Thursday, 27 November 2014

Obituary - Syeda Arefa Jamal (1954-2014)

Syeda Arefa Jamal (1954-2014)

Dr. Mozammel Haque

Mrs Syeda Arefa Jamal, (popularly known Mrs. Jamal), wife of Dr. Mozammel Haque, passed away on Thursday, 13th of November 2014 (Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elayhe Razeyoun).

Syeda Arefa Jamal was born in the Syed family of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1st January 1954. She was the niece (sister’s daughter) of Professor Syed Ali Ahsan, Professor Syed Ali Ashraf and Professor Syed Sajjad Husain.

Mrs. Jamal was very intelligent, talented lady and was top in her educational career. Mrs. Jamal was educated in Dhaka. She passed SSC examination in 1970 in First Division; passed I.A. examination in 1972 in First Division (stood first among the Girls in Dhaka Board) and graduated from the Dhaka University with Honours in Political Science in 1975 in Second Class.

Teaching Career
Mrs. Jamal loved research and teaching. She was working in a research project under Professor Dr. Rounaq Jahan, the then chairman of the Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka while she was still a student.

Mrs. Jamal was a talented lady.  When she came to Saudi Arabia and living in Makkah al-Mukarramah, her children used to go to a Cambridge-standard English Primary School, Jannatul Atfal (Children’s Paradise). The Principal of the School asked her to take classes. She started teaching there.

Same thing happened when Mrs. Jamal came to London with her husband in mid-80s. She was a very active lady. At home, Mrs. Jamal started teaching Qur’an and Arabic to small children of the locality. Many children of the locality learned Holy Qur’an from her.
Career at Bestway
Mrs Jamal was General Manager of the Bestway Cash and Carry. She joined the Bestway as Cash & Carry Assistant in 1991 and became the General Manager within 23 years after serving as Manager in Lewisham, Hackney and Barking branches. She earned the reputation, honour and respect through her principle, dedication, lovely behaviour, conduct and dealing with people of all walks of life.

After her demise, Mr. Gray Paul, on behalf of Internal Communications of Bestway, wrote the following letter on 20 November, 2014.

“It is with deep regret that Bestway announces the passing of Mrs Syeda Jamal, a much valued employee of the Bestway business.

Mrs Jamal began her career at Bestway over 20 years ago as a depot assistant in Croydon and worked in a number of branches throughout her career including Lewisham, Claremont and Barking leaving an indelible mark on all those who had the privilege of meeting her. Fittingly she returned to Croydon as general manager last year before being diagnosed with cancer.

Much loved by staff and customers alike, Mrs Jamal finally succumbed to her lengthy battle on Thursday evening of last week.

Our deepest condolences are with her family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

Letters of appreciation and acknowledgement of Mrs. Jamal’s work as well as condolence messages to her family are coming in which will be acknowledged with thanks in due course.

Performed Hajj in 1978
Mrs. Jamal was a very religious lady. She first performed Hajj along with her husband in 1978 and thereafter she performed Umrah several times during her stay at Makkah al-Mukarramah for more than eight years. The last Umrah she performed was in 2013 with her son.

Mrs Jamal was happy with everyone
The life of Mrs. Jamal is a symbol of interfaith. Among her friends, there were Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs. She was happy with everyone. There is a saying: “If everyone is happy with you, then surely you have made many compromises in your life’ and if you are happy with everyone, then surely you have ignored many faults of others.” From the friend circles of Mrs. Jamal, you can see the practical demonstration of this saying, her compromises in life and her ignorance of faults of others.

Pillar of strength of her husband
There is a saying, “Behind every successful man, there is always be a woman.” This is cent percent true in case of Mrs. Jamal’s husband. Mrs. Jamal was not only talented, intelligent and religious lady; she was the strength and pillar of her husband. Whatever contributions and achievements her husband made it was due to her single-handedly managing the house and children and at the same time she was a working lady.

Mrs Syeda Arefa Jamal, (popularly known Mrs. Jamal), wife of Dr. Mozammel Haque, passed away on Thursday, 13th of November 2014 (Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elayhe Razeyoun). Her Janaza was held at Croydon Mosque on Friday, the 14th of November 2014 after Jumah prayer and she was laid to rest on the same day after Asr prayer. Her admirers, friends and colleagues came at the Croydon Mosque to attend the Janaza and show their last respect and good bye.

Mrs. Jamal left behind her husband Dr. MOZAMMEL HAQUE, one son, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Last Sunday, 16th of November, 2014 at the end of the period of sorrow, there was DUA Khair where people came, assembled  and made DUA and supplication for the departed soul of Mrs. Jamal.

I received condolence messages from different parts of the world. Through this write up I am acknowledging and thanking them all and I say Jazakallah Khairan.

Condolence message from Saudi Arabia
I received the following condolence message from His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef, former President, Jeddah-based King Abdulaziz University; former Secretary General, Makkah-based World Muslim League; former Deputy Chairman of Shoura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and presently Secretary General of the Cairo-based International Islamic Council of Dawah and Relief (IICDR)
Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef's condolence message
Dr. Mozammel Haque
Assalamu Alaikum

I along with my family members would like to express our heartfelt condolence on the passing away of your dear wife on 13th Nov. May Allah forgives her and give her the highest place in Jannat al Ferdous Ameen. May Allah also give the family the strength to bear the loss.

