WASHINGTON — American Muslims are mourning Dr. Ahmed El-Kadi, a prominent leader who died this weekend after a life he spent sincerely serving Muslims and pioneering achievements that changed the face of the community.
“He was a role model for the American Muslims,” Sheikh Shaker El-Sayed, Imam of the Dar-Al-Hijra Islamic Center in Virginia and a longtime friend of Kadi, told IslamOnline.net.
“His leadership and guidance in pushing Islamic activities in America will always be remembered,” added Sayed, who is also head of the Muslim American Society (MAS).
The veteran Muslim leader and famed retired heart surgeon died Saturday in Panama City, Florida, at the age of 69.
Kadi, an Egyptian-origin, has been leading community work and spent much of his time in Islamic work in the US, where he lived for the past 44 years.
“He was my colleague in the Muslim American Society and we worked together very closely,” said Sheikh Sayed.
He has played a pivotal role in establishing numerous Muslim organizations, in the US and the entire North America.
Kadi has also been a veteran leader in many of these organizations, including the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) and the Islamic Medical Association (IMA).
“Dr. El-Kadi will be greatly remembered for his contributions to Islamic medicine research and education,” the Muslim American Society said in a statement.
“MAS offers its sincerest condolences to Dr. El-Kadi’s family, MAS members and the Muslim community-at-large.”
There are between six and seven million Muslims in the US.
|Kadi has played a pivotal role in establishing numerous Muslim organizations, in the US and the entire North America.|
Kadi will be rem embered for dedicating all his life to activism and community work.
“He was the pioneer of the Muslim Youth of North America,” said Sheikh Sayed.
The husband and father of four daughters came to the US in 1965 after he finished studying medicine in Austria.
He shot to fame in his career as a heart surgeon in few years.
He is also known as the author of the most comprehensive definition of Islamic Medicine.
“He was a very prominent heart surgeon for a long time.”
Kadi’s travels around the world have helped him build connections, which led him to start establishing charity, social and educational organizations for Muslims in the US and across the continent.
One of his major achievements is helping in the establishment of ICNA, a New York-based grassroots organization that currently has 22 chapters across the US.
In his Panama City, Kadi has been instrumental in establishing a full-time Islamic school and a medical research institute which researches the benefits of Prophetic medicines.
Not only for his achievements. Kadi will be most remembered for his loving personality and his good nature, his colleague Sayed says.
“Dr. Ahmed El-Kadi is well noted for his soft heart, soft language, clean hands and generous heart.
“He was famous for always keeping his words. He always sacrificed his own interest on the community interests.
“We are missing him tremendously. We hope to be able to continue the legacy of his leadership.”