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Noted Islamic scholar and rector of Madrasa Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur (Waqf), MUFTI MUZAFFAR HUSSAIN died in Escort Hearts hospital of Delhi on November 24. He was 76 and had been ill for a long time. He was admitted to a local hospital in Saharanpur after a severe heart stroke on the night of 21-22 November. As his condition became critical he was brought to Delhi and admitted to Escort Hearts Institute a day before he breathed his last. A longtime rector of Madrasa Mazahir Uloom, Mufti Muzaffar Hussain was patron of several hundred madrasas and was famous for his hadith teaching and fatwas. A graduate of Madrasa Mazahir Uloom, Mufti Muzaffar Hussain was appointed teacher by the then rector Maulana Asadullah Sahab who saw in him a young talented scholar. He became rector of the madrasa after Maulana Asaduulah's demise and held the prestigious post till his death. Expressing his deep sorrow over his demise, Maulana Asad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said the death of Mufti Muzaffar Hussain is a big academic loss. He was one of those Muftis (Islamic jurists) whose decrees are seen with great respect. Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation said Mufti Muzaffar Hussain had deep knowledge of Islam and was highly respected in the Muslim world. He was a reformist and a great preacher of Islam, he said. His death is being widely mourned. 

BEGUM ABIDA AHMAD, former MP and wife of President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, died in Delhi on December 7. She was 80 and is survived by two sons and a daughter. Chairperson of Aiwan-e-Ghalib, Begum Abida had also served as a leader of All India Women Congress. Daughter of noted short story writer Sultan Haider Josh, Begum Abida had great love for Urdu. The credit for organising mushairas (poetic symposia) in Rashtrapati Bhavan goes to her. She wrote many dramas on kings and Muslim emperors. President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam condoled her demise.
DR QAISAR ALI WARSI, a noted homeopath doctor, homeopath cell incharge of the Hindustan Times Group died of cardiac arrest in Delhi on November 10. A former president of Zakir Nagar (West) Welfare Association, Dr Warsi was ill for a week and undergoing treatment. He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. He remained superintendent of Nehru Medical College and Hospital for a long time and was also a good poet. Congress MLA and former Delhi transport minister, Pervez Hashmi has condoled his demise.

MAULANA ABDUS SAMI, former Shaikhul Hadith of Madrasa Aliya Fatehpuri and Madrasa Aminia Islamia, Delhi passed away on November 26 at the age of 100. He was laid to rest in Khwaja Baqi Billah graveyard.

MIR BADRUDDIN ALI, editor of Urdu daily Salar died on November 28. He was 58 and is survived by wife, four daughters and a son. He received deep injuries when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle on his way to home on his scooter a night before. He was admitted to Command Hospital and later shifted to Manipal Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. 

IBN AHSAN SAJID BAZMI, a senior poet of Rajasthan died after a prolonged illness in Tonk on November 11. Rajasthan Urdu Akademi held a condolence meeting. Chairman Rahi Shahabi said Bazmi was a talented poet of classical Urdu ghazal. His death is a big loss to Urdu poetry, he said. The Akademi members paid tributes to him. Literary personalities of Tonk, his admirers besides Rajasthan deputy chief minister Banwari Lal attended the funeral.

Urdu litterateur MUJAHID TIRMIZI died of cardiac arrest in London on November 4. This information was given by BBC broadcaster Raza Ali Abidi from London. Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, chairman of Sahitya Akademi said Mujahid Tirmizi played a prominent role in promotion and spread of Urdu in Britain. He always tried to restore peace between India and Pakistan.

Poet and lyricist KAFIL ARZOO died of heart attack on November 28. He was 65 and is survived by wife, a daughter and two sons. He shot to fame after the publication of his famous nazm, Baat Niklegi To Door Tak Jayegi (the word will spread when it is pronounced). He wrote many songs for films. His death is mourned by litterateurs.

SYED MOHD TAUFIQ NAQVI DALANI, grandson of Wasi Rasool, a noted figure of Sirsi, Moradabad, died of cancer on November 3. He was 36 and is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. Syed Taufiq, popularly known as Nawab sahab, was ill for sometime and undergoing treatment in a city hospital in Mumbai. His funeral took place at his native place in Sirsi, Moradabd district of Uttar Pradesh. His death was mourned by friends and relatives.

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