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Amir Farooqi
Azeem Khan
Aisha Rahman
Butt,Amin,Rahim Families
Dr. Abdul Hamid
Dr. Ahmad Hussain Sakr
Dr. Jamal Badawi
Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan

Dr. Mohammad Yunus
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Dr. Shaik Ubaid
Duke Garone (Huud)
Imam Ibrahim Negm
Imam Jamil Abdullah
Iris  (Oncology Clinic)

Jameel Shareef
Jeanne (Oncology Clinic)
Karen Olivers (Oncology)
Mumtaz Ahmad

Nafees ur-Rahman
Nasreen Nazir
Omar Afzal
Sadiya Choudry
Shakeel Syed
Student of I.I.S.
Sulayman S. Nyang
Talat Sultan
Zaheer-ud-Din
Zainab Paracha
   
   

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By Dr. Shaik Ubaid

My Homage to a Great Man
Muhammed Anver Beig passed away. Over a thousand Muslims attended his funeral services bearing testimony to the fact that he was much loved and respected. If anyone could be the prince of the American Muslim community, it would be him. There are many among Muslim Americans who are more renowned than him, who are much more influential or more knowledgeable in Islam, but Anver bhai was unique in the sense that he had all the attributes necessary to become a popular royal. He was handsome with a pleasing personality and a commanding presence. He was honorable, compassionate, courageous, generous and genteel. He was highly educated and had a keen intellect. The only thing he loved more than the company of books was the company of scholars and intellectuals.
Moreover, he was a successful family man.

Much has been written about him and much more should be. For was not only was he the patriarch of his extended family but he was one of the pioneers of Islam in America. He was involved in the establishment of many organizations and mosques.
It was due to his humility that many people are not aware of his contribution to Islam and the Muslim community – which is perhaps the biggest testament to his greatness. Hundreds of mosques and libraries in the US have copies of the Qur’an donated by him. He was the publisher of the largest Muslim weekly in the US. He had poured in his own personal wealth in the Mirror International but did not put his name on it. I promised myself that I would write about those aspects of his life with which I was most familiar – not just as a testament for my love for him but also as part of helping the mission of his life. He was a man whose life can and should be an inspiration for our coming generations.

I met him soon after my immigration to the US. He won my heart and was a master in doing so which is why he was so well loved. His face would light up when he would see me, and he would embrace and kiss me in his customary style. He called me Ubaid bhai (brother Ubaid) even though he was more than two decades older than I. I never heard him not say bhai to anyone! Our families were very close. I was looking for a Muslim group to join. He was one of those who were influential in my joining ICNA. He never asked me to do so, but he did not have to. His exemplary conduct did.

Anver bhai had a larger than life personality. He was a core member of ICNA but could never be limited to one organization. Thus, it was I who became the representative of ICNA on Long Island, but my influence was derived through his connections and influence. We would have Qur’anic programs not only at various mosques but would rotate it in our homes. He would also invite me to the various private gatherings he would arrange for poets and intellectuals in his home. He was a great patron of poetry and literature. Later, it was he who pushed me towards activism at the national level. It was a huge jump for a young person like me.

As the war clouds started to gather after Saddam Hussain invaded Kuwait in 1990, Anver bhai became a man possessed with the desire to prevent the imminent war. His construction business was going through the low phase of its cyclical nature. Unlike in the past where he single-handedly and with his own finances had attempted to forge Muslim unity on critical issues, he was forced to find partners this time. He convinced two wealthy Long Island Muslims to join him to launch a united Muslim movement to stop the war. He involved me as a volunteer for the conference of the various Muslim leaders, scholars, intellectuals and the representatives. He then encouraged me to take part in the discussions and deliberations. Initially, awed and overwhelmed I was reluctant. Later the gravity of the situation, my keen interest in the current affairs and my outspoken nature gave me the courage to become a vocal participant. Later when personality conflict arose in the movement, instead for fighting for his rights in something he had founded and held so dear, he abdicated.

Many in ICNA thought that Anver bhai was not enough of a party man. Others thought that he was not tough enough to take a stand during various disputes that afflict our mosques. He was a man who was aware of his wide influence. He would use it to bring people and groups together rather than to win the battle for his school of thought. He thought that mediation and compromise was better than taking a stand. But he would take a stand where he thought he must. He took a resolute stand to liberate one local masjid from those who had a narrow-minded and ethnic agenda and helped in making it what it is today–an inclusive mosque. The dispute was settled through an election and Anver bhai was very much the part of those hard fought elections that we won. Later, I grew a bit apart from him. I had left ICNA as I thought that it was changing its focus and losing its independence. Anver bhai disagreed with me. We never discussed the issue but we were both hurt. I had also moved to Milwaukee for a few years. After my return to New York, I met with him on a couple of occasions and spoke over the phone a few more times about Muslim issues. He was as gracious as always. I later found out that he was diagnosed with cancer. I wanted to meet him but was advised that he is not meeting with people. I kept myself apprised of his condition–at least I thought that I did. I kept hearing good news that he was doing much better.

However, last month my sister called and informed me that he is terminally ill. She advised me that he is now meeting with his friends. I went to see him. I was told that he has advanced leukemia and that it is preferable that the meeting be kept short. When I walked into his room, the man lying in the elegantly simple room was not recognizable to me as the handsome and strong Anver Beig. The disease had ravished his body and he had lost tremendous weight and hair. But his eyes lit up the same way as they had always done, and there could be no doubt as to who this man was. He had suffered paralysis of his vocal cords and partial paralysis in his face. This had made his once strong and full-of-laughter voice just a whisper. But his mind was as sharp as always. For the first time in my life, we could not embrace or kiss. I delicately held his fragile hands, but he clasped mine and held them. He kept repeating my name. The meeting that was to last a few minutes lasted a long time. We talked of the old days and of his present condition. I realized that the disease that has ravished his body could not even touch his spirit. He was a man at peace–peace that came from doing good deeds through out his life and being good to people. He was thankful to God for giving him the opportunity to serve Him and for his beautiful family. His only regret was that he could not do more for His Creator. It reminded me of Prophet Ayoob (Job) and how he was tested by God. I told him that, and he said how could he not be thankful enough to Allah who had given him so much. We discussed how the Qur’anic narrative differs from the bible. The Qur’an portrays Ayoob as patient and thankful whereas Bible says that he was complaining to God for afflicting him with disease. Well, here was Anver Beig who tried to be an ambassador of the Qur’an in his life now being a testifier to the Divine Book through his terminal illness.

I broke down many times thinking of the imminent great loss to Islam and to me, thinking of the years I lost when I got too busy to continue my friendship with this good man. I reminded him of how he had encouraged my activism in my younger years. I told him about the tremendous success the Indian Muslim Council had in forming a broad based coalition and got the US visa denied to the powerful Indian politician, Narendra Modi, who was the architect of the Gujarat genocide. I wanted him to be aware of another satisfying consequence of his good deeds. I told him I wanted to write about his contribution, but he tried to dissuade me. When I pointed out that it would inspire the younger generation to become better Muslims and better human beings, he replied, “OK, but just as Syed Mawdudi used to say: ‘At least do not write about me while I am still alive;’ I request you to wait till I pass away.” He talked more about his beloved personalities: Mawdudi and Iqbal.

