Lahore: Pakistan’s Tableeghi Jamaat chief Muhammad Abdul Wahab died here on Sunday morning after prolonged illness. He was 95.
He was being treated for dengue fever at a private hospital in Lahore.
Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noor ul Haq Qadri have expressed grief over the demise of the nonagenarian cleric, Radio Pakistan reported.
Wahab was born in January 1923 in Delhi and migrated to Pakistan after the partition.
According to Tableeghi Markaz in Raiwind, timing of his funeral prayers will be announced later.
The Tableeghi Jamaat is one of the largest organisations of Sunni Muslims in the Indian subcontinent with its headquarters, referred to as the Markaz, in New Delhi.
The organisation was founded by Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi in 1920.
Differences had cropped up in the top leadership of Tableeghi Jamaat in Britian where one faction was following Wahab-led Raiwind Markaz, while the other was following Moulana Saad of Nizamuddin in India.
“These differences started in 2015 when the advisory committee — or shura — was formed to deal with all important matters including international congregations (also known as aalmi ijtima). The followers of Nizamuddin in India refused to accept the decisions of shura and decided to obey only the decision of Maulana Saad of Nizamuddin,” reported Pakistan daily The News.