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Nawab Habibah Begum




Habibah Begum was the daughter and only child of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad (died in 1942, Picture), the Nawab of Kholapur (a village, PIN Code: 444802, in Amraoti District, Maharashtra, Map to Kholapur). Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad was the elder son of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (died in 1897, 1315 Hijri, Picture).

Habibah Begum married Nawab Mohiuddin Khan Bahadur (died on 17 September 1949 in Bombay/Mumbai, Picture), the Nawab of Khujji and Behla. Khujji is in the Rajnandgaon District, of Chhattisgarh (Map to Khujji). Behla is in Maharashtra.

Her younger son, Nawab Nasiruddin Khan (alias Altaf, Picture, died on Friday the 14 December 2012, 29th Muharram 1434), married Amirunnisa Begum (alias Mahjabeen, Picture) the daughter of Syed Iqbal Yusuf (died on 17 September 1949 in Bombay/Mumbai, Picture). Amirunnisa Begum died on 08 November 1993, in Nagpur.

Habibah Begum died on 09 July 1967 in Nagpur.


Following is adopted (and rendered into English) from the original article in Urdu on Nawab Habibah Begum, written by her younger son, Nawab Nasiruddin Khan (alias Altaf, Picture).

Kholapur is an ancient town in the Amraoti District Maharashtra, Maharashtra (the Pin Code: 444802 and the Map to Kholapur). The name of Alhaj Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture) is forever linked to Kholapur. In the year 1290 Hijri (1873 CE), he established a Dini Madrasa (Islamic School, imparting education in Arabic, Islamic Studies, Persian and History) by the name Madrasa Nawabia Islamia. Nawab Abdul Ghani was recognized for his community and national services. He was awarded a Certificate by the Resident State of Hyderabad on behalf of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Three historic convocations (Ijlas-e-Dastarbandi) of the Madrasa took place. The first one was in the lifetime of Nawab Abdul Ghani himself in the year 1311 Hijri (1893 CE). The second convocation was conducted by Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad (died in 1942, Picture) the elder son of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar. The third convocation took place under the reign of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader (died in 1943, Picture) the younger son of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar. Over the years the number of students in the resident Madrasa declined. In 1950, Shaikh-ul-Hadees Maulana Abid Ali Wajid Al-Husimi Bhopali rejuvenated and renamed the Madrasa as Anwarul Uloom. To date the Madrasa is imparting education. Nawab Abdul Ghani Saheb's daugheter, Khadija Begum Saheba was a scholar. She was educated by her Uncle (husband of father's sister), Syed Mahmood Saheb and Maulana Syed Abdul Razzaq Saheb Baghdadi. She was married to Nawab Elegant Abdul Waris Khan Saheb Bakhshi from Hyderabad. Khadija Begum Saheba did not like the environment of Hyderabad! After five or six years of marriage, she returned (issueless) to her hometown of Kholapur. Her personal tragedy turned out to be blessing for the young girls of the family. Khadija Begum Saheba dedicated rest of her life educating and guiding the upbringing of every girl child born in the family. She directly and indirectly benefited numerous generations of girl children.

Nawab Habibah Begum was the only child of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Samad (died in 1942, Picture) and Halima Bi Saheba. Halima Bi Saheba was the sister of Nawab Nyazuddin Khan Bahadur (died in 19??, Picture), the Landlord of the Bhadrah Estate. Habibah Begum received education and guidance from the able hands of her aunt (father's sister), Khadija Begum Saheba. She also received instruction in Persian Language and Literature from a home tutor. Habibah Begum thus acquired a diverse literary background spanning literature, languages and in Islamic studies.

Habibah Begum married her maternal first cousin Nawab Mohiuddin Khan Bahadur (died on 17 September 1949 in Bombay/Mumbai, Picture), who was the son of Nawab Nyazuddin Khan Bahadur (died in 19??, Picture). It has been a tradition in the family to marry the cousins. Nawab Nyazuddin Khan Bahadur (died in 19??, Picture) was the Landlord of the Khujji and Behla Estates. He had 84 villages in the Bhadrah Estate and 32 villages in the Khujji Estate. Khujji is in the Rajnandgaon District, of Chhattisgarh (Map to Khujji). He was assigned the title of Nawab by the British Empire. He went to Great Britain for his studies leading to Barrister-at-Law. Nawab Nyazuddin Khan (died in 19??, Picture) was very fond of education and appointed a British Teacher to teach English to his daughter-in-law, Habibah Begum. Nawab Habibah Begum was involved in numerous philanthropic activities.

