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MAULANA MUFTI ABDUR RAUF QASMI, noted religious scholar, President of Moradabad’s religious institution Darul Uloom Jamia-ul Hoda, Hadees teacher died of heart attack in the early morning of 24 July at the age of 75 years. He had devoted his whole life for the promotion of religious education and welfare of millat. He leaves behind five sons and two daughters.
M. A. HAQUE, senior member of the executive committee and one of the founder members of India Islamic Cultural Centre died of cancer in Lucknow on 3 August at the age of 73 years. He was confined to bed for a long time. He had also built a grand mosque in Dwarka and with his efforts two graveyards at Dwarka and Noida were set up for Muslims. He had retired as Joint Director in DDA.
AZIZ NAJIBABADI, noted Urdu poet, died on 19 July at the age of 72 years after a prolonged illness. A religious minded person, he composed three humerous and sarcastic anthologies of poems and included topics like election, gharwali, cricket, inqalab, Daroghaji, aurtoN ka election, gadha (ass) etc in his humerous poetry which were very popular among the people
MUBARAK BEGUM, film world’s famous playback singer of yesteryears died in her one-bedroom house in Jogeshwari near Mumbai on 19 July at the age of about 80 years. Though a well-known name as a famous playback singer during the period of about 25 years of Independence, no one from the glamorous world of Bollywood came to her modest house even for a minute to pay even a namesake tribute to her or even as a normal social courtesy. She spent her last many years in poverty and want, on a meagre monthly government pension of Rs. 700. Her taxi driver son’s income too was such as not to give her a healthy and moderately respectable life. Some years ago Maharashtra government is stated to have granted her about Rs. one lakh for her treatment but thousands of rupees every month were spent on the treatment of her sick daughter but she could not survive. This hit her hard and her health went on deteriorating. She died in penury, unwept and unsung.
NOORUL HAQUE, lyricist and film producer-director who composed more than 500 Assamese lyrics and about 200 Hindustani lyrics sung by famous playback singers of Bollywood like Muhammad Rafi, Usha Mangeshkar and others, died in Jorhat on 15 July after a prolonged illness at the age of 78 years.                                               

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2016 on page no. 12

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