“Crazy John” Ilhan has died

Ina lilah wa ina illahi raje’oon. “Crazy John” Ilhan, a prominent Australian Muslim businessmen who became one of the richest men in the country, passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 42 from what appears to be heart failure. One can read tributes from various community leaders can be read here and here. The Age have a summary of his life today as does the Sydney Morning Herald.

Obviously, unmentioned in the various media tributes is that he also gave very generously to Islamic projects and causes. In the late nineties, for example, he sponsored Ahmad Deedat’s visit to the country.

Update: His funeral will be at Broadmeadows Mosque this coming Friday after dhuhr prayer.

3 comments ↓

#1 Shadower on 10.24.07 at 11:21 pm

Allah yerhamu

#2 Scuzlim on 10.25.07 at 9:54 am

What do you call a dead muslim? A good start…

#3 brother on 10.26.07 at 11:21 am

Subhan’Allah, just the night before i viewed him on a current affairs program and it was positive to see a successful business and family man from the muslim community.

We must look at this situation and remind ourselves about the one thing we are sure of, death.

Death can come to us at any time, hence we must be prepared for it, not later, not tomorrow but now.

And to the brothers family and for us all, a small reminder:

“Surely, Allah takes what is His, and what He gives is His, and to all things He has appointed a time, so have patience and be rewarded” (Al-Bukhari)

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