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Death of Dr Zaki Badawi January 25, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Uncategorized.
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I was very shocked today to learn of the passing of Muslim scholar Zaki Badawi, aged 83. Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon – Truly we are God’s and to Him we are returning. We pray that Allah grants him His mercy, and bestows patience on his family.

A spokeswoman for the college, where Badawi was the principal, said Badawi had been speaking at the Islamic Finance Summit in London when he was taken ill.

“He was at a conference at the time, he collapsed, an ambulance came and took him to hospital,” she said.

His funeral would probably take place on Friday, she added.

Only a few days ago I corresponded with him (for the first and only time) over his statements on civil partnerships. It all seems rather trivial right now.

In that post, I made criticisms of Dr Badawi’s understanding of the legislation, and of his apparent conclusions from that. I mentioned that there was a need for him to clarify his position on celibate homosexual partnerships, to avoid his fatwas being misused.

I’m sorry if that post seems insensitive now, but I will leave it as it was, because the concerns remain regardless. That being said, if anyone has further information about Dr Badawi’s opinions on those issues, it would be much appreciated if you could let us know. 

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