Leader of Bangladeshi Ulama passes away at 93
إنا لله وإنا اليه راجعون
It is with great sadness that we inform you that one of our elders and Shouyoukh has passed into the mercy of Allah.
Shaikh al-Allama Azeez al-Haq (RA) was born in the year 1919 and passed away at 1PM on the 8th of August 2012 at the grand age of 93 after a lifetime of studying, teaching and serving the deen. He was arguably the most famous of the modern-day Ulama especially for his services to Islam in Bangladesh including the translation of Sahih al-Bukhari into Bengali which remains the only translation of the text. He was also the founder of Jamiah Rahmaniyah Dhaka through which thousands of students graduated.
His Janazah was held today at 11:00AM at the National Eidgah and more than 300,000 people attended.
To my knowledge he was the last scholar alive to have studied with Shaikh al-Allama Shabbir Ahmed al-Uthmani (RA) who died over 60 years ago in 1949 and even after studying with him he continued to study with Shaikh al-Faqih Zafar Ahmed al-Uthmani (RA) and Shaikh al-Mufassir Mohammed Idris Kandhalawi (RA)
اللهم اغفر له وارحمه وعافه واعف عنه وأكرم نزله ووسع مدخله واغسله بالماء والثلج والبرد ونقه من الخطايا كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس اللهم أبدله دارا خيرا من داره وأهلا خيرا من أهله اللهم أدخله الجنة وأعذه من عذاب القبر ومن عذاب النار
With his (RA) passing another bright star of the Islamic world fades.
Our Beloved (salahu alayhi wasalam) said in a Hadith that is agreed upon:
إن الله لا يقبض العلم انتزاعا ينتزعه من العباد، ولكن يقبض العلم بقبض العلماء، حتى إذا لم يبق عالما، اتخذ الناس رؤوسا جهالا، فسئلوا، فأفتوا بغير علم، فضلوا وأضلوا
“Indeed, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, until there remains no scholar and the people take the ignorant as their leaders. Then they are asked and give religious judgments without knowledge, they go astray and cause other to go astray.”