PROFILES OF PROMINENT PERSONALITIES OF OUR COMMUNITY

ALHAJ NURMOHAMMED ALIBHAI WALJI - A DEVOTED COMMUNITY TRUSTEE

 
Alhaj Nurmohammed Alibhai Walji is also founding father of Hyderi Imambargha in the U.K. He was born in India (Bombay) in 1925. His family migrated to Mozambique when he was very young and he grew up in the East African environment. After spending some years in Mozambique, his family moved to Dar-es-Salaam.

Nurmohammed bhai comes from a family of devoted community workers. His father, Marhoom Alibhai Walji served as Mukhi of Dar Es Salaam Jamaat and in following the family tradition; he took keen interest in the community and became a Trustee of the Jamaat in Dar es Salaam.

Nurmohammed bhai migrated with his family to the U.K. in 1976 and settled in South London. He had keen interest in the local community affairs and became a Trustee of London Jamaat and Executive Member of Idara-e-Jafferia. He regularly attended functions at Hammersmith Imambargha in whatever weather conditions prevailed. He was however convinced of the need of local centers and was a prime mover of the establishment of Hyderi Imambargha.

When he became the Vice President of London Jamaat in 1986, his focus got immediately to the task of improving the usage of Hyderi Imambargha turning it into a lively centre. Sadly a few months later he suffered a heart attack and passed away. He was the first person in London Jamaat to die in office. His death deprived London of an experienced and committed leadership.

Marhoom has left a large family behind who have similar compassion towards the community as their father.  May Allah bless his soul, Ameen.
 
ALHAJ MOHAMMEDBHAI HUSSEIN IBRAHIM UKKA
 
Alhaj Mohammed Hussein Ibrahim Ukka was a prominent elder of Hyderi Imambargha. He was kind hearted, likeable and respected personality. He had immense feelings for the community and often contributed good constructive ideas in community gatherings looking at a larger interest of the community before anything else.

As a person with vast experience and intellectual attributes, he often wrote simulative articles in the Jamaat newsletters and other forums for the benefit of the community.
 
Mohammed Bhai was born in 1930 in a small village near Kampala, Uganda and enjoyed a progressive career in the accounts division of East Africa Airways (EAA) for 25 years. During the political turmoil in Uganda in 1970 he assisted our community members by facilitating air tickets to leave the country. He came to the U.K. in 1973 and settled in South London.

He took a keen interest in Idara-e-Jafferia and was also a Trustee for the Idara until he passed away in May 1987 and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery, outside London. May Allah bless his soul, Ameen.

Let us remember the above named dedicated volunteers and leaders of our community and all the past leaders, volunteers, social workers and all Marhumeen with Sura-e-Fateha for the maghferat of the departed souls.

Source:  Opening Ceremony of Husseini Shia Islamic Centre Souvenir Issue Newsletter December 1989.



Archives Secretariat appeals to all our esteemed readers, Jamaats & Institutions to send us profiles and photographs of past leaders, volunteers and social workers of our community who have served in various capacities in the past in the community. Also, of our community members who have excelled and renowned for their services to the community and humanity at large. Send to the AFED Secretariat on our email address stated above.


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