Abdul Majid Siddiqi

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Dear All,

We all know that two people influence a lot in shaping up the career of a person, parents and teachers and what if your parents are your teacher too. The result will be someone like Dr. Shahid Jamil, a proud Aligarian and well known Virologist at national and international level. Lets know something more about his father and teacher Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi, a well knows Scientist, teacher and able administrator.

Being a student of Non-Life Sciences, I never had the opportunity to meet Prof. Siddiqi and Insha-Allah it will be an honor for me to see him in person during my next visit to Aligarh. I am thankful to Dr. Athar Habib Siddiqui, a close friend of mine to write this article for www.Aligarhmovement.com . I am also thankful to Dr. Shahid Jameel, Dr. Afshan Hashmil and Dr. Shaheer Khan for correcting the article and providing the pictures of Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi.

Regards.

--
Afzal Usmani
Webmaster




Prof. Majid Siddiqui

Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi


Athar Habib Siddiqui*

It is commonly perceived in the West that the Scientists in India in general and at Aligarh Muslim University particular are not involved in true research and imparting of their knowledge to the next generation. By and large this may also be true, but there are some people in India in general and at Aligarh Muslim University in particular who have done remarkable research despite the lack of resources and a culture that rewards excellence. They have followed their dreams. Their commitment and perseverance makes them special and distinguished in their fields of enquiry. One such person is well known Scientist, Professor and Founding Dean of Faculty of Life Science at Aligarh Muslim University, Abdul Majid Siddiqi. His remarkable research and teaching abilities helped him to earn respect from the student community and his students still remember him all across the globe. He was also an able administrator and played key role to establish an independent Department of Bio-Chemistry and Faculty of Life Science at Aligarh Muslim University.


Professor Abdul Majid Siddiqi was born in Allahabad (UP) on January 01, 1933 to Dr. Mohammad Azam and Mrs. Asiya Bibi. Dr. Azam was working in a state run clinic in the Yousoufpur Mohammadabad region of Ghazipur District of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) after graduating with a Medical degree from Agra Medical College. Dr. Siddiqi got married to Jamila Aleem; 1956; daughter of Dr. Abdul Aleem, former Chairman Department of Arabic, AMU, Aligarh, and later Vice-Chancellor, AMU (1968-73). Dr. Siddiqi has 3 children: Dr. Shahid Jameel is a Senior Scientist and Group Leader at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi, India. Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi is President of Global Regulatory and Business Solutions, LLC, a regulatory affairs and business development consulting company in Rockville, MD, USA. Mr. Fazlur Rahman resides at Aligarh, India.


Dr. Siddiqi obtained his primary education from Islamia School, Gorakhpur and passed High School from City High School, Ghazipur. After that he came to Christian College, Lucknow for his Senior Secondary School (Class XII). Upon completing that with distinction, Dr. Siddiqi came to AMU and where began a long career, first as a dedicated and hard working student and then as a Faculty, who envisaged a greater sphere of opportunities for the future generation of students to come.


Dr. Siddiqi obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemistry in 1951 and 1953 respectively. He was then recruited as a Teacher and then Lecturer in Science (July 1953-August 1963) to teach an integrated Science course to the 1st Year Unani Students (Pre-Tibb) of the Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU. During this period he proceeded on a study leave (Sept 1959 to May 1962) to pursue his PhD in Biochemistry from the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, a top tier University. In March 1963, Dr. Siddiqi was appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry Section of the Chemistry Department to teach Biochemistry to the MSc students and mentor students aspiring to do research. He continued in this position till December 1966. Dr. Siddiqi was then promoted as a Reader In-charge of the Biochemistry Section within the Chemistry Department in December 1966. His duties then increased to teaching Biochemistry to BSc and MSc students and guiding research of MPhil and PhD students. In April 1972 Dr. Siddiqi was promoted as Professor and he continued in that position till his retirement in 1995. It is worthwhile to mention here that Dr. Siddiqi played the most important role in the establishment of an independent Department of Biochemistry at AMU in 1986 and also the Faculty of Life-Sciences, of which he was appointed as the first Dean.


