He was a great son of Islam, a tall intellectual and an asset of the worldwide Muslim community, says Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan. Ghazi wrote or edited about 150 text books on Islamic syllabus meant for Muslim children living in Western countries
CHICAGO – Internationally known Islamic scholar and a prominent Indian American Dr Abidullah Ghazi passed away in Chicago on Sunday. He was 85.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform all of IQRA’ friends, supporters, and followers that our beloved co-founder, Dr. Abidullah Ghazi, returned to his Lord early this morning,” said Iqra Foundation of whom he was the founder.
Ghazi wrote or edited about 150 text books on Islamic syllabus designed with his wife Dr Tasneema Ghazi. These books are meant for Muslim children living in Western countries or studying in English-medium schools. He was among the 500 most influential Muslims of the world selected by the Jordanian Royal Academy.
Expressing condolences over his demise, prominent Muslim leader Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan said “I am sad to know about the demise of Dr Abidullah Ghazi. He was a great son of Islam, a tall intellectual and an asset of the worldwide Muslim community. May Allah grant him maghfirat and high station in Paradise. I extend my sincere condolences to all his relatives and friends”.
Ghazi, who was born in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, did his masters, from Aligarh Muslim University where he was a classmate of Mohammad Hamid Ansari, former Vice President of India. Later, he did his MSc from London School of Economics and PhD from Harvard University.
Ghazi was an accomplished Urdu poet and had published his anthology, Zikr e Saman Izaraan.
Ghazi and Tasneema Ghazi have five children: Bushra Yasmin, Seemin Ghazi, Rashid Mansoor Ghazi, Saba Ghazi-Amin, Suhaib Ghazi, a lawyer, and Dr Usama Ghazi.
“Dr. Ghazi was a fixture in America’s Muslim community and a pioneer in providing quality Islamic education to our children. He spent a greater part of his life working solely for the pleasure of Allah Almighty and love for His Messenger (s), and his efforts literally touched the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions,” said the Iqra Foundation about him.