Agha Maqsood Rizvi No More

Srinagar: Prominent Shia cleric of Kashmir Agha Syed Maqsood Rizvi passed away after brief illness in Iran on Wednesday. He was 74.

Agha Maqsood, younger brother of late Justice S M Rizvi, was buried in the holy city of Qum, Iran family sources said adding that the congregational Fateha will be held at his ancestral home Sharief Abad, HMT Srinagar on Sunday.

Agha Maqsood born to renowned Sada’at-e-Rizvi family of Sharief Abad, had migrated to Najaf Iraq at an early age. A staunch supporter of Islamic Revolution of Iran he was deported to Iran by the regime of Saddam Hussein on the eve of Iran-Iraq war in 1980. Agha Maqsood, alumunus of Najaf seminary, later headed Sub-Continent division of Sazman-e-Tableegat-e-Islami in Iran’s Ministry of Islamic Guidance.

Agha Maqsood returned to Kashmir in mid nineties and established Jamia Ilmiya Imam Reza at Lawaypora. The seminary has imparted higher Islamic education to hundreds of theology students of Kashmir so far. 

Agha Maqsood also played a prominent role in mobilising international support for Kashmir’s struggle for the right to self determination. He was one of the architects of Nahzat-e-Inqilab-e-Islami formed in Srinagar in early stages of the pro-azadi movement. He however kept a low profile later on dividing his time between Kashmir and Qum, family sources told Kashmir Observer.

They said Agha Sahab died at a Qum hospital due to kidney failure Wednesday morning after being in coma for last four days. 

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