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Marhum Maalim Kasmali Chandoo ,
Zanzibar,
05/01/2013 (22 Safar 1434)


We regret to inform you of the sad demise of Marhum Maalim Kasmali Chandoo who passed away in Zanzibar, on Saturday 5 January 2013, 22 Safar 1434. The Marhum was buried there on the same day. Mumineen are requested to remember the Marhum in their prayers.

Obituaries - Your memories of the deceased   (add your own)

From: mazaherTitle: remembering malim kasaamaliDate: 17 March 2013
I recall this great human who used to knock my father's bedroom window ( ground floor house) and used to wake us up for fajr prayers . He used to pass our house which was in the neighbourhood. I recall this great man narrating a story to my blind uncle how prophet muhammed (mpbuh) used to tie a rope for a blind man's residence to the mosque to facilitate attending prayers for the blind man with the help of rope . Maalim was trully a man of God . During younger days I Felt peace within upon seeing your glowing face and frangrance of your khanzu in madressa. I pray to Allah to grant you a place in jannat along with 14 masumin.

From: Sajjad TejaniTitle: Tribute Part ThreeDate: 20 February 2013
40 days after someone’s death, we remember the Marhum(a) as per the traditions with the recitation of the verses of the Holy Quran. Once again for the benefit of the departed soul of Maalim Kassimali’s and to learn from his life, I would like to share three incidents from the days he spent in Dar-es-Salaam and at Al-Muntazir Islamic Seminary between the years 1989 and 1990.

MAALIM’S RESPECT OF THE HOLY QURAN

In Dar-es-Salaam, like many other mosques after Subh prayers, Suratul Yaseen is recited because of its enormous benefits. However, how many would sit down and listen to the recitation and ponder over the holy verses. Attendees would normally continue with their prayers in the mosque(masjid) until few minutes before tea time. Maalim was one who would day in day out be the only person to sit in the Imamargah of Dar-es-Salaam in the position of Tashahud facing the reciter with crossed arms, head bowed down listening attentively to verses of Suratul Yaseen. The rest would start entering the imambargah as the marthia would approach the end so that they would be in time for tea and tabarruk. I personally used to observe him especially when I was given the opportunity to recite Suratul Yaseen, there would be only one person in the Imambargah and that would be Maalim. I am sure he must be reaping the rewards of his efforts of of respecting the Holy Quran.

MAALIM KEEPS HIS PROMISE

Once I had to submit an article typed up ready to be sent to the printers for the Knowledge Magazine. Remember these were days when PCs were very rare in Tanzania. I had left it for the last moment and I wasn’t used to typing at all on the typewriter. I remembered an advice given to me by an older student that at Al-Muntazir, whenever you are in trouble go to Maalim Kassamali, he will find a solution for you. So I followed the advice and approached Maalim to help me.

Maalim took my handwritten paper and said “I will type it for you”. Once he had accepted to help me, I felt shy asking him that I needed it the same day. When I got the opportunity, I nervously peeped through his office and I saw Maalim typing the article. By hometime, Maalim brought the article to me and I thanked him and he modestly told me that I did not have to thank him. Later on I felt ashamed to have troubled him and I am sure if I had given it to any other teacher of mine, I would have not received a positive response. I was amazed how Maalim accommodated me during his busy schedule and after that I had vowed not to trouble him again.

MAALIM MAKES THE DAY FOR THE STUDENTS

In the assembly, it was customary for the head of the assembly to ask students to line up and the normal army style “Stand at Ease” and “Attention”. However, it was in Kiswahili and the Discipline master was Mr Kimonyola. Students of Al-Muntazir must remember him very well. On this particular day, nobody responded to his calls of “Mguu Upande” and “Mguu Sawa”. Students were expected to respond loudly and say “Moja”.

Mr Kimonyola thought of a good idea and used Maalim Kassmali. He said “I want you to respond so loudly until Maalim falls to the ground”. Maalim with the other teachers were standing to our right hand side. The students tested Maalim and loudly shouted “Moja” to Mr. Kimonyola’s call. As soon as Maalim heard the students responding loudly, he threw himself to the ground. All the students looked at Maalim in concern but Maalim immediately got up and gave a smile saying he is OK. It was amazing to see Maalim, to cheer up everyone threw himself to the ground not worried about his white Kanzu and his cap. It became the talk of the day in school, everybody was talking of the event including the teachers. It was a short moment of joy where all teachers and students joined in having a smile first thing in the morning. It may seem a trivial event but Maalim made the day.

