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Obituaries: 1-15 December 2001

Ahmadi Khatun, more commonly knows as Umme Suhaib died recently in Rampur. She was 70. She was not keeping well for quite some time. 
Wife of renowned author Ibne-e-Farid she was herself a well-known writer and editor of a leading women’s magazine Hijab. She had been contributing for several magazines and periodicals published from India and Pakistan. Her editorials in Hijab were eagerly awaited by a large number of her readers. One of her books Muslimah Ki Duaen could be found in thousands of homes around the country.
She had also been involved in teaching and was the founder-principal of Rampur’s Jamiatus Salehat, one of the largest madrasas for girls in the country.
Umme Suhaib had also been involved with several social and community organizations and was a regular contributor in community programs not only in the city but also the whole UP. She was the local in-charge of women’s wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and used to visit extensively for organizational work, notwithstanding her deteriorating health and age. (SUR)

Distinguished Islamic scholar Maulana Mufti Syed Abdur Rahim Lajpuri died on 18 November at the ripe age of 98. He was born in December 1903 in Nausari, Gujarat. He held a prominent position among Indian ulama and specially among the ulama of Gujarat. He was known for his scrupulousness, piety and cleanliness. He used to answer questions very carefully and scrupulously. After completing education he became absorbed in writing fatwas and other social activities. His fatwa collections have been published in 10 volumes namely Fatawa Rahimiya. He was also an elected Ameer-e-Shariat of Gujarat. Maulana As’ad Madani, President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has expressed deep sorrow over his demise and has called it a great tragedy and loss for the community. Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board has also expressed his heart-felt sorrow over his demise. Condolence meetings were held at several places.
Renowned scholar and former principal of University Law College, Bangalore, Prof M Bashir Ahmad died on 16 November. He was 80 years old. He had been chairman of Karnataka Minorities Commission, Chairman of Karnataka Waqf Inquiry Commission, Trustee of Vigil India Movement, National Vice President of Amnesty International’s Indian Chapter and Dean of the Institute of Human Rights Commission. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Distinguished Urdu poet, journalist and litterateur Shuhood Alam Afaqi died in his native town Calcutta on 15 November. He had been publishing Urdu monthly Shuhood since last 55 years. 

Renowned humourous poet of Hyderabad Muhammad Sibghatullah Bambart has died. Syed Shah Noorul Hasan Qadri, President of Andhra Pradesh Urdu Academy while expressing his condolence said that Bambart will always be remembered among those personalities who have played an important role in the field of humourous and satirical poetry. Renowned poet Hasan Farrukh called his demise a great loss to the poetry of humour and satire and said that his demise was deeply felt by him. Bambart was also a good artist and had taken active part in various dramas. 

Idris Dehlawi, editor of Shama and Bano (Urdu) and Sushma (Hindi) died in Delhi on 20 November after prolonged illness. He was 68 years old and had been suffering from cancer since last two years. He was popular among literary circles and had received several awards in India and abroad. He was also a member of Doordarshan Film Selection Committee. Hundreds of people paid tributes to him at his burial ground in Shadipur. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his condolence letter to Dehlawi‘s wife applauded his services in the field of journalism. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 

Tribute to Prof. Khurshid Ahmad Fariq


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