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Bangalore: Noted Kannada, Beary Scholar Ahmed Noori No More


Bangalore: Noted Kannada, Beary Scholar Ahmed Noori No More

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Sep 3: Ahmed Noori, a renowned scholar, linguist, journalist and a flagbearer of Kannada and Beary cultures, who first translated the entire Quran into Kannada, passed away in a private hospital here on Sunday September 2. He was 92.

Born and brought up in Mangalore, he had settled in Bangalore with his daughter and son-in-law. He leaves behind three daughters, two sons and scores of well-wishers and fans.

In 1978, as part of a six-member team, Noori translated the Quran into Kannada under the title 'Divya Quran'. He put in seven years of work into this accomplishment. He also authored 'Maikala', a documentary on the history of Beary community in Dakshina Kannada till 1960. The book has been cataloged by the Library of Congress at Washington, D C, USA, which is the largest library in the world.

He was the first to bring Byari culture into prominence, kindling various activities to promote and conserve the culture. He also composed and sung Beary songs fifty years ago. A CD of his songs was released in January 2011.

Besides, Noori also translated more than 20 works from several languages into Kannada, and also served as editor and assistant editor of various publications. His 'Hijri Samskarana Sanchike' was published in Kannada and English as well. He also translated Father Muller's 'The Guide to Health' into Urdu.

In 2009, he was awarded the Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy award for his immense contribution to Beary literature. In 1998, he was honoured during the first Beary literary convention held in Mangalore. He was also one of the founder members of Beary Welfare Association.

During his time, many from the Muslim community were against using Kannada, and Noori was of the opinion that this attitude was the cause for the educational backwardness of the community. He advocated the use of Kannada in Madarasas too, and wrote several pieces in various publications calling for a revolution among Islamic scholars.

Hailing from a Beary family, he was well-versed in Udru, Parsi, Arabic, Hindi, Malayalam, Tulu, Tamil and English languages. He translated a vast fund of literary works from these languages into Kannada.

Ahmed Noori's contribution to Kannada and culture spanned for over six decades. Ironically, despite his great efforts towards promoting and conserving Kannada language, the government failed to recognize him.


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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Tue, Sep 4 2012

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rojoon.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Tue, Sep 4 2012

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rojoon.

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  • Mohidin, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah ilaihi raajivoon. Beary community lost a great scholar. May Allah reward him with Jannah.

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  • HYDER ALI JOKATTE, JOKATTE LIVE IN BANGALORE

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah ilaihi raajivoon.

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  • Kunja Ahmed, Shirali,Yanbu Saudi

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaahi raaji hoon..may al mighty Allah subha na hu taala grant him with Jannatul Firdous...summa Aameen...

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Respectful farewell to Scholar Ahmed Noori. May God Bless him.

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  • YOUSUF K, Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Mr Ahmed Noori is First person who translated quran to Kannada.bcz of that we so many people understand quran..and his MAIKALA book was published in 1960..that give beary history in DK..all this give him sadake jariya in hereafter..

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  • Haneef Dubai, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah ilaihi raajivoon.

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  • Mohammed Fahad G, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon. May Allah give him an easy and pleasant journey and shower blessings on his/her grave.

    Ameen.

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  • Mujeeb, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Janab Noori saheb was very close to my father Mr.Muhammad Kamal. During his frequent visit our house I use to have discussion which was very fruitful.He was very knowledgeable and humble person. May Allah grant him Jannathul firdous.

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  • Mohammad Irfan, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajiun... Allah Grant Him Jannat(Ameen)

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  • Peter, Bolkunje/Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to the family

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  • Abdul Hamid, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna Lillahi Wa-inna Ilaihi Rajihoon.
    We lost one of the great Beary scholar
    Ya Allah grant him Jannathul Firdouse indeed you are the merciful.

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  • Hashim, saudi arabia

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah ilaihi raajivoon.

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  • nishad, sagar/riyadh

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah raajivoon.

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  • Abu backer Muttukadaikkal, Trikarpur/Kasergod/Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    But ah! thou soul at peace! Return
    unto thy Lord, content in His good pleasure! Enter thou among My bondmen! Enter thou My Garden!

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  • Mohammed Ilyas, Byndoor/Dubai.U.A.E

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Allah grant him Janna,No need of Govt., recognition,Allah will recognize his good deeds.

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  • khader samanige, konaje samanige

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    inna lillahi vainna ilahi raajihoon.

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  • Ahmed Hasan, Maravanthe / Ajman, UAE

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Innah lillahi wa innah ilaihi raajivoon.

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  • ibrahim, Ira Parladka

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna lillahi wa inna elahi rajivoon. demise of such great personality is big loss for literature lovers especially beary community

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  • Mohammad Iqbal, Hokkadigoly/KSA

    Mon, Sep 3 2012

    Inna lillahi vainna ilaihi rajihoon.We lost a great scholar belonging to byari community.

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