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Language expert, Khadim-e-Urdu A. Rasheed Siddiqui passes away, laid to rest

Saturday August 13, 2011 01:14:10 PM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: Abdul Rasheed Siddqui, an expert in Urdu and Persian languages, died at a hospital in Nashik Friday afternoon, his family said.


He was 54 and is survived by his wife and three children, two sons and a daughter. One of his younger sons died at the age of 20 years on December 06, 2008 after meeting with an accident.


Abdul Rasheed Siddiqui, who hailed from Malegaon and was serving as a senior teacher at ATT High School & Jr College, was admitted to a hospital in Nashik yesterday for angiography. Doctors successfully conducted the cardiac test on him. But immediately after the test, he suffered a massive stroke and could not recover thereafter, his elder brother Prof Ab Majeed Siddiqui said while speaking to


He is buried in Malegaon Bada Qabristan Saturday morning in the presence of family members and friends, and a large number of students. 


Known for his exceptional skills in the Urdu and Persian languages, Ab Rashhed Siddiqui, who used the title Khadim-e-Urdu as prefix to his name, was also an MA in economics. He was part of the Maharashtra State Education Board's Bal Bharti, which looks after the school syllabus. Yet he opposed the revised syllabus and teaching methodology introduced recently by the state education board in Maharashtra.


"He was of the view that the teaching methodology introduced by the Maharashtra Education Board would be deadly for the students coming from poor and socially backward background. After he failed to convince the state, he wrote to the Union HRD Minister with his objections and recommended changes", Aleem Faizee, Editor and chairman of Noble Education & Welfare Society (NEWS) said.  


A prolific writer, besides his teaching job at ATT High School, Siddiqui was also associated with a local publication group and wrote extensively for it.


"Apart from 37 books he authored for school students, 'Timtimate Charag', Siddiqui's inspirational and motivational book written for school and college dropouts earned praise from all across the state. His book on Urdu essay writing became so popular that questions were asked on his book in HSC board exams", said editor of Taraqqui-e-Taleem magazine, Tanveer Ahmad. Siddiqui was a regular contributor for this magazine.


Besides this, Siddiqui was also a powerful orator and wrote a book on how to improve the oratory skills.


A very good artist himself, Siddiqui was a perfect playwright. His plays were regular at drama competitions.


"One of his plays, centered on the militancy in Kashmir, won the first prize at the state level drama competition organised by the Maharashtra State Urdu Academy in Mumbai", said Iqbal Ansari, one of his colleagues.


He was regularly consulted by the artists associated with Mollywood - the local film industry. "For them, uncle was a mobile school for acting. They would come and discuss for hours about the script and the acting tips", said Shahzad Anjum, his nephew.


At the time of his death, he was working on indexing of various topics discussed in the Holy Quran. The work, which focused on the topics of Quran in an index form with related chapters, aayah and other details is almost complete and waiting for publication.  














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