939. He was elected MLA in 1972 from Johari Bazar constituency of Jaipur. He played a vital role in establishing a bench of the Rajasthan High Court in Jaipur during his tenure in the Assembly. He went to jail several times, first during the Quit India Movement. He also established the state units of SFI, Kisan Sabha and the Railway Union. He was buried with full honours in the Ghat Gate graveyard. Several religious, political and social leaders attended his funeral prayers and paid glowing tributes to his memory. The state governor Anshuman Singh, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, while condoling the death of Alvi, said that he had rendered a selfless service to the society.

Maulana Abdul Basit Ibrahimi, Imam of Gyanvapi Masjid and member of Muslim Personal Law Board died on 9 January after a brief illness. He was 50. He was admitted in a hospital a week before his death when he received a paralytic stroke. He had been imam of the Gyanvapi mosque since 1987. Business organizations and shopkeepers of the minority community closed their shops to mourn his death. President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Syed Asíad Madani while expressing deep sorrow over his demise said that it was a tragedy. He said that despite all destructive activities of the communal elements he remained imam of the mosque and was popular among the people of Varanasi. He further said that he was closely associated with Deoband and Jamiat. A condolence meeting was held at the office of All India Talimi and Milli Foundation in Zakir Nagar of South Delhi under the chairmanship of Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi. The meeting expressed heart-felt sorrow over his demise and called it a great loss for educational and religious circles. Shahid Siddiqui, editor of the daily Awam and weekly Nai Dunya also expressed sorrow and said that the community had lost an important and courageous religious leader.

Hafiz Ikram Ilahi Deobandi, Mohtamim Madrasa Talimul Islam, Sathla, died on 10 January after prolonged illness. He was 76. He was a disciple of Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani. He had been teaching in Sathla for 50 years. His many disciples are rendering religious services throughout the country. Maulana Muzzammilul Haque Husaini, chairman of Jamiatul Mominat, Baghpat, said that Ikram Ilahi had devoted his life for the service of the madrasa and was a fountain of knowledge and standard teacher. Condolence meetings were held at several places. 

Zamir Mujahid Jaunpuri, general secretary of All India Majlis-e-Ahrar died of heart attack in Lucknow on 5 January. He was 49. He joined Majlis-e-Ahrar 13 years ago and remained its active member till his death. During emergency he remained in jail for 17 months. He is survived by wife and a son. Several religious and political leaders have condoled his demise including Maulana Habibur Rahman IInd, President of the Majlis, Jagdish Singh Girja, Punjab Cabinet Minister, Fuzail Ahmad Qasmi, Asrarul Haque Qasmi and Jamil Ahmad Ilyasi. His body was taken to his native place Marhyahun in Jaunpur district and was buried there.

Well-known short-story writer Zahir Kaifi Amrohi died on 15 January at his residence in Silampur, Delhi. He was 62. He was buried at his native place Amroha. He had been suffering from cancer for one year. He is survived by wife, four sons and three daughters. His first collection of short-stories was published last year under title of Mascot. He had been writing short-stories since 1958 which were being published in Urdu newspapers and magazines in India, Pakistan and other countries. Born in a middle class family of Amroah in 1940 he had worked in various newspapers and magazines in Delhi. He had also worked in monthly Shama. In the beginning he was influenced by some literary figures and adopted their style, but later he chose his own style of writing. His writings reflect political, religious, social and psychological aspects of worldly life. Litterateurs, intellectuals and journalists have expressed deep sorrow over his demise.

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