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Obituaries

SALMAN GHANI HASHMI, Principal of Zakir Hussain College passed away in Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital on 1 July, a day before he was to retire the post. He was having breathing problems and was kept in ICU. He is survived by wife, a son an a daughter. Born on 3 July 1939, he did MA in economics with first division and was appointed lecturer in economics in Zakir Hussain College (Evening) in 1966. Younger brother of noted Urdu journalist and former editor of Qaumi Awaz, Lucknow, late Usman Ghani, he remained vice-principal of the college’s evening shift from 1975 to 1985 and additional principal from 1985 to 14 January 1991. On 15 January 1991 he became principal of the morning college and held the post till his death. Admission to the graduation courses was closed for a day as a token of respect to the departed soul. Dr KK Sharma, acting principal of the college said Hashmi played an important role in giving a new shape to the college. Former principal of the college Riyaz Umar, new principal, Hamidin, Mohan Chiragi, editor of Qaumi Awaz, teachers and students were present at his funeral.

HOOR JAHAN ANJUM, former nazimah of women’s cell of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Maharashtra died after a prolonged illness in Aurangabad on 6 June. She was 48. She worked for the spread of Islam. Her articles were published in monthly Hijab and Rafiq-e-Manzil. She wrote an article to expose the hollowness of the movement of women’s freedom. She joined JIH as a member in 1976 and held several posts. She delivered a remarkable speech at the zonal meeting of Jamaat at Mumbra, Mumbai in 1998. Her husband Muhammad Ibrahim Khan is also an active member of JIH. She is survived by three daughters and a son.

HAJI ABUL KHAIR, a close associate of Khanqah Rahmani, Munger died at his native place Mandar in Khagaria district of Bihar recently. He had been ill for a long time. Maulana Muhammad Wali Rahmani, successor of the Khanqah condoled his demise.

MAULANA ABDUR RAB MAZAHIRI, vice-chairman of Tamir-e-Millat Trust and former member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind died after a brief illness in Jadli Grand Hospital of Dehradun recently. He was 65. He was jailed during Emergency and was respected by Muslims and non-Muslims. Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Babri Masjid Action Committee have condoled his demise. His funeral took place in Saharanpur.

WAJIHUNNISA BEGUM, retired head mistress of Mahboobia Girls High School, Hyderabad and mother of Muhammad Ali Rifat, IAS, joint secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh, died on 22 June. She is survived by three sons and a daughter. Former state minister of higher education, Bashiruddin Baba Khan and president of AP Waqf Board, Muhammad Salim and many IAS officers condoled her demise. Her funeral prayer was led by Maulana Hamiduddin Aqil Husami.

MAULANA NIAZ AHMAD RAHMANI, former teacher, Jamia Rahmani, Munger and former office secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, died after a prolonged illness at his native village Rahimpur Bhabhangawan in Samastipur district of Bihar recently. He is survived by wife, three sons and a daughter. He was a successful teacher and promoted education in his area. Maulana Wali Rahmani, patron of Jamia Rahmani condoled his demise.

MAULANA MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM JAUNPURI, former president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Kolkata died of cardiac arrest in Jaunpur, Uttat Pradesh recently. He was 70.

HAFIZ AZIZ, correspondent of Hindi daily Hindustan breathed his last in his native village Rasoolpur, Azamgarh on 17June. He was 50 and suffering from blood cancer. He is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters. District president of Samajwadi Party Ram Darshan Yadav, MLA, Chandradev Ram Yadav, State president of All India Backward Muslim Front, Haji Nisar Ahmad Ansari and other Muslim leaders and litterateurs condoled his demise.

ABDUL WAHEED ANSARI, a senior Congress leader and respected personality of Khatoli, Muzaffarnagar died on 15 June. He was 72. He was member of Momin Conference, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Haj Committee. As a senior member of Congress, he held several posts including Congress Bloc president and did good services to the nation.

HAIRAT BIN WAHID, a popular person and former employee of Aligarh Muslim University died in Delhi on 2 July. He was 75 and was ill for sometime. In 50s and 60s his poems were well received. Bold and sociable, Hairat was known for his clean nature and presence of mind. He is survived by wife, three sons and three daughters. Elder son, Prof. Akhtarul Wase is director of Dr Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. He was laid to rest at Jamia graveyard on 3 July. Poets and litterateurs have condoled his demise and sympathised with the bereaved family.

MASTER EHSAN HUSSAIN, founder of Markaz-e-Talim and Abdul Karim Khan School died after a brief illness in Moradabad, UP recently. He established Markaz-e-Talim in 1946 and devoted his life to social, educational and community services. For the last 30 years he did not participate in any function whose invitations were not written in Urdu. During signature campaign of Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu he got more than 50000 people’s signature and got Moradabad first position in Uttar Pradesh.«


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