It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we mourn the passing away of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, in the early hours of Sunday morning, January 6th 2013. Inna’ lillahi wa inna’ ilaihi raajioon.
Qazi Hussain was one of the most important Islamic scholars, thinkers and reformers of the modern era and leaves a lasting impact across a number of areas.
In his role as Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan from 1987 to 2003, Secretary General of the Muttahida Shariat Mahaz and Central President of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ama, he worked tirelessly in promoting the cause of Islam in Pakistan and the wider world. In the Pakistani Senate he was a beacon of honesty and moral conduct, from 1986 to 1992, when he resigned in protest against what he saw as an inherently corrupt system.
Most notably he was renowned, throughout the Islamic world, for his efforts in working towards Muslim unity and defending the interests of Islam wherever he could. His role in supporting the Afghan mujahideen against Soviet invasion was crucial as well as his support in the post-Soviet era. He led countless missions of goodwill and reconciliation to areas of conflict including the Balkans, the Iran-Iraq conflict and more recently across the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands. Indeed, he was one of the most prominent figures of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council, a coalition of groups opposed to the US-led war in Afghanistan, and an outspoken critic of the methods used in the “war on terror”.
On Saturday 6th January 2013, Dr Haitham al-Haddad attended the funeral prayer (salatul ghaib) of Qazi Hussain at the UK Islamic Mission Branch in Birmingham. In his address to the attendees he emphasised the noble lineage of scholarship that Qazi Hussain represented, carrying on the important work of Maulana Maududi, Rahimahullah. Dr Haitham, reiterated the profound words of Dr. Zahid Parvez, UKIM President in the UK, who said that Qazi Hussain had worked “all his life towards the supremacy of Islam.” The truth of this statement was displayed even in the last days of Qazi Hussain’s life where he was one of the key figures of the Milli Yakjehti Conference.
We ask Allah to accept all his efforts in the cause of Islam, and we ask that he be entered in the highest station of Paradise amongst the siddiqeen, shuhadaa’ and saaliheen. Ameen.
The Muslim Research and Development foundation offers its condolences to the family of Maulana Qazi Hussain Ahmad, to Jamaat-e-Islami all over the world, and to UK Islamic Mission in Britain.
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