Aligarh: Faculty members of the Department of Business Administration of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have paid tribute to the nonagenarian Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mohammad Nejatullah Siddiqi who passed away in San Jose, California, USA.
“Professor Nejatullah was one of the leading economists and an inclusive thinker whose contribution to interest-free banking and micro-finance is considered fundamental. He has been a mentor to many academics at AMU,” emphasized Professor Salma Ahmed (Dean, Faculty of Management Studies and Research).
Reading the condolence message, she said, “His passing leaves a huge void in academia. He was a wonderful teacher and an inspiration to so many, the lessons we learned from him will last forever. We offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.”
Prof. Valeed Ahmad Ansari spoke about the four-decade association with Prof. Nejatullah and highlighted his achievements.
He said: “Professor Nejatullah taught economics at AMU and later at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he was also associated with the Islamic Development Bank. He received the King Faisal International Prize for his services to Islamic Studies in 1982, the Shah Waliullah Prize in New Delhi for his contributions to Islamic economics in 2003 and the American Finance House Prize in 1993”.
“Professor Nejatullah was a Fellow of the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah,” Prof. Valeed added.
Dr. Asif Akhtar and Dr. Tariq Aziz highlighted, “Professor Nejatullah played the role of architect in the development of the MBA-IBF program at AMU’s Department of Business Administration.”
“His life is an example of how focus, discipline and dedication can help accomplish one’s mission in life. He was not only a great scholar, but also an exemplary human being, always easily accessible to all and a guide for budding scholars,” they said.
A prolific writer in Urdu and English, Professor Nejatullah has published over 65 books in peer-reviewed journals. Some of his works have been translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai and other languages. Gaer Sudi Bankkari (Interestless Banking), one of his major books, has gone through 27 editions since 1973.
He has also contributed to the development of interest-free microfinance through the cooperative model in India and has also been associated with the Sahulat Microfinance Society.
Professor Nejatullah is survived by sons, Arshad Siddiqi, Khalid Siddiqi and Sajid Siddiqi and daughters, Seema Siddiqi and Deeba Siddiqi.