Lahore: Freedom fighter, Islamic scholar and historian Maulana Mohammad Ishaque Bhatti dies today morning in Lahore. He was 91.
According to family sources, his dead body was taken after funeral prayers in Lahore to his ancestor town where he was buried after Eisha prayers in the presence of a large number of people.
A friend of former Indian President Giani Zail Singh and a contemporary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Daud Gaznavi, Maulana Maududi, Maulana Ismael Salafi and Maulana Mueeniddin Lakhvi, Maulana Ishaque Bhatti authored more than forty books on various subjects and topics.
Maulana Ishaque Bhatti was born in district Firozpur, Punjab on March 15,1925. After completing education in 1942, he worked as a clerk at local admin office but left the job in one year. In 1945, he joined Praja Mandal and jailed along with 13 other freedom fighters.
After his release from the jail when Giani Zail Singh was elected as President of Praja Mandal Faridkot, Maulana Ishaque Bhatti was made General Secretary. He migrated to Pakistan after partition.
In July 1948, when Jamiat Ahle Hadees Pakistan was formed and Maulana Daud Gaznavi was elected president, Maulana Ishaque Bhatti was designated to the post of Office Secretary.
Maulana Ishaque Bhatti was appointed as Deputy Editor of weekly 'Al-Etesam' - the mouthpiece of Jamiat Ahle Hadees Pakistan which was launched in August 1949. He was elevated to the post of editor in 1951 and remained on this post for sixteen long years.
Popular books authored by him are Fukha-e-Hind, Barr-e-Saghir Mein Ilme Fiqh, Barr-e-Saghir Mein Islam Ke Awwaleen Nuqoosh and Urmagan-e-Haneef.