Nawab Habibah Begum was blessed with three sons and four daughters.

Shaukat Sultana the eldest daughter married Samiuddin Khan Saheb the Landlord of Sherpur Estate. He had his education in UK and is Barrister-at-Law. They are blessed with three daughters, Rubab, Afshan and Tazeen; and two sons Salman Khan (married to his maternal cousin, Asma Khan, alias Seemee, the eldest daughter of Nawab Nasiruddin Khan, alias Altaf, Picture) and Kamran Khan (married to his maternal cousin Syedah Bareera the youngest daughter of Shameem Sultana). Shaukat Sultana died on Friday the 23 December 2011 (27 Muharram 1433) in Karachi. Barrister Samiuddin Khan died on Thursday the 18 June 2015 (30 Shaban 1436) in Karachi.

The elder son, Nawab Sirajuddin Khan inherited the Behla Estate. He married his maternal cousin Afroz Sultana. They are blessed with four sons and three daughters. They are Nyazuddin Khan (alias Junaid), Minhajuddin Khan (alias Shoeb married to Rohma the second daughter of Nawab Nasiruddin , alias Altaf, Picture), Umairuddin Khan (married to the elder daughter of Shaista Sultana), Yasiruddin Khan; Humaira Fatema, Shaima Fatema and Hamna Fatema.

The younger son, Nawab Nasiruddin Khan (alias Altaf, Picture, died on Friday the 14 December 2012, 29th Muharram 1434) inherited the Khujji Estate. Khujji is in the Rajnandgaon District, of Chhattisgarh (Map to Khujji). He married his fraternal cousin, Amirunnisa Begum, (alias Mahjabeen, Picture) the daughter of Syed Iqbal Yusuf (died in 197?, Picture). They are blessed with one son, Mohammed Irfan Khan (married to Syedah Shazia, alias Beenoo, the eldest daughter of Shameem Sultana) and daughters: Asma Khan (alias Seemee, married to Salman Khan the eldest son of Shaukat Sultana), Rohma Khan (married to Minhajuddin Khan, alias Shoeb, the second son of Nawab Sirajuddin Khan). Irfan and Shazia are blessed with a daughter, Sayeeda Ingela Maryam Khan and a son Mohammed Usama Khan (Picture). The youngest daughter Noama Khan did MA in English Literature from Morris College (Ambedkar College), Nagpur University (Logo), Nagpur. Noama Khan (Picture) is married to Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) the youngest son of Mrs. Nighat Iqbal Khan (died on Saturday the 23 May 2009, 29 Jumadi-al-Awwal 1430, Picture) and Mr. Hamid Ahmed KHAN (died on Monday the 6 July 2009, 13 Rajab 1430, Picture). Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) is the grandson of Ghulam Mohammed Khan Saudagar (Picture) of Aurangabad, and Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader of Kholapur. The wedding of Noama KHAN (Picture) and Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) took place on Thursday the 22 February 2001 (27th Ziquad 1421 Hijri) in Nagpur; they were blessed with a daughter Hajira KHAN (Picture), on Sunday the 07 November 2004 (23 Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 1425). Hajira KHAN (Picture) is studying in the Indian School Salalah (Logo), Salalah, Sultanate of Oman (National Emblem). The School is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (Logo), Delhi, INDIA (National Emblem); Affiliation Number: 6130002.

Surayya Sultana is married her fraternal cousin, Rafeeq Ahmed Khan (son of Masood Ahmed Khan). They are blessed with a daughter, Kulsum Begum and two sons Zaheer Ahmed Khan and Sameer Ahmed Khan. Rafeeq Ahmed Khan died on Sunday the 27 November 2011 (01 Muharram 1433) in Nagpur.

The youngest son, Nawab Zaheeruddin Khan died at a young age.

