AMIN UL HAQ, M. D.

On Sunday, February 17, 2019, our much loved Amin Ul Haq, M. D. passed away of natural causes at his home in Delaware at 4:04pm. He was buried in the Islamic tradition at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware on 2/18/2019 at approximately 2 pm. Prior to burial, prayers were held at the Islamic Society of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. Reception followed at his home.
He is survived in life by his beloved wife of 37 years, Mary Beth Haq, PhD, FNP. She nursed him through his declining health this past year and honored his wish to die at home. She was with him at his bedside as he took his last breath. His cat, Goldie, remained on his bed, facing the door, until the funeral home persons arrived.
Dr. Haq was born on April 23, 1942 in Mahlpur, India. His family migrated to Pakistan during partition and settled first in the village of Bhaun, then Chakwal, and eventually residing in Lahore, Pakistan.
He is survived by brothers Izhar Qureshi (wife Rehanna), Riaz ul Haq Qureshi, and Sabih ul Haq Qureshi (wife Farzana). One sister (Nasim Fardaus, Begum Inayatullah) died in the 90s. His father was Shams ul Haq Qureshi, M. D. who was a member of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps, and then a much loved and respected general practitioner physician in Bhaun and Chakwal. His mother, may God rest her soul, died in the 90s.
He spent the last approximately 18 years of his life as a spiritual seeker expressing a profound love for God. He expanded his beliefs and practices to include all religious writings, practices and meditation. His greatest desire was to serve God and to communicate with him. Dr. Haq wrote many blogs on this subject starting on April 6, 2008, and these are available at www.afnta-questforallah.blogspot.com which he describes as a “an aspirant’s several years search for Allah, made possible by His grace/mercy and not through any efforts of the seeker”. He dedicated his blog writings to “MB’ who was his wife and he wrote that she “sustained me in this effort”. He wrote his blogs to express his feelings and to ‘tell the world the goodness of God”.
He wrote beautiful, spiritual chants and poetry that demonstrate his agony over being a seeker of God’s truth and love but also to glorify that love. These 10 chants can be found on ‘YouTube.com’ under the name “Mkadk.afnta” . The meanings of this acronyms are known only to him.
Dr. Haq was a graduate of the Liaquat Medical College in Jamshoro, Hyderabad Sind with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) 1960 – 1965. He was deeply indebted to his brother, Izhar Qureshi, for his loving support and participation in the long trip to medical school for his application and interview. He never forgot Izhar’s contribution to his career and always fondly gave him full credit for this part of his life.
Right at this time of medical school graduation, war had broken out between East Pakistan and Pakistan. Immediately after graduation, Amin and a group of medical school friends rushed to the war office to immediately sign up in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. He found out that a good friend had beaten him to this office and received the number one on his Army number. Amin would have a number 2. They all filled out their paperwork and made to go for a celebration and was quickly and sternly reminded that they ‘were In the army now’ . They had to wait in the office till closing time. He was granted his commission in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps on November 13, 1965 and released from the Army on February 11, 1971 as a reservist. In May 1971, war broke out again and Amin quickly signed up again to go to the battlefront as an Army Medical Officer.
Amin had the unique and well-known distinction of re-enlisting to go to war this second time and be at the battlefront. This was extremely unusual for a reservist to volunteer to return to East Pakistan. Many Army personnel knew this reputation. On our 1982 honeymoon, we landed our plane in Quetta which had military restrictions at that time. Unbeknownst to us as we left the plane to stand on the tarmac, many Army Officers and soldiers where waiting in the large airport building and were watching us. When they learned who we were, especially that Dr. Amin was there; many came out to meet him personally.
In the second war between East Pakistan (Bangledesh) and Pakistan, India intervened and all was lost. Thousands of Pakistan soldiers were rounded up and placed in prisoner of war camps all throughout India. Amin was a POW for 2 years. He was the only reservist to be held as a POW. A group of his village, Army friends learned that Amin was in the camps. They were locked away in more fortified buildings because they were special forces commandos. They were able to get him transferred to their group and Mary Beth gives them full credit for taking loving care of him and saving his life at this dreadful time. A special thank you goes to Brigadier Muhammad Iqbal (Ret’d), Major Faruq Hashmi, Brig. M. Akrum and Brigadier Yasub Ali Dogar. Please note that all Pakistan Army members mentioned here are all retired.
