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In yet another tragedy brought about by the year of 2020, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi passed away on Thursday night, just two days after the end of the Twin-Cities’ protest. He was 54 at the time of his death and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.. According to his family, the religious and political leader had been suffering from various ailments since long before his death.
Reportedly, Khadim Hussain Rizvi had an extremely high fever and when his health continued to deteriorate, he was admitted to Lahore’s Shaikh Zayed Hospital. Rizvi’s family has confirmed this. Rizvi’s body was then taken to his residence at the Grand Battery Stop, Multan Road, where a huge number of TLP devotees gathered to witness their leader’s body.
The funeral prayer for the Muslim leader will be offered tomorrow after Friday prayer at Minar-e-Pakistan’s ground in Lahore at 3pm. Due to the nature of social media rumors, it was unsure for a while whether he had truly left this world or not but these were soon cleared up by his son – Hafiz Saad Rizvi – as well as by other TLP leaders.
Death Announcement of Moulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi pic.twitter.com/AXp0e4gyK7
— SP Atif Nazir (@SP_Atif_Nazir) November 19, 2020
Clarifying rumors related to the death of TLP chief, his son Hafiz – Saad Rizvi – revealed that the rumors regarding his father being alive weren’t exactly false in their basis but were in fact wrong in their conclusion. That is because after 15 minutes of being pronounced dead, his father started breathing again for just five minutes but unfortunately, succumbed to illness.
Nation Mourns this Loss
Whatever the opinion of him people had while he was alive, there is no doubt in the fact that the nation is collectively mourning his departure from this world. Despite his ‘questionable’ to some methods to do so, he was always first and foremost in wanting to defend the honor of religion and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and never backed down in his beliefs. For that, many have had their respect gained by the religiopolitical leader.
As such, the public as well as important figures from all over Pakistan expressed their condolences on Maulana Khadim Rizvi’s demise. “On the passing of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi my condolences go to his family,” wrote Prime Minister Imran Khan, expressing his grief.
On the passing of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi my condolences go to his family. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 19, 2020
Similarly, other important figures like Chief of Army Staff – General Qamar Javed Bajwa – also shared their condolences with Khadim Rizvi’s family in this tough time. “May Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in eternal peace, Ameen,” prayed COAS Gen. Bajwa.
In the same manner;
Sad news of Molana khadim Hussain Rizvi’s demise. Inna lil lahe wa illayhe rajiuoon. May god bless his soul.
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) November 19, 2020
اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَیْہِ رَاجِعُوْنَ
سربراہ تحریک لبیک پاکستان علامہ خادم حسین رضوی کی وفات پر انکے اہل خانہ اور چاہنے والوں سے دلی تعزیت کرتے ہیں
اللہ تعالٰی مرحوم کی بخشش فرمائیں اور تمام پسماندگان کو صبر عطا کریں۔ آمین
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) November 19, 2020
Remembering Khadim Rizvi
Born in 1966 in the Pindi Gheb area of Attock district, Punjab, Maulana Khadim Rizvi – a Hafiz-e-Quran and Sheikh-ul-Hadith – is remembered by his devotion to religion and activism. Considered a saint by followers, Khadim was devoted to his religion like no other. He was always foremost to dive headfirst into any situation involving integrity and dignity of religion.
Citing Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal as his main influences, Maulana Khadim Rizvi created Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan in 2015 in order to mainly prevent any heretic from changing the country’s blasphemy laws. Since then, he has played a major role in the country’s politics.
Declaring himself among the protectors of Khatm-i-Nabuwat, Rizvi took it upon himself in 2016 to organize a rally in Lahore to protest for the release of death-row convict Mumtaz Qadri. The four-day long sit-in protest, as a sign of his persistence in maintaining his views, earned him the nickname of “blasphemy activist” in the country’s religious circles and garnered him a massive reputation.
In 2017 again, a whopping 20-day-sit-in at Islamabad’s Faizabad interchange prevented the modification being made then to the blasphemy laws. Since then, whether it be the Aasia Bibi protests or the recent protests, Rizvi has always been at the face of political matters concerning religion. Point being that with him gone, it is bound to leave a void that is going to be hard to fill.
However you felt about his actions in his lifetime, it is now over. So, the best thing to do now is to pray that Allah forgives him and grant him a rank in Jannah as someone who was always brave in standing up for what he believed in! In the end, intention is what matters most, right?