International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) President Sheikh Professor Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and Secretary General Sheikh Professor Dr. Ali al-Qaradaghi have expressed deep condolence on the demise of Professor Ghulam Azam.
On October 24, 2014 Friday, the IUMS top leaders and renowned Muslim scholars of the contemporary world organized janazah prayer in absentia for departed Professor Ghulam Azam in absentia in Masjid Sayyedah Ayesha in Qatar’s capital Doha. The janazah prayer was led by IUMS President Sheikh Professor Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. In his pre-janazah speech, Sheikh Qaradawi described Professor Ghulam Azam as the most prominent Islamic leader and scholar of Bangladesh and a pioneer scholar and leader of global Islamic movement. He stated that Professor Ghulam Azam had dedicated all his life for the cause of Islam, playing a significant role to liberate the Muslims of the sub-continents from Indian pagan hegemony and interest. He condemned the Bangladesh government’s trial of Professor Ghulam Azam as a war criminal and 90 year sentence imposed on him at this old age that resulted in his death in prison. He stressed that Professor Ghulam Azam has committed no crime. His only offense was that as the Ameer of Jamaat e Islami, he had always called people to Islam and exerted all his efforts to establish Islam.
Earlier, the Secretary General of IUMS Prof. Dr. Ali Qaradaghi in his jum’aa khutba in the same masjid expressed deep condolence on the death of Jamaat e Islami’s former Ameer Professor Ghulam Azam while incarcerated in his nineties. He also condemned the current Bangladesh government’s torture and repression of this veteran Muslim leader and scholar and his other colleagues in Jamaat e Islamic Bangladesh on the false allegation of war crimes. He highlighted that Jamaat has great contribution in the welfare of Bangladesh by virtue of which people of Bangladesh hailed them to form part of government. Jamaat leaders became ministers in that government and set example of honesty, efficiency and patriotism. They are not war criminals; they are true Muslims and honest people of Bangladesh. The trial is politically motivated to prevent rise of Islam by the current secular government.
The IUMS leaders prayed for Prof. Ghulam Azam’s departed soul to rest in peace in Jannah. They also prayed for peace and prosperity of all Muslims around the world. After the janaza, Sheikh Qaradawi met with immigrant Bangladeshis who had attended the janazah at the mosque.