The Islamic communities of New York and New Jersey held a memorial service for former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mahdi 'Akef on September 25, in which he was hailed as a mujahid and a martyr by Sheikh Muhammad Al-Barr, Imam of the Mus'ab Bin Umayr Mosque in Brooklyn. Syrian-American political activist Dr. Fehmi Khairullah said that the Islamic nation has become "a target for a Zionist-Crusader-Zoroastrian attack" in America, Europe, and elsewhere, and called Mahdi 'Akef a "beacon illuminating our path." The service was posted on the Al-Jazeera Network's Facebook page.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Barr: "Oh Allah, grant him the status of a martyr. Oh Allah, place him in Paradise, in a seat of honor, near God Almighty.
"Oh Allah, he died as a mujahid for Your sake, so grant him the status of a mujahideen."
Dr. Fehmi Khairullah: "Allah said: 'Think not of those who were killed for the sake of Allah as dead.' Indeed, we consider the late [Akef] to be a martyr living with his Lord, not dead. Great scholars, such as Dr. Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef, are not only alive with their Lord, but when they pass away, they still remain on this Earth as beacons that illuminate the path for us all. I will not speak about the virtues of Dr. Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef. Those who spoke before me have said it all, and I am unworthy of talking about his virtues.
"But today, in this country, we have become a target for a Zionist-Crusader-Zoroastrian attack. It targets us here in America, in Europe, and everywhere. We should seek the legacy of those who have passed away, but remain here as beacons illuminating our path, so that we do not stumble, so that we can differentiate our enemies from our friends, and so that we can pave the way for future generations. The Islamic nation is the target of a great Crusader attack. It is not only the honorable ulema that are being killed in broad daylight, but also scientists, engineers, doctors, and nuclear scientists. They hunted down Iraqi scientists and killed them in their homes and abroad."