I remembered his love for intellectual company. I asked him if people like Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed and Dr. Suleyman Nyang were aware of his conditions and if I could let them know. He agreed that I could inform them. Soon it was time to leave, and he kept insisting that we should eat dinner before we left. I left hoping to come back to see him more in the coming days. But I came down with a cold, and I could not visit him as my infectious state would further jeopardize him. Before I could recover fully, Anver bhai left on his final journey. That day I was sad and listless at work and if some one had asked me the reason for this, I would have poured my heart out. I would have said that a man has passed away, a great man, a man that I could never be, a man I would like my son to become one day.

Yes, Anver bhai was our prince. The best way to pay homage to him is to continue his mission of serving the Creator through upholding justice and truth.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 11, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Mohammad Yunus

Memories of My Beloved Brother, Anver Beig
Saadia called me sobbing on Wednesday night, April 13, and told me about the sad news that Allah (SWT) had called Brother Anver Beig to Him. It was shocking news, but we all must say, "Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Eelaihi Raji’oon." We are all grieved at this great loss and make du’aa for him and the family. May Allah (SWT) grant Jannatul Firdous to the departed soul and Sabr Jameel to the family. We traveled to NY on Thursday night. We grieved with the family and although we missed the janaaza Thursday night, I attended the burial on Friday morning, where I led janaaza prayer. It was one of the biggest janaaza on Thursday night, and it testifies to the great love and respect for Brother Anver Beig in the hearts of Muslims. People talked of his devotion to Islam and Islamic work and his love for the Qur’an and Islamic knowledge. He had great love for the people who are ‘Ulama (knowledgeable), especially Syed Abul ‘Ala Mawdoodi (R).

After the burial, I suggested to the people present that we should write our memoirs about Brother Anver Beig since he was a unique human being. Such people are shining examples for generations to come. We should share his example with others who did not know him and especially to the new generations of Muslims so they can get inspiration from his life and works. Below are some of my memories of him.

His student life:
I came to know him first in my student life. I was a student at K.E. Medical College in Lahore (‘65-‘70). Brother Beig was probably in the last part of his studies at the Law College. We were both affiliated with the student Islamic Movement inspired by Syed Abul ‘Ala Mawdoodi. We shared a common family of Islamic Jama'ah. I met him just a few times in that period. I witnessed his fondness for the movement and his extreme love for Syed Mawdoodi and his literature. He was an avid reader of books, which continued until the end of his life. I recall that he also joined the Democratic Youth Force (DYF) established to put a resistance against the secular, left wing student forces which used to hamper the activities of righteous students. He was very courageous and undaunted in his efforts to support the movement at that time.

His arrival in the US and support of Islamic work here:

  • PSA- He arrived in the US in the early seventies like many of his contemporaries. He joined ICNA and its activities from its very inception. He was young and vibrant. The ICNA leadership assigned him the task of being active in PSA (Pakistan Student Association) and to run for the position of president. I remember that he ran a tough campaign in the election against his opponents and won with good support. He worked diligently to promote PSA and its cause in the Pakistani community and among students. He spread the message of the Islamic movement through its platform and therefore, ICNA achieved good exposure among Pakistani immigrants.

  • ICNA- He joined it as an active member and supported its activities with his time and resources. He encouraged and supported his family members to join it. Alhamdulillah, his wife has been a very active MGA. His son Umar is an MGA and was SG of YM. His daughters have been actively involved in YM and serve in executive positions. He always attended ICNA conventions with his family with great enthusiasm and love. He loved poetry by Iqbal and Allah (SWT) gave him a very melodious voice. He used to participate in our annual Mushaira Mehfil (Urdu poetry gathering during conventions) with fervor and we looked forward to hearing him. He played a lead role in establishing Al Markaz (H.Q. of ICNA).

  • Campaign against blasphemous book of Salman Rushdie- When Rushdie's Satanic Verses came out, Brother Anver Beig very actively campaigned to get prominent American Muslim leaders together and came up with a resolution condemning this blasphemy against our beloved Prophet Mohammad (S). He had a deep love for the Prophet (S), and this motivated him to take this step.

  • Dawah Work- He was very conscious of his obligation to share the truth of Islam. He utilized audio, video, and print media to propagate the divine message. One time, he made copies of the introduction to Qur’anic Surahs (Syed Abul ‘Ala Maudoodi) and distributed them free. Then, he made copies of the audio cassettes of the introductions of Surahs and distributed them. Later, he started a TV project "Window to Islam." In this project, he would invite learned brothers, record their presentations on various topics, and then broadcast these on the ethnic TV channels. He invited me for one such recording. These video recordings are still available for viewing. He continued to distribute the Qur’an and the Tafseer of Qur’an free of charge to spread its teachings. He remained very active in Masjid activities. He took an active part in inviting speakers to deliver lectures. I remember one time, he invited me to the Islamic Center of Long Island to talk about the Islamic movement in the world and in America. He started weekly Mirror with his initiative and resources for the purpose of Dawah Ilallah. Alhamdulillah, it continues to shine the light of Islam week after week and is a Sadaqa Jaariyah for him.

    His personal qualities and character:

  • He possessed a remarkable, loving personality. He always showed extreme affection and love to his companions and respect for elders and was keen to learn from them.

  • He always had a smiling face. There never was a dull moment in his company. There would always be jokes followed by laughter. I remember several of his jokes. One time in the late 70's, we were in a meeting in Connecticut and Brother Amarullah Hussaini was walking without shoes. Brother Beig said, "There is a Hadith of the Prophet (S) that the whole earth is a Masjid. Since Brother Amarullah heard this Hadith, he started walking barefoot." We all laughed so much at this joke. He had a special affinity with Brother Imam Naseem, who happens to be very humorous. When both of them joined in an informal meeting, there were jokes after jokes and laughs.

  • He had a deep love for Allah (SWT) and the Rasool (S). He continued to acquire knowledge and strengthen his relation with Allah (SWT) through constant study of Qur’an and Islamic literature. It was his love of the Qur’an that guided him to encourage his only son, Umar Beig, to become a Hafidh. He was keen to attend the gatherings where Islamic knowledge and wisdom was taught. He was very serious in his learning and loved to sit in the company of the ‘Ulama. His love for Syed Abul ‘Ala Mawdoodi was unparalleled. He loved to travel and sit with Mawlana Mawdoodi and be in his company when he visited Syracuse and Buffalo, NY.

  • Allah (SWT) blessed him with the bounties of this world. He did not show any hesitation to spend out of his wealth upon his family and upon the needs of Islamic work. He was always generous and Allah (SWT) gave him more. He faced a trial when shareholders in his company (Medina LLP) were going to realize losses. He went through this trial with patience, constant effort of recovery, hope and du’aa. By the Grace of Allah (SWT) he was able to pay off the value of the shares to the investor. They will always admire and remember him for his honesty, hard work and generosity.