As we reflect on his life, Maalim Kassamali touched the hearts of all around him irrespective whether they were Khojas, other shias, Muslims at large, and all humanbeings whether black or white, rich or poor, young or old etc. Imam Jaffar Sadiq(AS) said " Be a pride for us and not a disgrace to us" Maalim has made the Ahlul Bayt proud by leading a very humble and simple life reaching to everyone with his greetings and smile.

We pray to the Almighty to continue showering MAALIM with HIS rewards abundantly when we remember him and when we have forgotten him. Human beings can forget their near & dear ones but ALLAH(SWT) will never forget his servants who praised and served HIM throughout their lives even after they have left this transient world.

From: Sajjad TejaniTitle: My recollections continuedDate: 20 February 2013
Salaamun Alaykum

I still feel I haven't done justice in my tribute to him so I take the liberty to write more. It is recommended to remember the deceased especially for the first three days and go to the grave to recite Quran. As we are far we will remember him with few words of praise.

In our early days in Form 1 at Al Muntazir(1989), we were all very nervous and as usual the older boys used to take advantage and make fun of us. But Maalim used to come and make us feel comfortable. He was so particular that he came to class and wrote on the black board " My name is Kassim Ali Chandoo and I am happy to be with you here today". Then he asked each every one to repeat the phrase introducing themselves and saying they are happy to be in school.

During field trips in the bus, he used to recite Dua-e-Safar "Subhanallazi Sakhara Lana...." verse by verse and repeated it thrice. He made sure everybody recited and followed him.He would also recite Dua-e-Wahda and made sure everybody responded. These duas have also stayed with us and he INSHALLAH will reap the rewards for it.

On a lighter note, Maalim was once emphasizing the importance of wearing a beard and not to shave even though the beard had just started growing. One boy complained to Maalim that he did not have any growth at all. Before Maalim replied, there was a comment from behind, "Tia Mbolea". Maalim immediately came to the boy in his usual calm but firm way "Mwombe Msmaha, Mwombe msmaha". He made sure the boy who commented apologised and then he continued the class.

In the holy month of Ramadhan, students used to complain to Maalim "Sawmu Kaali" and he would respond "Msaliye Mtume, Msaliye Mtume" He also used "Msailye Mtume" when somebody tried to crack a joke to impress him or said something which did not make sense. His words of Msaliye Mtume still ring in my ears until today. He used it often and at that time we didn't appreciate its benefit. It is today that we realise why he used to emphasize it so much.

His humility and greeting everybody on the street he passed was amazing. In Dar-es-Salaam, I asked when one of his relatives to give me his address in Zanzibar and how would I reach his house. He said don't worry, when you reach the port, ask anyone where Maalim Kassmali lives, he or she will tell you. It was so true, the moment we arrived, we started asking and everyone knew where he lived. This was the common man on the street and not a khoja who guided us to his residence. I can visualise Maalim saying salaam to all those he passed by when he arrived at the Zanzibar port until he reached his home!!!

I am informed once that in Jeddah, he was going to receive a pay rise. When he was informed of this, he refused and very humbly requested for his rise to be shared amongst all the staff. How generous of him?

Please join in blessing his soul with a Sura-e-Fateha and Sura-e-Ikhlas thrice.

From: Sajjad TejaniTitle: Date: 20 February 2013
*Tribute to Maalim Kassim Ali Chandoo*

Verily we are from Allah and to HIM is our Return

It is said you can forget everything but you cannot forget your teachers. So true is this when I recall our dearest Maalim Kassim Ali Chandoo who taught us at Al Muntazir Islamic Seminary. Unfortunately it was only for one year in 1989 as he was not allowed to continue because of his stance of unity between the sunnis and shias. However, in that one year he left a lifetime impression on me and many others who were fortunate to have him as their teacher for more than one year.

