The prominent Pakistani Islamic scholar, Allamah Seyyed Arif Hussain al-Hussaini
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On August 4, 1988 AD, the prominent Pakistani Islamic scholar, Allamah Seyyed Arif Hussain al-Hussaini, was martyred at Peshawar in Northern Pakistan by sectarian terrorists. Born in a virtuous and academic family, he started learning Islamic sciences as of a young age. After a while, he left for Iraq and Iran to complete his higher studies. He became familiar with the thoughts of the Father of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, late Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace).
During the Islamic Revolution, he was in Iran, and actively supported the struggle of the Iranian people against the Pahlavi despotic regime. As a result, he was expelled to Pakistan by the Shah’s regime. In Pakistan, he taught Islamic sciences and strove to improve the status of the disadvantaged people. In 1984, he was elected to lead the organization: “Tehrik-e Nefaz-e Fiqh-e Jafaria”,which means the movement to implement the Ja’fari School of Jurisprudence.
Thereafter, he continued his efforts to establish unity between Shi’ites and Sunnis in Pakistan and made utmost efforts to save the rights of the followers of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt in Pakistan. These efforts of Allamah Arif Hussain al-Hussaini, enraged the enemies of Pakistani people’s solidarity, and they martyred him on this day.