A. K. A. Abdul Samad

A.K.A. Abdul Samad (Tamil: அப்துல் சமது) (4 October 1926 – 4 November 1999) was a prominent Tamil politician, and an important leader of the Indian Union Muslim League. He was also a journalist, editor, author, educationist and businessmanHe is popularly known in his native states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala by the title "Siraj-ul-Millat" (Light of the Nation).

A.K.A. Abdul Samad
Personal details
Born(1926-10-04)4 October 1926
Karaikal, Puducherry, British India
Died11 April 1999(1999-04-11) (aged 72)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyIndian Union Muslim League
Spouse(s)Nargis Banu
Children3 sons; 2 daughters
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationIndian parliamentarian; Muslim leader

Association with political partiesEdit

Political careerEdit

  • MP, Ninth Lok Sabha, 1989–91 (affiliated with Indian National Congress, serving Vellore, TN)
  • MP, Seventh Lok Sabha, 1980–84 (Independent, serving Vellore, TN)
  • MLA, Legislative Assembly, Tamil Nadu, 1984–88 (affiliated with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam serving Triplicane, Chennai)
  • MP, Rajya Sabha, 1964–76

Government experienceEdit

  • Member, Public Accounts Committee, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, 1985–86
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee, Rajya Sabha
  • Member, Committee on Absence of Members from the Sittings of the House and Committee on Petitions, 7th Lok Sabha
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rajya Sabha
  • Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Rajya Sabha
  • Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Industry, 1990

Delegation to foreign countriesEdit

  • Member, IPD to Yugoslavia, 1971
  • Member, Govt. of India's Haj Delegation, 1971 and 1989


  • Syndicate Member, Madras University
  • Senate Member, Annamalai University
  • Court Member, Aligarh Muslim University
  • President, Muslim Educational Association of South India (MEASI)
  • Chairman, Board of Islamic Studies, Madras University


  • Sweet Memories of Sacred Haj (Tamil)
  • 'Narpaniyatri Nabi Mani' (Muhammad's Biography in Tamil)
  • 'An Introduction to Holy Quran' (Tamil)
  • Founder-Editor, Mani Chudar (Tamil Daily)
  • Founder-Editor, Mani Vilakkur (Tamil Monthly)
  • Publisher, Crescent (English Weekly)

Social activitiesEdit

  • Amelioration of the down-trodden
  • Communal harmony
  • Spread of higher education amongst Muslim minorities

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