  • He loved his extended family. He served them in their material and spiritual needs without any desire for praise or rewards.

  • He was a born leader. With his leadership skills, he established a successful business for himself and the family. His leadership qualities shined in his community and movement work.

  • Humility was also a shining jewel in his character. In spite of all the positive qualities, there was no sign of pride or arrogance. I always found him to be a humble servant of Allah (SWT).

  • He was blessed with all four things mentioned in this Hadith. The Prophet (S) said: “Whoever has been blessed with four things has indeed been given the best of this world and the hereafter: A heart full of gratitude, a tongue occupied with the dhikr of Allah, a body able to patiently endure hardships, and a wife who does not breach his trust regarding herself and his property” (Baihaqi).

  • Courage, steadfastness, patience, and hope in Allah's Mercy, and optimism are qualities that were always noted in his life, but they truly shined in his last illness. He kept his illness to himself and close family. He continued to face this serious illness with fortitude, courage and trust in Allah’s (SWT) Will. I met him a few months before his demise and was surprised that there was no sign of despair. He met me with his traditional smiles and upbeat mood. He talked at length about Dawah through print media, especially the role of Weekly Mirror. We talked about the need of a quarterly journal of scholarly views related to current issues faced by Americans. He was very much in favor of it and expressed his full support for it. Alas, Allah (SWT) called him before work could be done on it. I am sure his children will continue his legacy, and the blessed works of Dawah he initiated will go on.

Ya Allah! Shower your Rahmah upon his soul, grant him Maghfirah from all dhunoob, fill his grave with Noor and make it wide, save him from hardships of the Day of Judgment, take his account easily, save him from chastisement, and place him in Jannatul Firdaws. Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 11, 2005 issue)

A Letter from Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
GDC No: 1104651, Georgia State Prison
2164 GA Highway 147 Reidsville, GA 30499-9701

As-Salaamu Alaykum,
I begin in the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

I bear witness that there is Only One God, Worthy of All Praise and Worship, and He is Allah. I pray that Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad, son of Abdullah, and his family, and those who follow him. I seek Allah’s Protection from satan the rejected.

May Allah reward you for all of your good work. May Allah make me worthy of, and even grateful for all that He gives me. I pray that these few lines find you and yours in the Best of Allah’s Good Grace, in Body and Soul.

Hazrat Anas (RAA) relates that some companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW) happened to pass a funeral procession and praised the deceased upon which the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘It has (now) become incumbent.” Soon after they passed by another persona’s funeral and spoke ill of him. On this the Holy Prophet (SAW) remarked: ‘It has now become incumbent.’ Hazrat Umar bin Khattab (RAA) inquired from the Holy Prophet (SAW), ‘O Messenger of Allah, what has become incumbent?’ He (SAW) answered, ‘The one whom you have praised is definitely entitled heaven, and the person you have spoken ill of, is certainly entitled to hell. You are the witnesses of Allah upon the earth.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

My Brother Beig understood, the weakest of ink’s is sometimes stronger than the strongest of memory; Following our Lord’s command (Qur'an 2:282) Brother Beig, Mirrored, our contract with our Lord and our Debt Due (Worship). So the weakest as well as the strongest may Remember and not be unmindful. Alhamdulillah. My Brother, they did your Janaza today, and even from prison, I refuse not to be there. As weak as words may be, may my Remembrance of Allah give them the strength in Dua’ to console your family and express the loss of those of us who saw your ship set sail. And I hope I showed you love, the times we did meet. For we’re like souls not grouped together before our Creator assigned us bodies. Our love for each other; no father, no closer distance, than remembrance and it’s distance to Paradise; than the womb from the tomb, the top is only as close as the bottom is far. May those of us who your love increased in loving, love those who you loved so that they will only know increase and suffer no decrease; my Brother, until Siraat, when souls will meet and in Firdows where the successful will Greet, Salaams. Never many by Brother, So I say of the few; In life’s Mirror, I can’t see Me, without you. May Allah give you safe return, and May He give you honorable mention on the tongues of Men. It has now become incumbent.

In Peace, Strong!
In Battle, Strongest!!!

Allah’s Slave,
Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (June 1, 2005 issue)

By Imam Ibrahim Negm
Masjid Hamza, Valley Stream, NY

Inna lillaahi wa inna eelayhi raaji’oon. From Allah do we come and to Him is our return.
On Wednesday, April 13, Allah reclaimed one more of his beloved servants. O Allah, please shower your Mercy and Forgiveness on the soul of Brother Anver Beig, and allow him to enter Your garden. He was dearly loved by all of us, and we will never forget him.

I came to know Brother Beig when I came for a job interview at Masjid Hamza in 1997. He was a board member then. The kind of questions he asked me revealed a lot about his vision and commitment to advance Islamic causes in America. I have to say honestly that he was one of the main motives to take the job. Time proved my initial impressions right. I am sure volumes can be written about Brother Beig’s character and achievements but I feel as though my own father has died.

We are all now in a highly emotional state. But we must not allow the death of our beloved brother and friend to leave us so devastated, that we are paralyzed as a community. We must try to remember the good times, the good memories and the knowledge and wisdom that Brother Beig shared with us. Brother Beig had a vision for our community, and one way of coming to terms with our loss is that we must work to fulfill that vision. He wanted us all to work together, to bring our diverse talents and backgrounds into a single community. We must now continue to work together, to help and support one another, and to pave the way for our children to build a better society for future generations, insha-Allah.

The coming days, and weeks, and months, will be a period of trial for the Beig family and for all the friends who are near and dear to them. It is our Islamic duty to stand by this family, to offer help to them, and to support and comfort them during this critical time. And, while we are still nursing our own sense of grief and distress, we must never lose hope. We must be positive. We must believe that Allah is with us, always. Surah Al-Baqarah reminds us in verse 153: ‘O you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.’

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Sulayman S. Nyang, Ph.D.

I met Mr. Anver Beig many years ago. The occasion was related to matters Islamic. I was invited to speak at one of the many events organized by New York Muslims over the last 20 to 25 years. What started out as a meeting between two Muslims who were strangers to another would later develop into a strong and loving relationship. Mr. Beig was a man who embodied in his words and his deeds much of what I have come to expect among serious Muslims living at this period in our history. Not only did I detect sincerity of commitment to his Islamic faith, but the milk of human kindness flow from his lips and his purse whenever Muslim organizations and individuals known to him sought his assistance. He was truly a man of humility and goodwill to those in his circle of acquaintances.

There are many things I can say and write about this Muslim brother who left the world to join his Creator. Time and space may not allow for this. However, I should sum up my reflections on the life and times of this Muslim da’ee (promoter of Islam), this pioneering Muslim media developer, this activist, by saying the following:

  • Through my relationship with him I have come to love and honor a number of Muslims from South Asia because he demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt his love for Islam and his commitment to global Muslim solidarity.

