KARACHI: Famed religious scholar Dr. Allama Zameer Akhtar Naqvi passed laid to rest is Wadi-e-Hussain Sunday night after he breathed his last following a heart attack, his relatives said. He was 76 years old.
A large number of people including top religious leaders, politicians, social figures, government functionaries and his followers attended the funeral that followed his funeral prayer which was offered at Ancholi Imambargah after the Maghrib prayers.
Earlier, he was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital late Saturday night where he died due to a heart attack, according to his relatives.
Allama Naqvi was born in 1944 in the Indian city of Lucknow where he studied until graduation, later moving to Karachi in 1967.
He had a PhD from the University of Karachi and was known to have knowledge of science, philosophy, literature, culture, journalism and Islamic history. He also remained the editor of the Al Kalam magazine besides heading the Anees Academy.
TLTP adds: A Khateeb and poet, he wrote dozens of books, including on poetry and elegy, as well as a two-volume biography on Qasim ibn Hasan. His book, Meraj Khitabat, consists of five volumes.
The scholar was also known across Pakistan and the world for lectures on science, history, and philosophy. His popularity was based not only on his knowledge and expertise but also for his love for his followers.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail expressed sadness over the popular scholar’s demise, his spokesperson said, adding that he prayed for Dr Naqvi’s forgiveness and elevation of ranks. “May God grant patience to his bereaved family,” Ismail said.