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Dr. Maher Hathout: ‘Father Of American Muslim Identity’ Dies At 79

  • January 05, 2015

Renowned alloy and Muslim personality Maher Hathout died from liver cancer on Jan 2, 2015 during a age of 79, withdrawal behind a legacy

Born in Egypt in 1936, Hathout changed to Los Angeles in a 1970s after carrying lived in New York and fast became concerned in a city’s eremite landscape. He began volunteering during a Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) as Chairman and Spokesperson and went on to work with a center’s founders on several initiatives, including a first-ever co-ed Muslim Youth Group

Sarrah Shahawy, a tyro during Harvard Medical School and grand-niece of Dr. Hathout, mourned a detriment of her uncle and reflected on a impact he done in a communities he touched.

“Uncle Maher’s genocide is a outrageous detriment for a family and he was, for me, one of a final links to my grandfather who died 6 years ago,” Shahawy pronounced in an email to The Huffington Post.

“In anguish his genocide and celebrating his life with a many who desired and reputable him, we comprehend what a good detriment this has been for a village as well, a village he built and done and one that will never forget a work to that he dedicated his life.”

Hathout was a clinging interfaith romantic who worked with organizations and people via southern California to foster causes for assent and justice. In 1988 he co-founded a Muslim Public Affairs Council

“Thirty years ago, no Muslim personality other than he was articulate about he American Muslim identity, that home is where a grandchildren are lifted not where a grandparents are buried,” MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati pronounced in an email to HuffPost.

Hathout also helped found a Religious Coalition Against War in a Middle East in 1991 and served on a Board of Directors of a Interfaith Alliance and Claremont Lincoln University. He was a licence member of a Pacific Council on International Policy, a western partner of a Council on Foreign Relations and served as Chairman of a Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

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Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life during a University of Southern California, remembered Hathout as a preeminent coach for many in a interfaith village of southern California. In an email to The Huffington Post, Soni wrote:

“Maher Hathout was an interfaith idol and an envoy of eremite pluralism in a city of Los Angeles, a many religiously different city in a world. He grown critical and vital relations with eremite leaders and communities via southern California, and desirous people to work together to grasp their common goals, hopes, and aspirations. For those of us who do interfaith work in Los Angeles, he was a good coach and leader, and a lives and work have been immeasurably enriched since of his wisdom, insight, and courage.”

Many commended Hathout for his ability to sojourn grounded in tradition Islamic texts while compelling a pluralistic trail brazen for a American Muslim community.

“He pennyless from traditions that became informative container from unfamiliar countries. Yet he formed his views on tradition texts such as a Quran and a real traditions of Prophet Muhammad,” Al-Marayati reflected. “He was eremite in his tact and eremite in his amicable interactions and used a ethics of his faith to have a on-going opinion for American Muslims.”

Hathout explored a divinity of his possess faith in his papers as good as in a podcast

Hathout was a initial Muslim invited to give a invocation prayer

Hathout is survived by his mother Dr. Ragaa Hathout, his children Gasser and Samer, and his grandchildren Heba, Laith, Dean and McKenna. His family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be done to a Islamic Center of Southern California or a Muslim Public Affairs Council.

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