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A member of the UK Islamic Mission, one of the oldest of post-War Muslim community organisations in the UK, mourns the demise of a former President, Maulana Habibur Rahman of Manchester:

I pray that Allah, subhanahu ta’ala, grants Maulana Habibur Rahman a high status in Jannah and accepts his endeavours for services to Islam. I have known Maulana Sahib since 1995, and was always inspired by his dedication to the cause. Despite his ill health, he would rarely miss any branch or national meeting of the Mission. In fact, his main complaint used to be why he had not been informed about such and such meeting – he would not be told because of concerns for his health.

Maulana was elected President at the 3rd annual UKIM Conference in 1966. This marked a period of consolidation for the organisation. Under his leadership, detailed plans were formulated along with a calendar of events for the whole year. Departments were established and strategic decisions taken, for example:  that the Mission should be registered as a charity with the Charity Commissioners; a monthly publication, Paigham (Message) to be published in Urdu and Bangla; the official language of the Mission would be English and all official records should be maintained in English; an independent women’s section under Begum Rashid Ahmad Siddiqui to be established.  Maulana Habibur Rahman continued to be re-elected for several years thereafter and remained President till 1973, when he retired due to ill health.

Salaam website notes: inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. The Maulana was among a handful of exemplary first generation Muslim Mancunians who provided distinguished service for community development – such as his associate, the late Mukhtar Saleem.

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