In Memory of Dr. Farooq Selod


April 5th, 2020

Today, organizations around the globe will highlight Giving Tuesday Now, to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits.

We instead will give pause to honor an individual who embodied these characteristics each and every day. It is with heavy hearts that IMANA leadership shares news of the passing of one of our beloved founders and janaza (funeral services) today of Dr. Farooq Selod.

It is a loss that will be felt by many, as he founded and supported many patients and causes within our community. Dr. Selod was one of IMANA’s greatest champions. He served as President of the organization from 2004-2005, and was always an advocate of IMANA’s international conventions. The loss we feel today is profound.

Individuals such as Dr. Selod, not only shine as an example of charity, one of main tenants of our faith, but also encourage others through their silent leadership to emulate it. While many travel paths forged by greatness, few Muslims in America have been true trailblazers creating opportunity through kindness and charity that have sincerely touched all those around them. In this blessed month of Ramadan we say a prayer for a man (Fatiha shared below) who impacted humanity in his blessed life.

Bismil laahir rahmanir raheem

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Al hamdu lillahi rabbil ‘aalameen

Praise be to God, Lord of the universe

Ar rahmaanir raheem

Most gracious, Most merciful

Maaliki Yawmid deen

Master of the Day of Judgement

Eyyaaka na’budu, wa eyyaaka nasta’een

You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help

Eh’deenas siraatal mustaqeem

Guide us in the right path

Seeratal ladhina an’amta ‘alayhim; Ghayril maghdoobi ‘alayhim waladdaaleen

The path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers.