Dr Ahmad Sakr, a veteran Muslim leader passed away on 23 November in Southern California.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Dr Sakr got his PhD from the University of Illinois.

He was a founding member back in 1960 and president of the Muslim Students’ Association of US & Canada as well as a founding member of the World Council of Mosques, Makkah. He was the first director and representative of the Muslim World League to the UN.

Dr Sakr continually served Muslim communities in the United States and Canada for more than five decades. His contributions include establishing communities, helping Mosques, schools, and various Muslim charities. In addition, Dr Sakr authored more than fifty books on variety of subjects that continue to benefit people across the country.

Dr Sakr, professionally a biochemist and nutritionist academic and researcher was the foremost Muslim American authority on food and nutrition and a board member of the Islamic food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). He was very active in interfaith work and made numerous radio and television appearances.

Funeral prayers were held on 24 November at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, Rowland Heights followed by burial at the La Verne Cemetery.

(Courtesy ICNA News Alert)