  • My acquaintance with him gave me the rare opportunity to visit him at his home and his office. It also allowed me to be privy to some of his dawah activities on behalf of our community in the U.S. and beyond.

  • Through his willingness to bring intellectual talents to advance Muslim causes he successfully drew upon the intelligence and wisdom of colleagues such as Professor Mumtaz Ahmad of Hampton University and Dr. Zahid Bukhari of Georgetown University.

  • Because of his willingness to engage new as well as old friends, he relished my humor whenever we had the opportunity to meet and socialize. This joking relationship reminded me of my African origins and the role and place of humor in the consolidation of friends and reduction of interpersonal conflicts among friends and acquaintances.

  • The last thing to say is that Allah apparently decided that my last encounter with this wonderful brother would be in a Kashmiri Restaurant in Manhattan, New York. We talked about many things about the Muslim community. He was full of dreams and plans for the amelioration of Muslim communities. His idea of educating Americans about Islam and using the media to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims would remain a lasting and challenging legacy to his family, friends and others. May Allah grant him Al-Jannah.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Irfan Ahmad Khan

My first meeting with brother Beig was in 1975 in Connecticut in a small conference of Islamic Movement in which he was the host, and I was moved by his hospitability. Then I saw him more closely during my visit to Syed Mawdudi in 1978. Syed Mawdudi came to USA for medical treatment and he was staying at his son Dr. Ahmad Farooqi’s home in Buffalo, NY. At that time, I realized how closely he was attached to Mawdudi. Later, I attended some of the conferences he sponsored – starting with the Rushdie issue.

The death of brother Anver Beig is personal loss to me: I lost my best friend. But it is much more than a personal loss. I hope, all those who were close to him would agree, we lost a man of very high moral and spiritual caliber – a man who had combined complete trust in God with the magnanimity of his soul. Our world is not devoid of such individuals who would, all the time, derive their strength from their remembrance of God. I am sure, brother Beig was one of them. Due to this, he could set an example - for those who observed his actions closely - of a believer who was thankful to his Lord, whatever situation God would place him in!

However, what impressed me most was his devotion and commitment to a mission. When he was fully satisfied that something must be done, he would invest all his resources in its way. He was moved by the clarity with which Syed Mawdudi explained the message of Islam to the people of his time. Therefore, brother Beig was of the view that Mawdudi’s selected work should reach out everywhere to the people of the West. They must know how an Islamic approach would help the establishment of social and economic justice in the present society. He was moved by the clarity and force of Mawdudi’s translation of the Qur’an. He was eager that somehow the same force and clarity should be achieved in the English language also. He was always thinking and planning what needed to be done for this objective. Brother Beig invested a good deal of his resources in this path. Through his own example, he implicitly recommended to the believers who invest their time and skills in making money to do their duty to their families and then sacrifice some of what they have earned in the way of God, that one should rather try to earn as much as possible for Allah’s Religion and then spend in our family needs what is commanded by Allah. There are so many important projects in need for funding. All those who have the ability to make money should work full time for this objective, and by doing so, they would do the best thing to honor dear Brother Anver Beig and would keep his legacy alive.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Ahmad Hussain Sakr

Inna Lillahi wa inna Eelayhi Rajee’oon
With sadness we received the sad news of the death of one of my dear and best friends: Brother Muhammad Anver Beig. May Allah bless his soul and grant him paradise, Ameen. Brother Beig was among the pioneers on new frontiers. He established among other projects, the newspaper Weekly Mirror. He reflected the Mirror of Islam and Muslims. He reflected the Most Beautiful Names of Allah, and the personality of Prophet Muhammad. He died as a Shaheed (Martyr). Any faithful believer who is hit with the affliction of (Taa-oon) cancer, and dies, he is a shaheed as our Prophet mentioned. We lost a pioneer, and we pray to Allah to increase the Pioneers, as well as the Martyrs. Ameen.

I myself knew Brother Beig for a long time. I knew him as a loving and sincere brother. He never talked negative against any one, but he talked nice about everyone. He looked and worked for the unity of Muslims, al-Hamdulillah. We do pray to Allah to shower His Blessings, on the soul of Brother Muhammad Anver Beig, and to allow him to be in Al-Firdows Al-A'laa (the highest portion of the highest Paradise). Aameen Ya Rabbal Aalameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Jamal Badawi
Canada


The news of the passing away of my beloved brother Muhammad Anver Beig brought considerable sadness to me. What flashed in mind upon learning of his passing away is his smiling face, his kind demeanor and his warm embrace whenever we met. We all realize that there is no “surprise” that anyone is recalled by Allah [SWT] at any time irrespective of age, health or other criteria. However, the passing away of my beloved brother jolted me, not because any person’s death should be called “untimely”, but because it reminded me that I too like any other human could join him without any advance notice or expectation. This leaves us as believers in Allah [SWT] and in the life to come with no option but to accept His decrees which were there even before the earth was created, to be as prepared as we can for this inevitable transition from our illusionary world to the reality of eternal life.

For our beloved brother, we can only pray to Allah [SWT] to forgive him, have mercy on him and grant him paradise in the company of the righteous and to grant peace and Sabr to his family and loved ones. We can also continue his legacy of his loving spirit, his devotion to Allah [SWT], and his ceaseless efforts to advance the cause of Islam and strengthening the Islamic movement, especially in North America. Inna Lillahi Wa Innaa Eelayhi Raji’oon.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Abdul Hamid
Hamden Masjid, CT

I watched Anver Beig from a distance, wishing all the time that Allâh would bless me likewise with his qualities of kindness and affection to kin and kindred, forgiveness and understanding for friends and foes, and selfless service to those near and far. When the opportunity came for us to be close, Allâh chose to take him away. I will not see him again in flesh and bones, but I see him in the grief and sorrow of hundreds of those whom he helped tirelessly. I see him in the smiles and joys of those whom he touched very intimately, and I see him in the prayers and well wishes of those who only knew him distantly. I see him alive in the jihaad fil qalam (struggle by the pen) in which he was engaged. “And call not those who are slain in the way of Allah ‘dead.’ Nay, they are living, only ye perceive not.”

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Duke Garone (Huud)
Weekly Mirror International

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

I took Shahaada on May 15, 2002. At the time I was an Administrative Assistant in a duty free shop at JFK Airport. As I began my journey as a Muslim, I realized that my job was “haraam”. One of my main duties at work was the promotion and signage for an assortment of liquor and tobacco products. I asked a brother at the masjid if I should quit my job. His response to me was to make du’aa to Allah, and look for another job. I made du’aa, and my father, who was very advanced in age, was sick. I subsequently quit my job and moved upstate NY to stay with him. My brother gave me a position at the warehouse where he worked. It was a career move, but there is nothing “haraam” in stocking a warehouse with transmission parts. This also allowed me to be closer to my father, in what I would later find out, would be his last days.

