by Dr. Aslam Abdullah
He was over 85, unable to walk properly, living on medicine more than the food, yet, until the last conscious minute of his life he was inviting people to the Quran.
His last travel for this purpose was in California and Georgia just 10 days before he had three massive heart attacks in his hometown Chicago. He visited California and Georgia as if he had gone there to say good bye to those who were his disciples and students.
He indeed was a sign from among the signs of Allah.He reminded people how the true life of a believer should be. He offered his life as an example of dedication and sacrifice to the ideals he was promoting. His main focus was the Quran. His life was the Quran. Everything he did revolved around the Quran. He was in the process of writing a few more books on the methodology of understanding the Quran.
His scholarship did not prevent him from activism. Until he breathed his last, he was actively involved in interfaith dialogue In fact, during his visit to California, he attended the dialogue between Christians and Muslims on the theme Prophet Moses.
He was the president of the Association for Quranic Understanding. He was the founder of the revived Parliament of World Religions. He was the initiator of several interfaith dialogues in the world. More important than all this, he was the mentor and teacher of hundreds and thousands of young people in India and the USA. He did not run after fame. He did not seek position. He served the cause of peace and justice quietly and left a legacy that would continue to benefit people all over the world.
Dr. Irfan Ahmed Khan was born in the northern Indian state of Uttra pradesh. He got his education in Muslim University of Aligarh and became a professor philosophy. In 1973 he moved to the United States and completed his Ph D in philosophy and then taught at various colleges and universities in the US.
May God have mercy upon the family