A TRIBUTE PAID BY ALHAJ MOHAMED
NATHOO, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE DAR ES SALAAM JAMAAT ON BEHALF OF THE
JAMAAT ON 3RD FEBRUARY, 2008 TO MARHOOM ALHAJ MUALLIM AHMED ISSA HASHAM
FOR HIS SCHOLARLY ISLAMIC SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY ON THE SECOND DAY OF
HIS DEMISE IN DAR ES SALAAM
My Elders and Brothers,
The profound consolation in a true condolence on the occurrence of any
death is a mention of the fact stated in the holy Qur'an: Inna Lillaah
wa Inna Elayhi Rajeoon. We are from Allah swt and our return is to Him.
The consolation is that He is the Arhamu-r-Rahimeen. A deceased Muslim
is therefore known as Marhoom or Marhooma.
Alhaj Muallim Ahmedbhai Issa Hasham has left us, after a short illness,
to return to his Rabb to embrace the abundance of His Rehma.
Marhoom has proved himself exemplary as a role model for the youth in
the community first in Zanzibar and then in Dar es Salaam.
He started his longing for ilm like any other maddressa student when he
was in Zanzibar. But after graduation at the Fsaize Ithna-asheri
Maddressa, he embarked upon the enormous task of self-education and ably
proved himself later to be an Islamic scholar by his own right.
In the beginning, he sought the basic ilms in fiqhi issues from the then
prominent Resident Alim in Zanzibar, now Marhoom Seyyed Jabir Hassan who
was his mentor.
Like any other Alim of a high standard, he was linguist by
self-attainment in the improvement of Urdu, Arabic and Farsi, of course,
apart from English, Gujarati and Kiswahili which are our traditional
While he was still in his twenties during 1950s, Marhoom led a team of
young brothers who included Muallim Mohamed Hussein Kermali for
translating a book on common masaael from Farsi into Gujarati. Agha
Nashirul Islam read the book from Farsi to the team at a numerous
sitting of translation in the mosque after the salaat.. The book when
published was given the title of Nurul Hidayah and proved very popular
in the community in East Africa.
Marhoom kept himself abreast of the masael of each of the four maraje of
the time and was a personafied moving “book” of fiqhi masaael. He gave
immediate answers to any fiqhi question without the need for any
reference to the books such was his interest, capacity and memory for
Marhoom despite his advancing age continued to volunteer to act as the
guide in masaael to the yearly group of Hujjaj for a number of times and
indeed the last one was only two months back.
He conducted the congregational prayers as and when requested by the
Jamaat and delivered series of lectures on various occasions in the
mosque, mostly in Gujarati.
Marhoom always made himself accessible by telephone and personal
attendance to anyone who had questions regarding fiqhi masaael and other
Whatever, the length of life, this life is after all a fleeting moment.
It is however, to what use in the cause of Islam one dedicates his life
that makes that fleeting life memorable even after one's death. Marhoom
Ahmedbhai is that one personality who has left us but the memory of his
services will linger on as an example for others to follow.
In return for his services and dedication, we fuqraa in the sight of
Allah swt have nothing to offer except prayers for him, The best reward
is from Allah swt Whose treasure never diminishes.
May Allah swt rest the departed soul in the abundance of His Mercy and
in the proximity of the Masumeen a.s. and grant patience to the family.
Not only they but the community too is bereaved by his demise; but then
what is most certain in this world is the taste of death for every
Sura e Fatiha.