“The Loss of Tarek Al-Kadri showed us what is possible when you don’t give up. He showed us what we are capable of when we believe. He led by example. He loved, laughed, and lived with vulnerability, mercy, and humility. There was no other quite like him. Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong example and his call to never stop working for a better and more just world for all of us.”
– Arshia Ali-Khan, Interim CEO
The Loss of Tarek Al-Kadri
MLFA. Richardson, TX (June 14, 2021) – The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) mourns the passing of the President/Chairman of its Board of Directors, Tarek Reskan Mohammed Al-Kadri on June 05, 2021. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajeeoon (From God we came and to HIM we shall return). We pray that he be granted the highest-level Jannat Al Firdous and that his family will be enveloped with mercy, patience, and perseverance during this difficult time.
Mr. Al-Kadri was one of the co-founders of MLFA and has served as the Chairman of the Board since 2008.
There are no words that can do justice to the sadness we feel at this time at the loss of our dear brother, mentor, and friend Tarek Reskan Mohammed Al-Kadri. We will always remember him as a kind, thoughtful, and generous visionary leader—a man whose whole life was focused on serving humanity.
No matter who you were, you were made to feel like the most important person in the world when you were with Tarek. He always demonstrated sincere caring, knew how to make you laugh, and carried himself with humility and genuine kindness.
The sheer extent of Tarek’s humility and life-changing impact on those around him is becoming increasingly apparent as more and more people come forward to express their respect and to talk about the influence he has had on their lives. Many told us that Tarek’s Janaza/Funeral prayer was the largest congregation they had ever experienced in their lifetimes. The internet has been flooded with messages of condolences. It is clear that Tarek will be deeply missed by a great many people across the globe.
Arshia Ali-Khan, Interim Chief Executive Officer of MLFA says “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tarek, who led our Board with a great vision, a sharp mind, a pure heart, and absolute integrity. He led by example and was a role model for all of us at the Muslim Legal Fund of America. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and his six children. He will be so dearly missed.”
Tarek was a pillar in the greater Dallas area and has served on the boards of the North Texas Islamic Council, Islamic Association of North Texas, Islamic Services Foundation, and was a founding member of Pure Hands, a relief organization for Yemen. His absence will be greatly felt in the Muslim community in North America.
The Muslim Legal Fund of America joins the nation in mourning the loss of Tarek. We commit to creating a lasting legacy to honor him and his life’s work and to fight against injustice in all of its forms.