Dr. Abdullah Omar Nasseef

Ismet A Kazim from Saudi Arabia
I received following condolence message from Mr. Ismet Kazim, Board Member & Executive Director, Albanian Int'l Invest & Development Co. "ALINTID", Tirana, Albania and also Turkey & Balkans Regional Director, Int'l Islamic Relief Org. of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“My dear brother Dr Mozammel,
It was with great shock that I received the sad news of your wife passing away from your sms message, may Allah the Almighty rest her in peace in Heaven and extend patience to you and to all the members of the family, you are a strong believer and that we are all going on the same way when our turn comes as we are Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ileyhi Raji'un.
Look after yourself and your health and see you soon inshallah..
Best regards from us all
Ismet A. Kazim”

Lord Ahmed's condolence message from New York

Lord Nazir Ahmed, Peer of House of Lords, British Parliament sent condolence message from New York, United States of America on Friday, the 14th of November, 2014.

Inna lillahe wa inna elaihi rajeyoon
I am very sorry to hear this sad news. I am currently in New York until Monday otherwise should have been at Janaza. Sorry sir.

May Allah give you Sabr

Lord Nazir Ahmed.

Lord Adam Patel of Blackburn
I received condolence message from Lord Adam Patel of Blackburn, Peer of the House of Lords, British Parliament:

“Dear Dr. Mozammel Haque, I am very sorry to hear of your wife passing away. May Allah (swt) give her peace and tranquility and fill her grave with noor. May Allah (swt) give you Sabr zameel!”

Lord Adam Patel

Baroness Pola Uddin
Condolence message from Baroness Pola Uddin, Labour Member of the House of Lords on 13 November, 2014

Inna Lillahe wa inna eleahe razeyun.
May Allah Subhanahu wa Taala bless our sister Jannatul Ferdous InshaAllah.

Baroness Manzila Uddin


Rushanara Ali MP's condolence message

I received the following condolence message from Labour MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, Rushanara Ali, Shadow Minister (Education), on 17 November, 2014

Dear Dr. Haque. I’m so saddened to hear about your wife. My thoughts and  prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathies.

Rushanara M.P.

Abdulrahman Al-Anezi from Saudi Embassy
I received the following condolence message from Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Anezi, Counsellor in Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the United Kingdom on 13th of November 2014. Mr. Al-Anezi along with his wife and son not only visited my wife at the hospital and hospice but also attended Janaza and went to the cemetery to lay her rest in the grave.

“Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.

“May Allah enhance your recompense and be generous in your calamity and forgive the deceased and induce you with patience and multiply for us and for you recompense through patience.

“To Allah belongs what He Takes and to Him belongs what He gives. And there is a set time by Him for everything. Do exercise patience and expect reward (from Allah).”


Dr. Ahmad Al-Dubayan, Islamic Cultural Centre, London
I received the following condolence message from Dr. Ahmad al-Dubayan, Director General of The London Central Mosque Trust Ltd & the Islamic Cultural Centre, London:

“We are all very sad at the passing away of Syeda Arefa Jamal on 13th November 2014.  Inna Lillahe wa Inna Ilaihe rajeun.  Our prayers are with her husband, Dr. Mozammel Haque, her two daughters, son and three little grand children.  We pray to Allah subhana wa Taala to grant her eternal peace in paradise.

May The Compassionate and The Merciful grant the family solace and strength to bear this loss.

Dr. Ahmad Al-Dubayan”

Sir Iqbal Sacranie from Dubai
I received condolence message from Sir Iqbal Sacranie, former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), former chairman of the Muslim Aid and presently Member of the International Advisory Panel at World Islamic Economic Forum, United Kingdom, on 14 November 2014.

AA extremely sorry to hear the sad demise of your dear wife. May Almighty grant her the best of place in Jannatul Firdous. I have just arrived in Dubai from South Africa. Will be back this week. Ws


Judge Khurshid Drabu, CBE
I received condolence message from Judge Khurshid Drabu, on 13 November 2014.

Please accept my deepest condolence. May Allah give you Sabr and May He bestow your late wife a place in Jannat ul Firdous. Ameen.

Khurshid Drabu

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari
I received condolence message from Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and present chairman of East London Mosque, on 13 November2 014.

Inna Lillahi wa innaa ilaihi rajiun
May Allah bless her soul and give Jannatul Firdaws.

Muhammad Abdul Bari

Mr. Farooq Murad
I received condolence message from Mr. Farooq Murad, former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), former chairman of Muslim Aid and present Director General of the Leicester-based The Islamic Foundation on 13 November 2014.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon.
I am saddened to hear of this great personal loss Dr. Mozammal. May Allah swt bless her with forgiveness shower His Rahma and grant her a high place. May He  give you all Sabr and acceptance of the Qadr of Allah. Ws.

Farooq Murad

Barrister Ahmad Thomson
I received following condolence message from Barrister Ahmad Thomson, on 13 November 2014:

“Inna lillahi wainnailayhi raji’un – we will recite Ya Sin for her in 20 minutes InshaAllah.

Ahmad Thomson.”

Mr. Muhammad Tariq Ghazi from Canada
I received following condolence message from Mr. Muhammad Tariq Ghazi, former Managing Editor, Jeddah-based Saudi Gazette, from Canada.

“My dear Dr Mozammel Haque
I was saddened by the news of  the demise of your wife. I pray Allah grant her high station in the Jannat al-Firdows and give you and others she has left behind Sabr Jamil and Allah increase you Ajr for patiently bearing this great loss. Ameen.

Muhammad Tariq Ghazi
East York, Canada”

Mr. Jawaid Anwar from Karachi
I received condolence message from Mr. Jawaid Anwar, Managing Editor, Muslim World Almanac, Karachi, Pakistan on 14 November 2014.

Azam Allah Ajerkum. Very sad news. May Allah have mercy and SABAR  to all family members. Praying for her maghfrah.

Your brother Jawaid Anwar

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