About Dr. Fakhri

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Featured Article | 0 comments

A Founding member of IQRA’
International Educational Foundation

We at IQRA’ are deeply sadden to have lost today, February 22, 2011, one of our founding figures, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Waheed Fakhri. Dr. Fakhri was born into a religiously observant family from Jalandhar, East Punjab. He received his higher education in Pakistan (Punjab University) and in the USA (University of Michigan), where he combined in his character deep personal piety, professional skill, and excellence of scholarship, traits which he continues to display to the very end of his life. He worked as a professor of curriculum and administration at the Chicago State University, and passed his rich experience to the community without demanding compensation or desiring recognition.

Dr. Fakhri was the founding president, chairman and member of many organizations which he directed to success, such as Muslim Community Center of Chicago, the Association of Muslim Social Scientists and the Madrasah Taclīm al-Islām, among many others

However, his most enduring contribution to the field of Islamic education comes through his leadership as the founding chairman of IQRA’ International Educational Foundation. IQRA’ completed its comprehensive program of Islamic Studies and initiated many new projects while under his guidance.

The Board of Directors of IQRA’ International Educational Foundation, its staff, all of the Ansars of IQRA’ and community at large would like to take this opportunity to remember the contributions that Dr. Fakhri made to Islamic education. We pray that Allah will take into account all of the young believers who benefitted from his tireless efforts and work. We also pray that he will receive the heartening intercession of the Prophet whom he loved so dearly while hear among us.

The janazah prayer will be held for Dr. Fakhri at the Islamic Foundation of Villa Park, February 23, 2011 at 12:30.

We request that you recite Surah al-Fatihah for the soul of Dr. Muhammad Abdul Waheed Fakhri.

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