Sunday, 23 May 2010

Announcing a sad death (from Allah we came, and to him is our return)

Salaamun Alaykum Brothers and sisters,

For those who do not yet know, I am writing to inform you of the tragic passing of a renowned brother, scholar, writer and activist, Barrister Haji Murtaza Lakha.

Barrister Lakha is known through-out the shia world for his eloquence, passion and great love for the Ahlulbayt (A.S), his name is synonymous with knowledge and education of the highest calibre: reflected in his rousing muherram lectures, his many Islamic text translations and his unique ability to draw on hidden purls of wisdom from our faith often untouched by many modern-day scholars. Barrister Lakha became ill around 4 weeks back, after relatively strong health, so his sudden death was a huge shock to his family, friends and all those of us who loved him. He was an ardent supporter of RMA, and mentored many of the prominent revert brothers now in leadership roles in the UK shia community today.

He will be known through-out the legal fraternity for his unceasing dedication to the world of law and justice, as well as among those shia faithful who yearned for learning that stretched them far beyond the realms of their comfort zones, while at the same time, elevating them to higher dimensions of understanding and spirituality. I last met Barrister Lakha in Muherram, during one of my visits to Ahlulbayt TV. As always, he showered duas upon me, which left me energised and ready to battle through another day. I remember discussing a proposed programme for new reverts that the channel was planning to make, and how he commented, that while in his view, although reverts were sometimes closer to Allah (SWT) because they had chosen the path of Ahlulbayt (A.S), on their own and through their own reasoning, the positions they held with Allah (SWT) required greater responsibility. He strongly believed that reverts would be among the Army of Imam Mahdi (A.S), and therefore, had a moral and ethical duty to be leading lights in the fight for equality, justice and liberation for all.

Barrister Lakha leaves behind a grieving family, but he also leaves a treasure of a daughter, Barrister Sabira Murtaza Lakha, who has for many years, been training in her father’s footsteps, and who I know will surely do an invaluable job in continuing the incredible legacy her beloved father has left behind. SR Sabira was very ill prior to her father’s death, and this shocking loss has weakened her even more. Please remember this family in your duas, as well as Barrister Lakha’s friends, supporters and loved ones. Surely such flowers of Jannah are in a better place, but it is those of us who are left behind that have to come to terms with the tremendous void their absence leaves in our lives on so many levels.
Please recite sura Fatiha for Barrister Lakha, May Allah (SWT) bless him and Grant him eternal rewards, for all that he was, and for all the noor he brought in to the lives of so many, aameen.

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