President of Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Arabiya Dr Abdul Razzaq Iskandar has passed away in Karachi. He was laid to rest on Wednesday night in Binori Town as thousands gathered to honour the late Islamic scholar.
Born in 1935 in Kokal–a village in the district of Abbottabad, Maulana Abdul Razzaq Iskandar got his early religious education from different seminaries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former NWFP).
In 1952, he joined Darul Uloom in Karachi and was the first student of Dars-i-Nizami at Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia Binori Town. After completing his four-year course in Karachi, he travelled to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in Islamic University of Madinah in 1962.
In 1972, he got admission in Egypt’s famous Al-Azhar University where he completed his PhD in four years and wrote a paper on Hazrat Abdullah ibn Masood (RA).
He contributed almost 71 years of his life in seeking education and teaching. He remained under the mentorship of prominent Deobandi scholars: Muhammad Yousuf Binori and Muhammad Yousuf Ludhianvi.
He held many important positions in different Islamic organizations while serving as the senior Hadith Professor of Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia. In 1997, he became a member of the Wifaq ul Madaris and later appointed as its vice-president in 2001.
He got the presidency of Wifaq ul Madaris in 2017 while in 2021, he was relected as the president for the next five years. In his literary career, he authored more than a dozen books in Urdu and Arabic.
On June 30, Dr Abdul Razzaq breathed his last at the age of 86 as he had been placed on ventilator for the last 10 days in a hospital. He left behind a widow, two sons and three daughters.
Many religious and political personalities have expressed their grief over his sad demise.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed also expressed heartfelt condolences on the scholar’s death, military’s media wing said on Twitter.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.