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CAIR-CA: Marghoob Ahmad Quraishi (1931-2005)

(SANTA CLARA, CA, 1/28/05) – The Northern California office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations today offered condolences on the passing of
well-known community activist and leader Marghoob Quraishi, who died on
Wednesday, January 26.

Marghoob Quraishi was born in India and moved to Pakistan soon after the
partition of the subcontinent. After obtaining his undergraduate degree
from Pakistan, he came to California in 1960, via London and Montreal, for
his graduate studies in business and finance at Stanford University. He
started his own firm in the area of business and financial consulting.

Mr. Quraishi’s social activism dated back to his college days. His prime
concern was social issues facing the Muslim world in general and the
American Muslim community in particular. Over the past 45 years, he was
involved in founding and organizing a host of American Muslim institutions
throughout the US, especially in California. He was one of the founders of
the Muslim Students Association, the United Muslims of America organization
and the Muslim Student Network internship program in Washington, DC. In
addition, he founded the summer Muslim Youth Camp and the Islamic School at
Stanford, both of which have been in operation for the last 40 years. He
established and was the Executive Director of the Strategic Research
Foundation, a major Muslim think tank. He edited Muslim journals, Al-Manar
and Geopolitic Reviews.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Quraishi was an exemplary and self-effacing
pioneer of the American Muslim community. He is survived by his wife, Renae
Iffat Quraishi, who has been an active equal partner, three daughters, one
son, and three grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at Zuhr time
at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara.

CAIR – Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area)
3000 Scott Blvd. Ste. 104
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Main Telephone: 408-986-9874
Fax Number: 408-986-9875


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