Amin never would talk about his time as a POW. The only story he would tell was waiting for them to get the transfer on the last train of men to return home and that he was POW camp Scrabble champion Someone in the camp had cut up the game squares from a plastic bucket and knew of the scoring.
After the war, Amin worked in private medical practice and had developed a strong, unrelenting desire to dedicate his life to medical science. He knew he had to go to America. He worked for a short time as a Resident Medical Officer in the Intensive therapy ward in Central Government Hospital in Rawalpindi as he applied for dispensation from the Army and studied to pass the exam that would get him to America.
On April 14, 1976, he received the ‘No Objection Certificate’ for medical doctors going abroad from the Ministry of Labour, Manpower, Health, and Population Planning in the Government of Pakistan. He had been issued a visa from the US government.
In 1976, Amin migrated to America with the support again of his brother Izhar and wife Rehanna who were living in State College, PA while Izahr obtained his Master’s degree in Geology. He worked as a House Physician for one year at St. Luke’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
He advanced his medical training with his internship at Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Two more years followed in a residency at Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, NJ where he met Mary Beth.
Dr. Haq was accepted for a three-year Fellowship in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. This was exceptional for a foreign medical graduate to be accepted into one of the four existing cancer research hospitals at that time. He would become a researcher as well as develop his clinical expertise in both Hematology and Oncology. He worked under the direction and collaboration with John J. Rinehart. M. D. and Stanley P. Balcerzak. M. D.
He became a Diplomate in the American Board of Internal Medicine (1980), American Board of Hematology (1982). American Board of Oncology (1983) and American Board of Geriatrics (1994).
Dr. Haq published over 19 cancer research publications on topics such as T-cell subset modulation, human monocytes, secretion of Interleukin, gamma interferon effects on IL-1 secretion, IL-1 synthesis, etc. His research grant awards totaled close to $200,000 over an 8-year period.
Dr. Haq was a Staff Physician at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, LA and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Louisiana State University Hospital from 1983 to 1988.
He then became a Staff Physician at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center, East Orange, NJ and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ from 1988 to 2005. He loved working at the VA Hospitals and loved the veterans. Many times he would go beyond medical care to help Veterans who came to him. His wife would get a phone call asking her to get a special dinner or dessert for a veteran who had a wish for outside food.
Amin maintained long lasting loving friendships that sustained him in later life with joyful, teasing remembrances by phone or personal visits. He would be blessed to meet with them and or their children as they migrated or visited America. (Edison, Noor Hussein Minhas, Dr. M. Sharif Khan, Lt. Col. Dr. Shafique Bhatty, Lt. Col. M. Aslam, Col. Manzur Bakhshi, Harbakhsh Satia Singh, Brig. M. Irshad Ali, Imtiaz Chaudry, Dr. M. Yaqub Jaffar, Lt.Col. Abdul Jabbar, Dr. H. A. Janjua, Dr. Kundan Manocha, Dr. M. Mehrullah, as well as those mentioned before).
Services were held at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, Wilmington, Delaware; the Islamic Society of Delaware, Newark, DE; and burial at Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Islamic Society of Delaware, 28 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713.
In closing, Amin loved all religious practices that brought one closer to God and that which showed a love for God. He believed in truth in all things and forgiveness. In the last 2 years of his life, he was horrified and anguished over the Godlessness of current events in America. He would want me to share his last work with you all;
Beliefs and Code of Conduct by Amin ul Haq, M. D. 2018
1. Love God and constantly ask for His help.
2. Do your duty 100%.
3. Do not take a thing that does not belong to you.
4. Speak the truth as much as you can.
5. Help others as much as you can. Private individuals are prohibited from charging interest on loans.
6. Abstain from tobacco, alcohol, drugs and addictive substances; except if medically necessary. Gambling and betting on card games is prohibited.
7. No more than 2 children and raise them to be good citizens of the world.
8. Be kind to animals. Kill them for food, to protect yourself, or to relieve their suffering.
9. Be faithful to your spouse. No more than one wife/husband at any given time.
10. Treat persons of differing religions, race, ethnicity, gender, professions, and caste with equality.
11. Care for your parents and grandparents in their old age.
12. Work hard.
13. To understand others, try to put yourself in their shoes. Before reaching a conclusion, listen to both sides. As Ghazali pointed out, human nature is defective; one tends to accept those arguments which supports one’s point of view and rejects those of opposing side.