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Pay Tribute to Dr. Abdul Waheed Fakhri

Alhamdulillah, we have had individuals from around the world share their heartfelt stories and memories of Dr. Mohammad Abdul Waheed Fakhri.  He was a loving family man and a pillar of our community.

If you would like to share your memories of Dr. Fakhri Click Here to leave a comment on our blog or read the wonderful tributes others have shared.

 

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Memories of Dr. Fakhri

Letter to Her Parents Drs. Abidullah and Tasneema Ghazi

on the Loss of their Dear Friend and Colleague

Dear Abba,

Salaam.  Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. I wanted to express my condolences to you at the loss of such a dear friend, colleague and collaborator.  I have so many memories of Uncle Fakhry’s kindness, enthusiasm and support for my spiritual and intellectual endeavors, and I always felt glad to know that he was there as a supporter, administrator and steward of your shared aspirations for IQRA.  I was deeply moved that you called me yesterday, the very day of his passing, to share the  news and your experience with him.

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Personal Thoughts on Dr. Fakhri

Personal Thoughts on Dr. Fakhri

From Dr. Shahid Siddiqui

(Member of IQRA’ Executive Board, Fund Raising Committee)

Salamua likum Wa Rehmatullaah

Passing away of Dr. Abdul Waheed Fakhri is a great loss to the Muslim Community. Inna Lillahe wa Inna-Ilehe Rajeoon.

 

He was a man of great integrity,  honesty and a kind of caring and compassionate personality that was hard to miss. I have had the privilege of working with him at the Iqra as a board of directors that he chaired and soon discovered the ‘Muttaqi’ he was.

Iqra has lost a true leader and we hope that his legacy will continue.  May Allah provide ‘Maghfirah’ and a place for him in Jannatul- Firdaus.

I think we should also celebrate his legacy as a pioneer of education in Chicago Land, and start a scholarship fund, or endowed chair to honor his work. The community has to build on the work of such sincere pioneers.

Shahid Siddiqui, Ph.D.

 

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Urdu Times Obituary

Obituary

Dr Abdul Waheed Fakhri passed away.

~ Urdu Times ~  Bureau Report Pakistan Abroad ~

 

Pakistan Abroad and Urdu Times is Praying for him that

“May Allah accept him. May he forgive his shortcoming and put him in the best place possible. Ameen”

 

With great sorrow and deep sadness it is announced that Dr Abdul Wahid Fakhri one of the founding figures of IQRA International Educational Foundation Passed away on February 21stDr. Fakhri was one the most prominent Muslim educators of North America and played a pivotal role in establishing, community centers, educational institutions, conducting teacher’s training, offer consultations without ever asking remuneration or favor.

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Memories of Dr. Fakhri

Memories of Dr. Fakhri

from Br Abdul Ghani Desai

Personally, I think that Dr Abdul Waheed Fakhri was a visionary

 

Assalamu-alaikum,

Dr Abdul Waheed Fakhri sahib, an Educator and Poet came to USA, as an Education Attaché at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC.  He came to Chicago in a car from the Washington DC, driven by Dr Latif, a Professor at the Eastern Illinois University.

He settled in Chicago.  Later, Dr Fakhri sahib, joined with other Muslims from the Chicago Area and established Muslim Community Center of Chicago.  He is a founding member and served as a first President of our beloved MCC.

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Memories of Dr. Fakhri

Memories of Dr. Fakhri

from Br. Abdul Malik Mujahid

 

Those of you who knew him might say he was embodiment of gentleness and love. Sharafat o matanat ka putla. If someone asks me about an example of South Asian Muslim culture in Chicago, I would point out to him without hesitation.
He was one of the pillars of the Chicago Muslim community. He was the founding president of MCC (Muslim Community Center, Chicago) the mother mosque of the immigrant Muslim community. He was among the earliest educators as Chair of ISNA education committee. Professionally he served as chair of Dept of Education at the Chicago State University. He was currently chair of IQRA International Educational Foundation.

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About Dr. Fakhri

HONORING
DR. MUHAMMAD ABDUL WAHEED FAKHRI
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.

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