Okhla-based renowned Arabic scholar, former JNU professor dies


Okhla-based renowned Arabic scholar,  former JNU professor dies

Okhla-based Arabic scholar Faizanullah Farooqi, who scooped the President of India Certificate for his services to Arabic language in 2019, died at 2 am on Wednesday in a private local hospital where he was undergoing treatment for days, according to a resident.

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It is reported that Faizanullah Farooqi, who retired from JNU Arabic Department in 2019, was unwell for days after being tested Corona positive and was hospitalised in Fortis Escorts Hospital in Sarai Jullena, said a resident, who is his neighbour in Abul Fazal Enclave.

The death of his news spread in the area with a post claiming that Faizanullah Farooqi, who taught at Centre for Asian and African Studies, JNU, will be laid to rest at 3 pm on Wednesday at Jadid Qabristan Ahle Islam at ITO.

Sify columnist and author of several books Syed Ubaidur Rahman, neighbour of Faizanullah Farooqi, told OT over phone that after retirement he was running a maktab teaching children to read and memorise the Quran.

Besides Arabic, he had mastery over Persian and Urdu as well.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, who stays a few meters from the deceased’s house in AFE, tweeted: “I am sad to know about the untimely demise of my old friend Professor Faizanullah Farooqi. He was a distinguished scholar of Arabic who enriched teaching of Arabic in India and enhanced Indo-Arab relations. He had translated most parts of my Arabic book on methodology of research which is available in Urdu as ‘Usool-e Tahqiq’. He leaves behind a rich legacy and many sad hearts.”

The Arabic scholar has left behind his wife Farzana Khatoon, daughter Amna and two sons Irfanullah and Abu Talha.