NEW DELHI–Prominent Islamic scholar Prof KA Siddique Hassan passed away after a prolonged illness at his home in Kovoor near Kozhikode, Kerala. He was 76.
A former vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, he was the founder of the leading Malayalam daily `Madhyamam’. A stout leader of the Islamic movement, he served as Ameer-e-Halqa, Kerala, and National Vice President.
Under his leadership, the Islamic movement saw unprecedented growth. He pioneered many socio-cultural and economic initiatives.
An Islamic scholar par excellence, he was an orator, social worker author, and an able leader. Prof Hassan carved a different path for the development of the Muslim community in particular and the society in general.
Under his vision, several projects were launched for the holistic development of the downtrodden and marginalized communities in North India. Prof Hassan played a key role in establishing `Human Welfare Foundation’, an NGO based in New Delhi for the upliftment of marginalized sections of society.
He was one of the Muslim leaders of 21st century, who apart from spearheading the largest humanitarian initiative, `Vision 2016’, also initiated the first interest free NBFC, AICL and revolutionary media ventures like `Madhyamam’ and `MediaOne’.
Prof Hassan was awarded Islamic Online Star of 2010 by Islam Online and Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Foundation Award for his work in formulating `Vision 2016′.
Born in Kodungallur of Thrissur district in 1945, he received education from Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College, Farook, and Islamia College Santapuram. Later, he took a job as a college teacher.
He has authored and translated a number of books and contributed articles to different newspapers.
He is survived by his wife VK Zubaida, sons, Faslurrahman, Sharafuddeen and Anisurrahman and daughter Sabira.
Paying rich tributes to the departed leader, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said they have lost a visionary who was an inspiration to youth.
“He was a visionary. He started Madhyamam to raise the voice of the voiceless. He always raised the voice for truth, equality, and justice. He had art to make impossible things possible. He had an inherent art to win the hearts of people. Even he introduced me to the Islamic movement. Due to his illness, he was not active. His teachings will always guide us, He will continue to inspire generations to come,” he said.
Omair Anas, JNU alumni, who is working as an assistant professor at Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Turkey, said leader is too small a word to describe this visionary scholar.
“I do not know if the Islamic Ummah has created a person like Prof Hassan after independence. Calling him a Jamaat-e-Islami leader is too small a word to describe this visionary. Ask Muslims of Kerala today. No human body has seen patience and simplicity like Prof Hassan” said Omair.