President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New York Passes Away After Over 36 Years of Service to the NY Muslim Community, From Implementing Weekly Youth Education Classes to Hosting Community Symposiums for Local Leaders
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 firstelected 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.