Thirty sixth (36th) death anniversary of great religious scholar and great leader of legitimate Shia rights movement in Pakistan Allama Mufti Jafar Hussain is being observed with reverence today on Thursday in Pakistan.
Quran Khawani and Majalis-e-Tarheem are being held for the great Shia leader of Pakistan in the mosques and Imambargahs. Main congregation is being held at his burial place in Lahore. His services as a great and intrepid leader and a renowned and authentic Islamic scholar are being highlighted.
Mufti Jafar Hussain was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, in 1914 and at the age of only 12 years, he became expert in the disciplines of medicine, hadees, fiqh (jurisprudence) and Arabic. He went to holy city of Najaf, Iraq in 1935 where he studied for 5 years. His teachers included, among others, Grand Ayatollah Syed Abul Hassan Isfahani.
Founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah had got advice of Allama Mufti Jafar Hussain on Islamic affairs. Reports had it Jinnah had consulted him and tasked him to help the state of Pakistan on Islamic legal matters.
Mufti Jafar Hussain was founder of Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafaria that later renamed as Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan. Under his dynamic leadership, Shia Muslims of Pakistan had staged a historic sit-in outside Parliament House Islamabad during the tenure of Martial Law dictator General Zia ul Haq. That epoch-making protest movement compelled the despotic ruler to meet the legitimate and genuine demands regarding inalienable rights of Shia Muslim citizens of Pakistan.
He led Shia Muslims and the entire Pakistani nation at a time when nobody else had the courage to challenge the brutal an unconstitutional regime of Martial Law dictator. His movement encouraged the former parliamentary parties to the Movement for Restoration of Democracy who were otherwise scared of Martial Law regime. Mufti Jafar passed away on August 29, 1982.