Top Kargil Cleric, Sheikh Zakiri Passes Away

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KARGIL: Thousands of people joined the funeral prayers of highly revered religious leader of Ladakh region, Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Zakiri, on Thursday. He was 76.

Sheikh Zakiri founder and Chief Patron influential religio-social organization Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust Kargil (IKMT) passed away in the wee hours Thursday at his residence at Bagh-e-Khomeini, Kargil after brief illness.

As soon as the news spread markets in entire district closed down and people in thousands marched towards the late leaders residence.

More than 20,000 people offered funeral prayers at Hussaini Park in the afternoon. The prayers were led by Sheikh Mohammad Mohaqiq.

MLA Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalaie played the recorded last will of the late religious leader during his funeral ceremony in which the departed Sheikh has requested the people to remain united and work for the overall development of Kargil.

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The funeral prayer was also attended by Chairman J&K Legislative Council Anayat Ali, MLA Zanskar Aga Syed Baqir Rizvi, Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil Haji Hanifa Jan, MLA Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalaie, Aga Syed Jammal, representatives of Islamia School Kargil, Anjuman Moenul Islam Leh, Ulama Committee Leh, Anjumam-e-Sahbe Zamman Kargil, Anjuman-e- Ahle-Sunnat-wal-Jammait, Sufia Noorbakshia, political representatives, senior citizens and district officers.

Born in a middle class family of Kargil in 1940 Sheikh went to Najaf Asharaf in Iraq for higher Islamic studies and after returning home in 1971 formed a religious organisation Anjuman-e-Moeen-ul-Islam in 1973 which provided basic Islamic education to children and also advocated on issues related to women and their rights.

He was greatly influenced by the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran. He was instrumental in establishing Mutahary Public High School in Kargil which is now an educational organisation with 15 branches.

In 1989 he founded Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust Kargil and also established two theological schools i.e. Jamia Imam Khomeini for boys and Jamiat-u-Zehra for girls in Kargil.

Besides this, Sheikh Hussain Zakiri was a prominent poet and scholarly person having published many books and poetic collections.

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