10 May 2020, Sun

Former Assistant Secretary General Maulana Abu Taher dies; Jamaat Ameer condoles

Former Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former central President of Islami Chhatrashibir, Principal Maulana Muhammad Abu Taher died on 9 May, 2020 at 10.30 pm at the age of 71. Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun. He was suffering from various diseases and old age complications. He has left his wife, two sons, two daughters and many more relatives.  

At 1.45 am on 10 May 2020, his first Namaj-e-Janaja was held in his Mogbazar residence. Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman led the prayer. Among others, Dhaka city North Ameer Muhammad Salim Uddin, City North unit’s Hatirjhil west thana Ameer Ataur Rahman Sarkar, Hatirjhil east thana Ameer Advocate Zillur Rahman and others were present on the occasion.

His dead body arrived in his Chittagong house at 7 am in the morning. His second Janaja was held in city’s Dental hospital premise. Chittagong city Jamaat Ameer Muhammad Shahjahan led the prayer over there. Maulana Abu Taher was buried in the family graveyard in his native village following the third Namaj-e-Janaja led by Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana ANM Shamsul Islam.

Message of condolence

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following message of condolence on 10 May 2020 at the death of Principal Maulana Muhammad Abu Taher.

“Principal Maulana Muhammad Abu Taher was a strong-minded and skilled organizer. Since the student life, he has led the Islamic movement. He was the former central president of Bangladesh Islami Chhatrashibir. He arranged national worker’s conference in 1981 which created huge enthusiasm around the country. After the student life, he began his working career from Chittagong. In the organizational career, he served Chittagong city Jamaat as the secretary and later as the Ameer. He led the Islamic movement in port city Chittagong for almost 14 years. His outstanding role during this long period had helped to strengthen the Islamic movement in the entire area. Simultaneously, he will be remembered for his pivotal role in the movement for restoring democracy. To facilitate the unity among the Islamic quarters, he established a healthy communication among the religious scholars and Islamic thinkers of Chittagong. 

As a noted religious personality, he performed a significant role to spread the sermon and messages of Islam. As a preacher of Islam, he relentlessly called upon the general masses towards the prescribed path of Almighty Allah. He also established lots of social welfare organization for the benefit of the people. Those organizations and institutions are still serving the nation substantially. 

The name of Maulana Abu Taher is inseparably related with the history of Chittagong’s democratic movement. His involvement and complicity were always encouraging. Because of his generosity, decency and politeness, he became a respectable figure of Chittagong. Since 2001, he served Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami as the Assistant Secretary General. 

He became critically sick in 2008. After suffering a decade long sickness, finally he took his last breath on 9 May night. 

I am deeply saddened and shocked at his death. I am praying to Allah for him. May Allah accept all the services of Maulana Muhammad Abu Taher. May Allah forgive his errors and mistakes. May Allah bless him with Jannah.

I am extending my deep sympathy to his mournful families. May Allah help them to hold patience in this painful period.