LAHORE Veteran Islamic scholar, writer of a large number of religious books and founder of Tanzeem-e-Islami Dr Israr Ahmed passed away here early Wednesday morning. According to his son, Dr Israr was suffering from backache and heart disorders for a long time and he felt severe back pain again on Tuesday night but he refused to go to the hospital. However, Dr Aamir Aziz examined him at his residence. The renowned scholar breathed his last at 3:30am. Despite being an MBBS doctor, he dedicated his life to the study and teaching service of Holy Quran and Hadith. The 78-year-old scholar has left behind four sons and five daughters. Dr Israr was born on April 26, 1932 in Hissar (a district of East Punjab, now a part of Haryana) in India. He graduated from King Edward Medical College (now university) in 1954 and later got Master degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Karachi in 1965. During the Independence Movement, Israr worked briefly for Muslim Students Federation, and following the creation of Pakistan in 1947, for the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) and then for the Jamaat-e-Islami. Since an early age, he was influenced by the founder Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed Abul Ala Maududi. In 1971, Dr Israr Ahmad gave up his medical practice to devote himself to the service of Islam. In 1972, he helped in establishing the Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Quran (Society of the Servants of the Holy Quran) Lahore. He also founded the Tanzeem-e-Islami in 1975. This he did after developing differences with Maulana Maududi. That is why, initially the Tanzeem-e-Islami was considered to be an offshoot of the Jamaat-e-Islami. During his stint with the Maulana, he remained Nazim-e-Ala of the IJT. After finishing his studies, he became a member of JI. The founder of the Society of the Servants of the Holy Quran, also headed Quran Academy, which has developed into a chain of academies in Pakistan. Dr Israr Ahmed relinquished the leadership of Tanzeem-e-Islami in October 2002 because of bad health and his son, Hafiz Aakif Saeed, is the present Amir of the organisation to whom all rufaqaa (fellows) Tanzeem had renewed their pledge of Baiyah. Dr Israr first appeared on Pakistan Television in 1978 in a programme called Al-Kitab. This was followed by other programmes, known as Alif Lam Meem, Rasool-e-Kamil, Umm-ul-Kitab and the most popular of all religious programmes in the history of Pakistan Television, the Al-Huda, which made him a household name throughout the country. Israr was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1981. He wrote a large number of books in Urdu on various aspects of Islam and Pakistan. He devoted his life to the revival of the caliphate. His supporters say he spent the last forty years actively engaging himself in reviving the Quran-centred Islamic perennial philosophy and worldview with the ultimate objective of establishing a true Islamic State, or the Caliphate. Dr Israr was sceptical of the efficacy of parliamentary politics of give-and-take and wanted establishing an Islamic politico-socio-economic system. Controversy also accompanied statements he had made about Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (RA), Jews and conflict with non-Muslims. He was well-known among Muslims across the world for his profound knowledge of the Quran and contemporary affairs. He has delivered lectures on Islam in almost all the parts of South Asia as well as in the Middle East, Europe and America. His series on the interpretation of the Holy Quran, the Bayaan-ul-Quran, is famous and is being aired by various TV channels. He was also often seen on Peace TV, a Mumbai based 24/7 Islamic channel broadcast internationally. His Namaz-e-Janaza was held after Asr prayer at Khalid Market Ground, Model Town Extension. His funeral, led by his son Hafiz Aakif, was prominently attended by the JI leaders including Syed Munawwar Hassan, Liaqat Baloch, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Hafiz Idrees, Head Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S) Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, MNA Naseer Bhutta and other notables of the society, and a large number of Dr Isrars followers. He was buried at the local graveyard in the evening.