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Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi’s wife passes away

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Salma Khatoon, wife of famous Muslim scholar and Member of Parliament, Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasmi, died in Delhi on 9 July. She had been struggling with life for the last six months and was under regular treatment in Delhi’s Batra Hospital. When there was no improvement in her condition, she was taken to AIIMS where she died.

She was 66 and is survived by three sons and two daughters both of whom are married and have children.

With the news of her demise, hundreds of people from Delhi and the National Capital Region and people of Kishanganj district and Purnea Commissionerate of Bihar living in Delhi rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where her body was embalmed. Her body was taken to her native place in Kishanganj, Bihar and buried there next day. Thousands of people from Kishanganj, Purnea, Katihar, Araria and Uttar Dinajpur districts of Bihar and West Bengal attended her funeral and paid their respect with moist eyes. Her funeral prayer was also offered at the mosque at Markazi Jamaat-e-Islami headquarters in New Delhi.

Daughter of Vilayat Hussain, Salma Khatoom was born in 1945 in Tappu village of Kishanganj and was married to Maulana Asrarul Qasmi on 16 May 1965. She lived a simple life.

Condolence messages poured in from different parts of India and prayer meetings were held at various palces. Condolence messages were also sent from Saudia Arabia, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom and some other countries. May Allah forgive her sins and get her Jannah. Ameen!

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2012 on page no. 12

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