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Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi with MSc Chemistry degree at AMU

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Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi with his MSc and Mrs. Jamila Siddiqi with her MS degree at University of California, USA

Among the various academic accomplishments achieved by Dr. Majid Siddiqi, here is list of few, which deserve special mention. During his doctoral thesis, Dr. Siddiqi conducted research on lipid metabolism and enzymology. This research work provided new insights into bacterial metabolism and was instrumental in elucidating the metabolism of mevalonic acid by bacteria. A major discovery by Dr. Siddiqi, entitled “Process of Combating Hypercholesterolemia” resulted in a US Patent 36,29,44,9; filed on 22.4.1968 and granted on 21.12.1971. This ground breaking research, conducted by Dr. Siddiqi at AMU provided evidence for the first time that cholesterol biosynthesis inhibitors such as 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaric acid (HMG) might find a therapeutic use in treatment of hyperlipidemia (increased lipids/cholesterol). The global exploitation and marketing rights for this study were taken by M/S Calbiochem-Behring Corporation, San Diego, USA. Since then, other workers have shown that HMG could also be used for the treatment of cholelithiasis (gall stones) and other workers have used this as a basis to file more patents based on this original work. Dr. Siddiqi’s research also led to the discovery of two isoflavones, Biochanin-A and Formononetin, in gram Cicer arietinum (chana) and these compounds were shown to have lipid lowering properties. These isoflavones showed the protective effects of HMG on alcohol-induced lipemia.


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Honoring Mrs. Suhaila Habib (wife of Prof. Mohd. Habib) as Provost Mohd Habib Hall

Dr. Siddiqi was the Coordinator, Ganga Action Plan Project (sanctioned by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) at AMU. This project drew investigators from the Departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Civil Engineering, Geography, Geology and Zoology at AMU. Research conducted under this project in various departments yielded publications in high impact journals. This was especially true for the environmental biochemistry and mutagenesis research carried out in the Department of Biochemistry, which received widespread coverage in the national and international media. Dr. Siddiqi was an accomplished researcher, which can be gauged by the fact that he guided about 40 PhD and 39 MPhil students, who are spread all across the globe. Dr. Siddiqi also possessed great organizational skills. As a very active member of the Society of Biological Chemists, India, he organized the SBC 39th Annual meeting at AMU in 1970. Furthermore he was the convener of the XVI IUBMB India International Satellite Symposium on Biochemical Education at AMU Aligarh, Sept 1994. Dr. Siddiqi was also the Convenor and Director of UGC All-India Workshop on Use of Microcomputers in teaching of Chemistry and Biochemistry, AMU, 1985. Besides all this Dr. Siddiqi was the “Academic Resource Person” for Biochemical Education workshops at BHU (1985) and COSTED Madras (1988). He also served as a Consultant in Biochemistry with World Health Organization, and was deputed to School of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan, to organize Biochemistry teaching and research (Dec 1985 to Feb 1986).


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Welcoming the guests at Mohd. Habib Hall function. Nawab Chattari, Chancellor AMU Aligarh can also be seen in the picture

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Taking care of the guests at Mohd. Habib Hall function. Nawab Chattari and his son Ibne Syeed Chattari, can also be seen in the picture

Dr. Siddiqi was instrumental in the establishment of an independent Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science, AMU, despite stiff resistance and was the first Chairman of the Department. Dr. Siddiqi was appointed the first (founding) Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, AMU. In addition to that Dr. Siddiqi was also the first Provost of Mohammad Habib Hall, AMU. He was a member of all important and powerful constitutional bodies of AMU which manages the day to day administration of AMU - Academic Council, Executive Council and AMU court. Dr. Siddiqi was a member of Faculty and Board of Studies of many Indian universities –University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, Indore University, M.S. University Baroda, Agra University, Lucknow University, and Avadh University. Dr. Siddiqi also served as a member of selection committees at UPSC, UP State Public Service Commission and various Indian universities and Institutes. He was also a member of Expert Group on Cardiovascular Diseases, ICMR, New Delhi and of UGC Curriculum Development Committee for the course of Biochemistry. He also served as a member of MAB Committee, Ministry of Environment and Forests.


The pioneering research carried out under the leadership of Dr. Siddiqi in the Section of Biochemistry led to the sanction of a new Department of Biochemistry by the UGC Expert Committee, despite strong opposition from the parent department. Concurrently the AMU administration carved out a new Faculty, Faculty of Life-Sciences from the existing Faculty of Science. Prof. Siddiqi was a core member of administration during the tenure of Mr. Hashim Ali, as the Vice-Chancellor, AMU. One of the key members of the administration during that time, Mr. Javed Usmani, IAS topper, presently on an assignment with the World Bank, Washington DC was serving AMU as the Registrar. In one of the personal conversations with Dr. Shahid Jameel, Mr. Usmani recalled his association with Prof. Siddiqi and said that the“ balanced views and cordial nature of Prof. Siddiqi made him an ideal choice of the AMU administration to head difficult committees.”


