Prof. Dilnawaz Siddiqui (1938 – 2006)

 

It is with profound grief that we acknowledge the sad demise of Dr. Dilnawaz Siddiqi, Prof. Emeritus, Communications, Clarion University, Pennsylvania. After a prolonged illness due to virus infection, he passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2006-(Rajab 8, 1427).

The funeral prayer was led by Dr. Muzammil Sidiqui, Chairman of the U.S. Fiqh Council. He was buried in Los Angeles, California after Friday prayers on August 4. He leaves behind his wife, Narjis, son Shajee, and a daughter. He retired in 2003. He was 68 years old.

Born in Amroha, United Provinces, India, he did his Masters in English from Aligarh Muslim University, India; post graduate. Dip. ED from University of London, and Ph.D. in Communications from Syracuse University, New York.

Apart from 40 years of teaching experience, in school of medical sciences, University of Arkansas and Clarion University, Pennsylvania, he worked as advisor of the U.N.D.P. in Jordan, Sudan and Yemen. He served on the editorial board of Professional Academic Journal- American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. He was president of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists-an affiliate of International Institute of Islamic Thought, Virginia, founded by late Dr. Ismail Farooqi and Abdul Hamid Abu

Sulayman.

In recognition of his long, meritorious scholarly achievements, he received many awards of excellence, including Saifi Burhanuddin gold medal, International Council of Education, the Russian Academy of Humanities, and American Muslim Alliance. He chaired editorial board of Islamic Horizon of

Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic History Society and many other organizations.

During his working career, starting with Tanzania, he has left an indelible mark, in disciplines of communications, American Muslim politics, and International and Medieval Studies. Many conferences, seminars & workshops were chaired/organized/coordinated by him, including the First Amss Regional Conference in south west in Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in 2000,2002, 2003, and 2005. As an organizer/presenter he regularly participated in annual sessions of International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. In 2003, 2004, 2005, he could not attend its last session on

May 7, 2007 owing to his illness.

The Institute of Medieval & Post Medieval Studies, Texas are his lasting testimony to his memory. He has written two books and several articles on variety of subjects.

Dr. Dilnawaz Siddiqui was well known as a scholar and widely respected for his high academic attainments and devotion to advancement of learning. For which he will be long remembered. Doubtless, he would serve as a role model for our future generations. He will be sorely missed by a wide circle of admirers in the U.S. and abroad.