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Prof. ASLOOB AHMAD ANSARI, noted fiction writer, critic and retired teacher of English in AMU died in Aligarh on 4 May at the age of 91 years. Born in Delhi in 1925 and educated at Cambridge University, he joined AMU as a lecturer of English and retired from there in 1985. In addition to English he was also an author, critic and researcher in Urdu and many of his books were published in London and USA. According to his son-in-law, Prof. Nafees Ahmad Farooq of AMU, he wrote about a hundred books on Urdu and English literature. He had written extensively on Ghalib, Sir Sayyad Ahmad Khan and particularly on Iqbal on whom he is considered an authority and in recognition of which he was honoured with ‘Nishan-e Iqbal’ Award by Pakistani government. Thereafter, he was honoured by Sahitya Academy with its Award and also by many Urdu Academies. He leaves behind two daughters, both of whom are professors. He was laid to rest in AMU’s graveyard.
Prof. SHAKILUR RAHMAN, eminent author and critic and a former Union minister died in a Delhi hospital on 10 May at the age of 85 years. Author of about 25 books including Qur’an-e Hakeem: Jamaliaat ka Sarchashma, and Aashram, his autobiography he also wrote a number of dramas and plays for stage, TV and radio. Honoured with many awards, including Pakistan’s ‘Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi Award’, he was Vice Chancellor of Bihar’s L. N. Mishra University, Mithila University and Kashmir University and for his research work on Munshi Prem Chand’s fictions, he was conferred D. Litt degree. He leaves behind his wife, two daughters and one son. He was laid to rest in a Delhi graveyard.
MAULANA MUHAMMAD ALTAF HUSAIN MAZAHIRI, noted religious scholar and Manager (Education) in Madrasa Mazahir Uloom (Waqf) of Saharanpur died on 8 May. He led his entire life in contentment, with simplicity and religious devotion. 
Dr. ZAFAR ISHAQ ANSARI, a noted scholar, an eminent English author who extensively wrote on different aspects of Islamic sciences and an important personality of India-Pakistan, former Director General of Islamabad’s International University’s Institution of Islamic Researches (Pakistan) died in Pakistan. He was also associated with Islamic Foundation of London. His English translation of Maulana Abul Ala Moudoodi’s translation and exegesis of Qur’an earned him good reputation. Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, Ameer of Jamat-e Islami Hind while paying tributes to him said that his death is a big loss for Millat-e Islamia.
With the murder of another police officer, sub-InspectorAKHTAR KHAN shortly after the murder of NIA officer Tanzil Ahmad, two police officers have died unnatural deaths in quick succession. Akhtar Khan (40) was Incharge of Dadri Police station in Noida. On being tipped off that some gangsters were hiding at a place nearby he (Akhtar Khan) along with a dozen policemen reached there to arrest them but as he entered the house to arrest them the gangsters hiding there fired at him at a close range and he died on the spot because the bullet had hit hm in the neck. His family members and neighbours alleged that as the gangsters fired at him, his police team members fled in panic, leaving him there alone for a long time. Senior police officers however denied that other policemen had fled from the scene. The UP government announced a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh to his family. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and one daughter, the eldest son being 11 years old.
Mrs JAMILA KHATOON ‘Bekas’, Urdu poetess died in Saharanpur on 9 May at the age of about 100 years. She was a pious and religious minded lady whose anthology ofhamds, na’ats & salam tittled Nawa-e Bekas has been published. She leaves behind three sons and two daughters.
ABDUR RAHMAN ‘Shauq’ Maanvi, veteran Urdu poet died in Saharanpur on 12 May after a prolonged illness at the age of about 87 years. He leaves behind his wife two sons and two daughters.
Ustad GHULAM SADIQ KHAN, a noted classical musician and vocalist died of heart attack in Delhi on 15 May at the age of 77 years. He was honoured with Padma Shri Award by Indian government. He leaves behind two sons and three daughters and was laid to rest in Panch Piran graveyard. Union minister Mrs. Najma Heptullah paid rich tributes to him.          

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2016 on page no. 12

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