My father passed January 13, 2003. As I had no reason to stay in upstate NY, I moved back to Brooklyn with no job, and only the money from my income tax check from the previous year. “I’m college graduate with plenty of work experience. There won’t be any problems finding a job.” That’s what I thought. Resume after resume, phone call after phone call, email after email, and still not one interview. Literally months had passed since I came back to Brooklyn with no sign of work in the near future, and the income tax money was getting smaller by the week.

Finally I received a break by way of a phone call from the general manager from the company I worked for before I left Brooklyn. He offered me my position back, with a raise. I have to admit I was tempted to jump at it. I even went in for an interview and filled out an application. I was supposed to return for a drug test, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the du’aa I had made to Allah (SWT) in the first place. I had asked Allah to create for me a “halaal’ means of employment, and here I was going to go against what I asked for and accept a position that I asked to be removed from. I never showed up for the drug test. All these books I was reading saying how Allah is our provider and we should not consume “haraam”, yet I saw myself surrounded by “haraam”, and my provision was running out.

I was leaving the masjid one day, and picked up a copy of the Mirror newspaper. I called up the number listed inside to ask if there were any job openings. I was told that I should leave my name and number and someone would get back to me. Here we go again. I left my name and number thinking I should probably call the duty free store to schedule another drug test. Allahu Akbar! I got a phone call. It was from Mirror. “As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum! My name is Brother Muhammad Beig. May I please speak to Brother Duke?” It was then that I first met Brother Beig. His voice over the phone was cheerful. He invited me to meet with him after Jumu’ah prayers at the masjid near his office. I asked how I would know him. He told me he had a slightly red beard and went on to describe his clothes. After Jumu’ah salaah, I turned around and saw an older man walking towards me. His beard was slightly red, and he walked directly to me, offered the greetings and hugged me. Brother Beig hired me to attract advertisers for the paper. He later encouraged me to take on other aspects of the paper, telling me that he has a good feeling about me. Not being Muslim long, I was not used to his compliments and good attitude, even when things weren’t going well.

One day while talking with Brother Beig, I told him the above story and he began to cry. He told me that Allah (SWT) is always with us. He said that out of all the years he’s been alive, that he never went to bed hungry. Allah (SWT) always provides for us, and we should always show gratitude for His provision by helping others. This was the intention that Brother Beig had in starting Mirror. His love for Allah led him to start this paper as a voice for the Muslim Ummah.

If no one ever read a single copy of Mirror ever again, I could still not be more thankful to Allah (SWT) for allowing me to meet Brother Beig and to learn from his example. See, my family has eaten and has been clothed through the money I earned here at Mirror. Since I’ve been here at Mirror, my family and I have never gone to bed hungry. When I remind myself of that, and when I watch my son sleep at night, it makes me cry.

May Allah (SWT) make it easy on the Beig family. May Allah (SWT) reward Brother Beig continuously, and grant him swift entrance to Jannah. May Allah (SWT) forgive us and guide us to earn His reward in the hereafter. Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 11, 2005 issue)

By Talat Sultan
Associate in grief

The wedding had just concluded when the groom heard the news that Sayyid Mawdudi [Rahmatullaha ‘alayh] was being released from prison. The groom forgot all about the wedding celebrations. For him the greatest celebration at the time was to get a hold of his favorite motorcycle and join the procession of the Quad-e-Tahreek-e-Islami. Such was the devotion and dedication of our dear departed brother Anver Beig Marhoom (Late).

We had just laid the foundations of ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) when he arrived in U.S. At that time, one of our major concerns was to continue to keep control of Islamic elements in the Pakistan Students’ Association in the U.S. We assigned that task to Brother Anver Beig and got him elected as President of PSA. He carried out that task most successfully for many years.

Some years ago, when I met him during an ISNA Convention, he discussed his plans for publishing a weekly newspaper that will serve the cause of Islam in this continent. In his judgment the task was of such an immense importance that he was willing to spend all his resources and his energies for it. Alhamdulillah, he fulfilled his resolve and continued to work for Mirror up to the end of his life. Anver Beig Bhai was the most hilarious person I ever met. Every other sentence of his ended with laughter, a joke or a verse from Allama Iqbal's poetry.

May Allah fill his grave with His Noor (light) and give him the highest place in Jannah. May Allah give Sabr (patience) to his wife, one of the most active members in the Sisters’ Wing of ICNA, his son, an member himself and Editor of the Mirror, his daughters who have been involved in ICNA and YM work extensively and all other members of his family.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Omar Afzal

Haq Maghfirat Kare Ajab Azad Mard Tha
My dear brother Anver Beig is no longer with us. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Eelayhi Raji’oon. Allah recalled him when He wanted to and only He knows when to recall any of his devout bondmen. I went to meet him only a week before he breathed his last. I could hardly believe my eyes. Was that the same person who I had visited a couple weeks earlier on December 27, 2004? Just three months ago he was enjoying a robust life full of vigor and enthusiasm despite his long bout with deadly cancer. He personally received us in his living room and as usual was all smiles to see so many of us, his close friends and well-wishers, coming to visit him despite a winter storm. We relished every minute of his company though he had to strain himself to make his whispers loud enough for us to hear. He talked, shared in our conversations about the good old days and showed his intense interest in Islamic activism. Not for a single moment did he show unease on how his prolonged illness had sapped his energies.

On April 6, 2005, only weeks later, we saw a skeleton that could hardly move his limbs to greet us. I almost cried when I touched his feet to feel the impact of radiation therapy on his body. The last few hours that we spent with him in 2005 were quite in contrast with those gleeful mid-night hours we spent in an MSA East Zone pow wow Mushaira in 1974 that he organized. Brother Beig's selfless love, devotion and dedication to Islam and Islamic movement were a source of envy for me. He lived his life as a foot soldier, and never tried to take the center stage despite devoting considerable hard-earned money on Islamic TV and radio programs lime "Window to Islam", "Al-Mizan", etc. In ICNA conventions he was behind the camera and his heart bled when he felt the need for a Muslim "think tank" in America. He tried to initiate projects that required larger organizations and institutions to promote. He spent a lot of money on getting Mawdudi's Tafhim rendered into modern English for the western audience. He like my idea of having a good selection of practical advice from the Qur’an and Hadith for the common man to act out on each of the 365 days of year.

Last year, his passion was to urge the Muslims to participate in the political process. He felt that we had neglected this aspect of our presence in the West for too long and will face grave consequences if the trend is not reversed instantly. On his insistence I provided a weekly column on the latest political strategy and how the Muslims would be able to make their presence felt minimally. Nobody expected a big impact in the very first attempt. It required a well thought out strategy, concerted efforts, mammoth political contributions and broader public contacts to make a dent. Brother Beig was always ready and all smiles when anyone presented any idea to serve any Islamic cause. In his wide circle of acquaintances everybody admired his personal touch.