A former MSc Biochemistry student at AMU, Dr. Abdur Rahman, recently sent the following message for Dr. Siddiqi on hearing about his ill health. “My arrival in USA and my achievements in past, present and future are due to his blessing, wisdom and foresight. To me not only he conveyed the message of AMU as well as a verse of the Quran "TAUGHT MAN WHAT HE KNEW NOT" but he also ensured that my journey to learning happens beyond India. His simple action to help me provided my family a great honor that they never imagined and went beyond the call of the duty. To this day, I carry a note that he wrote on the overhead of the Department of Biochemistry, AMU with his signature. Whenever I feel unmotivated, uninterested and lackadaisical, I look at that note and find the courage, strength and determination to perform what Prof. Siddiqi would have expected of me. Please do ensure him that he is and will always be in my prayer for his kindness towards me and my family. I hope to visit him one more time when I visit to India next. May Allah grant him health and strength to face the challenges that lie ahead with a smile and devotion to Allah”.


Among the various illustrious students of Dr. Siddiqi, these are few who have excelled in their field and are considered to be experts in their respective areas of research and study. Prominent among them are Professor M. Saleemuddin, who is an international researcher and educationist of repute. Dr. Saleemuddin is considered globally as an expert and leader in the field of Enzyme technology. Professor Saleemuddin had also served as the Vice-Chancellor of AMU, Aligarh. He is the co-ordinator of the Institute of Biotechnology, AMU. Professor Ahad Noor Khan Yusufi is the current Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life-Sciences, AMU, Aligarh. He is an internationally famed researcher in the field of Renal Physiology. Dr. Syed Shafi Asghar, Professor of Dermatology, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Professor Zafrul Hasan Beg has been a senior researcher at National Institutes of Health, USA and now serves as a Professor of Biochemistry, JN Medical College, AMU. Dr. Sardar Yaqub Ali Khan Yuzufzai – Professor, Medical College of Georgia, USA. Dr. Fazal R. Khan- serves currently as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and resides in Potomac, MD, USA. Professor Nafis Ahmad – Retired as Professor of Biochemistry, Institute of Opthalmology, AMU; now with Hamdard Education Foundation, New Delhi. Professor Akhtar Mahmood is a Professor of Biochemistry, Panjab University, India.


Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi lives in Aligarh with his wife Jamila Siddiqi and son Fazlur Rahman. Following his retirement from AMU, Prof. Siddiqi remained active in neighborhood social issues and regularly interacted with civic authorities on problems such as road repair, clean drains, garbage collection, etc. He also participated actively in the workings of the Ismat Literacy Centre, which his wife has organized to impart reading, writing and vocational skills to girls from poor neighborhoods next to the AMU campus. This Centre is located behind the AMU Post Office.




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Prof. Siddiqi with his students :(L-R) Mr. Musheer Khan, Dr. Siddiqi, Dr. Shaheer Khan

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Prof. Siddiqi with students of AMU Aligarh: L-R: Shams Qamar Usmani and Khan


Dr. Athar Habib Siddiqui is an AMU Aligarh alum based in Houston Texas USA and can be reached at atharhabib@lycos.com

