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Obituaries (last fortnight)

Maulana Mufti MUHAMMAD ZAFIRUDDIN, famous religious scholar, former Mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband and president of Indian Fiqh Academy died on 31 March after a prolonged illness in his home town, a village in Darbhanga district of Bihar at the age of 85 years. Author of more than 35 books (including his autobiography Zindagi Ka Ilmi Safarnamah) mostly on religious and fiqh affairs, his most important work is compilation of all the fatwas of Darul Uloom titled Fatawa Darul Uloom which runs in 12 volumes and the process of their publications is still going on. Educated at many places like madrasa in Nepal, Mau, Lucknow etc. he finally joined Darul Uloom Deoband for service in 1956 and remained there till 2008 when he took self retirement. Many of his books have been translated into English. He took part in country’s freedom movement also and was on the point being arrested but when the arrest warrant had been issued he somehow escaped arrest. But politics not being very likeable to him he left it and devoted his whole life to writing and religious matters. He was also one of the founding fathers of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, chairman of Indian Fiqh Academy, member of Majlis-e Shoora of Amarat-e Sharaiyya of Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand and patron of many religious educational institutions etc. He leaves behind a very big family. Almost all important religious leaders and heads of religious institutions including Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi, Maulana Khalid Saifullah of Indian Fiqh Academy. Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi and others condoled his death and paid rich tributes. He was laid to rest at his home town Purah Nodiha in Darbhanga district on 1 April.

Prof. NARGIS JAHAN, former President of Delhi University’s Department of Persian died in Delhi’s Escorts Hospital on 29 March after a prolonged illness. She was the wife of noted lawyer Dr. Nafees Ahmad Siddiqi. An authoress of many books in Urdu, English, Hindi and Persian, she was also honoured with President’s Award. She was a social worker also. She is survived by husband, Dr. Nafees Ahmad Siddiqi, noted lawyer, one son and two daughters. She was laid to rest at Batla House graveyard.

K M RaziuddinIRS, son of  K M Arifuddin (Secretary Madinah Education, Hyderabad), died of heart attack near Bangalore on 25 January.  His body was brought to Hyderabad for burial. He was 40 years old Indian  Service Cadre from Hyderabad. 

IQBAL AHMAD CHAUDHARY, founder of Green Road Lions and New Horizon School (English medium) near Humayun Tomb died on 27 March. A condolence meeting was held in his memory at the School premises on 29 March.

Haji MUHAMMAD YAMEEN ANSARI, a senior member of Muslim Fund Trust Deoband, founder and president of Madrasa Islamia Mahmoodia Talimul Qur’an and president of Deoband District Momin Conference died of heart attack on 21 March at the age of 65 years. After feeling difficulty in breathing he was admitted to a private nursing home of Deoband where he died.

ABDUL RAHEEM, Deputy Director in Maharashtra Town Planning at Pune died in Pune. Way back in 1985 he had embraced Islam alongwith his minor daughter Maria. A religious lady of Aurangabad, Farooqa Aapa had helped this family in every possible way after his conversion. Now, after the death of her father, Farooqa Aapa is the foster mother of Maria.

Hakeem MAS’OOD AKHTAR MURTAZA, former chairman of J&K Public Service Commission and a noted writer and social worker of Kashmir died after a prolonged illness on 13 March at his residence in Srinagar. He was 72 and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. He had a paralytic attack in March last year and since then he was not well.

Soofi TAHIR HASAN USMANI SABRI, a retired teacher of Saharanpur’s Islamia Inter College, a great religious personality and senior-most old boy of AMU died on 22 March after a prolonged illness at the age of 89 years. He is survived by one daughter and four sons.

NAUSHAD SAIFI, a young poet of humour & satire, social worker and journalist died on 26 March at the young age of 38 years. He was a victim of blood cancer for about a year. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

RAFIQ ALAM, former minister of Bihar and subsequently a Union minister and prominent social worker died of heart attack on 3 April. He worked hard in creating educational awareness among the poor and backward people of Kishan Ganj (Bihar) and was instrumental in the establishment of many educational institutions in Bihar, particularly in rural and backward areas of the state. He is survived by five sons and four daughters.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 16

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