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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Leaders mourn loss of Pakistan’s Grand Mufti Maulana Rafi Usmani

Condolences on the death of the country's grand mufti are pouring in. Mufti Rafi Usmani was the President of Jaamiyah Darul Uloom Karachi, one of the largest seminaries of the Deoband school of thought in the country. 

Pakistan is mourning the loss of a renowned Islamic cleric Mufti Rafi Usmani who passed away on Friday after a prolonged illness at the age of 86.

The late Mufti-e-Azam or Pakistan’s Grand Mufti was the President of Jaamiyah Darul Uloom Karachi, one of the largest seminaries of the Deoband school of thought in the country.

Condolences on the death of the country’s grand mufti began pouring in. The public, along with political figures, including the President and the Prime Minister are paying tribute to the scholar’s religious and academic services while extending their grievance.

“Mufti Rafi Usmani has rendered valuable services in the field of fiqh, hadith, and tafsir. His religious and academic services, and services for the promotion of religious knowledge,” the president said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also extended his condolences on the grand mufti’s demise. He called the death a great tragedy for Pakistan.

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“Mufti Rafi Usmani Sahib was one of the best scholars and researchers in the world of Islam. He enlightened a scholar with the light of his knowledge. His death is a great tragedy for Pakistan and the world of Islam. May Allah grant them a place in His mercy. Ameen,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said.

PML-N supreme leader and former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif prayed for the departed soul and said his services will always be remembered.

“The heart is deeply saddened by the death of President Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, Mufti Rafi Usmani. Muslims, Arabs, and non-Muslims, today lost a religious scholar, jurist, researcher, and a good speaker. His valuable academic services will always be remembered. May Allah bless him. Give them a place in Jannat al-Firdous and grant patience to the bereaved,” Nawaz Sharif said.

The late Mufti-e-Azam was the elder brother of the Islamic university’s Vice President Maulana Mufti Taqi Usmani and the son of Pakistan’s former grand mufti Shafi Usmani. After his father’s demise in 1976, his close aide Maulana Abdul Hai Arifi became chief of the Darul Uloom Karachi and retained the office till his death in 1986. Afterward, Mufti Usmani assumed the office and served it till his demise.

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He had also served as vice president of Wifaqul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan, syndicate member of public and private varsities including Karachi University and Dow University of Health Sciences, a senior member of Ruet-i-Hilal Com­mittee, Council of Islamic Ideology, Zakat Council of the Government of Sindh and All Pakistan Ulema Council. He had also served as an adviser to the Shariat appellate bench of the Supreme Court.