Sunday, 18 November 2018

Jamaat chief Abdul Wahab passes away

Jamaat chief Abdul Wahab passes away

The Tableeghi Jamaat is one of the largest organisations of Sunni Muslims in the Indian subcontinent with its headquarters, referred to as the Markaz, in New Delhi.

The Ameer (chief) of Pakistan’s Tableeghi Jamaat (TJ), a non-political global Sunni Islamic missionary movement, passed away in Lahore on Sunday at the age of 96 after a protracted illness.

 Haji Abdul Wahab was admitted to a private hospital in Lahore for the past few days after contracting dengue. 

He was also asthmatic and was put on a life support, his close aides said. Majority of Pakistan leaders, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, expressed grief over Wahab’s death and offered condolences to the bereaved family. 

Ends Originally from Karnal district in India, Haji Wahab was born in 1922 in Delhi and had joined the Tableeghi movement at an early age during the lifetime of Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi, the founder of the movement.

 He belonged to a Rajput tribe. Wahab had attended Islamia College, Lahore, in pre-partition India and had joined the British civil service as Tehsildar. 

After joining the TJ in 1944, he left his job and devoted his life to preaching and spreading the message of Islam.

 In his youth, he had also worked for Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam, and was influenced by spiritual reformer Abdul Qadir Raipuri. 

In 1947, Haji Wahab migrated to Pakistan, along with a few other colleagues and founded Madrasah Arabia in Raiwind in Lahore, which later became the movement’s headquarters in Pakistan. 

He had organised TJ congregations all over Pakistan and established the Tableeghi centres across the country. 

Till his death, he was heading a shura (council) of TJ and was also a member of the movement’s ‘aalmi shura’ (world council) based in Nizamuddin, Delhi. 

Recently, media reports revealed differences in the top leadership of TJ in Britain where one faction was following the Haji Wahab-led Raiwind Markaz in Lahore, while the other was following Maulana Saad of Nizamuddin in India. 

These differences had started in 2015 when the advisory committee or shura (council) was formed to deal with all important matters including international congregations (also known as aalmi ijtima).

 The followers of Nizamuddin in India refused to accept the decisions of shura and decided to obey only the decision of Maulana Saad of Nizamuddin.

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