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Obituaries: 1-15 December 2002

Former director general, Chamber of Commerce Madina, SYED HABIB AHMAD MADANI passed away in Madina on November 13. He was 86. He was the son of Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madaniís younger brother, Syed Mahmood Madani. A gregarious gentleman, he looked after Madina Auqaf for a long time and remained director general of the Chamber of Commerce. He also remained in charge of Masjid-e-Nabawi for many years. He was a bibilophile and had developed his own library after spending 50,000 riyals and collected many rare books and manuscripts. He also distributed free books. His funeral prayer was led by the Imam of Masjide-e-Nabawi and he was laid to rest in Jannatul Baqi graveyard. His cousin and president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Asíad Madani also participated in the funeral prayers. A condolence meeting was held at Darul Uloom Deoband.

Pakistan-based renowned Indian Urdu poet and litterateur JAUN ILIA died in Karachi, Pakistan on November 8. He was suffering from asthma. He was 65 and is survived by a son and two daughters. Born in Amroha (UP) in 1937, he studied Arabic at Deoband. He settled in Karachi in 1985 and spent the rest of his life there. His collection of poems, Shayad remained a subject of discussion among literary circles. In a condolence meeting at Delhi University, Prof. Abdul Haque said that Jaunís poetry reflected social problems along with cultural thought. His poetry mirrors public life and social inequality, said Prof. Ameer Arifi. Condolence meetings were held at the poetís native place Amroha. Litterateurs and poets paid rich tributes to Ilia and appreciated his valuable services to Urdu literature and poetry.

Congress member of legislative assembly, NOOR MUHAMMAD died in Lucknow on November 9 after he received an electric shock. He was 45 and was elected to the Assembly for the first time from Gori Ganj constituency which falls under Sonia Gandhiís parliamentary constituency, Amethi. According to information he received an electric shock when he was preparing for fast (sawm) early in the morning. State Congress president Arun Kumar Singh and vice-president Nirmal Khatri have condoled his demise and said that Noor was a true political leader and a messiah for the poor.

State distributor of Rex Remedies Delhi and founder of JS Ayurved, 35-year old JAMSHED ANWAR died in Delhi in a mishap on November 5. He fell from first floor of his building on the road below and sustained serious injuries in his head. He was taken to nearby Holy Family Hospital where doctors declared him dead. He was popular for his devotion and dedication towards his duty. His death was widely mourned. Hundreds of people attended his funeral on November 6. He was laid to rest at Okhla graveyard. He is survived by wife, a daughter and a son. Hakeem Abdul Haleem, chairman of Rex Remedies called his demise an irreparable loss for the company.

Senior journalist and Urdu literateur, SYED AKHTARUL ISLAM passed away in Meerut (UP) on November 11. He was editor of Meerut Mela since 1978. Despite illness, he posted the last edition of the paper himself. He worked as sub-editor in monthly Shama, Susham and some other national magazines and translated several books in Urdu, English and Hindi. He also authored a book, Ababeel. Padmashree awardee Hakeem Saifuddin Ahmad, Dr Merajuddin Ahmad and many journalists of Meerat rushed to his house and paid tributes to him. A condolence meeting was held in Meerut University. In a condolence meeting organised by Bazme Humqalam Delhi, Dr Nigar Azim said that Akhtarul Islam was a great journalist, litterateur and story writer besides being a good human being. He edited Meerut Mela for 25 years and always maintained its journalistic flavour. With his demise Urdu has lost a benefactor, he said.

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