Mufti Muhammad Naeem, a renowned religious scholar and head of Jamia Binoria in Karachi who passed away a day earlier, was laid to rest on Sunday evening.
His funeral prayers were led by Mufti Taqi Usmani at Asr and attended by many notable figures including MQM’s Farooq Sattar, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, and Maulana Rashid Soomro.
He was buried alongside his father at the Jamia Binoria Al-Aalmia cemetery.
Following the burial, speaking to Geo News, Qari Usman of the JUI-F said that students from more than 60 countries had been coming to Mufti Naeem’s madressah to seek religious knowledge.
Meanwhile, Farooq Sattar said the deceased scholar was a great supporter of unity between Muslims. “His services for unity between people of various religions will always be remembered,” said the MQM leader.
He added that the void he had left behind “will not be an easy one to fill”.
The late scholar had passed away a day earlier following a heart attack.
He was being taken to a nearby medical facility after his health deteriorated and breathed his last before reaching the hospital, a spokesperson from the seminary said.
Condolences from all across the country
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound sorrow and regret over the scholar’s demise, praying for his ranks to be elevated in heaven and for his family to be granted patience.
President Arif Alvi also expressed deep sorrow over the renowned scholar’s passing.
He extended his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the heirs and acknowledged his services for the promotion of religious knowledge in Pakistan.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, too, condoled the death of renowned religious scholar. “May Allah bless the departed soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family. Aameen,” Gen Bajwa said.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif extended his condolences and lauded Mufti Naeem’s services for the propagation of Islam and the country.
“The nation has lost a distinguished religious scholar whose services for the promotion of Islamic education will continue to be remembered for a long time.
“My heartfelt condolences to his family and students. May Allah rest his soul in peace,” he said.
Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri said with the scholar’s demise “Pakistan has been robbed of a great religious figure”.
Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said Mufti Naeem’s demise is “sad news”.
“He was one of the top religious guides of this country. His absence will be felt for a very long time. May blessings of Allah be on him,” he said.
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman also expressed sorrow over his demise and extended his deep condolences to his near and dear ones.