Celebrating a Pioneering Professor

On my Father's Death : Dr Shahid Jameel

@ IF U HV TEARS,SHED THEM NOW : Obaidur rahman siddiqui,ghazipur

GHAZIPUR IS WITHOUT ROSE FRAGANCE__________ Well known Scientist, Founding Dean of Faculty of Life Science at A.M.U. and our GORE MAMU Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi , is no more. If you have tears,shed them now.Lamp of love is without its flame.I believe that men never die.They live in their ideals that they have left behind.We grieve over him and we grieve for ourselves,for we shall not see another like him.His remarkable researches and teaching abilities will be remembered all across the globe.
“ Though life is ephimeral _______________ Yet your memories are immortal”
Though his parents and forfathers belong a well renowned Qasba, SARAULI [ originally in AURANZEB SHAHI FARMAN as “ Sir – Wali” means area conquered by a wali , conquerer HAZRAT KHAWAJA IKHTEYARUDDIN [Humayun regime ]decendant of Khawaja ABDUL SHAHID and KHAWAJA UBAIDULLAH AHRAR] URF PAHETIA [ local language PAHETNA means peecha kerna ],Ghazipur U.P..and his another house was also in city ,next to my SAMAD MANZIL[ khan BahadurABDUL SAMAD,a renowned MAGISTRATE, VAKIL and friend SIR SAYED AHMAD KHAN,during the period 1862-64 as SUB JUDGE in Ghazipur]known as AASIA MANZIL .Yet Professor Abdul Majid Siddiqi was born in Allahabad (UP) on January 01, 1933 to Dr. Mohammad Azam and Mrs. Asiya Bibi. Dr. Azam was working in a state run clinic in the Yusufpur Mohammadabad and Zamania region of Ghazipur District after graduating with a Medical degree from Agra Medical College. Dr. Siddiqi got married to Jamila Aleem; 1956; daughter of Dr. Abdul Aleem [molvi degree was taken from Madarsa CHASHMA E RAHMAT ,ghazipur and during DEENI TALEEM,was also IMAM OF TOWN HALL MOSQUE ], former Chairman Department of Arabic, AMU, and later Vice-Chancellor (1968-73).Dr.ALEEM, was also the Gem of Qasba Pahetia and his father, MOLVI AZEEM was a renowned vakil and true follower of SIR SAYED AHMAD KHAN during his stay in ghazipur as a SUB JUDGE [1862 – 1864 ].After going SAYED AHMAD ,he started a school HINDU MUSLIM ANGLO VERNACULAR,combined in AASIA AND SAMAD MANZIL COMPOUND . Now it is a well-renowned educational institution,known as M.A.H.INTER COLLEGE,in city Ghazipur.
Dr. Siddiqi obtained his primary education from Islamia School, Gorakhpur and passed High School from City High School [ In British Period 1848,known as GERMON MISSION HIGH SCHOOL ,first English medium in Ghazipur District ]. After that he came to Christian College, Lucknow for his Senior Secondary School (Class XII). Upon completing that with distinction, Dr. Siddiqi came to AMU and where obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemistry .He was then recruited as a Teacher and then Lecturer in Science (July 1953-August 1963) to teach an integrated Science course to the 1st Year Unani Students (Pre-Tibb) of the Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU. During this period he proceeded on a study leave (Sept 1959 to May 1962) to pursue his PhD in Biochemistry from the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, a top tier University. In March 1963, Dr. Siddiqi was appointed as a Lecturer in Biochemistry Section of the Chemistry Department to teach Biochemistry to the MSc students and mentor students aspiring to do research. It is worthwhile to mention here that Dr. Siddiqi played the most important role in the establishment of an independent Department of Biochemistry at AMU in 1986 and also the Faculty of Life-Sciences, of which he was appointed as the first Dean.

May his soul rest in peace and ALLAH grant his children Dr. Shahid Jameel [Senior Scientist and Group Leader at the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology], Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi [President of Global Regulatory and Business Solutions, LLC, a regulatory affairs and business development consulting company in Rockville, MD, USA ] and his beloved wife ,known as GORI MAMAANI, JAMILA strength to bear the LOSS. “LIFE IS ETERNAL AND LOVE IS IMMORTAL AND DEATH IS ONLY A HORIZON AND A HORIZON IS NOTHING BUT THE LIMIT OF OUR SIGHT.” Obaidur rahman siddiqui @ Zohra obaid ubaidurrahmansiddiqui@gmail.com

Condolence Messages for (Late) Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi - IV

Dear All Asalamualaekum!
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُون
"To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return" Glorious Qur'an 2:156”
May Allah SWT grant him the company of Nabieen, Shuhada and Saaliheen
I was taught by Majid Saheb as a MSc student. No doubt, he was one of the best teachers I have ever seen. He was a great teacher, mentor and administrator. I have always been extremely indebted to him personally because of his immense help that he provided to me through my education at Aligarh.

