MAULANA HAFIZ MUHAMMAD TAHIR QASMI,
imam of Rashtrapati Bhawan mosque died on his way to Chennai from Bangalore. His body was brought to Delhi by plane and he was buried in Delhi Gate graveyard. President DR APJ Abdul Kalam expressed sorrow over his demise. In a condolence message to his son Muhammad Zakir, the president said ‘I am grieved at Maulana Tahir’s death.’ He was imam of the Rashtrapati Bhawan’s mosque since independence. ‘I pray to God to give you and other members of the family the patience to bear the shock’. Maulana Fuzail Ahmad Qasmi, general secretary of Markazi Jamiat Ulama-i-Hindi also condoled the death of Maulana Tahir.
Educationist and former Vice Chancellor of Kakatya University, Warangal, A.P., JAFAR NIZAM died after a brief illness on 18 May. He was 75. He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters. Prof. Jafar held several posts at Osmania University for three decades. He also remained Head of the Department of Botany and was later appointed VC of Kakatya University for two terms.
HAFIZ HASHMATULLAH, a teacher of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow died on 2 June. A day before he had suffered a heart attack. He was 75 and is survived by seven sons and three daughters. The eldest of his seven sons, Ubaidullah died a year ago. He taught the Quran to thousands of students, many of whom are hafiz. Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadwi, president of Muslim Personal Law Board led the funeral prayer attended by a large number of people.
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