Prominent Muslim leader dies

2015-10-13 06:00
Shaykh Abd Al Rasheed Brown was a prominent leader and Qari and former imam at the Masjidul Quds in Gatesville and at Masjidus Sunni in Kromboom.

Shaykh Abd Al Rasheed Brown was a prominent leader and Qari and former imam at the Masjidul Quds in Gatesville and at Masjidus Sunni in Kromboom.

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The Muslim community of Athlone is in mourning after the death of Shaykh Abd Al Rasheed Brown on Wednesday last week.

Brown was a prominent leader and Qari (a person who recites the Qur’an with the proper rules of recitation). He was a great-grandson of Shaykh Abdullah Taha Gamieldien and great-grandson of imam Shah­ee­boe of the Chiappini Street Masjied.

Brown was an imam at the Masjidul Quds in Gatesville and at Masjidus Sunni in Kromboom.

He had ten siblings.

He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theology at Icosa before studying Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, and obtained diplomas in Management, Counselling and Conflict Management, HR Development and IT training.

Brown was an accomplished international speaker, lecturer and Qari.

SadnessThe Cape Town Islamic Education Centre (CTIEC) has expressed its sadness at Brown’s passing.

“We pray that Allah Almighty through the Wasila of His Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), grants him a lofty station in paradise. The CTIEC forwards its condolences to his family, followers and students,” the Centre says in a statement.

Khalifa Mufti Sayed Haroon Al Azhari, head of the Cape Town Ulama Board, and Hafez Zaid Sayed, deputy principal of the CTIEC, Shaykh Sayed Noor Ad Dusuqi, executive member of the CTIEC, Shaykh Sayed Ridhwaan Ziyaee, Zia ul Uloom and other officials of the CTIEC also expressed their deep sadness and prayed for Brown’s high rank in paradise and patience for South Africans at coming to terms with this loss.

“Words cannot express the sadness that the heart is filled with. As if the world is a strange planet where we no longer belong.

“He was one whose knowledge, sincerity and honesty gave us some comfort in this place; someone whom we could depend on for the knowledge of our religion; verily, he has departed from the company of the men of this earth to the company of the men of the Hereafter,” says the CTIEC.

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