Professor Dr. Allamah Nasir Hunzai passes away at the age of 100


Allama Nasir Hunzai passes away

Baba-e-Burushaski (father of Burushaski language) Professor Dr. Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai, famously known as Allamah Nasir Hunzai, has passed away at the age of 100. Just a few weeks back, Barak Obama — the President of United States — had sent him wishes on his 100th birthday.

Allamah Nasir was living in the United States where he breathed his last. According to a Facebook status posted by his son, the demised scholar wished to be buried in his hometown of Hyderabad in Hunza valley. His body will be brought to Hunza from Austin, Texas, in a few days followed by his burial according to Ismaili Muslim traditions.

Allamah Nasir was born and raised in Hyderabad, Hunza valley. He was never formally educated but wrote over a hundred books and made earliest contributions towards Burushaski literature. During his youth, he had also served in Gilgit Scouts. He is also the first person to translate the Holy Quran into Burushaski language.

Allama Nasir had an honorary doctoral degree awarded by the University of Montreal in recognition of his extensive work on Burushaski language and other religious writings.

The Government of Pakistan conferred upon him Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award in Pakistan.

Some of his later literature was highly controversial leading to a severe public reaction.

In 2013, his organization Khana-e-Hikmat was banned and accounts were frozen by the government of Pakistan under Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997. Khana-e-Hikmat was among the 7 banned organizations from Gilgit-Baltistan and 59 from entire Pakistan.


Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him of Twitter @ihunzai.

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  1. It is true that Khana-I-Hikmat was placed on Pakistan’s Terrorist/banned organizations. The Interior Home Minister who himself is on the record stated that he was approached by the council members who consider them to be a terrorist group. The police were bribed to arrested DKH members to be tortured and jailed them for gathering, during the chirag-i-roshan ritual. No terrorist activity has been done by DKH, they had gathered for the morning prayer at their (Allamah Nasir Hunzai) ancestral grazing land which serves also as the polo ground which is where the didar took place, and the land was given to Hazar Imam and Hazar Imam gave the Land back to the people of Hunza. DKH members do Zhikr all night and went to the polo ground where the didar took place before sunrise rise for morning prayers. They numbered about 40 including women and children. Where they were interrupted by over 200 Ismaili Volunteer members and Scouts as well as other jamaati leaders carrying sticks and stones instigated by the council members. Many DKH members were seriously hurt with broken ribs while protecting Dr. Faquir Muhammad Hunzai and his wife Rashida from Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. who were among them. After a costly legal process DKH has been able to remove themselves off the Pakistani terrorist list over a year ago. If you don’t believe me check for yourself here.
    http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/terroristoutfits/group_list.htm
    It is the DKH and Jamat that have been the real victims of these council members. So, brother, I request you to edit this post and stop spreading the false stories of DKH being a Terrorist Group/banned organizations which has no substance to it.

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