13th July 2013
The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) is saddened at the devastating loss of one of Leicester’s spiritual leaders, Imam Mohamedbhai Peerbhai known as Maulana Gora Sahib, who passed away late on Friday night at the age of 70. Maulana Gora Sahib’s funeral took place on Saturday 13th July 2013 attracting approximately 10,000 people.
This is a massive loss that will be felt by the community at large. Maulana Gora Sahib was one of the very first Imams in Leicester and as such he played a pivotal part in the growth and integration of the Muslim community of Leicester. He was a most learned and humanitarian individual who inspired reverence and respect from many thousands of people for his actions such as the early promotion of inter-faith iftaars as well as his refusal to get drawn into issues of contention between different schools of thought.
The presence of many thousands of people at Spinney Hill Park for his funeral is testament to his popularity and legacy. He leaves behind a family who have become themselves an integral part of the Muslim community. Maulana Gora Sahib’s death has left a void in the hearts of many people who will badly miss his knowledge, wisdom and leadership. At this most difficult time we wish to extend our condolences to the family of Maulana Gora Sahib as well as the community at large.
Maulana Gora spoke and taught the Muslim community about the need to be loyal to the UK and to contribute towards its advancement. He supported efforts to create a more cohesive society where Muslims would participate fully.
The FMO would like to extend its gratitude to the many volunteers that assisted with the smooth running of the funeral and would like to say a special thank you to Leicestershire Police for all their assistance in relation to their assistance with the funeral.
Suleman Nagdi MBE DL