It is sad for all at Kube to hear today of the passing away of the historian Dr Muhammad Abdul Jabbar Beg, who died in hospital in Cambridge last night. Cambridge-trained for his doctorate, Dr Beg had been unwell in the last few years of his life. Despite suffering serious health problems, he managed to complete a comprehensive biography of the Prophet (saw) after a thorough study of classical and modern sources, as well as writing more than 300 biographies of the Prophet’s Companions, published in a multi-volume series.
He was the co-author of Kube’s illustrated timeline of Islamic history, A Journey through Islamic History, for which he provided several narrative essays from the Prophet’s time to the dawn of European colonialism, which demonstrated his range and versatility. And he was always a very meticulous specialist consultant on a number of our publications over the years, including the concise lives of Ibn Sina and al-Ghazali. He was a gentle and learned man, who was always ready to give his time to teach young people and those less learned than himself. Above all, he liked to communicate his passion for Islamic history to others.
He was for many years lecturer and then associate professor in Islamic studies at the University of Malaysia, and a contributor to the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam. His works included Arabic Loan Words in Malay: a comparative study (1977), Islamic and Western concepts of civilization (1980), The image of Islamic civilization: A compendium of interpretations of the civilization of Islam during the last Islamic century (1300-1400 Hijrah) (1980), Indo-Sanskrit loan-words in Malay (1981), Two lectures on Islamic civilization (1982), Persian and Turkish loan-words in Malay (1982), Brief Lives Of The Companions Of Prophet Muhammad: The Sahabah In Islamic History (2002), Social Mobility in Islamic Civilization: in the Middle East (2006), The Middle East in the Twentieth Century : A Chronology of Events (2006), Essays On The Origins Of Islamic Civilization (2006), A Short Encyclopaedia Of The Companions Of The Prophet Muhammad In The Context Of The Early Islamic History (2007), Wisdom Of Islamic Civilization. A Miscellany Of Islamic Quotations (2007), Biographical Dictionary Of The Companions Of The Prophet Muhammad (2008), Islam And Modern Civilization (2008), and A Journey Through Islamic History: A Timeline of Key Events (2012), co-authored with Yasmina Hashim.
Please all pray for Dr Beg and please ask your local mosques to make a special dua for him as well. May Allah grant him Jannat al-Firdaws and accept and reward him abundantly for his service to others over the years. May God fill his grave with light and give him and us an easy reckoning.
Former Commissioning Editor at Kube, Trade and Academic Titles