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Published in the 1-15 Feb 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


YUNUS SALIM, MP and former governor of Bihar died at his Delhi residence on January 15. He was 91 and was indisposed for a week. He is survived by wife, a son and two daughters. He was twice elected to Lok Sabha and once to Rajya Sabha. He also remained Union law and railway minister. A man of clean political and social life, Yunus Salim always tried to promote peace, unity and brotherhood. Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, RJD chief, Laloo Prasad Yadav and several other social and political leaders have condoled his demise. He was laid to rest at Saket graveyard on January 16.

RAUNAQ ALI KHAN, president of Anjuman Moinut Talaba, Balandshahar, Uttar Pradesh died in his native village Amalia on January 13. A condolence meeting was held at Faiyaz Begum Muslim Girls Inter College, Bulandshahar.

SHAIKH MAMUN AL-HADIBI, a noted Muslim intellectual and leader of Ikhwanul Muslimeen movement passed away on January 8. He was 82. Born on May 28, Shaikh Mamun received education at Malik Fawad University and served in the law ministry of Egypt. He was sixth leader of Ikhwan and spoke fearlessly in the light of Quran and hadith. Dr Abdul Haq Ansari, Amir, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has condoled his demise and called it a big loss to the world of Islam. With the demise of Shaikh Mamun, an era of the Ikhwan movement has ended, Dr Ansari said. The All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation also held a meeting to condole his demise.

ASRAR AHMAD SIDDIQUI, elder brother of the vice-president of Mohammadan Sporting Club, Dr Masud Alam Siddiqui died of cardiac arrest recently. He was 52 and is survived by mother, wife, four sons and a daughter. He was buried at Gobra graveyard.

Senior Urdu poet and successor of Dargah Hazrat Shah Wilayat, MAHMOOD RAHI died in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh on December 24, 2003. He was 75. General secretary of Urdu Journalists Forum, Rahi was a people-friendly person. A large number of people, irrespective of caste and religion attended his funeral. Urdu Journalist Forum and Urdu Press Club condoled his demise.

MUHAMMAD RAFI, a former teacher of Anglo-Arabic School passed away in Delhi recently. He was buried in Delhi Gate graveyard.

MAULANA SYED SABIQ ALI, imam of the Taj Mahal’s Shahi Masjid died in Agra on January 13. He was 76 and is survived by two daughters and three sons. He remained imam of the mosque for 40 years. He had been ill for nine years and had broken his right leg five days before his demise. Soon after his demise the management committee called a meeting and appointed his son Syed Sadiq Ali as imam of the mosque. Maulana Kalimuddin Qasmi led the funeral payer at Masjid Tajganj. Prominent personalities of the town have condoled his demise.

Sarangi Maestro USTAD GULAB KHAN died after a prolonged illness in Jodhpur, Rajasthan on January 15. He was 85 and is survived by two sons and two daughters. Besides introducing sarangi to the global stage, Khan was also a good singer.

HAJI RAFIQUDDIN, aka Haji Mudan, a famous social personality of Agra passed away on January 15. He was 85 and is survived by a large family. He constructed several mosques in Agra and its outskirts and married off many poor girls. Hindus and Muslims attended his funeral in a large number.

NAWAB GHULAM SIBTAIN KHAN, former member of Aligarh Muslim University Court and treasurer of Muslim Social Uplift Society died after a brief illness in Aligarh recently. In a condolence meeting organised by the Society, president Prof A R Kidwai said Sibtain Khan had devoted himself to the society’s cause and he had played tremendous role for the scholarship of brilliant students of Aligarh Muslim University. He was laid to rest at the University graveyard.

MUNSHI MAHMOODUL HASAN, an academic administrator of Madras Magnful Uloom, Shahpur in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh died recently. He was 72.

DR HAMDULLAH FARAHI, assistant professor in the Takmilut Tib College, Lucknow, died recently. He was 50 and is survived by wife, three sons and a daughter. Central Unani Tibbi Board has condoled his demise.

Senior advocate MUHAMMAD IDRIS SIDDIQUI passed away in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh recently. He had been ailing for a long time. Advocates did not work for a day as a token of his demise.

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