Biographies

The late Hassanein Heikal

In his final television interviews before his death, however, Heikal sounded notes of warning to President Sisi, who is struggling to defeat a militant insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula and to halt a steep economic decline.  Heikal’s prolific writing … read more

Sahibzada Yaqub Khan

‘ . . . Sahabzada also served as Pakistan’s envoy to the Soviet Union and France, and was Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar’s United Nations special representative for Western Sahara. He served as an ambassador from 1972 to 1982, under … read more

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi

The twin sister of the last Shah of Iran, Ashraf Pahlavi sought to modernise her country and championing the equality of women but had a taste for the high life – joined the jet set with gusto and took to … read more

Mohsin Ali, 1923-2015

The long-time diplomatic editor of Reuters, Mohsin Ali who later on became a key member of London’s The Times staff in Washington,  produced scoops for the global news agency as well as international analysis for its readers across the world.  … read more

Hocine Aït-Ahmed

A leader of the Algerian war of independence against France that began in 1954, and a major opponent of the Algerian governments dominated by the military since then Hocine Aït-Ahmed spent decades in exile in Switzerland. click here for full … read more

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, the Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and a former social welfare minster was hanged  on Sunday 22 November, aged 67.  His  body was taken to Faridpur, the home town of Mujahid under tight security. Bangladesh’s Supreme Court  had … read more

Mevlana Rumi

Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207 – 1273) was a great sufi mystic… his  Masnawi comprises six books of poetry in a didactic style (designed or intended to teach; intended to convey instruction and information as well as for pleasure and entertainment). … read more

Naaz Coker

Naaz Coker will be particularly remembered by British Muslims for leading the Muslim Council of Britain’s Leadership Development Programme, which, since 2003, has inspired men and women to excel and give service to the public good. Naaz Coker’s career in … read more

Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf

Hajiya Bilkisu lost her life in the Jamarat tragedy, September 2015, inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. An obituary prepared by Bala Muhammad and published in the Daily Trust, Nigeria notes: Hajiya Bilkisu was the most prominent female journalist from … read more