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Gaya Muslim Orphanage Managing Committee holds Condolence Meeting to mourn demise of its Patron Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan

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Gaya: The Gaya Muslim Orphanage (GMO) Managing Committee held a Condolence Meeting on the sad demise of Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Patron of Gaya Muslim Orphanage (http://www.gayamuslimorphanage.org) and youngest son of Founder Enayeth Khan, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Lifeline Nursing Home. Dr. Farasat Hussain, President of GMO Managing Committee, presided over the meeting, which was attended by the members and functionaries of the orphanage.

DSCF0497The members paid rich tributes to the deceased Patron Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan and eugolized his selfless service rendered for the welfare of The Gaya Muslim Orphanage throughout his life. A copy of the resolution passed at the Condolence Meeting was presented by a GMO functionary to the deceased Dr. A. M. Khan’s eldest son Danish Ahmad Khan, who is also Founder-Editor of India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper IndianMuslimObserver.com, on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his Gaya residence.

8Dr. A. M. Khan was a strong pillar of the institution and played a crucial role in expanding and developing the orphanage in every way possible. He was passionate about the orphanage and stressed on the cleanliness of the campus and improving the quality of education. He used to often make surprise visits to the orphanage and enquired about the well-being of the orphan inmates. During some of his afternoon visits he used to sit with the inmates and take lunch with them to check the quality of food served. He however always made it point to pay for his own lunch. The credit of the buildings constructed in the vast GMO campus and seeking of financial aid of INR 1.5 crore for the ITI building (Enayeth Technical Institute) from Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, goes to him. Moreover, Dr. A. M. Khan through his extensive efforts succeeded in getting FCRA account through Government of India for seeking donations from foreign donors.

Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan was a renowned physician in Gaya district and played an important role in the construction of Indian Medical Association (IMA) hall in Gaya town. Being a prominent social activist, Dr. A. M. Khan was constantly in touch with Indian Red Cross, Lions Club and Rotract Club and organized Eye Cataract camps in rural areas of the town through these organizations. He always cared for the poor and used to provide them medical treatment free of cost.

DSCF0521Dr. A. M. Khan was an eminent community activist and played a significant role, particularly in the education and healthcare arenas. Apart from being Patron of The Gaya Muslim Orphanage, Dr. Khan was also a Member of Quasmi Middle School Managing Committee. He also played an active role in the establishing of the only Muslim minority college in Gaya ‘Mirza Ghalib College’ and Millat Hospital.

Earlier, Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan had suffered a paralytic stroke and brain hemorrhage on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10.05 am at his Gaya residence. Dr. Farasat Hussain and Dr. S. Zafar Ahsan were the first to visit him and diagnosed with Hemiplegia. He was immediately rushed to Patna and admitted to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS). He remained in ICU for 15 days and continued to remain critical throughout. Saddeningly, he breathed his last at 8:00 pm on Monday, July 9, 2018. His funeral prayers took place at Karimganj Masjid after Namaze Isha at 9:15 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and was buried in Karimganj qabristan in the presence of large number of mourners. He leaves behind his breaving family of three sons and three daughters. His wife had died 12 years ago. Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan was aged around 90 years at the time of his death.

A pious, respected and highly secular person, Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan’s death has been mourned by people of Gaya, including both Hindus and Muslims. His Hindu friends Dr. Uma Nath Bhadani, Ramji Prasad Agarwal Advocate and Dr. Ashok Kumar Tewari in their personal messages said that they had lost their best friend and would hugely miss him, particularly on Eid festivals when they used to visit him every year. The news of Dr. A. M. Khan’s illness and death was covered in the local media.

GMO Condolence Meeting for AbbaIt may be noted that The Gaya Muslim Orphanage was established by its founder Enayeth Khan in October 1917. He invested a modest sum of Rs. 30 from his own pocket to establish the institution. From a 50 anna rented hut with two orphans and one teacher, The Gaya Muslim Orphanage has now grown into a 100 year old institution. Housed in a sprawling campus, the institution has an imposing mosque, beautiful buildings, lawns, GMO Middle School, GMO High School, AMU Aligarh Centre for Distance Education offering courses in I. A., B.A., M.A., and B. Lib. Sc. The newly established Enayeth Private Industrial Training Institute (ITI) has recently been granted affiliation by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), Government of India, and is to soon start a Diploma course in Domestic and Industrial Electrification. The admission to AMU Aligarh Centre for Distance Education and Enayeth Private Industrial Training Institute is open for both Hindus and Muslims.

(This report is based on the information provided by Danish Ahmad Khan, son of Dr. Abdul Majeed Khan, grandson of GMO founder Enayeth Khan, and Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com)

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