Israr Ahmed : biography

26 April 1932 - 14 April 2010

Criticism and controversy

Canada's National Post newspapers reported in 2006 that, according to Ahmad: "Islam's renaissance will begin in Pakistan... because the Arab world is living under subjugation. Only the Pakistan region has the potential for standing up against the nefarious designs of the global power-brokers and to resist the rising tides of the Jewish/Zionist hegemony.], IPT News, 7 November 2007]

Asia Times reports that in September 1995 Ahmed told the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America that:

The process of the revival of Islam in different parts of the world is real. A final showdown between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world, which has been captured by the Jews, would soon take place. The Gulf War was just a rehearsal for the coming conflict.  He appealed to the Muslims of the world, including those in the US, to prepare themselves for the coming conflict." 

On 27 July 2007, VisionTV, a Canadian multi-faith religious television channel, aired an apology for broadcasting lectures by Mr. Ahmed. The channel had taken Ahmed off the air earlier that week for his derogatory comments about Jews. In reply, Ahmed "strongly refuted the impression that he hated the Jews or he held anti-Semitic views," according to the National Post, but a "written statement, issued by his personal secretary in Lahore, went on to explain Mr. Ahmad's belief that the Holocaust was `Divine punishment` and that Jews would one day be `exterminated.`" By National Post, 27 July 2007

The Post gave several quotes about Jews by Ahmed including "It is apparent to any careful observer that the Jews have continued to suffer the floggings of Divine punishment in the present century – the Holocaust during the Second World War being a case in point.

[T]he conflict between the Jews and Muslims is going to result, ultimately, in the total extermination of the former, according to the Divine law of 'annihilation of the worse.'" 

Health

Ahmad relinquished the leadership of Tanzeem-e-Islami in October 2002 on grounds of bad health and Hafiz Aakif Saeed is the present Ameer of the Tanzeem to whom all rufaqaa of Tanzeem renewed their pledge of Baiyah.

Death and funeral

Ahmed died of a cardiac arrest at his home in Lahore on the morning of 14 April 2010 between 3:00 and 3:30 am According to his son, his health deteriorated at around 1:30 am with pain in the back. He was a long time heart patient.

His funeral (Namaz-e-Janazah) was held after the Asr (afternoon) prayers at Central Model-town Park (near Barkat Market) in the city of Lahore. It is reported that around twenty thousand people attended his funeral. Great tribute was paid to Dr Israr Ahmad by Allama Ibtisam Ilahi Zaheer of Jamait-e-Ahl-e-Hadees, Mufti Rafi Usmani of Daarul Uloom Karachi, Qazi Hussain Ahmad of Jamaat-e-Islami and many other personalities.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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