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Renowned Islamic Scholar And Thinker, Dr. Israr Ahmed, Passed Away

An esteemed and well respected Islamic scholar and thinker of our time, Dr. Israr Ahmed returns to his Lord, “Inna lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raj’oon,” to Allah we belong and to Him is our return.
Dr. Israr Ahmed (may Allah bless his soul) passed away in the early morning hours on Wednesday, April 14th (Pakistan time) at home in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan. He has left behind 5 daughters and 4 sons all living in Lahore, Pakistan.
Dr. Israr’s contribution to the ummah is immeasurable. Through his hard work, dedication, and commitment in conveying the message of the Qur’an to the masses, he touched many hearts and influenced thousands of lives across the globe. His passion to learn and teach the Qur’an was unsurpassed. Shortly after graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore in 1954 as a Medical Doctor, he discovered that his mission in life was meant to help and save people (by the grace of Allah) from eternal doom in the next life. He switched careers and made learning and teaching the Qur’an his life time endeavor. He earned a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from Karachi University in 1965.
He was influenced by the writings of Abul Ala Maududi as a young student. He was the chief organizer for the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba and became an active member of Jamaati-e-Islami for years.
Dr. Israr Ahmed came under the influence of such luminaries as Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Dr. Muhammad Rafi Al-Din, Abul Kalam Azad, Abul A’la Maududi, Mahmud Hasan Deobandi, Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani, Hamid Al-Din Farahi, and Amin Ahsan Islahi.
Dr. Israr developed a coherent Qur’anic thought which enabled him to articulate, promote, and advocate the concept of Islam. Islam is not just a religion in the ordinary sense of the word. Islam is a Deen (a way of life), which has both a private and a public dimension.
In 1967 Dr. Israr, in his treatise on Islamic Renaissance: The Real Task Ahead, tried to present, to the best of his ability and comprehension, an in-depth analysis of the current religious and cultural attitude of Muslims all over the world. He offered a program as an answer to the ailments of the Islamic movements. In response to this study, he founded, Anjuman Khuddam Al-Qur’an (Central Society of the Servants of Al-Qur’an) in 1971 for the propagation of Qur’anic Wisdom followed by Tanzeem-e-Islami (Islamic Organization) in 1975 for organizing a collective struggle in the way of Allah with the aim of establishing Islam as a Deen on the basis of personal Bay’ah.
He authored over 60 books and to his credit he has hundreds of audio and video lectures and sermons in Urdu and English that may be found on the internet.
He left the ummah with a wealth of knowledge, may Allah (SWT) reward him on our behalf the best of rewards. Ameen. Dr. Israr left his fingerprints to witness for him. We ask Allah (SWT) to place him in the company of the prophets, the truthful ones, the martyrs, and the righteous ones, Ameen. And may Allah (SWT) grant his family patience and serenity, Ameen.
Dr. Israr Ahmed will be missed.
A funeral prayer in absence of the deceased is organized to commence after salatul-Jumuah on Friday, April, 16, 2010 at the Islamic Organization of North America at 2:15 PM following the Friday prayer.
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