Maulana Bijlighar (Muhammad Ameer) died at 85 in Peshawar
Peshawar (Sunday, December 30, 2012) – Prominent religious scholar and distinguished orator Maulana Muhammad Ameer, popularly known as Maulana Bijlighar, passed away here Sunday after protracted illness. He was 85 years old.
His funeral would be offered at the Qayyum Stadium here today at 11am. The Maulana, a witty man and popular broadcaster due to his audio-cassettes containing his speeches, left behind three sons and three daughters to mourn his demise. He had been ill for almost two years. He was suffering from multiple diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and peptic ulcer.
Profile of Maulana Bijlighar
Maulana Bijlighar born in 1927 in Darra Adamkhel. He received his religious education at the Darul Uloom-e-Sarhad in Peshawar in 1950 and joined the institution as teacher and taught the Quran and Hadith.
He was an active member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and held various positions in the party. He remained provincial vice-president and district president of the party.
He was a close companion of Maulana Mufti Mahmood and played an active role in national politics, particularly in 1970s and afterwards. He was sent to jail four times for his political activities during Martial Law regimes.
He was the chief cleric at the main mosque in Bhana Mari locality in Peshawar where he used to deliver the Friday sermon. He was one of the most heard speakers in the province as people from far and wide used to come to the mosque to listen to his sermon.
He used to deliver speech in Pashto, though he was well-versed in Arabic, Persian, Hindko and Urdu.