Marghoob Ahmad Quraishi Passes Away

Muslims all over the United States mourned the passing of Marghoob Quraishi on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Marghoob Quraishi was born in India and moved to Pakistan soon after the partition of the subcontinent. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Pakistan, he came to California in 1960, via London and Montreal, for his graduate studies in business and finance at Stanford University.

After completion of his master's degree, he started his own firm in the area of business and financial consulting. Mr. Quraishi's social activism dated back to his college days. His prime concern was social issues facing the Muslim world in general and the American Muslim community in particular. Over the past 45 years, he was involved in founding and organizing a host of American Muslim institutions throughout the US, especially in California. He was one of the founders of the Muslim Students Association, the United Muslims of America organization and the Muslim Student Network internship program in Washington, DC.

In addition, he founded the summer Muslim Youth Camp and the Islamic School at Stanford, both of which have been in operation for the last 40 years. He established and was the Executive Director of the Strategic Research Foundation, a major Muslim think tank. He edited Muslim journals, Al-Manar and Geopolitic Reviews.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Quraishi was an exemplary and self-effacing pioneer of the American Muslim community. He is survived by his wife, Renae Iffat Quraishi, who has been an active equal partner, three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 29th, 2005 at Zuhr time at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara. His death has been widely mourned.

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