Nisar Pampori
Maryland
M.Sc. 1975
َPh.D. 1983

Condolence Messages for (Late) Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi - III

My dear Shahid:
I just learned of that your father passed away and now
transmit my thoughts about him as a person and scientist. I have read
the link Aligarh Movement that so splendidly describes Professor
Siddiqi's impact in biochemistry research, teaching, and training of
students. I personally benefitted from his mentoring of students
because he sent me two, the first of whom was you, to do doctoral work
with me. He nurtured and encouraged you in just the right way as you
navigated through academic rigors in India and I had high
expectations for you which you have fulfilled in every way. My other
student was, as you know, Abdur Rehman, who after a slow start became
one of my best students as I finished my career at Washington State
University in 1997. I have remained in close touch with Abdur since
and have greatly admired his tenacity and the high standards he set
for himself. Indeed these are personal attributes that marked
Professor Siddiqi accomplishments. I only had the pleasure of meeting
your father one time but was very much struck by his gentle and modest
nature.

Shahid: If you want to add my comments about your dad to Aligarh
Movement I would be honored. I was saddened by our loss of him and
regret that I did not know him better. I wish you and your wonderful
family the very best.

Bruce McFadden,
Retired Professor and Former Chair, Department of Biochemistry,
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

Nisar Pampori M.Sc.

Nisar Pampori
M.Sc. 1975
َPh.D. 1983
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُون
"To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return" Glorious Qur'an 2:156”
May Allah SWT grant him the company of Nabieen, Shuhada and Saaliheen
I was taught by Majid Saheb as a MSc student, and I stayed in Habib Hall where Majid Saheb was provost. I have always been extremely indebted to him personally because of his immense help that he provided to me through my education at Aligarh.

Condolence Messages for (Late) Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi -II

Assalamoilakum

Few moments ago when I opened my email inbox, mails on different networks brought the saddest news of the passing away of Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqui. As Muslim, it is our belief that this world is nothing but a temporary phase until the next phase of our journey begins. It is our belief that Prof. Majid Siddiqui has moved over to the abode of eternal life, a life under the shadow of Allah's Endless Rahmah, Insha-Allah enjoying infinite bliss at the High Station in the Jannah, Ameen.

The loss, one can imagine, is more keenly felt by the kith and kin of deceased. However, we are with family members of Dr. Majid Siddiqui in this hour of sorrow and anguish, our sincere thoughts and prayers are with them.

I extend my sincere condolences, as we all pray to Allah Tala for Maghferat of noble soul and May his soul achieve elevation and highest position in Jannat-ul-Firdaus. May the Grace of Almighty God and Infinite mercy be with all of us.

To Allah we belong and to him is our return.

Mohammad Zaigham Khan
B.Tech. (Civil) 1979
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon. It is sad indeed. Prof. Majid Sahib taught me Biochemistry in M.Sc. He was a great teacher, mentor and administrator. He had helping nature towards his students. He helped me getting my first junior research fellowship (JRF) at Chandigarh through his academic network. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah and give stamina to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

Nawab Ali
M.Sc. 1982
Ph.D. 1987
Little Rock, AR
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Dear All Salamunalaekum:

Inna-Lillah-e-Wa-Inna-Alaehay-Rajaoon

I am sadden to hear about Prof. Majid Siddiqui's passing away. He was an excellent teacher and a wonderful human being. He was my teacher and a very close friend and class fellow of my father at AMU. We had a Ghazipur connection. He was an amazing teacher and the way he taught us the biochemical-pathways in his Metabolism class was just amazing. Majid sb. was/is a legend and will live in our heart forever. May Allah (s.w.t.) grant him the highest place in JANNA and sabr to his loved ones, Ameen.

Haider Mehdi, Ph.D.
M.Sc. Biochemistry, 1981
University of Pittsburgh, PA

Condolence Messages for (Late) Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi

Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Alaihe Rajeoon
May Almighty grant the departed soul a place in Jannatul -Firdous.
Majid Sahab was an excellent teacher and a mentor, who has shaped the life of many generations and I am one of his proud students.
It is very hard to express my feelings at this time and all I can say is its very hard to fill in his shoes.
The lacuna left behind by Majid sahab will never be filled.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family especially with Shahid bhai and Afshan apa.
Sincerely
Adil Anwar,PhD
Biochemsitry-1997
Denver. CO. USA
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We have learned from Dr. Shahid Jameel that Majid Sahab's burial will take place on Monday, August 29th after Asr prayers at the University Graveyard (Mintoee) in Aligarh.

To read more about the life and contributions of Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi, please click on the link below.

http://aligarhmovement.com/aligarians/Abdul_Majid_Siddiqi

Shaheer Khan
Moderator
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It is really a very sad news for all Aligs.

