Tribute to our Trustee: Sayed Eqbal Kadri

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness: we announce the loss of the Honourable General Secretary of Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre: Sayed Eqbal Kadri on Saturday 20th March (survived by his wife, Anwari Kadri and four children, Tasneem, Tabussum, Tahseen and Tanveer).

Marhoom Eqbal Kadri was a pioneer of this community, who touched so many people’s lives with his sincere dedication and devotion to serving the Deen of Allah S.W.T.

A giant amongst men, who supported the religion at all times, some of his notable service to this community is as follows:

  • Marhoom Eqbal moved to the UK in the early 1970s at a time when there was only a very small Muslim community in North West London
  • During the mid-1980s, he became a committee member and later rose to General Secretary, a position he has held for over 30 years
  • A key point of contact for organisations and the public, acting in many instances as the face of Hendon Masjid
  • Played a major role and facilitated the acquisition and move to the existing Masjid location on Brent View Road (previously on West Hendon Broadway). The newly renovated facilities provided 2 large prayer halls and a mezzanine floor for congregational worship, as well as space for the expanding Madrasah.
  • Instrumental  in broadening the Masjid’s services to incorporate the Mortuary and Youth Club on Park Road.
  • In the late 1990s, as the Muslim community grew in Hendon, there emerged a need for more formalised education for the Muslim youth.
  • To this end, he assisted in acquiring the Montagu Road school site in 2009 for the creation of a Muslim girls school (now Barnet Hill Academy) and which also allowed the expansion of Hendon Madrasah – which alhamdulillah as we now know caters for 500 plus students.

Marhoom Eqbal Kadri will truly be missed by all of us, he leaves an enormous vacuum for our organisation, but we pray his lifetime of dedication in the servitude of the House of Allah will inspire all of us and particularly the next generation to follow in his footsteps in serving the deen of Allah SWt. We humbly request that you remember him and his family in your special Duaa’s.

May Allah azza wa Jal forgive all of his sins, accept his good actions in accordance to his generosity, and build for him a home in Jannatul Firdous close to the Almighty; as he made the Masjid a home for the servants of Allah (Aameen).

​With Sincere Duaa’s

Jazaakumullaah & Was-Salaamu Alaykum

Trustees & Management Committee

Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre