Biographies

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

Who’s Who: Buhari of Nigeria

General Buhari who was ousted in a coup in 1985, after persecuting political opponents and introducing a series of autocratic measure, was Nigeria’s presidential contender in 2003 election, representing All Nigeria Peoples party. The general is remembered for “war against … read more

Novelist Halide Edibe

While she was still 16 years old she wrote a controversial book against the Purdah, which made her well known in the whole of Turkey. She organised a women brigade in 1921. She became actively involved in Turkish literacy, political … read more

General Hamid Gul

HAMID GUL (1936 – 2015) Pakistan’s former spy chief An influential three-star general Hamid Gul served as the head of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s spy agency, from 1987 to 1989. The General was deeply involved in his country’s policy towards neighbouring … read more