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Obituaries: 16-31 May 2002

Distinguished and senior journalist, Asghar Ali Abidi died in Mumbai on 26 April. He was not keeping good health during the past few months. He was editor of ‘Dawat’ for a long time in its initial stages when it was a weekly. It had become a bi-weekly during the period of his editorship itself. For some time thereafter he was editor of Mumbai’s prominent daily ‘Urdu Times’. During his sojourn in London, he was also editor of ‘Azaan’. He published his own weekly ‘Tuloo’ from Mumbai whose special issue on International Politics was very popular. In addition to journalism, he was also very active in religious and community affairs. He played an important role in the creation of Muslim Personal Law Board. Also, he had special relationship with Maulana Sayed Abul Ala Maudoodi.

Renowned Islamic scholar Mohammed Shihabuddin Nadvi died in the morning on April 18, 2002 in Bangalore at the age of 71 years. Sheikh Nadvi was pre-occupied in research on the holy Qur’an and its scientific aspects for the last five decades. He has authored 80 books on different aspects of the subject and a dozen more are awaiting publication. Besides these intellectual endeavours, he even founded Furqania Academy Trust, a research foundation on the subject. This academy bears testimony to his tireless and selfless endeavours and services in this regard. The reference library of the academy now contains nearly 40,000 reference volumes containing all the basic sources of Islam. There is a rich collection of scientific books as well. Sheikh Nadvi has on his own collected this entire collection touring different Islamic countries.

Renowned Islamic scholar Allama Arshadul Qadri died on 29 April after battling a prolonged illness spanning over two years. 77-year-old Allama Qadri, is survived by five sons and two daughters. Allama Qadri was the son of the prominent Islamic scholar Maulana Shah Abdul Latif, and was born on 5 March 1925. The late scholar, being an acclaimed personality, was nationally and internationally known. He was also the founder of a number of educational and social organizations. He authored about 30 books. He was laid to rest at Darul Uloom Faizul Uloom at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. 

Habibuddin Khan, advocate, and father of Javed Habib, president, Bharti Majlis, died on 30 April at Tonk district in Rajasthan. He was of 88 years at the time of his death. Father of Javed Habib, Habibuddin Khan was a well-known social worker, freedom fighter and the current chairman of the Tonk District Waqf Board. He was also widely respected amongst the legal fraternity in his district. 

Noted Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi died in the early hours of 10 May. Azmi mesmerised a whole generation with his poems of passion and rebellion against an unjust system. His contribution to Indian literature to the Indian literature will always be remembered as a poet who established linkage between poetry and life. Detailed obit in the next issue.


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