Innā lillāhi wa innā ilayhi rājiʿūn. Indeed, to Allāh we belong, and to Him we will return.
The Islam21c team would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the family of Syed Munawar Hasan, the community, and the Muslim Ummah at large. May Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) have mercy on him.
The senior Muslim scholar and former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan was one of the most prominent Islamic figures and political leaders in Pakistan.
He had been undergoing treatment in hospital for the past few weeks and passed to meet his Lord (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) at the age of 78 on Friday in the southern port city of Karachi.
انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون
جماعت اسلامی کے سابق امیر سید منورحسن اب ہم میں نہیں رہے۔ اللہ رب العزت مغفرت فرمائے۔ لواحقین اور کارکنان اور پوری دنیا میں ان کے چاہنے والوں کو صبر جمیل سے نوازے۔ آمین pic.twitter.com/bSti7Vse8n
— Jamaat-e-Islami (@JIPOfficial) June 26, 2020
Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) declares:
“Wherever you are, death will overtake you, even if you are in lofty towers.” 
“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.” 
Death is a certainty of life. Indeed, life itself is a test; man shall die and be questioned. It is in this sense that Allāh informs humans by way of counsel and encouragement that it is only the believers who are successful, avoid the Fire, and secure admittance into Paradise. When a believer dies, it is a time of great tragedy and loss for the community, but those who submit to the will of Allāh pay heed to what has been revealed:
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient; those who when afflicted with calamity say: from Allāh do we come, and to Him we shall return.” 
The efforts of the Sheikh are well-known and we trust that they will be his legacy and among his many good deeds that will stand for him after his death inshāAllāh.
On hearing the news, Sheikh Dr. Haitham al-Haddad said:
“May Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) grant Sheikh Syed Munawar Hasan immense mercy and Rahmah. Condolences to his family, Jamaat-e-Islami, all Pakistanis, and the Muslim Ummah at large.”
Grieved to learn about the passing away of former Amir of Jamat-i-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan. His services to Pakistan and commitment to Islam were unwavering. May Allah rest his soul in peace! My deepest condolences to the bereaved family & the JI workers.
— Shehbaz Sharif (Stay at home to stay safe) (@CMShehbaz) June 26, 2020
Who was Syed Munawar Hasan?
During his decades of service, the Sheikh served on several key political and leadership roles, dedicating his life for the service, promotion, and protection of Islam.
In 1960, Munawar Hasan joined the Islami Jamiat Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, an organisation that is considered to be one of the major Islamic movements in Pakistan.
Jamaat-e-Islami is an Islamic political party based in Pakistan and founded in colonial India in 1941 by Syed Abul A’lā Mawdūdī, a renowned Islamic jurist, historian, journalist, activist, and scholar.
The party continues to be one of the most substantial and effective movements in Pakistan as a result of Munawar Hasan’s powerful political and leadership direction, gathering the support of millions of Pakistanis.
Munawar Hasan served as the president of the student wing for Karachi University in 1962 and as the national president for the student organisation in 1964 for three consecutive terms.
Munawar Hasan would later become the secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1993, and was elected as the head of the party in 2009.
We beseech Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) to expand Syed Munawar Hasan’s grave, shower His infinite mercy upon him, forgive his sins, and grant his family patience. We also ask Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) to make this difficult time an expiation of sins and the raising of his rank in the sight of our Lord.
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