Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, head of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), has died at the age of 54 at a Shaikh Zaid hospital in Lahore.
TLP spokesman Hamza said the TLP leader was having difficulty breathing and had been suffering from fever for the past few days. He said that Khadim Hussain Rizvi was present at his madrassa on Multan Road and his health deteriorated in the evening and he was shifted to Farooq Hospital in Lahore where he died and his body is being shifted to his residence.
Dr. Asif Jalali, head of Tehreek-e-Labaik-e-Yarsollah, confirmed the death of Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Pir Ijaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of Tehreek-e-Labaik-e-Yarsollah, said in a statement that the funeral prayers would be announced later. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the TLP chief.
"Pakistan has lost a respected religious scholar and a true lover of the Prophet of the End Times," he said.
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that the services of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi for Islam will always be remembered. It may be recalled that Khadim Hussain Rizvi was also present at the sit-in protest against blasphemous sketches in France in the Faizabad area of Rawalpindi this week.
At the direction of the Prime Minister, a delegation led by Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri held talks with TLP chief Allama Khadim Rizvi, including Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ahmed, and Home Adviser Shehzad Akbar and Home Secretary.
Prior to the talks, the Islamabad administration had deployed 3,113 police, Rangers, and Frontier Corps security personnel in Faizabad in the wake of TLP protests against the publication of blasphemous sketches in France. The protest rally in Rawalpindi was attended by 5,000 people and the participants blocked the road, making it difficult for people to enter the capital.
Earlier on November 12, the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court had indicted 26 accused, including Khadim Hussain Rizvi, in a case related to provocative speeches and vandalism of government property during protests.
Khadim Hussain Rizvi was born on June 22, 1966, to Aji Lal Khan in Naka Tut, Attock District, Punjab, but according to reports, he did not tell much about his early life to his relatives.
He studied memorization and tajweed from the religious schools of Jhelum and Dina, after which he completed his teaching from Jamia Nizamia Rizviyah in Lahore. Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi was a memorizer of the Qur'an and Shaykh-ul-Hadeeth and led the Friday prayers at the Pir Maki Mosque near Data Darbar in Lahore.
He had confirmed that he was involved in an accident near Gujranwala in 2006 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. It is also said that the accident was caused by the driver of his vehicle who fell asleep while driving. Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi's car was involved in an accident on its way from Rawalpindi to Lahore.
He was a follower of the famous Islamic scholar Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi.