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A Rohingya Scholar, AFK Jilani Passed Away

Kuala Lumpur (21 June 2017) – A famous Rohingya scholar and author, Mr. Abul Faiz @ AFK Jilani has passed away at around 6:00 am today on 21st June 2017 in Ampang Puteri Hospital, Kuala Lumpur due to several medical injuries including old age sickness. And the funeral prayer will be at Masjid al-Ridhuan Ulu Klang, Jln Hulu Kelang, Taman Sri Ukay, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia after Zuhr Prayer on 22 June 2017.

He was born on 15th January 1940 in Maungdaw and after he completed B.A, B.L in Yangoon University, he served as a school teacher and headmaster in various schools of the region including Maungdaw High School.

In 1990 general election of Burma, he campaigned for NLD and represented NLD Maungdaw, and in 1992 he was forced to leave his native country which he served for decades to avoid arrest by military Junta for his activism in favor of democracy.

He was not only a teacher, but also a scholar, writer and leader as well. He has authored several books on Rohingya history, their genocide, and their quest for freedom. As a freedom fighter, he has passed his whole life struggling for freedom, human rights and justice.

We send our condolences to the rest of his family members and relatives and pray for his forgiveness and eternal peace in Paradise.