Sad Demise of a Noble Lady

Mrs. Salima Faruqui passed away in Lahore

The Message, September 1990 Issue, pp. 13–14

It is with profound sorrow that we inform our readers that Mrs. Salima Faruqui, wife of our honoured and learned elder, the late Mian Naseer Ahmad Faruqui, passed away on 23 July 2005 in Lahore, Pakistan after a month’s illness.

اِنَّا لِلّٰہِ وَ اِنَّاۤ اِلَیۡہِ رٰجِعُوۡنَ

We are from Allah, and to Him we eventually return.”

Mrs. Faruqui was a noble, humane, hospitable and distinguished lady who was devoted to the cause of Islam and the Ahmadiyya Movement. She was also well-known for her social work towards the welfare and education of destitute women and orphan girls. She was the Founder-President of a premier charitable institution of Pakistan called Behbood (literally, welfare and care).

Our late learned brother, Mr. Naseer Ahmad Faruqui, was a distinguished officer of the Indian Civil Service, and after the creation of Pakistan, he rose to eminent positions in the Service. In spite of being the wife of a most privileged Civil Servant, Mrs. Faruqui led a simple and down-to-earth life and silently worked for the welfare of her husband’s subordinates and destitute women and she also took an active part in supporting many charitable institutions. It was only after her husband retired from the Service and settled in Lahore that she founded a proper charitable institution, Behbood, for providing education, industrial skills and an honourable life to destitute women and orphan girls. For more than thirty-five years she devoted her time and energy in developing various sections of this institution to provide education, industrial skills in handiwork to destitute women and orphan girls so that they can live an economically independent and honourable life in society.

In order to create a sense of self-respect and independence, Mrs. Faruqui took special interest in developing small-scale industrial units and encouraged women and young girls to learn how to run them independently or in groups, so that in future they will not be dependent on anyone.

After the 1965 War, this institution provided commendable social work and financial support to the members of the bereaved families of soldiers who had laid down their lives in defence of their motherland.

At the moment, several schools, industrial homes and welfare centres are being funded and run by Behbood. Mrs. Faruqui, in spite of her failing health, continued her patronage to see this institution grow and extend its welfare programmes.

She took an equally active part in the activities of the Ahmadiyya Women’s Organisation of Lahore and attended its executive and general meetings regularly. Her towering personality and zeal always inspired other ladies to continue their efforts for a noble cause. She was a very devout Ahmadi and contributed generously towards appeals made by the Central Anjuman from time to time. In accordance with the wishes of her late husband, she bequeathed a very valuable property in a posh area of Lahore to the Central Anjuman, Lahore, and thus proved that she sacrificed her time, energy and even her property for the cause of Islam.

Funeral prayers for Mrs Faruqui were led by Hazrat Ameer Prof. Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed at the Darus Salaam Masjid, New Garden Town, Lahore and her body was laid to rest in the Darus Salaam Ahmadiyya Cemetery.  May Allah shower His choices blessings on the departed soul and grant her an honourable place in Paradise.