21 November 2020 10:30
LAHORE: The funeral prayers for Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who passed away on Thursday evening, will be offered at 10am on Saturday (today) at the Greater Iqbal Park and he will be buried at Rehmatul Lil Alameen Mosque (Yateem Khana Chowk) where he was a prayer leader. The city of Lahore started experiencing the impact of the death of the firebrand cleric when all entry points to the city and roads leading to his mosque faced traffic pressure, reporting long queues and jams. The pressure is set to grow on Saturday as thousands of his followers are expected to reach his funeral site and later to his burial site. According to the workers of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), the party will have a difficult time replacing him. "The workers and party leadership will take quite a while to come out of shock of this sudden loss," said a party leader who did not want to be named.
"One must not forget that the TLP is not a political party, but a religious one – where the leader is also religious and spiritual guide as well and enjoys total political, religious and personal allegiance. He said even on practical grounds, one must keep in mind that the TLP (Rizvi faction) had a complete leadership and party structure, which had its own manifesto and programme and plans. The death of Khadim Hussain Rizvi at the young age of 54 came as a surprise to many. Although wheelchair-bound for several years, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief was not known to be in otherwise poor health. There is a chance, however, that he came down with something during the TLP protests in Islamabad just a few days before his death.
He said the Shoora was compelled to delay the funeral till Saturday besides changing the burial place from his ancestral village in Attock to Lahore in view of time required to take the body there. "Now Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi will be buried inside the small living quarter (Hujra) next to his mosque Markaz Rehmatul Lil Alameen, Multan Road, where he had been living for the last two decades," Pir Ijaz Ashrafi added. He said the funeral prayers would be offered at Minar-e-Pakistan ground on Saturday at 11am. Thousands of crying and durood reciting workers and followers kept visiting the Markaz Rehmatul Lil Alameen all the day on Friday where the body of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi was kept, paying homage and taking the last look of their leader. Pir Ijaz Ashrafi said TLP Naib Ameer Allama Zaheerul Hasan Shah will be discharging the duties of interim ameer of the party after the death of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
The TLP, is deliberating upon to bury its chief in Lahore instead of Attock, his hometown. Renowned religious scholar and founder of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan Khadim Hussain Rizvi had passed away on Thursday at the age of 54. In 2015, he founded a political party called Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Thousands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan workers and supporters made their way to Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan to attend the funeral prayers of party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi. He was the prayer leader at the mosque and had been living there for the last two decades. Read: Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the 150 rupees Khadim Rizvi's death Rizvi was brought to Lahore's Shaikh Zayed Hospital and declared dead at 8:48pm Thursday. On duty administrator Salman Godil said Rizvi had already passed away when he was brought to the hospital. The people who brought Rizvi to the hospital said he had been sick for three to four days and had collapsed. At the rally the TLP held in Islamabad's Faizabad on Monday, Rizvi had said he was ill, which is why he wasn't able to join the participants earlier. Just a few months before the 2018 elections, the Rizvi-led party staged a 21-day sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad against a minor change in the oath lawmakers take.