New Delhi, December 4 Mufti Shamsuddin Ahmed, scholar as well as social and Islamic activist, passed away here early this morning. He was 72. The end came at Apollo Hospital where he was admitted for the treatment of Parkinson about a week ago. He had come to Delhi on November 10. He is survived by his wife Ms Ismat Naz Bano, three sons Zafar Iqbal Siddiqui, Ghazi Mohammed Khalid and Mohammed Tariq Najeeb, and daughter Ms Quaneta Parween alias Shammi. He was a son-in-law of late Hasnain Syed, a pioneer of Islamic movement in the undivided Indian subcontinent and an authority on the study of great poet Iqbal and brother-in-law of Mohammed Hussain Zulqarnain, Director, International Council of Islamic Information, London (UK) and Dr Jawed Zulqarnain, social scientist and activist.
Hailing from Qazipur, Arrah (Bihar), his father late Abdul Wahab had settled at Jamshedpur, now in Jharkhand, in connection with his job at TISCO. After getting his early school education, he took admission in Markazi Sanvi Darsgah Islami Rampur (Uttar Pradesh), then being run under the stewardship of great Islamic educationist late Afzal Hussain, MA BT. Afterwards, he did his modern education. During his student days at Rampur, he was closely associated with late Maulana Abul Lais Islahi Nadvi, the then Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; late Maulana Mohammed Yusuf, Secretary General, Jamaat; Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, now Ameer, Jamaat; late Maulana Abu Saleem Abdul Hai, Editor, Urdu monthly “Alhasnat”, late Mael Khairabadi, Editor, Urdu women monthly “Hijab”; Maulana Yusuf Islahi, Editor Urdu Islamic monthly “Zikra”; Dr Abdul Haque Ansari, former Ameer, Jamaat; Dr Mohmmed Nejatullah Siddiqui, internationally reputed Islamic economist; Dr Fazlur Rahman Faridi, Editor, Urdu Islamic monthly “Zindagi”; Prof Hameedullah Siddiqui, scholar; late Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Usmani, former Secretary, Jamaat; Qazi Ashfaque Ahmad, scholar; and Prof Moiz Manzar, economist.
After obtaining education, he worked at TISCO, Jamshedpur and Darsgah Islami Islamnagar, Laheriasarai, Darbhanga (Bihar) and spent about ten years in Saudi Arabia in connection with a job. He also served as Manager of Markazi Maktaba Islami and Director of Public Relations at Markaz Jamaat.
Mufti Shamsuddin Ahmed wrote a number of books in Urdu, including collections of the traditions of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) “Shama-e-Resaalat” (Light of Prophethood) and “Shama-e-Hidaayat” (Light of Guidance). He also used to write on different topics in various newspapers and magazines.
Possessing a multi-faceted personality, Mufti Shamsuddin took interest in both scholarly works and activism. He didn’t miss an opportunity to express his views on national and international developments. While opining on Samuel Huntington’s hypothesis “A Clash of Civilisations”, he said it had unnecessarily started a debate between different civilizations, targeting Islam.
Whenever he came to learn about any event, he used to become restless and wanted it discussed fully. When the Jamia Millia Islamia Bill was being debated in Parliament in late 1987, he asked this scribe to cover it, taking into account its background. It was actually to his credit that this issue was covered in detail by this scribe in “Radiance Viewsweekly”, revealing several hidden facts regarding Jamia’s objectives and sole founder Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar. When late Maulana Afzal Hussain, Secretary General, Jamaat came to know that the then much talked about startling and revealing story on Jamia was on his pursuance, he overwhelmingly congratulated him.