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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA Mourns Passing of Nazir Ayaz
QUEENS, NY — July 3, 2016 — Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of the President of its Queens, New York community, Nazir Ahmad Ayaz, who passed away in Manhattan, NY, on July 3, 2016, at the age of 69. From God we are and to God we return.
Nazir Ahmad Ayaz was born on May 23, 1947 in Tanga, Tanzania. Nazir Ayaz was first elected to the office of President in 1981 and until the day he passed, a monumental 35 years. He was also a member of the International Ahmadiyya Centenary Committee appointed by the late Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Tahir Ahmad. The late Khalifa remarked about Ayaz, “I am happy to say that in my opinion you are an exemplary President of the [Chapter] out of all the U.S.A. [Chapters] by the grace of Allah. I pray that may Allah enable you to maintain that distinction always.”
Nazir Ayaz oversaw instrumental developments in New York City’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Chapter. In 1996, Ayaz helped facilitate the expansion of Ahmadiyya Muslim chapters in the NYC Metro area from one to three. In 2005, he then helped the community expand to Long Island. He managed the transition from a mosque in a small house to the great mosque that is now present at the corner of 188th and McLaughlin.
Under his leadership, the New York chapter was among the first to pioneer (in 1985) a weekly Sunday school for local Muslim youth – a school program that runs to this day.
He also started a basketball tournament to encourage fitness and brotherhood amongst the community’s young men, which has grown into an annual event featuring dozens teams from around the nation and world.
Nazir Ayaz worked closely with Humanity First USA, to raise funds and establish programs in impoverished countries around the world. He was particularly focused on funding cancer research in his home country of Tanzania.
Through his involvement with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he was a staple in meeting with other faith and community leaders and eager to offer the mosque as a meeting point.
“Nazir Ayaz was a role model for thousands of people. His humble nature touched everyone. He made sure to remain behind the scenes while actively involving as many people to enhance their skills and empower them,” said Nasim Rehmatullah, Senior Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “We have the utmost respect for him and offer our heartfelt prayers for Nazir Ayaz and his grieving family. He will be greatly missed by friends, family, and our community