Shameem Sultana married Syed Mahmood Ali Tahir Saheb. He retired as Sales Manager of the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM, Logo). They are blessed with four daughters: Syedah Shazia (alias Beenoo, married to her maternal cousin, Irfan Khan the son of Nawab Nasiruddin (alias Altaf, Picture), Syedah Aasiya, Syedah Uzma and Syedah Bareera (married to her maternal cousin, Kamran Khan the younger son of Shaukat Sultana).

The youngest daughter, Shaista Sultana is married to Dr. Colonel Maqsood Nyazi. They are blessed with two daughters, Zuiyyana and Naila (married to her maternal cousin, Umairuddin Khan the third son of Nawab Sirajuddin Khan).

Among all the cousins of Nawab Habibah Begum, Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar (Picture-1 and Picture-2, died in July 2011) deserves a special mention. He was the youngest son of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Quader (died in 1943, Picture). Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar did PhD in 1955, in Osmania University (OU, Logo), Hyderabad. The PhD of Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was under the supervision of renowned Phycologist & Ecologist, Professor Mahendar Raj Suxena (Picture). He was the first person from the progeny of Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture) not only to do PhD, but the first one to go to College. Professor Dr. A R Zafar retired as the Head of the Department of Botany, in 1986. Nawab Abdul Rafeeq Zafar had cancer with metastasis (including: liver, portal vain, gall-bladder and lungs). He died at 6:53 on the morning of Sunday the 17 July 2011 (14 Shabaan 1432) at his residence in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. When he breathed his last, his wife, niece Bushra Khan, nephew, Sameen Ahmed Khan (Picture) and his wife, Noama Khan (Picture) were present by his side. The Salaat-ut-Janaza (Funeral Prayers) took place after Maghrib, at Masjid Rahmat-e-Alam, Road No. 11, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The Salaat-ut-Janaza was conducted by Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi (Picture), who is Professor in the Department of Islamic Studies, University College of Arts & Social Sciences, Osmania University (OU, Logo). Professor Shahid Ali Abbasi is also the Rector of the Centre for Islamic Education (Logo), Hyderabad. Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar was laid to rest on the same evening in the Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard) attached to the Masjid Hazrat-e-Bilal, Habshiguda, Hyderabad, (see the Map). Professor Abdul Rafeeq Zafar's eldest sister, Khurshid Begum (died in December 1994) and her husband Syed Iqbal Ilyas (died in May 1990) were also laid to rest in the same Qabrastan/Makbara (Graveyard).

Habibah Begum died on 09 July 1967 in Nagpur.


References:
  1. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  2. Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Eminent Personalities of Barar),
    Volume II (2005), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  3. Nawab Nasiruddin Khan,
    Nawab Habibah Begum,
    in Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Eminent Personalities of Barar),
    pages 89-95, Volume II (2005), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View Page-89, Page-90, Page-91, Page-92, Page-93, Page-94 and Page-95.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  4. Ghulam Dastagir Khan Saheb,
    Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar,
    in Tazkira-E-Mashahir-E-Barar,
    (Contributed writings on the lives of Muslim Luminaries from the Berar Region, Maharashtra, India),
    pages 56-60, Volume I (1982), Chief Editor: Syed Abdul Rahim,
    Anjuman-E-Yaad-E-Raftagaan, Usmani Masjid, Amravati 444103, Maharashtra, INDIA.
    * View Page-56, Page-57, Page-58, Page-59 and Page-60.
    * View the Front Cover Page, Back Cover Page and the Jacket.

  5. See the entry, Abdul Ghani Saheb Saudagar (Picture),
    The Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (Logo): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Ghani_Saheb_Saudagar.

  6. View the Certificate of Khan Bahadur issued to Nawab Muhammad Sirajuddin Khan on 3rd June 1922, Image-1 and Image-2.

  7. View the Certificate of Nawab issued to Nawab Nyazuddin Khan Bahadur (died in 19??, Picture) on 1st January 1925, Image-1 and Image-2.

  8. Obituary of Nawab Nasiruddin Khan,
    The Hitavada, Nagpur,
    City Line, Page 2, (Saturday the 15 December 2012,   30 Muharram 1434).
    (The Hitavada, Nagpur, Logo).
    * View the Obituary.


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