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We are saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved elder statesman and pioneer of the Muslim community in America, Imam Ibrahim Pasha. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un is a part of a verse from the Qur’an which translates to “We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”

Imam Pasha in the past decades has been a leader of the Muslim community in Atlanta, Georgia, but we will always remember his pioneering work here in Chicago also. I personally remember him as an inspiration and a mentor and the one who allowed me to serve the community in many capacities. He was my supervisor and structured my duties to allow me to continue my education.

Samuel Bilal, an early writer for Muhammad Speaks Newspaper also remembers Imam Pasha. Pasha, along with Brothers Douglas X (former Paper Captain preceding Bashir Asad), and Roosevelt (4X) Sabree, picking him up at the Greyhound bus station, after he was encouraged to come to Chicago by Henry Omar (founder of Omar on the Nile beverages).

Bilal also recounted how he, Imam Pasha, Eugene Majied, John Ali (National Secretary), Charlie Lee (Muhammad Ali), Gene X Walton, and John 62X were sent by Honorable Elijah Muhammad to the Rochester Institute of Technology, in preparation for the operation of Muhammad Speaks Newspaper plant at 26th & Federal where we all worked together.

Under the new leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Imam Pasha, as Chief of Staff to Assistant Supreme Captain, Elijah Muhammad II, helped to facilitate the transition nationally to the new leader and the new language and from that time on he never faltered in trying to establish the religion of Islam and this Muslim community here in America.

May Allah (G-d) forgive his sins, mistakes, and shortcomings and may Almighty Allah grant mercy on his family.