Former JI Chief Munawar Hassan Passes Away
Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Syed Munawar Hassan passed away on Friday. He was unwell for the past several days and had been admitted to a hospital in Karachi. He was 78.
'اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَیْہِ رَاجِعُوْنَ
سابق امیر جماعت اسلامی پاکستان
سید منور حسن انتقال کر گئے ہیں
وہ کچھ دنوں سے زیادہ علیل تھے اور کراچی کے مقامی ہسپتال میں زیر علاج تھے ،
نماز جنازہ کا اعلان کچھ دیر بعد میں کیا جائے گا . pic.twitter.com/A5lR0PmjT6
— Jamaat-e-Islami (@JIPOfficial) June 26, 2020
Munawar Hasan was born in Dehli, British India on 5 August, 1941. He migrated with his family to Karachi at the time of the partition of India. In 1963, he obtained a Master’s degree in sociology and in Islamic Studies in 1966 from the University of Karachi.
He joined the student group National Students Federation and was made its president in 1959. But the major change came in his life when he became close to JI’s student wing Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) and started to study the writings of its founder Syed Abul Ala Maududi and aide Naeem Siddiqui.
In 960, he joined the IJT and was elected its president of the university unit in Karachi and member of the Central Executive Council. He took the reins of the student wing in 1964 and served in the capacity for three consecutive terms.
Later, he started to work in research roles of the party and continued to do so until he became a member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1967. He ran for the seat of the National Assembly in 1977. He served as JI’s Assistant Secretary General in 1992-93 and became its Secretary General in 1993. He was elected the chief of the party in 2009.
It was in March 30, 2014 that he was replaced by Siraaj ul-Haq as the party’s chief. Late Munawar Hasan was a coveted and revered leader in the party ranks and is known to have played an active role in the national mainstream politics.
Condolences pour in
Condolences have started to pour in from the political leaders and the social media users in general.
Grieved to learn about the passing away of former Amir of Jamat-i-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan. His services to Pakistan and commitment to Islam were unwavering. May Allah rest his soul in peace! My deepest condolences to the bereaved family & the JI workers.
— Shehbaz Sharif (Stay at home to stay safe) (@CMShehbaz) June 26, 2020
— Umair Iftikhar (@UmairUmi786) June 26, 2020
I remember the last speech Syed Munawar Hasan gave at the end of the campaign of 2013 elections. He said "When we'll come into power, people won't find anyone to give theirs Zakat to"
He ended up losing that elections. Today, he has left us.
— Mohammed Saad (@hafizsaadriaz) June 26, 2020
Saddened to hear about the death of Syed Munawar Hasan. He was a great scholar, mentor, leader, politician and more than that he was very brave. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and give him high rank in Jannah.
انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون
— Aqeel Uz Zaman (@maqeeluzzaman) June 26, 2020
The last real Ameer e Jamat#MunawarHasan left this world.
A brave Man
— Sajawal (@Sajawal99983655) June 26, 2020