“Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajeeun”
“To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return”
(Holy Qur’an, Surah Al Baqarah 2:156)
A dedicated IUVC Volunteer bids farewell to this World
The Secretariat received with deep sadness the news of the death of Sajjad bhai Mohammed, he passed away suddenly in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, 15th September 2019 (15th Mahe Muharram 1441 AH), and was buried the same day.
Sajjad bhai chose his life to serve as a Volunteer, starting from a very young age when he joined the Ithna-Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) in Dar es Salaam, he continued serving till his last day as he bid farewell to this World yesterday.
Africa Federation Vice Chairman, Alhaj Aunali Khalfan who was one of the pioneers of IUVC in early 70s, and has been a Captain and Chairman of IUVC and later as Hon. Secretary of Ithna-Asheri Union between 1970 to 1990 describes Sajjad bhai in the following words –
“Marhum Sajjad bhai Mohammed Haji – A very humble down to earth personality, there was no ‘NO’ word in his vocabulary. Marhum Sajjad bhai – popularly known as Sajjad Dheg was a junior volunteer of IUVC since late 70s and grew up through his hard work to become a Senior Volunteer in later years. Sajjad bhai’s deep commitment, devotion and dedication were exemplary. His selfless services knew no bounds. He started as a Volunteer under my Captainship in IUVC, and continued till he breathed his last, as he bid farewell to this World. He was awarded Best Volunteer of the Year awards a number of times for his high level discipline and selfless services. May Allah (SWT) grant him heavenly abode and place him in the proximity of Aeema-e-Tahireen (AS) and with the great Martyrs of Karbala, Ameen”.
His long illustrious services to Ithna-Asheri Union Volunteer Corps (IUVC) and Dar es Salaam Jamaat were immense; he served quietly with great dedication and with deep passion in the various sectors of IUVC and Dar es Salaam Jamaat. Sajjad bhai had great love for Azaah-e-Imam Hussain (AS) and would work round the clock to prepare for the Ayyam-e-Muharram, several days before moon sighting. Many times he would sleep in the Imambargha to make sure that the work is done properly; like putting up black cloth, street lights, and preparations for the stage for Ashura Juloos etc. He was also involved as a volunteer in the organization of the Hussain Day Programs, Bagamoyo Majlis, Ashura Juloos, Miladun-Nabii (SAWW), Mahe Mubarak of Ramadhan Iftar (tea and ujee – rub) and serving of Nyaz and Sabil diligently in Imambargha and in private functions whenever invited – year in year out.
It is very difficult to describe in words his devotion and dedication, suffice to say that the community has lost one of its best volunteers who shall be remembered for his humbleness and selflessness. His absence will create a big vacuum which shall not be easy to fill.
Sajjad bhai leaves behind a widow, one daughter and two sons.
The Secretariat conveys its sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Sajjad Bhai’s wife, children and his brother, Hussein Mohammed Haji.
We pray to Allah (SWT) to grant Marhum maghferat and place his soul amongst the blessed ones in the vicinity of Chaharada Masumeen (AS) and who continuously receives mercy and grace of Allah (SWT) – Ameen.
A request for Sura-e-Fateha for him and all other Marhumeen.
16th September 2019