Obituary: Senior cleric Yunus Patel dies on pilgrimage

2011-07-15 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Muslim community is mourning the death of Moulana Yunus Patel, who died unexpectedly while on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

Patel was one of South Africa’s most senior clerics and one of the most progressive scholars in Muslim theology.

He died on Tuesday evening at the age of 65. Community leader Abdullah Saeed described him as “a personality who loved to serve the masses”.

“He was very passionate about providing guidance to the community about living a life based on spirituality, values, morals and kindness towards one and all,” said Saeed.

“He travelled extensively around the country and to many parts of the world delivering discourses on various issues affecting human beings.”

Patel’s long list of accomplishments includes serving in the Jamiatul Ulama KZN, the council of Muslim theologians. He was also an advisor to the United Ulama Council and was an imam of the Masjid-un-Nur Mosque in Asherville, Durban, where he was based.

He was also the head of an Islamic institute for Muslim girls and served as a patron and a spiritual guide to scores of organisations and societies.

He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, their spouses and grandchildren.

Saeed said Patel authored many books, among which is the popular Kick the Habit.

— Witness Reporter.

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