AMUOBA Riyadh condoles the sad demise of Prof. Majid Siddiqui. He was a great teacher and a great human being. He was my teacher and above all he was a great fatherly friend of mine and a great fan of my monoactings and dramatic performances. AMU has lost yet another gem.

Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe Rajeooon

May Allah rest his soul in peace in Jannatul Firdaus and give Sabr-e-Jameel to all his relatives and beloved. Aameen.

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad 'Badshah'
Vice President
AMUOBA
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Dear All, ASAK
Many people sent me the condolence message instead of posting directly on the network. I am forwarding all the messages and request the members to post them directly at the network. Several people have asked for the phone numbers of Shahaid Bhai and Afshan.
To protect the privacy of the family I am not posting the contact numbers here but will be happy to send it privately to those who ask for it.

Shaheer Khan
Moderator

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I am saddened to hear of Majid Sahib's passing. I will call Shahid this evening.

Hasan Tahir, Ph.D.
M.Sc.'79
Foster City, CA
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Indeed a very sad news. Inna lillahe wa inna ilehe rajeoun. My deepest and most sincere condolences to the family.

Tariq M. Haqqi
Ph.D.'79
Cleveland, OH, USA
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I am extremely saddened by the news. I was taught by Majid Saheb as a
MSc student. I have always been extremely indebted to him personally
because of his immense help that he provided to me when I joined MSc
Biochemistry in 1974. I was the only external student in the group and
it was Majid Saheb and Wasiur-Rehman saheb who got me admitted in the
course.

My wife, also a student of Majid Saheb, and I had always considered
Majib Saheb as the best staff AMU Biochemistry had ever produced.
Majid saheb was a person full of qualities of a noble professor. He
was full of compassion, sincerely and above all highest academic
standard which is so difficult to find these days in Aligarh. We pray
to Almighty God to grant him a place in Jannah (Ameen).

Kind regards.
M.Sc. 1976
Ph.D. 1983
London UK
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It is indeed a sad news and may Allah place him in the highest ranks in Janna and provide solace to bereived family and loved ones to bear this dear loss (Inna Lillahe wa inna alehe rajeoon). I have known him as a compassionate teacher, and a kind individual. He taught us meaning of Biochemistry.

Regards
Islam Khan
M.Sc.'82
Kuwait University, Kuwait

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May Allah grant the departed soul high place in Janna and give strength and patience to his family members to bear this loss.

Dr. Syed Aslam Shaheer
M.Sc.81
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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I am deeply grieved to hear of Majid Sahab's demise. He was finishing his Ph.D just as I arrived at UC Medical Center, SF as a graduate student and helped me immensely in adjusting to the life in a new country to the extent of letting me have my dinner every evening with him as a paying dinner guest.

He was responsible for making the Department of Biochemistry as one of the more prestigious departments of AMU respected throughout India. Many of the
Ph.Ds from the Department were able to find post-doctoral fellowships from various universities in the US and other western countries.
May his soul rest in peace in the most exalted place in Jannat.
Masood Haider
M.Sc. (1959)
Ph.D Univ.Calif.Med.Center, SF
Princeton Jnct., NJ
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Very very sad news indeed - "Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilahi Rajiun".

May the Almight Allah grant "Sabr" to the family members and all to bear with this irrepairable loss.

Athar Siddiqui
Associate Professor
University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, India
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Dear Shahid and Afshan,

It was very sad to know about the demise of your reverend father, our Prof. Majid Siddiqui. May Almighty Allah bestow upon him His kindness and blessings in the holy month of Ramadan Kareem and give patience and forbearance to you, Afshan and other members of your family.

Undoubtedly it is big loss for your family, for the entire Alig community and country as well. Prof. Majid was not only a learned and highly qualified faculty, but was a man of vivid imagination, initiation and drive. The fabulous history of remarkable achievements of The Department of Biochemistry is a briliant example of his great contribution to India in general and AMU in particular. Prof. Majid is among few of the academics of AMU who took salary in terms of money from the university, but added values to the institution and bright starts to the galaxy of Aligarians.
May Allah grant him highest place in His jewar-e-ramah for his good deeds.

Shahid !

mana wo aaj nahin, unke wo ahkaam to hain
in hawaon mein larazte huye paigham to hain
mana maikhana nahin, saqi-e-diwana nahin
tishnagi dil ki bujhaney ko magar jaam to hein
hain bahut kaam abhi, kaam abhi, kaam to hain
un haseen khwabon ki taabeer abhi baqi hai !!

