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MUHAMMAD ASHFAQ QURESHI, scientist and former Deputy Director of CSIR’s Institute at New Delhi died on 8 January at the age of 72 years. Born in Delhi in 1938, he was honoured with awards by Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal Urdu Academies for his contribution to Urdu in scientific fields. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

It appears that 120-year-old MUNNI BEGUM was alive for the fulfilment of her life’s cherished dream of performing Haj. At this advanced age she was at long last able to perform Haj in November 2010. Twenty-five days after coming back from Haj she fell ill and died at her residence in Kho Nagorian, Jaipur on 8 January ‘11. According to her grandson Naseer Khan who had accompanied her for Haj, she herself had performed all the essentials of the Haj. She is survived by 4 sons, 4 daughters, 16 grandsons, 9 granddaughters, 16 daughters’ daughters, 11 daughters’ sons, 48 great-grandsons and 48 great-grand-daughters.

TALIB KHOOND, renowned poet of satire and humour of Hyderabad and an architect by profession died of heart attack on 20 January. In addition to being a poet, he was also counted among prominent architects of the city who had prepared designs of innumerable mosques. His anthology Sukhan ke Parday mein is published in two editions. He was 73 and is survived by his wife, 3 sons and 3 daughters.

MAULANA ABDUL KARIM NADVI, a great religious and Hadees scholar who had vast knowledge of Islamic sciences died on 1 February. Many prominent religious leaders and scholars, including those from Jamia Sirajul Uloom, Jhanda Nagar (Nepal), in addition to local people participated in his last rites.

Al Haj ABDUL HAKEEM, founder of Kabeer Memorial High School, Kabeer Women’s College, Al Kabeer Polytechnic, Kabeer Memorial College and chairman of Kabeer Trust and Muslim Library Trust Board died on 2 February at the age of 90 years at Jamshedpur. He also founded Muslim Fund which helped hundreds of poor Muslims, particularly girls for their education, marriage etc. and wanted to set up an interest-free bank. He is survived by his wife, three sons and 8 daughters.

MOHIUDDIN JABALI, popular social worker and political leader of Trombay’s Cheeta Camp died on 29 Decemebr 2010. A man of many-sided personality who was an important Congress and subsequently NCP leader, he strongly fought the case of victims of police oppression after 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and brought and ensured justice to them and punishment to guilty police personnel. Supporting the oppressed and victimised people and questioning police’s claims, he exposed police lies and excesses. He was also running Sir Syed English School where hundreds of students are receiving modern education. His sudden death has been described a great loss to bold leadership of oppressed and victimised people.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 16

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