His keen desire to have a mouthpiece of Muslims in North America bore fruits when he established the weekly Mirror. He devoted a lot of his effort and a mammoth sum of money to put it in the hands of every Muslim who cares to read about the Islam and Muslims here. Alhamdu-Lillah, his prayers are answered and his devotion to Allah's cause is now well recognized everywhere in North America. May Allah accept his devotion and reward him with a place close to Him and His Messenger (S) for which Brother Beig worked tirelessly all his life and is now where all of us long for and hope to reach. Ameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Zaheer-ud-Din
New York

Brother Anver Beig was a man with a mission: to share Islam with all. He was dedicated to his mission, distributing thousands of Tafseer (explanation) of the Qur’an to different Masaajid and individuals. He was a man of trust and commitment, utterly generous for Islamic causes. His donations helped with the establishment of many Islamic projects; and many are still flourishing. He desired no office or worldly reward. Many times ICNA requested him to accept an office but he always declined. He had deep commitment to establish Islamic media and was finally successful in starting the weekly Mirror from New York. This is one of his legacies.

Brother Anver Beig was a man of action. He devoted his energies and time to the Islamic upbringing of his immediate and extended family. He was very successful in this mission too. His wife and all of his children are in the forefront of Islamic work in this country. Brother Anver Beig was a man of great charm who could enliven any company. Always smiling and offering a hug and a kiss on forehead whenever and wherever he would meet you. He did not complain to anyone or about anyone. He was a lover of Allama Iqbal and Syed Mawdudi. I just cannot forget his recitation of Iqbal’s poetry or the way he’d call ‘Takbeer’ in different programs. He was my dear friend and brother for over thirty years. I miss him. May Allah place him in Jannatul Firdous (the highest Paradise). Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Mumtaz Ahmad
Professor of Political Science
Hampton University, VA


On April 14th at about 10:30 pm I was driving from Norfolk Airport to my home in Yorktown. Just about couple of minutes before I reached home, I looked toward the sky from the windshield and saw the moon slowly coming out of the thin clouds. Since this was the first time I was looking at the new moon, I recited the prayer of moon-sighting and the very first thought that came to my mind during the prayer was about Brother Anver Beig. It was as if I was seeing his beautiful smiling face in the moon. A few minutes later Brother Mahbubur Rahman called me from New York and said that Brother Anver Beig had passed away. Inna lillahi wa inna eelayhe rajee’oon! I was planning to fly to New York on 15th to see him but that was not to be!

I first met Brother Anver Beig in 1976 in New York at Columbia University campus during the Pakistan Students’ Association convention. I came from Chicago with my wife and two-year old son to attend the convention. We stayed with Brother Dr. Zaheer (of Shifa International Hospital). The next day, Brother Beig insisted that we move to his house. Although we had met only a day earlier, he made me feel as if we knew each other for years. That was the beginning of our beautiful friendship.

Brother Anver Beig was active in Islamic activities for more than three decades in the U.S. He was one of the founders of the Pakistan Students’ Association in the 1970s and contributed generously with moral and financial support toward all Islamic and Pakistani causes. Knowing his deep concern for the plight of persecuted Muslims everywhere – Kashmir, Palestine, Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Somalia, India – I often recited the line “Sarey jahaN ka dard hamarey jyger mein hai!” when I saw him. He was an optimist out and out. I will always remember his beautiful smile and good humor. I never saw him depressed or worried about any situation; he had extraordinary trust in Allah and believed that things would turn better for Muslims (and for Pakistan) one day, insha-Allah. His enthusiasm was contagious and inspired everyone he met.

We had long conversations on the telephone when he was planning to publish Mirror International. Brother Sulayman Nyang and I spent hours with him in New York discussing the new publication for which he had great hopes. He wanted the Mirror to become the voice of Muslims in this country. His love for his faith and Pakistan was boundless. And he touched hundreds of lives with his love. Those who knew him or worked with him will miss him much. May Allah reward him profoundly with His blessings.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Nafees ur-Rahman
His long time friend for over 20 years,
Glastonbury, CT

For My Brother Anver Beig:
It is enough goodness in a person that so many people love to be associated with him and find comfort in his friendship. Muhammad Anver Beig, I think, was one of those who possessed such goodness. May Allah (SWT) cover him with His mercy and forgive him. Aameen. O Allah! Surely Anver Beig is under Your protection and in Your Hands. You are the Guardian of the faithful and the truthful. So forgive him and have mercy on him. Surely you are the Most Forgiving, Most Merciful, Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Amir Farooqi
Masjid Darul Quran, Bay Shore, NY

One November night in 1975 in Connecticut I met a handsome man at a Pakistan Students’ Association function. From that day onward we met quite often. I found him to be a true mumin (believer). He never said anything negative, was always poised and hopeful for the ummah. I will never forget his warm hugs. He was in the audience when I gave one of my first Jumu’ah Khutbas (Friday sermons) at Masjid Darul Quran and I still remember the smile of appreciation on his face. This man was none other than our dear brother, Anver Beig. He has passed from this world and I am sure that the angels must be caring for him now. My du’aa will be for patience for his family and that his torch, which he carried so beautifully, must continue to be lit in the service of the deen and the ummah.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Shakeel Syed
Director of Marketing, Islamicity.com
General Secretary of Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

Joyful Tears for the most loving Anver Bhai:
I do not remember one instance when he did not rush [toward me] to embrace me with his warm hug and a "bosa" and a caressing hand around me, whenever and wherever we met for however short time. That's how I remember Late Anver Beig; a man who was a source of comfort and love to everyone in a very special way. I found him to be perpetually restless for the concern of the Ummah but he was always at peace with everyone. Our discussions would always revolve around, "doing something constructive," and he was ever ready to be led for any action, but never willing to lead: a valuable lesson indeed among many others he left behind for all of us.

He was a man of elegant literary taste. Not only could he quote Iqbal and others [in Urdu and Persian] as effortlessly as his never fading smile but he would also take the time to interpret the poetic wisdom in laymen [our] terms. There are perhaps very few meaningful projects in America (and beyond) that he did not directly or indirectly participate in. His single handed contributions will be hard to fill in by many for a long time.

He treated his progeny with that which best reflects a caring and loving father. As a result, he left behind every single one of them with a sense of unfinished business and a mission that he passionately lived his life for. His mission was nothing else, but of the Prophet Muhammad [peace and blessings be upon him]. He wanted to free the man from his own slavery and enslave him with his Only Creator. InshaAllah, Anver Beig is now a free man because of that one prostration he so willingly did, that the world is so reluctant to do. May he continue to bring joyful tears in our eyes and it is with these misty eyes that we will InshaAllah meet him in Jannah.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Azeem Khan
Young Muslims (YM)

Brother Anver Beig was a YM supporter and a youth advocate way before my time in YM. The fact that 5 of the 6 National Coordinators of Young Muslims were present at his Janazah shows how dear he was to our organization. To me personally he served as a major inspiration. He revived a very important Sunnah which is being abandoned today. And this is a Sunnah which is more subtle than most other Sunnahs. He, similarly to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) made efforts to bring the young and old together for the sake of serving Islam. He had given me an opportunity to work on the newspaper he started, Weekly Mirror International. Every week the Mirror team used to meet at the Mirror Office on McGuiness Blvd. to review the latest edition and discuss the upcoming edition. In those meetings he welcomed all the team members, young and old to openly discuss their views and ideas for the future of the paper. In this setting I had the opportunity to witness his drive and passion for Islamic Work.

