MAULANA MUHAMMAD NAIMULLAH
QURESHI, a senior member of Vidarbha (Maharashtra) Jammaat-e-Islami Hind died in Nagpur on December 27, 2003. He was 72 and ailing for sometime. He is survived by wife and for daughters. A teacher by profession, Qureshi joined the Jamaat in 1953 and served it under trying circumstances. He held several posts and has also been a member of the advisory board of Maharashtra cell of JIH. Several madrasas, libraries and Islamic centres were set up under his supervision. He would meet religious and political leaders to remove misunderstandings about Islam and Muslims and promote peace among communities.
SHARIF AHMAD ANJUM SAMBHALI, poet and vice-president of literary organisation, Bagh-e-Adab died of cold wave recently. He was 65. Sambhali was the first Urdu poet in Uttar Pradesh to compose triplets. He was known for his thought-provoking write-ups, essays and ghazal poetry. His death has been mourned by poets and litterateurs.
BEGUM MOMINA CHISHTI, wife of late Nushoor Wahedi, a famous Urdu poet, died of heart attack at her Lucknow residence on December 20, 2003. She was 86 and had been ailing for past several years. After the demise of Nushoor Wahedi in 1983, Chishti published and publicised his works. She also published some of Wahedi’s unpublished works.
Jamia Millia Islamia has condoled the demise of PROF SYED AKHTAR ILAHI
TIRMIZI, a noted intellectual, author and historian. Prof Tirmizi remained director of the National Archives of India for two years. Former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia, Prof Muhammad Mujib had appointed him honorary professor of the Department of History and Culture. He rendered great academic services. He authored several books and studied important books of Dargah Moinuddin Chishti during his stay in Ajmer.
QAZI AZIMULLAH GORAKHPURI, author and Islamic preacher died recently. Belonging to an educated family of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Qazi Azimullah acquired both religious and modern education and worked vibrantly for social and economic justice. He brought many people close to Islamic movement. Late Maulana Salman Nadwi, a noted scholar and editor of Arabic magazine Al-Dawah was one of them. He spoke and wrote against the harmful effects of interest. Quran Ke Bais Maashi Usool (Twenty-two Financial Principles of the Quran) is one of his popular books. A great fan of poet Allama Iqbal, he had deep knowledge of Arabic and Persian and was involved in social and religious activities.
A senior Congress leader and businessman, HAJI SYED ABDUL HANNAN Batwewala died in Delhi recently at the ripe age of 117. He lived in Sarai Khalil, Sadar Bazaar. He is survived by six sons and five daughters.
Islamic scholar MAULANA SYED HAMID HASAN died after a prolonged illness in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh recently. He is survived by four sons and four daughters. He rendered his services as administrator of Madrasa Jamia Islamia Arabia, Jama Masjid Malana for 45 years. Dignitaries of the town and from outside have condoled his demise.
Journalist MUAHAMMAD KAMIL SADIQ passed away in Delhi on December 19, 2003. He was 70 and is survived by five sons. Sadiq was twin brother of senior Urdu journalist Parwana