Abdul Rasheed Siddqui, an expert in Urdu and Persian
languages, died at a hospital in Nashik Friday afternoon, his
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 ummid.com.
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 ummid.com 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
Besides this, Siddiqui was also a
powerful orator and wrote a book on how to improve the oratory
A very good artist himself, Siddiqui
was a perfect playwright. His plays were regular at drama
"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.