The New York Muslim community has announced the death of Imam Ayub Abdul Baki, a revered spiritual leader known for his dedication to faith and community. Imam Baki’s passing on August 22, 2023, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens has left a profound void in the hearts of those who knew him.
Imam Shamsi conveyed the news with the popular traditional Islamic obituary alert, “innaa lillahi wa inaa ilayhi roji’un,” as he informed the community of Imam Baki’s departure. The announcement prompted an outpouring of condolences and prayers from community members.
Imam Ayub Abdul Baki’s legacy was defined by his commitment to serving both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. A man of action rather than words, he believed in the power of service and kindness to foster unity among diverse communities.
“Imam Baki was a quiet soldier of Allah, SW, and only spoke when necessary. He served his community, Muslims and non-Muslims, to the best of his ability,” said Sheikh Musa Drammeh, an interfaith leader and founder of the Muslim Media Corporation.
Imam Baki’s selflessness was evident in his involvement in preventing an autopsy on the late Dr. Alphahim Diop, showing his respect for religious customs and the wishes of the departed.
Imam Ayub Abdul Baki’s passing leaves a void not only within the Muslim community but also in the broader New York community where his impact reached far and wide. As news of his death spreads, individuals from various walks of life are joining to remember and honor a life that set an inspiring example.
During this time of grief, the community’s thoughts and prayers are with Imam Baki’s family, friends, and all who knew him. As the New York Muslim community gathers to mourn his passing, they also celebrate the profound influence he had on countless lives and find solace in the legacy he leaves behind.