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Posted Online on Monday 5, September 2005 15:05 IST

S.M. Iqbal is No More 

The Milli Gazette (online edition); September 5, 2005

Syed Muhammad IqbalSyed Muhammad Iqbal, a well-known Islamic activist associated with Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), passed away at his residence in Gaya following a massive heart attack on 3 September. He was 50.

Born in 1955 in a respectable family of Narhat in Bihar's Nawadah district, Iqbal received his early education under his father Qazi Syed Abdul Hameed, did B. Sc. from Tekari College in 1970 and M.A. in English and Urdu from Magadh University.

He made his debut in his academic career as lecturer in English in Oriental College, Patna. After a brief stint there, he joined Mirza Ghalib College, Gaya where he was working as reader in English till his last days.

S.M. Iqbal joined the Islamic movement in his youth as member Halqua-e-Talaba Muttafiqueen JIH which was later known as Halqua-e-Talaba-e-Islami Bihar. He was the last Nazim-e-A’la (chief organiser) of this body, which along with other Muslim student groups from different states, merged together to form a national students organisation, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) in 1982. He was a founder-member of SIO.

One of the direct disciples of late Dr. Ziaul Huda, JIH's former zonal president for Bihar, S.M. Iqbal took keen interest in grooming Muslim youth for Islamic cause all through his life. He was always found concerned with feeding the Islamic movement with young blood. He was organising Muslim youth under the banner of Youth Unity in Gaya.

S.M. Iqbal rendered invaluable services to JIH in various capacities. He was Ameer JIH Gaya. He was also on the Zonal Advisory Council of JIH Bihar and Markazi Majlis-e-Numaindgan (Central Council of Representatives) of the Jamaat.

In early 1990s he made concerted efforts in organising university teachers under the banner of Islam. As convenor of this campaign, he visited different places, met and held meetings with members of the teaching community. And when the All India Islamic Teachers Association (AIITA) was formed, he was elected Vice President and later President of the association.

S.M. Iqbal was founder of Islamic Information Centre Bodh Gaya which is yet to start functioning, and held various responsibilities in various trusts and boards. He had a knack of addressing and appealing to the audience. Whether it was a general students gathering, selected students meet, members meet, presidential address, Friday sermon or Qur’an classes, his style was appropriate to the occasion. 

He used his God-given ability to speak and write with equal ease and felicity in three languages – Urdu, English and Hindi – for the cause of Islam. In his student days he contributed his articles to and later edited the Urdu fortnightly Rafeeq, the organ of Halqua-e-Talaba, published from Patna. His review articles in English were published in The Muslim World Book Review, Leicester and Radiance, New Delhi. And those in Urdu found space in Urdu Book Review, New Delhi. His two books in Hindi, Aakhri Paighambar (The Last Prophet) and Islam aur Manav Samaj (Islam and Human Society), were published by Madhur Sandesh Sangam, and his translation of late Abdullah Adiyar’s book Islam Jis se Mujhe Ishque Hai into English entitled Islam My Fascination, published by Markazi Maktaba Islami Publishers. These publications witness his deep concern for Da'wah. 

Whether it was the call of JIH, SIO, AIITA or any other Islamic or humanitarian cause, S.M. Iqbal was ever ready to go on a tour within and without the country, utilising his energies and leaves in the Way of Allah the Exalted.

On hearing the news of his demise, Secretary-General of JIH Muhammad Jafar and Finance Advisor of JIH Dr. Waquar Anwar rushed to Gaya to attend the funeral. A condolence meeting was held at Millat Hospital on 4 September while anonther condolence meeting was held in Delhi with Maulana Sayyid Jalaluddin Umari in chair.

The deceased left behind his widow, two sons and a daughter. His funeral prayer, attended by over 5,000 people was led by his son Musab Iqbal.
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