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By Obaid Nasir,
Mohammad Iqtedar Husain Farooqi, the retired deputy director of National
Botanical Research Institute, is not only a renowned scientist but an
equally renowned author particularly on science subjects. The man has
written many books and articles on science even in Urdu and has enriched
the urdu literature with science subjects and has shown a way to other not
to hesitate in writing in their mother tongue.
Dr. Farooqi has authored several books and more than one hundred articles
in Urdu, Hindi and English on environment, modern technology, medicinal
plants, economic plants, Islamic science and Prophetic medicines.
Though several books and articles are there to his credit but his magnum
opus "Plants of Qur'an" and its Urdu translation "Nabatate
Qur'anai" is unparalleled and has been acclaimed internationally by
Muslim scholars and Ulema. Late Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi and
Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq have termed it as the first authentic work on the
subject. The book has been translated in Persian by Islamic Research
Foundation Iran and the Arabic version by a well known Islamic
organization. Several other versions including the South Indian languages
have also been published.
He has authored another important book on Prophetic medicines i.e.
Medicinal Plants in the tradition of Prophet Mohammad. Its Urdu version
has been named as "Ahadis Nabawi mein Mazkur Nabatat, Adwiya aur
Ghizayen" .Both the books have been acclaimed internationally and
almost all the important news papers have reviewed them. More than one
hundred articles in Urdu by Dr. Farooqi on Islamic knowledge and popular
science have been published by almost all the Urdu news-papers and
periodicals .In recognition of his services to Urdu the Urdu academies of
UP and Bihar have honoured him. Besides, Mir Academy Lucknow too has
recognised his services to Urdu Science literature and has given him its
highest literary award. Dr Farooqi is the General Secretary of Urdu
Scientific Society, an organization launched with the objective of
creating scientific temper in the society. As the local coordinator of
Maulana Azad Urdu University Lucknow, he is doing a yeoman's job in
spreading education among Muslim youths who, due to some economic and
social problems, could not continue their studies.
A product of Aligarh Muslim University Dr. Farooqi has got many national
and international Science awards including Kheti award by Ministry of
Agriculture, Government of India, recipient of King Saud gold medal AMU.
He is the convenor of Panel of Industrial Gums Bureau of India standard,
secretary of Kaul Science Foundation and member of several science
societies in India and abroad .
Born on 7 April 1936, Dr. Farooqi got his masters degree in organic
chemistry from AMU in 1958 and Ph.D in phytochemistry in 1966.He started
his career as a teacher in AMU polytechnic and has a thirty five years
research experience in the field of phytochemistry at Forest Research
Institute Dehradun and National Botanical Research Institute Lucknow and
retired as a Scientist from the same institution .He is providing
consultancy and assistance to several Indian industries dealing in natural
products. He is the project in-charge of several projects on vegetable
products financed by various agencies like US Deptt. of Agriculture and of
Science and Technology. However his main interest is spreading education
among Muslim masses and creating a scientific temper among them.