Whenever he would greet me he would smile earnestly and give me a firm handshake. He would always make sure that I was well accommodated and was in a position of comfort. Less than a week before his passing I had the opportunity to pay him a visit. Brother Anver has always shown great appreciation to youth involved in Islamic Work and has encouraged them to be firm in their convictions and to always stand with the truth. While I was sitting by him he asked his son Umar to provide me with a better chair than the one I was sitting on. Even in the position of being close to death, he was more worried about another’s comfort rather than his own. SubhanAllah an individual with Taqwa doesn’t require reassurance; he himself becomes the one to reassure you of being patient, obedient, and committed to being content with Allah (SWT)’s will. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone with better character than Brother Anver Beig.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Jameel Shareef
Principal, Masjid Hamza Sunday School

There are many memorable events that epitomize the good nature of Brother Beig. Perhaps what stands at the forefront was his love and dedication to shine the Noor of the Qur’an on as many people as possible. The image that will stay in my mind will be one of a Muslim who walked with the youthful exuberance of a student, arriving at study sessions ready to soak in the wisdom of the deen. His salaams and warm greetings were genuine expressions of the love he felt when he saw his brothers in Islam. He truly fulfilled the ayah of the Qur’an: "And when you are greeted with a greeting, [reply to it] with a better (greeting) than it or return it; surely Allah takes account of all things".

This is the kind of love that unites those who love for the sake of Allah in the Gardens of Jannah. May Allah ta'aala accept his good works and forgive his shortcomings.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Dentist

In Memory of my Respected Brother Anver Beig:
I’ve known Anver Beig for 30 years. Everyone knows him to be an active worker in the community and for doing many good works throughout his life. He used all resources possible to spread Islam in this country. Whenever he came to my office, he would give me a book, cassettes for da’wah and advice, and most importantly, he gave me a book on du’aas which will remain with me as sadaqah jaariah for him.

I was given the opportunity to sit with him and observe him very closely at Al-Falah Masjid during Itikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadhan. At night, I would see him weeping profusely from fear of Allah. There’s a saying of the Prophet (S) that even one tear that falls from the eyes from fear of Allah can save you from the Hellfire. By chance, I was able to see him weep not one drop of tear, but so many. May Allah accept his weeping, in addition to the thousands of good deeds he will be rewarded for. It’s my du’aa that I make from my heart that Allah forgives him and us all. Not only myself, but thousands of people are praising him, and I’m sure that Allah will praise him as well. May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaws.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Nasreen Nazir
Principal, Institute of Islamic Sciences

Imagine a person, whose life is about to be taken away by Allah SWT. Imagine what his last wish would be. The person who I am talking about is the epitome of a loving husband, a father who spent his life training and educating his children, an obedient son and a kind and caring brother. He was Brother Anver Beig.

When I went to visit his family with my husband two weeks prior to his death, he raised his hands and in an effort to join his fingers, which physically were almost lifeless, but which showed the fervor of Iman in them, said to me and my husband, "After I die, hold my family together with Islam. The way my wife spent her life dedicated to me, now I want her to serve Islam with the same dedication."

His only wish for his children was for them to spend their lives working for Allah's Cause. All throughout his illness, not once did he prevent them from attending the Institute of Islamic Sciences or teaching in Sunday School. If they wouldn't want to leave his side, he would encourage them to go, saying not to stay with him if they think that that is making him happy, rather, it's in their going to gain knowledge and to teach the knowledge of Islam that makes him happy. This clearly shows the good habits he continued to instill in them. He wanted them to be Sadaqa Jaariyah (ongoing charity) for him. It was this zeal of wanting to raise good Muslims that one wouldn't even find a TV in his house. He was a staunch believer in not wasting even a moment of the precious time given by Allah SWT.

Even during his last days, he was looking for opportunities to gain more and more good deeds. Once when his mother was by his side, he kept on looking towards her. Upon her asking why, he replied "I'm doing hajj."  Brother Beig's life was such an epitome of an ideal Muslim's life that one can't help but look at it with awe and wish that we can do the things he did, and did in such a way that after his death Insha-Allah they became an excellent source of Sadaqa Jaariyah for him.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Sadiya Choudry
Young Muslims Sisters (YMS)

It is said that the death of a pious person causes the earth to weep, and that the people that knew the deceased give their testimony as to his piety. Brother Muhammad Anver Beig has no shortage of such testimonials. Those that knew him personally, and those that knew him only through others all had the same testimony – that he was a man of taqwah, of patience, of gratitude. He was a man of strong convictions and morals, a man who had an undying love of knowledge, even in his last days; a man who never complained, even in the worst of health; a man who always encouraged everyone around him to continue to do good and work to please Allah to the best of their ability.

He was certainly of the best of our times. He was a man who fully supported Islamic youth work in this country, and always sought innovative ways to spread the Deen of Allah. His focus and dedication was obvious, made apparent in the fact that when I and my fellow YM members went to visit him, his first and last words to us were words of support and appreciation for our work in YM. Such support and appreciation are indeed very rare.

Brother Muhammad Beig’s death is not only an immense loss for his family, but for the whole community. We can only pray that we are blessed with a life and a death as honorable and dignified as his. To leave behind righteous children who will, Insha’allah continue to follow in his footsteps is indeed a life well lived. We pray that we can benefit from the wisdom and inspiration he left behind in his family. May Allah raise him from among the ranks of those most beloved to Him. Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By Zainab Paracha
Institute of Islamic Sciences

I never met or spoke to Brother Beig personally but heard a lot about him through Rehana aunty and Zahra. It was amazing how he valued every blessing of Allah very much and did not like to waste anything, whether it be water from the faucet or time. He used to value time so much that he would read books at every spare moment that he had. He would actually make spare moments so that he could read more. All people are witnesses to what a righteous person he was. There is no one, whether they knew him personally or not, who is not grieved by his passing away. His piety was very evident from the sabr he did during his tough time of illness, from his shukr of what he had, his infaaq fi sabeelillah, his preparation of his death, and his looking forward to meeting with Allah. Above all, his righteousness was evident from the fear he had of Allah.

