Imam Johari’s Comments at the Memorial for President Hugo Chavez in Washington, DC

Death provides an opportunity for reconciliation among the living to reflect upon the best of a mans deeds.
 
My grandparents are from a small island off the coast of South America called, Barbados.
One of my Muslim friends is a senior official in the health department there and said,
 
“Pres Chavez made a big difference in the health and education of the poor and working-class man and woman-that’s what he will be remembered.
 
Shhhhhhh………
Many people don’t know that one of the largest mosque in South America is Venezuela.
There are 100,000 Muslims living in Venezuela.
 
We echo the statement of President Carter when he said;
 
“…….as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable …”
 
“We came to know (Pres. Chavez as) a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized,” 
 
“We have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.”
 
The prophet Muhammad said, 
You are not a believer, if you go to bed with your stomach full and your neighbor is hungry.
 
Today, I met a young Venezuelan man, He said His parents brought him to America when he was 10 years old.
 
He said, “Certainly the people of Venezuela must love him because so many came out to his Memorial”
 
The prophet Muhammad 
Upon the authority of Abu Huraira, the prophet said
All of the deeds of the sons and daughters of Adam end at death, except for three acts….
Perpetual acts of charity (building a school, a hospital, a house of worship…..)
Knowledge that benefits (scholar, thinker or leader that develops something that people use to improve life) and
Righteous children.
 
We pray for the family of Hugo Chavez and for the success of people of Venezuela 

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