Noted Muslim scholar and reformer
Azim Tayabji died in Vadodra on 11 December at the age of 100. He had worked in several administrative positions in the country. He started Muslim Education Society (MES) in 1936, which has established the first Muslim High School and MES Girls High School, in 1946. MES went on to establish 14 schools in different parts of the city. Tayabji was also former president of Sulemani Co-operative Bank and pioneer of the Urdu Academy in Vadodra. Like his grandfather, Badruddin Tyabji (founder of Anjuman-e-Islam and one of the founders of Indian National Congress), Azim Tyabji was instrumental in the launch of the Muslim Education Society in Vadodra. Thousands of Muslim children have received their education at MES. In addition to his work for the Muslim community in India, he was an IAS officer and served on Pandit Nehru's planning commission (Sajjad Lateef email@example.com)
Aligarh Muslim University’s former Pro-Chancellor and honourary treasurer, Kunwar Ammar Ahmad Khan died in Aligarh on 29 December at the ripe age of 86 years. In a condolence meeting held in the University under the presidentship of Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad and attended by large number of students and teaching staff his long and great services to the University were recalled. The VC expressed the hope that the deceased's long cherished ambition of setting up an international hostel with financial cooperation of Saifi Trust, which was set up by him with the help of (late) Sayyadna Tahir Saifuddin, will soon be fulfilled. Born in 1918 in Daanpur town of Buland Shahar district, he belonged to Lal Rajput family and was the moving spirit in the setting up of Aligarh Public School, Janta Inter College in Daanpur and Ahmad Sayeed Inter College in
Mufti Abdul Jaleel, a teacher in Madrasa Ahle-e Sunnat Darul Uloom Arifia in Zaidpur, Barabanki district of UP died on 27 December. His is survived by four sons and two daughters.
Islam Akhtar Nomani, noted freedom fighter who spent many years in jail in the cause of freedom struggle died on 26 December at the age of 92 years. Born in Rudauli, Barabanki District, UP, he had settled down in Aligarh where he died. After Independence, governments of India and Uttar Pradesh were granting him scholarships. He is survived by two sons. He was buried with state honours in the presence of district magistrate and other government authorities.
Aqeelun-Nisa, wife of Maqsood Alam, chartered accountant and chairman of Delhi’s Bachchon Ka Ghar and former chairman of Delhi Haj Committee, died on 5 January. She was laid to rest next day at Panj Peeran graveyard near Hazrat Nizamuddin
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