By : Azhar ul Haq Wahid

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi has passed away, sources within his family told PFP and pakistani news outlets.

According to the sources, Rizvi had been suffering from fever since the past few days.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi

TLP chief Maulana khadim Hussain Rizvi was renowned scholar and a strong vocal in religious and political activates . Rizvi was detained from the Fiza Abad Dharana a day ago and later TLP and government of Pakistan set an agreement to disperse the mob from Fiza AbadRawalpindi .

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The TLP leader was suffering from fever since the past few days, confirmed family sources and had complained about the fever as he led a protest at the Faizabad Interchange a few days ago. 

Death certificate issued by Sheikh Zaid Hospital

After Rizvi’s health deteriorated, he was taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital today where he expired, confirmed hospital sources. 

The TLP chief’s body was taken to a private hospital afterwards and from there, was sent to his home. A large number of TLP workers have gathered at his house to mourn his passing. 

Rizvi was born in Attock district on June 22, 1966. For his early education, he studied Hifz and Tajweed from a madressah in Jhelum and later on studied from the Jamia Nizamia Rizvia in Lahore. 

According to the party’s spokesperson, Hamza, the TLP chief had been experiencing difficulty in breathing and was running a fever since yesterday.The spokesperson added that Rizvi was at his madressah on Multan Road when his condition deteriorated on Thursday evening. He was subsequently rushed to the Farooq Hospital in Lahore, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was being transported to his residence.

Pir Aijaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), in a statement said the timings of his funeral prayers will be announced later.

His death was also confirmed by Dr Asif Ashraf Jalali, the head of TLYRA.

The firebrand cleric made his last public appearance at a sit-in staged by thousands of TLP followers at Islamabad’s Faizabad interchange to protest the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in France.

The group had decided to end the sit-in on Monday after successful negotiations with the government.

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri expressed grief and sorrow over the TLP chief’s demise. He said “Pakistan has lost a respected religious scholar and true admirer of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)”, adding that Rizvi’s services for Islam will be remembered for long.

Who was Khadim Hussain Rizvi?

Born in 1966 in the Pindi Gheb area of Attock district, Punjab, Rizvi was said to be an introvert who shied away from talking about his personal life even among his close circles, let alone with media personnel. A Hafiz-e-Quran and Sheikh-ul-Hadith, Rizvi used to deliver Friday sermons at Lahore’s Pir Makki Masjid, located near Daata Darbar, during his time in the Punjab Auqaf Department.

Rizvi had been confined to a wheelchair since 2006 ever since an accident near Gujranwala. Contrary to rumours, Rizvi was injured because the driver of his vehicle fell asleep while driving from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

Many mistook him as a Shia because of his last name, but in truth, he was a staunch follower of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, the 19th-century founder of the Barelvi sect.

‘Blasphemy activist’

In January 2016, Rizvi organised a rally in Lahore for the release of death-row convict, Mumtaz Qadri, at the mausoleum of Allama Mohammad Iqbal, without obtaining official permission. As a result, the Lahore police dispersed the crowd with the use of water cannons and baton charges.

Later in the year, in March, after the government hanged Mumtaz Qadri, who was convicted of killing then-Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, Rizvi along with some other Barelvi groups led a march to D-Chowk opposite the parliament in Islamabad. Marked by violence, the four-day-long sit-in came to an end after Owais Noorani, son of the founder of Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP), late Shah Ahmed Noorani, brokered a truce.

In his last speech before dispersing from D-Chowk, Rizvi announced he would counter the then-ruling PML-N at every forum. It was only later on that he established his party, TLYRA, and applied for registration from the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Rizvi considered himself among the protectors of Khatm-i-Nabuwat and Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which is part of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

His persistent championing of the matter earned him the nickname of “blasphemy activist” in religious circles.

Rizvi’s first entry into mainstream politics was in the by-elections of NA-120, which fell vacant after the disqualification of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. Since his party wasn’t registered at the time, he pushed his weight behind an independent candidate named Sheikh Azhar Hussain Rizvi. The TLYRA-backed Shiekh Rizvi bagged 7,130 votes in the elections held on September 17, 2017.

The first election contested by Rizvi’s party under the TLYRA banner was in NA-4 Peshawar, held on October 26, 2017. TLYRA candidate Dr Muhammad Ahafique Ameeni bagged 9,935 votes.

Asia Bibi protests

Rizvi was among the most prominent leaders to have led the violent three-day protests across the country against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman whose blasphemy conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2018.

Weeks later, he was arrested from his seminary in Lahore on Nov 24, 2018, after refusing to call off a protest sit-in that threatened to close down the capital.

He was charged with sedition and terrorism charges for incendiary speeches against the state and for inciting violence in the country during the protests.

Rizvi was eventually released on bail five months later in March, 2019, against surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

علامہ خادم حسین رضوی انتقال کرگئے لاہور کی ایک مسجد کے 54 سالہ خطیب نے اصل شہرت نومبر 2017 میں اسلام آباد کے فیض آباد چوک میں توہین رسالت کے قانون میں ترمیم کے خلاف ایک طویل لیکن بظاہر کامیاب دھرنا دے کر حاصل کی تھی۔ اس سے قبل وہ گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کے قاتل ممتاز قادری کی سزائے موت کے معاملے میں بھی کافی سرگرم رہے تھے اور وہیں سے انھوں نے اپنی دینی سرگرمیوں کو سیاست کا رنگ دیا۔بریلوی سوچ کے حامل خادم حسین رضوی کو ممتاز قادری کے حق میں کھل کر بولنے کی وجہ سے پنجاب کے محکمۂ اوقاف سے فارغ کر دیا گیا تھا جس کے بعد انھوں نے ستمبر 2017 میں تحریک لبیک کی بنیاد رکھی اور اسی برس ستمبر میں این اے 120 لاہور میں ہونے والے ضمنی انتخاب میں سات ہزار ووٹ حاصل کر کے سب کو حیرت میں ڈال دیا تھا۔خادم حسین رضوی کا تعلق پنجاب کے ضلع اٹک سے تھا۔ وہ حافظ قرآن اور شیخ الحدیث تھے. ٹریفک کے ایک حادثے میں معذور ہو گئے تھے اور سہارے کے بغیر نہیں چل سکتے تھے اور وہیل چئیر تک محدود تھے. وہ 22 جون 1966 کو نکہ توت ضلع اٹک میں حاجی لعل خان کے ہاں پیدا ہوئے تھے۔ جہلم و دینہ کے مدارس دینیہ سے حفظ و تجوید کی تعلیم حاصل کی جس کے بعد لاہور میں جامعہ نظامیہ رضویہ سے درس نظامی کی تکمیل کی۔

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