In memory of Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

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Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hafiz Manzoor Khalid, a lover of books who committed himself to promoting Islamic literature and sharing the Qur’an.

Khalid, as he was known by friends and family, was born in 1945 in Peshawar, Pakistan. At an early age he memorised the Qur’an, completing his hifz at 14 in Gujranwala, Pakistan.

In July 1967 Khalid moved to Blackburn, where he settled and soon married. In Blackburn Khalid worked for an engineering firm making Singer sewing machines and helped to establish a UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) centre where he led Taraweeh prayers. In 1974 he moved from Blackburn to Manchester and was involved in founding Masjid Khizra, before returning to Pakistan to care for his father in 1978.

Masjid Khizra, Cheetham Hill, Manchester

After deciding to move back to the UK in 1981, Khalid was asked to run the UKIM bookshop in Drummond Street, London, as its manager. A position he held for 17 years. And one that shaped the remainder of his life.

Islamic Book Centre, Drummond Street, London (1999)

Numerous people, from academics to community activists, recall the times they visited the shop during those years. Hafiz Khalid’s personal attention and guidance led to conversions, marriages and much shared knowledge. His gentle enthusiasm and admirable manners never forgotten.

In the 90s Khalid left the Drummond Street Book Centre to work alongside Afsar Siddiqui at TaHa Publishing before becoming a bus driver in London. A position away from his beloved books.

Fortunately, one of the regular customers to Drummond Street came calling. Farooq Murad, restructuring the Islamic Foundation Publications at the time, asked if he would leave London and join the Islamic Foundation in Leicester as Marketing Executive. A position he happily accepted, relocating his young family to the Midlands.

At home promoting Islamic literature, Hafiz Khalid performed his role with dedication and care. Helping to increase its distribution, and in 2007, playing a pioneering role in the successful creation of Kube Publishing.

Islamic Foundation, Markfield

Nineteen years later he retired from Kube Publishing, leaving a legacy in British Muslim books that few will match. During this time, his community activism never ceased: he completed a chaplaincy course at MIHE in the 2000s and went on to perform nikahs, Friday khutbahs and regularly attend UKIM events.

All of us blessed to know him will remember his gentle nature, endless enthusiasm for ‘fantastic books’, his compassion and restraint, and his love for the Qur’an.

Despite his constant smile, Khalid spent his final years living with an unknown condition. He was eventually diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and left this world on the morning of 13th of October 2018. We pray that Allah forgives his shortcomings and raises him up to the highest rank in paradise.

Hafiz Manzoor Khalid leaves behind his wife, Shahida Khalid, three children, Suhaib, Uways and Nadiyah, and six grandchildren. May Allah grant them all strength, fortitude and patience.

 

Haris Ahmad, Managing Director of Kube:

‘Hafiz Khalid was a perfect gem. Apart from being a book lover he had impeccable people skills and everyone used to warm to him. Even after he retired, his customers used to often ask about him. Over the past year, although he had been unwell, he still offered to help in any way he could and kept thinking about ways to further the cause. His work at Kube/Islamic Foundation was a lot more than just a job. It was a part of his life that he cherished dearly and saw it as part of his route to pleasing Allah by spreading His word. May Allah accept Hafiz Khalid’s efforts and grant him the highest place in Jannah – Ameen. He will be deeply missed.’

 

If you would like to add a personal reflection about Hafiz Khalid please send it to info@kubepublishing.com.

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  • R

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    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatu.

    We first met Brother Khalid in the early 1980’s.
    Fresh to Islam, my husband Rashid and myself discovered The Drummond Street Bookshop and it became the focus of many journeys from Liverpool to London.

    We looked forward eagerly to those visits and Brother Khalid welcomed us most courteously, many times offering us food and advice on which books to select.

    We were both teachers at that time and enjoyed establishing our own mini library at home!

    Later, when we opened The Olive Tree in Liverpool, my dream of working with books became a reality. We were unable to visit London as regularly and sadly lost touch with Brother Khalid.

    Imagine our delight in discovering that he had started working at The Islamic Foundation. It was a joy to hear his voice again – I always remember the humour in his voice and knew that he speaking through a smile!

    Our main memories of him?
    His gentleness, his courtesy, his humour and his enthusiasm. For us, new to Islam, he was a wonderful introduction to the Muslim community – no pressure, no severity, no rigidity- open, gentle, welcoming, thoughtful and full of humour.

    These attributes had a lasting impression on me and helped to form my own outlook in my dealings with others, both Muslim and non Muslim.

    We remember him with great affection and gratitude. He and his family remain in our thoughts, prayers and du’as.

    Wa salaam

    Somaia and Rashid McTeer
    Liverpool

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  • Suleman A Rahim

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    Assalamu alaikum

    Reading this obituary has been a revelation. I often talked with Brother Khalid on the phone when ordering books for Rolex Books Manchester. I was always impressed by the calmness and gentleness in his voice. I will miss that. However I did not know of his back story. UKIM, Khizra Mosque and Drummond St are all well known to me. My Uncle Abdul Rahim who passed away a few years ago was also involved in all of these. I imagine that the two must have met each other when Brother Khalid was working in Drummond St.
    May Allah accept all his good deeds and grant him Jannat ul Firdous, Ameen

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  • R

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    My husband and I knew him from our UCL days in London when the ISOC sold books from his shop in Drummond Street. Over the years we came to meet him regularly at his shop. He was a most courteous and kind person from whom we learnt much, through these interactions. Long after our university days, we were always pleased to see Uncle at national events or at Markfield. No matter how many years apart these chance encounters were, his warm greeting and time to talk to us made us nostalgic about the ‘Drummond St days’ and the precious, humble personalities we were honoured to know. Our duas for Uncle and his family.

    Suma Din

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  • R

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    May Allah out of HIS infinite mercy grant him Jannatul Firdous IA.

    I reckon it must be very hard for you all to loose a colleague who was like a fatherly image and had a vast experience in da’awa work.I can still remember his last email to us in August or September last year whereby he had said it was his last days at work, that he loved the most, after working for more than 30 years. We have never met in person with him but some of the bookshop volunteers had opportunity to have telephone conversation with him number of times and bonded as being our elderly friend.

    Indeed it was a shock to us as well when we received the sad news.
    Kindly accept our heartfelt condolences and please convey our sympathies to the family and the staff at your end. May the Almighty Allah grant the family including us all, Sabr, Inshallah

    Hujjat Bookshop

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