Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns passing of al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA mourns the passing of its former President, al-Hajj Rashid Ahmad American, who passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 7, 2015, at the age of 91. To God we belong and to God we return.
Rashid Ahmad was born in 1923 in St. Louis, Illinois. He became an Ahmadi Muslim in 1947. In 1949, he traveled to Pakistan to study Islam. During his time in Pakistan, he became fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. While there, he affectionately received the moniker of “American”, which he adopted to his name. Mr. Ahmad returned to America to share Islam with his family, friends, and community. After performing the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1998, he earned the title of al-Hajj, a performer of Hajj.
Aside from his involvement with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he was also a staple in his Milwaukee community. Mr. Ahmad regularly appeared on the TV program Islam Live on public TV.
“Rashid Ahmad American was a role model for thousands of people. His humble nature touched everyone and he will be greatly missed by friends, family, and our Community.” said Wasim Malik, Vice President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, “We have the utmost respect for him and offer our heartfelt prayers for Mr. Ahmad and his grieving family. Members of our Community, young and old, will miss him dearly.”