Khadim Hussain Rizvi: A TLP Leader’s Life In Brief

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

19th Nov, 2020. 10:18 pm

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi has passed away.

Family sources have confirmed that Khadim Hussain Rizvi had been suffering from fever for the past few days and passed away today.

PTI leader Senator Faisal Javed also confirmed the death of Khadim Hussain Rizvi and prayed that Allah Almighty grant him a place in heaven, elevate his ranks.

Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of Pakistan Ulema Council, while expressing condolences on the demise of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, termed it a tragedy.

Until a few years ago, little was known about Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the founder of the religious and political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan. Then in November 2017, he led a rally and staged a sit-in at Faizabad, the confluence of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Three years later, in November 2020, his party workers staged another sit-in.

The 52-year-old Khateeb of a Lahore mosque gained real fame in November 2017 by staging a long but seemingly successful sit-in in Islamabad’s Faizabad Chowk against an amendment to the blasphemy law. Earlier, he was also active in the case of the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, and from there he turned his religious activities into politics.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a Barelvi scholar, was fired from the Punjab Endowment Department for speaking out in favour of Mumtaz Qadri, after which he founded the movement in September 2017 and he surprised everyone by getting 7,000 votes in the by-elections of NA-120 Lahore in September of the same year.

Where is Khadim Hussain Rizvi from?

Khadim Hussain Rizvi hails from Attock District, Punjab. Apart from memorizing the Qur’an, he is also a Shaykh-ul-Hadeeth and is fluent in Persian. His two sons have also been involved in various protests. Khadim Hussain was paralyzed in a traffic accident and cannot walk without support.

He was born on June 22, 1966, to Haji Lal Khan in Attock district. He studied Quran memorization and tajweed from the madrassas of Jhelum and Dina, after which he completed his teaching from Jamia Nizamia Rizvia in Lahore There are many different types of cases registered against them. Ejaz Ashrafi said that he did not remember the number of these cases. But he has not been arrested since the movement began. Maybe it’s because of their ‘street power’.

In January 2017, he also staged a rally in Lahore in support of the blasphemy law, which was baton-charged by police. He was arrested and sent to jail and is still on the Punjab government’s Fourth Schedule, which means he has to keep the police informed of his movements.

Khadim Rizvi’s Speaking Style

Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s warm speeches suggest that he is in awe of his power.

Some of his videos went viral on social media simply because people can only laugh at the kind of debt relief he offers to the country. He has also been harshly addressing journalists and intelligence officials and his claims may be impossible to put into practice.

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