The Fiji Times » Fiji’s Muslim community bids farewell to leader
Hundreds of Muslims, supporters and friends paid their last respects to the late National Chairman of the Muslim League of Fiji, Hafizud Dean Khan, who was laid to rest yesterday in Nadi.
Mr Khan, who died after a short illness in Lautoka Hospital on Sunday, received a farewell that brought together Fijians and expats from all walks of life.
While describing their late president, the senior vice-president of the Muslim League of Fiji, Nisar Ali, said serving the Muslim community was Mr Khan’s pride and joy.
“While he was a member of so many statutory councils, the chairmanship of the Fiji Muslim League was the feather in his hat,” Mr Ali said.
“According to him, it was his religious vocation and his obligation to serve the Muslim community.
“He ensured that the small Muslim community was intact and vigorously promoted unity among Muslims, its branches, its members and within the framework of its constitution.
“He was a strong advocate for transparency and accountability for all league assets.”
Mr. Khan was the founder and chairman of the Hexagon Group of Companies.
He has held several positions, including a Senate seat in Parliament in 2005 and 2006.
He was Chairman of the Board of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, a member of the Fiji National Tourism Board, the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association and served on the Public Service Commission Advisory Forum .
In 2017, he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Fiji by the then President of Fiji, Jioji Konrote.
He was 72 years old.