CIRCULAR NO: JMT/183/16
AFED SECRETARIAT MOURNS THE DEATH OF ALHAJ MOHAMED RAFIQ REHMATULLAH OF LUBUMBASHI – CONGO
INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAYHI RAJEEUN
It is with deep sorrow and grief that the Africa Federation received the sad news of the passing away of Alhaj Mohamed Rafiq Rehmatullah in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 6thFebruary 2016.
Marhum was born on 8th July 1959 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. Marhum Mohamed Rafiq bhai served as the President of Lubumbashi Jamaat from 2009 to 2015. He was instrumental in introducing a constitution in Lubumbashi Jamaat. Previously, he had also served as the Vice President of Kampala Jamaat and as the President of Goma Jamaat.
Marhum was a passionate and dedicated social worker with keen interest in charity work. He was a pioneer in the construction of the present Mosque in Lubumbashi.
Marhum was Zakir-e-Imam Hussain (AS) and used to recite Majlises in Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, Goma, Kisangani, Bujumbura, Johannesburg and Kampala Jamaat.
Marhum is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi, Chairman of the Africa Federation in his message of condolence to the family wrote:
“We are deeply grieved to receive the sad news of the demise of Alhaj Mohamed Rafiq bhai with whom we have been very closely associated for many years in the service of the community. Marhum was a dedicated and kind hearted social worker who always had the Community’s welfare at heart. He served in the various positions in the Community with zeal and devotion and his death has deprived the community of a caring and committed person, his departure from this world will leave a big vacuum which will be difficult to fill.
On behalf of my colleagues and myself, I am writing this letter to express our deep sympathies to you and to all the members of the family on this bereavement, which has befallen upon you”.
We pray to Allah (SWT) to grant Marhum maghferat and rest his soul amongst the infallibles – Charharda Masumeen (A.S.) and grant his family solace to bear this big loss.
Please let us remember Marhum in our prayers and let us recite Sura-e-Fateha to maghferat of his soul.