On behalf of myself and all members of The Aligarh Alumni Associaion of Texas, we express our deep sympathy with you and your entire family.

I love you. Take care of your self and your family.

Hamdam-e-Derina

Nausha Asrar, Ph.D.
M.Sc.'79

Houston, TX
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Dear All, Assalamoalaikum!

Inna-Lillah-e-Wa-Inna-Alaehay-Rajaoon
This is indeed an extremly sad news. May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdous.
Majid Saheb was the founder of Biochemistry department, we call him Father of Biochemistry in Aligarh. Fortunately I was student of the first batch of undergraduate program after department established in 1986. Majid Sb. was very dedicated teacher, mentor and administrator. It is very hard to replace him, its a big loss for the entire Alig community.
May Allah give patience to Shahid Bhai, Afshan Apa and the entire family.

Mohammad Shamsul Ola, Ph.D (Biochemitry)
Assistant Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
King Saud University, Riyadh KSA

Prof. Majid Siddiqui - Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe Rajeooon

Prof. Majid Siddiqui - Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe Rajeooon

August 28, 2011
We are very sad to break the news that Prof. Majid Siddiqui Sahab passed away today. Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Alaihe Rajeoon
The sad news was communicated to us by his son-in-law Mustafa Hashmi (Washington DC).
Prof. Majid Siddiqui former Professor and head of Biochemistry at AMU breathed his last few hours ago in Delhi.
Majid Sahib was one of the best teachers in the department of Biochemistry, although I never had the privilege of being his student but always enjoyed his affection and guidance.
Majid Sahib's son, Dr. Shahid Jameel and daughter Dr. Afshan Hashmi are the long time members of AMU Network.
On behalf of myself and the members of AMU Network we convey our heart felt condolences to the family.
We all pray to Allah to shower his mercy on Majid Sahab and grant him a highest place in Jannah (Aameen) and Saber to family members.
Majid Sahab's burial will take place on Monday, August 29th at University Graveyard (Mintoee) in Aligarh. More details will be communicated as they become available.

Shaheer Khan
Moderator
AMU Network.

Passing away of Professor Abdu Majid Siddiqi

As-Salaam Alaekum,

It is with deep sadness I have been asked to announce passing away of Professor Abdulmajid Siddiqi after a brief illness in Delhi today around 8:00 PM local time. إنا لله و إنا إله راجعون Dr. Shahid Jameel has informed me that takfeen will be at the University qabristan, AMU after Asr prayer on Monday. Dr. Shahid Jameel and Dr. Abdulmajid Siddiqi's family has asked me to convey their gratitude to all who were concerned about Professor Siddiqi's health. Please pray for maghfirat of late Dr. Siddiqi.

Condolence messages in USA can be sent to Dr. Afshan and Mr. Mustafa Hashmi at 301-294-9117 MUST-HASHMI@MSN.COM , mustafahashmi91@gmail.com or to Dr. Shahid Jameel at jameelshahid@gmail.com in India.

– Zafar Iqbal
Washington DC

An eternal loss 2 d AMU community!!!

The Well known Scientist, Founding Dean of Faculty of Life Science at A.M.U. and My Beloved Nana, Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi, is no more. If you have tears, shed them now. Lamp of love is without its flame. I believe that men never die rather, They live in their ideals that they have left behind. We grieve over him and we grieve for ourselves,for we shall not see another like him. His remarkable researches and teaching abilities will be remembered all across the globe.

“ Though life is ephimeral... Yet memories are immortal!!"

Death is a vry painful & emotnl tym, We, the Muslims, blv that death is a departure from d lyf of dis world, but not d end of a person's existence. Rather, eternal lyf is 2 come, nd v pray 4 God's mercy 2 be with d departed, in hopes that they may find peace nd happiness in d lyf 2 come.

Dua-e-Maghfirat is rqstd 4m entire AMU community, frnz and near & dear 1s !!!

My Teacher : Prof Majid Siddiq

Dear Afzal Bhai,
AA
I am so thankful to you for posting the article about the great teacher and scientist, a compassionate human being and able administrator, Prof Majid Siddiqi. It was a pleasure to read about him and see his pictures again and again. I hope and pray he is in good health.

