TLP chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s funeral prayers offered
LAHORE – The funeral prayers of Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan founder and chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been offered on Saturday at Minar-e-Pakistan Ground.
Many politicians, key personalities and large number of people from across the country attended the funeral of TLP chief Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi. The prayers offered by Saad Rizvi, son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
Khadim’s body brought to the park in an ambulance. TLP supporters have formed a human chain in front of the vehicle and are walking in front of it.
The firebrand cleric will be laid to rest at Rehmat ul Lil Aalameen mosque after the prayers. He was the prayer leader at the mosque and had been living there for the last two decades.
The Lahore police were deputed 26 SHOs, 13 DSPs, and thousands of policemen for security purposes. Internet jammers have been put in place too.
The vehicles in the nearby areas have been stuck in traffic. The participants are being told to park their cars on the Lower Mall Road and then walk towards the Greater Iqbal Park.
The 54-year-old TLP chief breathed his last on Thursday night in Lahore. He leaves behind a wife, two sons, and three daughters. He was unwell since the last few days, confirmed family sources and had complained about the fever as he led a protest at the Faizabad Interchange a few days ago
Rizvi was born in 1966 in the Pindigheb area of Attock District, Punjab. His brother, Ameer Hussain, is a retired Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) from Pakistan Army.
The 54-year-old preacher was a former Pakistan government employee and hails from Attock district.
He was the founder of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a religious political organization founded in 2015 which is known to protest against any change to Pakistan s blasphemy law.
Rizvi had memorised the holy Quran and was an ardent follower of the Islamic theologian Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, who was born in Bareilly in undivided India in the 19th century and founded the Barelvi school of thought.
Khadim Hussain took up the name Rizvi as a tribute to Ahmed Raza Khan.
As the government appointed Imam of the Pir Makki Mosque in Lahore, Khadim Rizvi earned a reputation as a firebrand speaker and charismatic leader among his followers. He has a penchant for the poetry of Allama Iqbal, and his sermons are replete with Persian couplets written by the great poet.