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


PROF. IFTIKHARUL HASAN “UNWAN CHISHTI”, a noted Urdu poet, critic and intellectual passed away after a prolonged illness on February 1. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for long. He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. Prof. Chishti authored more than 40 books and was known for his unique poetic style. Born on February 5, 1937 in Manglaur, Uttaranchal (the erstwhile Uttar Pradesh), Unwan Chishti served as lecturer, reader, professor and Head of the Department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia, and retired as Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Languages in 1997. Delhi Urdu Academy presented him the award for poetry in 1991. Condolence meetings were held at different places. Speaking at a condolence meeting held at the Urdu department, Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof. Qazi Ubaidur Rahman said that besides being a litterateur, critic and poet, Unwan Chishti was an affectionate teacher. He had keen interest in sufism and was a man of selfless service. Prof. Shamim Hanafi called him a vibrant literary person. In a condolence meeting at Delhi University, Head of Urdu Department, Prof. Sadiq said Prof. Unwan Chishti was one of the prominent literary figures who made a name in Urdu prosody after partition. He admired Chishti’s efforts for promoting Urdu. Condolence meetings were also held at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Delhi Urdu Academy and Rajasthan Urdu Academy. He was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Manglaur.

MAULANA SYED AKBARUDDIN QASMI, vice-president of Jamiat Ulama, Andhra Pradesh and naib nazim of Majlis-e-Ilmia, Hyderabad, died three weeks after he met with a fatal accident. He was kept in ventilator from January 6 and died on January 29. Prominent Muslim scholars participated in his funeral and sympathised with the bereaved family. Majlis-e-Ittihadul Muslimeen leader, Asaduddin Owaisi condoled maulana’s demise and asked Police Commissioner R R Singh not to conduct postmortem of his body which was duly obliged. 

JAMALUDDIN QURESHI, former captain of Delhi State Football died of heart attack in Delhi on February 5. He was 49 and is survived by wife, three sons and four daughters. A press release of Delhi Soccer Association said that after night prayers, Qureshi had a heart stroke and died. Elder son of late Bandu Qureshi, Jamaluddin exhibited good performance in Delhi senior division league matches on behalf of Youngman Football Club. A good defence and mid-field player, Qureshi played in Delhi and other states from 1970 to 1990. During 1975-76, he was captain of the Delhi team in the Senior National Santosh Trophy played in Kozhikode. A permanent member of Delhi state team during 1974-81, Qureshi thrice represented the Delhi University team and was also a class referee. He was laid to rest at Delhi Gate graveyard on February 6.

NAWAB MASUD AHMAD, a well-known person of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh died in a city hospital in Delhi on February 7. He was 73 and is survived by three daughters. He was brother-in-law of Delhi’s famous academic person Muslim Ahmad Nizami. His burial took place at South Delhi’s Batla House graveyard.

PROF. MOHAMMAD YASIN SHAH, a well-known educationist who taught chemistry at Government College, Baderwah, Amar Singh College and Islamia College of Science & Commerce, Srinagar died on February 9. He was ill for sometime. He is survived by wife, a son and two daughters. A soft-spoken and religious person, Prof. Yasin was highly respected in social circles. He also had a brief stint at Iqbal Memorial Institute, Bemina and Sir Syed Memorial College of Education after demiting office as principal of Islamia College, Srinagar. A large number of people attended his funeral. 

SHAIKH MUHAMMAD ISMAIL BABU, a noted social person and general secretary of Kalti cell of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind died on February 4. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Member of advisory board, Madrasa Arabia, Baranpur, Ismail Shaikh was among founders of Madrasa Ashraful Madaris, Kalti, West Bengal.

Noted physician, principal of National College and superintendent of Jamia Hospital, Pili Kothi, Varanasi, DR ZA ANSARI died of cardiac arrest on February 12. He was 67 and suffering from heart disease for sometime. With news of his death, people closed shops and business institutions and rushed to his house. He was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in the presence of a large number of people. Condolence meetings were held at several places in the city.

MAULANA MUNAWWAR HUSSAIN passed away in Jastar Sultannagar village of Meerut on February 15. He was associated with several madrasas and mosques. His death was condoled by several madrasa authorities.

KALE KHAN MALIK, vice-president of South Delhi’s Okhla bloc minority department of Congress died of cardiac arrest on February 6. The Okhla Bloc Congress Committee president, Muhammad Irfan Ansari expressed deep sorrow over Khan’s demise.

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