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Obituaries: 16-31 January 2002

Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Shamim Qasmi died on 27 December. He was 68 and is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. Maulana had been imam of Masjid Hauzwali, Pahari Bhojla of Delhi. He was also principal of Madrasa Husain Bakhsh, Delhi and had been teaching there since last 48 years. He was a man of good character and was highly respected by people. He was buried in Mehdian graveyard. Thousands of people attended his funeral prayers. Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi while expressing deep sorrow over his demise said he was a man of talent and simplicity.

Ayatullah Al-Uzma Syed Muhammad Mehdi Shirazi died in Iran. He was born at Karbala-e Mu’alla and was known for his religious personality the world over. He has his disciples in Iraq, Iran and other countries. The news of his death came as a shock to entire Muslim world. These views were expressed by one of his Indian students Syed Zeeshan Hidayatee, president of Safinatul Hidaya Trust. He also mentioned the Ayatullah’s great book Al-Fiqh, which is in 100 volumes encompassing economics, sociology, politics besides almost every aspect of fiqh. 

Maulana Syed Tahir Mansurpuri has died. He had been associated with the Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama Lucknow for decades. Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasimi while expressing heart-felt sorrow over his demise said that being a highly talented man he devoted his life and time in the service of the madrasa and avoided any publicity and fame. He is survived by his sons Maulana Salman Husaini Nadwi, Maulana Syed Ali Husaini Nadwi, both of whom are teachers at Nadwatul Ulama, Syed Ishaq Husaini Nadwi and Syed Suhaib Husaini.

Well-known literary figure and former director of Kashmir University’s Iqbal Institute Prof Muhammad Amin Andrabi died on 29 December after a brief illness. He was 61 and is survived by his wife Prof Nusrat Andrabi, principal of Government College for women, Nawakadal, Srinagar and two children. Prof Andrabi was considered an authority on Dr Muhammad Iqbal. He has a number of books to his credit revolving around the poetry of Allama Iqbal. He also edited about a dozen books during his tenure as Director of Iqbal Institute. He death has created a vacuum among literary circles. Several organizations paid glowing tributes to him.

Veteran politician and chairman of the Karnataka Minorities Commission Azeez Sait died on 28 December in Mysore at the age of 81. He was four times elected MLA from Narasimharaja constituency of Mysore. He was popular among bidi workers as he had worked for their development. He was instrumental in building the bidi workers town with 1000 housing units in the outskirts of Mysore. He also established Karnataka State Waqf Foundation for Women’s Development. He is survived by wife, two sons and four daughters. 

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