Abu-Bakr Rauf – Missed But Never Forgotten

From:  mpacuk.org
11:10 pm, Tue 20 Mar 2012

Abu Bakr Rauf

“There are no words that can fully describe the heartbreak and absolute  shock  of Abu-bakr Rauf’s passing. Barely 30, he died of a suspected  heart attack,  outside Mumtaz restaurant in Bradford, while leafleting  for George Galloway’s  election campaign.With his impeccable manners and keen intellect, Abu-bakr was a rare   specimen, a one of a kind. He came across as unboundedly humble and had a  smile  that could truly light up your entire week – he simply was one of  the most  likeable persons I have ever met. I had the pleasure of  working with him in  Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) many a  time, and I cannot count the  number of times people would finish a  conversation with him and turn around to  me and say “what a great guy!”.

Even though he has gone and is no longer with us, he has left behind him   one clear and simple legacy and I know Abu-bakr would have wanted me to  share  this with you all. He had a great love and sympathy for all the  oppressed in  the world, but without a doubt he loved his Palestinian  brothers and sisters  the most. He passed away leafleting for George  Galloway’s Bradford campaign  earlier this afternoon, but let me be  clear, he did all this leafleting and  campaigning not because he owed  some allegiance to George or because he had  ambitions for politics. He  never owed anything to MPAC, PSC, Respect or any of  the other countless  organisations he worked in.

The only reason he did any of this was because he loved Palestinians,  and  this was his way of helping. He just wasn’t like many of us in that  he could  live his life oblivious to the oppression that Muslims and  non-Muslims alike  were facing all over the world. His cause, his passion  was to right these  wrongs and there aren’t many who have departed this  life whilst doing what they  love. Allah is indeed the Master and Judge  of us all, but let me tell you this,  Abubakr died a Shaheed. He died as  he struggled to help the oppressed, he  passed away as he strived in  Allah’s way – and that is the noblest way to  depart this world. His last  word was ‘Palestine’.

May Allah bestow upon him every bounty a Muslim of his stature deserves,   and may He give us even an iota of the brilliance and faith Abubakr  possessed.  Our sympathies and prayers are with his family, his wife and  his child.

From Him we come and to Him we must all return.

We will allways miss you Abubakr.”

Dr. Ramadhan Saeed (CEO MPACUK) Twitter:  @rsaeed

Read more: http://www.mpacuk.org/story/200312/abu-bakr-rauf-missed-never-forgotten.html#ixzz1piNqBlPr

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