I must thank Dr. Athar Habib sb for letting us know about Prof. Majid Sidddiqi, more than what we knew. But even what we knew about him as his students, is by no means ordinary. I am one of the luckiest ones who was his student (BSc and MSc Biochemistry 1990-1995). I left AMU the same year when Majid sb retired. Having taught us for 5 years in the department, he left extraordinary impression on all the students, not only to do well in our studies, but to do something for the welfare of others. He commanded so much of respect in the department that hardly anybody could ignore his advice. Having achieved so much in life by then (Chairman, Dean and other academic posts) when I was there, he was always available to the students, in and outside his office, in the hallway even. That is still unimaginable in that part of the world. It could be because he had got his education from the US or his own innate nature. It was difficult to ask him questions, because he would try you to make you understand for a very long time, without getting tired, when the students would be exhausted by then. I remember so many wonderful events about the great professor that it is hard to write down all. On one occasion, during our BSc final year, we were not keen on taking a sessional (class room tests) of our teacher Prof. Bilquees Bano (currently professor in the Biochem deptt). She went to complain to Prof Siddiqui (even when he was not the chairman) about our absence from the test. Prof Siddiqi called us in his office and rebuked us and finally said " My sons, do you know that the knowledge that comes in the text books is about 5 years after the actual research is conducted, and then we give the same knowledge to our students for years together. What we are teaching you today is already 10 years old. Do you know how far you are. Your attitude is unacceptable, and should never happen again". That event is still like a photograph and an inspiration to me. He always insisted that we should go to the best institutes for research, and always be like scientists in our approach. To most of us who were happy to stay at AMU for PhD, he insisted "Don't be like a frog in the pond, explore the world".

Prof. Siddiqui was not only a teacher, but he left a legacy. Most of the current teachers in the Biochemistry and Biotechnology department were his students. Prof. Saleemuddin (as is mentioned in the article) who himself held all the major posts including the interim Vice Chancellor, was his PhD student. However, many times when I was in Prof. Saleemuddin's office, Majid sb would enter with two cups of tea, one for himself and the other for his student, Prof. Saleemuddin!!!!!!!!!!!!!. As a mark of respect, I always saw Saleem sb standing in his honour (even when Saleem sb was the chairman and Majid sb was a faculty), whenever Majid sb entered. Those are the lessons that we learned. Majid sb would always go beyond his ways to help students. Before coming to the US, I went to his house (he was retired by then), and offered my thanks and respects, and also took some pictures with him. I am sure many of his students did the same.

As mentioned in the article, Prof. Siddiqi was the founding father of the department of Biochemistry. He started the BSc Biochem (Hons) at AMU when Biochemistry was hardly taught at BSc level in India. As an example of his legacy, drawing inspiration from his great personality, many of his students established a scholarship to help students who could come to the US for PhD (Sir Syed Excellence in Science Award, instituted by AAANE Boston), and is offered to the meritorious students of AMU and alumni. In many of the discussions among the advisory board, Majid Sb's name has been mentioned and discussed as an example (also in the last conference call that was attended by Shaheer Khan and Afzal Usmani as well). Fortunately, his students have established an award in his name in the biochemistry department at AMU, that would keep his name and contribution always alive.

In my thoughts, the greatest respect a teacher commands in not when he/ she is in the department and hold posts like chairman/ dean etc. The true measure of his/ her value and respect is when they have no authority on the students, and the students remember and respect them, even when the students have left or the teacher is retired. Prof. Majid Siddiqi is truly among those invaluable teachers who have brought name to AMU and will always be dearly remembered by all of his students. May Allah bless him a with a healthy life and great respect. Majid sb, it was great to see your picture, and it was another moment of refreshed inspiration.

With great regards,
Shaida Andrabi,
MSc Biochem 1995
Boston, USA.

Prof. Abdul Majid Siddiqi

As I have mentioned in my articles published in the "Sir Syed Day Aligarh Magazine', Majid Sahab and Jameela A'apa greatly facilitated my adjustment to life in the United States during 1962, when I joined the University of Medical Center, SF as a graduate student as they were ending their stay in SF to go back to India. For their many favors, I would forever remain in their debt.

Majid Sahab like another icon of scientific research at AMU, the late Prof. Wahid Uddin Malik, provides a vivid example that despite the enormous constraints of lack of resources, it is still possible to carry out first rate research at AMU.

May God bless him with a long and healthy life.

Masood Haider
M.Sc (1959)
Ph.D Univ.Calif.Medical Center, SF
New Jersey

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