In Memory of
Professor Nur-ud-Din Zahid
by Dr Noman Malik and Mrs Samina Malik
We knew Prof. Nur-ud-Din Zahid for the last nine years. We first
met him in the winter of 1994 in Srinagar, Kashmir, where we had
gone to meet Dr. Khurshid Alarm Tareen and the Kashmir Jamaat. Although
it was bitterly cold outside we were very comfortable in Dr. Tareen's
house. We met all the jamaat members there, and Dr. Prof. Nuru-Din-Zahid
stayed at Dr. Tareen's while we were there, so he could be with
We were very impressed by his knowledge of Islam and his expertise
and the Arabic Languae. We could talk for long hours on religious
matters and it was always a pleasusre to listen to him. Before we
went to Kashmir our late Hazrat Amir Dr. Saeed Ahmad told us that
Prof Zahid and Dr. Tareen had reviewed the Bayan-ul-Quran and had
made the necessary correction in it.
Over the next five years we went to Kashmir several times and had
the pleasure of meeting him and initiating new projects to work
on. He wrote several books and translated important articles and
books which included Hazrat Mirza Sahib's famous arabic Al-Quaseedah
with an exhaustive commentary totally almost four hundred pages.
He also translated the Holy Quran into the Kashmiri language.
His passing away will leave a great void in the Lahore Ahmadiyya
Movement. Dr. Tareen and Prof. Zahid had set up a Library and Reading
Room in the Srinagar in Qualamdanpura Mosque. It is one of the best
reading rooms in the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Their love and enthusiasm for the jamaat was so much that several
times they came from Srinagar to Delhi just to meet us.
Six years ago when brother Mehboob Alam Tareen, a very dedicated
Ahmadi, and the brother of Dr. Khurshid Tareen and son-in-law of
Prof. Zahid was martyred for being an Ahmadi, we spoke to Prof.
Zahid and were extremely impressed by his fortitude and patience.
We all have lost a dedicated Ahmadi and a great schoolar. May Allah
Almighty Grant him paradise and comfort his family in their hour