American Muslims are mourning Dr. Hassan Hathout, a renowned leader who passed away this weekend after a long life in serving the Islamic faith.
"We have lost today a luminary of Islam in North America," Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, told IslamOnline.net.
"He has been a voice of wisdom, clarity and compassion for Islam for over thirty years in Southern California."
Dr. Hathout, 84, died Saturday in Pasadena, California after a long period of sickness.
"It is with deep sadness we have learned of the sad demise of Dr. Hassan Hathout this afternoon," the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California said in a statement.
"May he be blessed with Jannah al Firdaws and may his family be granted with patience for their irrevocable loss."
A physician by profession, Dr. Hathout, of Egyptian origin, came to the United States in 1989 with the goal of making da’wa to the American people.
He was a co-founder of the International Organization of Medical Sciences, designed with the goal of dissemination of God-guided medical ethics.
Additionally, he was the co-founder of the Interfaith Council of Southern California
Dr. Hathout was the keynote speaker at the first Christian-Muslim celebration at the White House in 1999…
The umbrella Muslim organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said Dr. Hathout has been an inspiration for many American Muslims.
"He was a visionary person and a scholar at the same time," CAIR executive director Nihad Awad told IOL.
"He inspired so many of us with his understanding of Islam and his dedication to Islamic work in general." (More)