—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (April 28, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America expressed its deepest condolences to the family of Al-Haaj Ghazi Khankan, a respected NY community leader and member of ICNA who passed away this Friday on Long Island.
“To Allah we belong and to Him is our return,” said Naeem Baig, President of the ICNA Council for Social Justice. “Brother Ghazi was a true inspiration for the American Muslim community, dedicating over 30 years of his life to advocacy and touching the lives of many through his work. He was a trailblazer who paved the way for Muslim activists and amplified the voice of the American Muslim community in the media. He was also well known and respected for his interfaith work and building bridges between people of all backgrounds.”
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved brother and friend and pray that Allah grants him the highest place in Jannah. May He (SWT) give Brother Ghazi’s family patience and help them through this difficult time. Ameen.”
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!