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“Khadim Hussain Rizvi- The Firebrand Cleric!

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“The Islamic clerics, scholars and leaders who saved their mosques, madrasas and turbans instead of coming out to save the respect of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace and countless blessings of Almighty Allah be upon him), their services are no more wanted by Islam.”(Khadim Hussain Rizvi)

The Firebrand Cleric and Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan‘s Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi left millions of his followers on 19 November 2020.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi gained fame in the country’s politics and media because of his fiery speeches. Millions of people followed him and liked his preaching. Millions of people gathered on just his one call.

Who is Khadim Hussain Rizvi? 54 years old Late Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi was born in 1966 in the Pindigheb area of Attock District, Punjab.

He was Hafiz e Quran and Sheikh ul Hadiths. He got his early religious education from Jhelum, Dina then moved to Lahore for further education.

He was the follower of religious scholar Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi.

Author : He was the writer of three religious books Tayaseer Abwab-ul-Sarf, Taleemat-e-Khadimiya, and Fazail-e-Durood Shareef.

Why he was paraplegic in a wheelchair? Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi is a paraplegic in a wheelchair due to an accident on 2006. Despite his physical conditions he is one of the most traveling scholar, delivering sermons in width and breadth of Pakistan.

Why a religious cleric got attention? In 2015, Allama Khadim Hussain founded a political party called Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a political front for Tehreek Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYP).

Free Mumtaz Qadri Movement: In 2016, Khadim Hussain Rizvi became vociferous for the honor of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) when he led a sit-in at Islamabad against the PML-N government demanding the release of Mumtaz Qadri, who shot dead the-then governor Punjab Salman Taseer for alleged blasphemy.

In 2016, Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasoolullah (TLYRA), transformed into the political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan. In 2018, The TLP contested in Pakistan general elections, and won two seats in the Sindh Assembly, and became the fifth largest party in terms of votes.

Asia Bibi Case: In Oct. 2018, Under his leadership, the TLP‘s followers did protest in several cities of Pakistan when Pakistan’s supreme court acquitted a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, of blasphemy charges. In public speeches, Rizvi demanded that Asia should be subjected to the punishment for blasphemy under Pakistan’s penal code, Later he arrested on 23 November and then subsequently released on bail in May 2019. Asia Bibi was in jail for 9 years on allegations of blasphemy.

Zindagi Tamasha Film controversy: In 2020, again Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi promoted protests on the release of the Pakistani film “Zindagi Tamasha”. He accused film-maker sarmed khoosat of blasphemy. The material he alleged to be blasphemous includes criticism of Ullema and an alleged reference to bacha bazi.

The Last venture of Allama Khadim Rizvi:  Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the most popular leader of the Barelvi school of thought, he led many protests and sit-ins, to the cause of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH), demanding punishment to the blasphemy accused.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was also present at a sit-in protest against blasphemous sketches in France in the Faizabad area of Rawalpindi this week.

Under his leadership 5,000 people attended the protest rally in Rawalpindi. The TLP, led by Khadim Rizvi, had held talks with the government two days ago after protests at the Faizabad interchange against government-sponsored blasphemous sketches in France.

Demise: Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi died on 19th November 2020 in Lahore due to sickness.  

After the death of TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, The High council of  Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan appointed Saad  Rizvi  (the  son of  khadim  Hussain  Rizvi) as a new chief  of  Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan.   

Will Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan play the strongest role in Pakistan’s politics?  Will Saad Rizvi achieve recognition regarding Islamic affairs and politics? Will TLP leader’s message be just as strong as Allama Khadim Hussain’s? What will be the future of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan in Pakistan time will decide?  . 

1 Comment
  1. Maria says

    Indeed a thought picking article that highlights the services of those who have been mocked for their immense love for Islam and criticised for preaching in an orthodox pattern.

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