When I read aayah 60 of Surah Mu’minoon, it reminded me of his personality. Even after doing all that he did throughout his life, he felt he had not done enough ‘ibaadah of Allah. I pray to Allah that He accepts all his efforts from him and makes his children sadaqah jaariya for him. Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

Aisha Rahman
Manchester CT

I will always remember Uncle Beig as a humble, pious servant of Allah. Whenever he greeted someone, he made them feel welcome. Three weeks before his departure from this world, he advised us to ask Allah constantly for whatever we need. He said Islam is the true religion and that he was so grateful to Allah for all that He has given him in this life. Now he was praying for the Aakhirah. We knew the words he spoke were not just words. He really loved Allah from his heart. He had such an abundance of Sabr that it seemed as if he was able to distribute it all among his wife and children. May Allah increase them in Sabr and may Allah have mercy on Uncle Beig.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

By A Student
Institute of Islamic Sciences

Alhamdulillah, I’m so lucky to have this opportunity to say anything about such a personality. Although I didn’t know him personally, whatever I heard from others really inspired me a lot. It seems like I know him for a long time. His story is very motivating to me and many others like me. The one thing which stayed in my mind till now is that I heard one of my teachers speak about his work and the many charities he would give to do for the sake of Allah. The most surprising one is the fact that he had a hand in putting the Qur’an and Islamic books in libraries. As a student of knowledge, I appreciate this great work he has done for us. May Allah (SWT) reward him for the best of his deeds. Aameen.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

The Butt Family of NYC
The Amin Family of CT
The Rahim Family of CT

If we stripped the world of anything even resembling a type of religion, we’d be left wondering exactly what the fathers of modern day thinking sought to teach us: that what we do every day is a direct result of all of our previous actions. Socrates argued that life is what you make it, and “determinism” was the end result. In came a belief structure to this idea, and religion was born. Though Islam teaches us that whatever is written in your destiny is exactly what is going to happen, death hits all of us individually in a place where no one else can ever understand. Some of us cry, some of us seek refuge, and some of us even smile, but if you ask someone else about how death treats all of us as individuals, they would never understand.

All of your two hundred plus family members in the United States have taken your death differently, we all mourned and celebrated your passing. We are all truly in shock that you are really gone and that we won’t be hearing your voice again until we meet again in Jannah. To a beloved son, uncle, brother, father, husband, grandfather, brother-in-law, and friend, our prayers go out to you. Our prayer to Allah is that he gives us the guidance and the opportunity to do good things just like Anver Beig. We’re all left with a grandmother who has nothing but great things to say about her son, with his gold medal in Law from Punjab University in Lahore being the most notable. Although many of his older nieces and nephews have become parents of their own, he left behind an entire family of nieces and nephews and grandchildren entering into early adulthood. From a generation that has a sweet tooth for nostalgia, cousins, brothers and sisters alike, we remember sitting in your car and hearing you recite verses from the Qur’an while allowing us to repeat them.

Whenever he saw any of us, it was an abundance of bear hugs and kisses on the forehead for all of the youngsters and the not so young who deemed him “Chanda Mamoo”. We all looked up to him and miss him dearly. You will always be in our hearts and minds and we’ll never forget our “Chanda Mamoo”. So from all of us we want you to know that you will be missed. Everything we know about our religion of Islam is because of your teachings and encouragements. We know that Allah will give you the purest and greatest of places in heaven. Aameen. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (April 27, 2005 issue)

By Iris
Oncology Clinic

Mr. Beig was a very gentle man with a gentle heart. He was always appreciative of what we did and never complained even when he was having pain. I could see the love he had for his wife and children. It was my pleasure to serve him and take care of Mr. Beig. I know for sure he is in a much better place. God bless you Mr. Beig.

By Karen Olivers, RN
Oncology Clinic

It was certainly my privilege and pleasure to take care of Muhammad Beig whenever the occasion presented itself. No matter what the situation, he would always have a warm smile for me, even when we had to stick him 20 times to draw blood. His strong faith in God and the obvious love of his family certainly got him through his ordeal. Heaven surely has another angel now.

With much respect and admiration,

By Jeanne (Clerk)
Oncology Clinic

Mr. Beig is one of the gentlest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was always smiling no matter how things were. My deepest sympathy goes out to Ms. Beig and family.

Published in “Weekly Mirror International” (May 4, 2005 issue)

Everyone have to taste the death. (Al-Qura'an)

No one have to live forever, even Prophets of Allah doesn't exist eternally. May God shower His blessings upon "Big Brother" and rest the departed soul in the "Jannah". Ameen!

Let us try to mould our lives in such a way that after our death;
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Tribute
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.


Muhammad Anver Beig

(Died on April 13, 2005)

Grave Marker of Anver Beig


The dread of something after death, the undiscovered country, from whose bourn. No traveler returns. (William Shakespeare)

"To fear death, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?" (Socrates)

  Highlights from Tributes 

He was truly an amazing person, always giving the right advice, doing things for others, respecting elders, and showing love to his children. One amazing talent he had was in keeping the family together. For instance, every now and then, he would have a family gathering just to keep the family close together. He loved his mother very much and all he wanted was for her to sit in front of him. He would then lovingly say to her, “This is my Hajj.”

(Rehana Kausar Beig- wife)

The most influential person to touch my life holistically from within and out. His handsome, ever-smiling face brought an amazing aura of brightness in his beautiful eyes. He was a very soft spoken and humble man who was a role model to everyone's lives he touched. A man of many qualities that showed his nurturing side.

(Ayesha Baig- daughter)

‘To Him do we belong, and to Him shall we return,’  [2:156]

Reflecting back at the time I shared with my beloved father, I can only remember his immense strength, patience, and Imaan. His passion for Islam, his unsurpassed courage, trust and fear of Allah are qualities that certainly defined his personality.

(M. Umar Farooq Beig- son)

He was such a good role model for them, as well as all the other people he met. He always made du'aa for all of the Muslim youth to stay strong in Iman and Islam. He used to say that our boys and girls are lighthouses, to guide people to Islam in the future.

(Nighat Fahim- sister)

Maamu, you have planted the roots in America and from those roots came the tree branches which we are. By looking at these branches it appears that you planted a good seed. I am honored to be related to someone like you. You have been labeled a self-made “God Father” like individual. However, with your self making I never saw selfishness. You have made all of us become better people in society financially, economically, and most importantly, Islamically.

(Yousaf Kashmiri- nephew)

As a pious, sympathetic, lenient, devoted, soft-hearted and well-mannered person, he was the ideal of hundreds. He was an unseen helping hand to many orphans, widows, students, patients, and needy persons. He was always willing to help poor parents to marry their daughters and never claimed appreciation in this respect. He was constantly respectful and attentive to everyone – young to old. As he was soft-spoken by nature, he successfully handled every situation wisely and tactfully. He loves reading books. His only request (and wish) to have something from Pakistan was Islamic books and Qura’an sets with English translation.

(M. Ajmal Beig Naz- cousin)

Such people are shining examples for generations to come. We should share his example with others who did not know him and especially to the new generations of Muslims so they can get inspiration from his life and works.

(Dr. Mohammad Yunus- friend)

His strong faith in God and the obvious love of his family certainly got him through his ordeal. Heaven surely has another angel now.

(Karen Olivers, RN- Oncology Clinic)

Mr. Beig was a very gentle man with a gentle heart. He was always appreciative of what we did and never complained even when he was having pain. I could see the love he had for his wife and children. It was my pleasure to serve him and take care of Mr. Beig. I know for sure he is in a much better place.

(Iris- Oncology Clinic)

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"Big Brother" - M. Anver Beig
New York, USA.

 A humble presentation by


Muhammad Ajmal Beig Naz
(4th in male cousin line)

Lahore, Pakistan.

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July 10, 2014