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  • Maulana Mufti MUHAMMAD SHOAIB ISLAHI, famous religious scholar, former Head Master of Madrasatul Islah and founder of more than 250 maktabs and madrasas in and around Azamgarh died of heart attack on 26 September at Muscat airport on his way to Bahrein. He was about 63 years of age. His body was brought and laid to rest at his native place in a village of Azamgarh. He was an expert on Hadees, Fiqh and Shariat.
  • MOAZZAM ALI KHAN, founder and manager of Darul Uloom Rahmania, a branch of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow at Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area died in Delhi on 17 October. Till 12 midnight he was all right but was found dead in his bed next morning. He was 65 and had no issues. Being childless, he had donated his 1800 yards of land to his madrasa which he had set up in 1995. He spent for the madrasa whatever he saved from his earnings after meeting his expenses. In accordance with his will, he was buried in a corner of his madrasa premises.
  • Prof MAS’OOD HUSAIN KHAN, AMU’s Professor Emeritus, author, critic, researcher, poet, linguist and expert in Dakkini language died on 16 October at Aligarh at the age of 82 years. In previous years he was President of Osmania University, Hyderabad’s Department of Urdu, Shaikhul Jamia of Jamia Urdu, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
  • Maulana EKHTASASUDDIN AJMALI, Mufti-e-Azam of Sambhal and state Vice-President of All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board died of heart attack on 18 October at the age 60 years. Fataawa Ajmaliya, collection of his fatwas was published in many volumes. He leaves behind four sons and one daughter.
  • The dead body of Maulana HABIBUR RAHMAN, who was Imam of a mosque in Meerut and who was mysteriously found missing from 16 October was found floating in a pond in a village in Muzaffar Nagar district. It is reported that on 16 October night he had gone somewhere from the mosque but when he did not come back till late night, his family members reported the matter to police. Two days later i.e., on 18 October someone saw a dead body floating in a pond and reported the matter to police. After taking possession of the dead body police found a diary in his pocket from which his identity was known. His family members also identified the body and expressed the fear that he was murdered. After post-mortem his body was given to his family members. He was buried in the local graveyard. Police is investigating the case on the basis of complaint lodged by his family members that he may have been murdered.
  • MUHAMMAD ABDUL QADIR ‘Behosh’ Mahboob Nagari, famous poet died in Hyderabad on 16 October at the age of 85 years. Born in Mahboob Nagar in October 1925 he wrote poetry in many literary genres including nazm and more than 200 ghazals but naat was his speciality which brought him fame. He composed naats in Dakhini dailect also. He is survived by his widow, six sons and one daughter.
  • TASNEEM FAROOQUI, a noted poet of Lucknow School died on 18 October after a prolonged illness at the age of 72 years. Born in 1938 in a village of Sitapur district of UP, he was author of many books including anthologies titled lau (flame), Dastkhkat (signature) and Rehl (folding stand for Qur’an), an anthology of naats. He was honoured with UP Urdu Academy Award of Rs 51,000. He is survived by his widow, 4 sons and two daughters.
  • NOOR MUNIRI, a senior poet of Pune and author of the anthologies like Shahar ki Faseelon Se (From the City Walls) died after a prolonged illness at the age of 79 years. During the last few weeks he had been suffering from diarrhoea because of which he had become very wek and ultimately died on 29 September. After his retirement as Catering Superintendent in Railways he used to spend large part of his time in studies. He was honoured with awards by many social and literary organisations. He was also interested in Marathi language and literature and had translated many Marathi poems (into Urdu). He was also punctual to daily 5 times prayers.
  • SYED KHURSHID ALAM, prominent advocate of Gaya and a benefactor of the Muslim Larkiyon ka Yateemkhana, died last month depriving the orphanage of a great patron. A condolence meeting was held at this orphanage on 19 September when head of the institution, Hafiz Ghulam Mustafa, paid rich tributes to him and spoke about his multifaceted qualities and capabilities and service to the causes of the Millat (Iqbal Ahmad Khan).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 16

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