My first memory of Maalim Kassimali was in April/May 1986 at Jeddah
Airport. He used to work in Jeddah and we arrived for our Ziyarat trip. He facilitated the funds for us for the whole trip as there was exchange controls in Tanzania. He was running late so he sent someone
with 100 Riyals so that we can buy refreshments and not go hungry as we were waiting for him. When he arrived, he brought the envelope with the money and when my father took the 100 Riyals to return it, he said pointing to me and my sister, "Are these not my children?" and refused to take it back.

He then came to Dar-es-Salaam to teach at Al Muntazir Islamic Seminary as an Islamic Studies teacher. He energized the whole school with his Duas starting from the Assembly in the morning until Zohrain time. He was a perfectionist and would not overlook any small thing.

He used to mark our books and point out the smallest of errors although not penalise us for it.

During that one year, he taught us the following duas which we had to
memorise:

1. Allahuma Kunli Waliyaka (Although very much recited now, at that
time it was rare in Tanzania)
2. The four blessing by Imam Ali(AS) to be recited after fajr salaat. He made us memorise it not only in Arabic but in English and Kiswahili. He made sure it was recited in the assembly everyday in the morning.
3. He started with the first five verses of Allahumar Zukna Tawfikat Ta'aa but could not continue due to him not being allowed to teach.
Unfortunately these with some two or more verses are the only ones I can remember by heart. Had he been allowed to continue, I would know the dua by heart.

There are so many instances of his good teachings which we benefited during that one year that I can write pages on it but suffice to say he is one of those teachers who has left a lifetime impression on me.
If you asked me which teacher I would go out of my way to visit, it was him. I tried to visit him in Zanzibar in 1998 en route to Mombasa.
We went to his house but we were met his wife who although had lost her sight, served us with coconut juice(Madafu). As we had a flight to catch we did not manage to meet him.

Weddings are very emotional times when you want all your friends and
close ones to attend. I had a wish that Maalim Kassimali Chandoo to be
present but I knew it was not possible because he was in Zanzibar.
Surprise Surprise, Maalim was visiting London and attended my wedding
on Saturday 7 July 2001 at the Hujjat Imambara in Stanmore. Recalling now, that was the best wedding gift I received. I was flying out to Egypt in two days time so did not get time to sit down and talk to him and unfortunately that was the last time I saw him. However, he was regularly in my thoughts and prayers.

Today as we bid him farewell from this transient world, I can
confidently say that " ALLAHUMA INNA LA NA'LAMU ILLA KHAYRA" O Allah I know not of anything of the deceased except GOOD. When Ayatullah Marhum Al Khoei was asked why do we always recite this in Salaatul Mayyit even though men are sinners, his reply was that this statement is for affirming that the deceased was a lover of Imam Ali (AS). So
true is the statement for our beloved Maalim Kassim Ali Chandoo.

Lastly and the least I can say is that I am thankful to Allah(SWT) to
have honoured me to be one of his students. Please join me in prayers
to ask for Maalim's sins to be forgiven and may he be granted a Lofty place in Paradise within the vicinity of the 14 Masoomeen(AS). Aameen.

Very Sad Student

Sajjad Tejani

From: Hassan Ali M JafferTitle: Date: 24 January 2013
Marhoom Maalim Kassamali Chandoo – Tribute
Two anecdotes
Hassan Ali M. Jaffer, Mombasa.
A teacher is known by the footprint left behind. This extraordinary footprint is sometimes in the mind. Rarely is it made on the soul.
I had the privilege to know Marhum Maalim Kasmali Chandoo. As a tribute to his memory, I wish to recall two incidents.
Qom experience
In 1997, while on a visit to Qom with my four grandchildren from the USA and Canada, we went over to see Maalim at his residence in Qom.
When he learned that we had earlier been for Umra before coming to Iran, he asked the boys to explain what ‘Saee’ – running between Safa and Marva seven times - was about.
The boys explained that it was in remembrance of Bibi Hajra as she ran around in search of water for her son Ismail that the ritual of ‘Saee’ has become an obligatory part of the Haj and Umra ritual.
The word ‘Saee’ in Arabic means to strive. “So what is so great about it?” asked Maalim. “As kids, have you never woken up your mothers in the middle of the night asking for water? And have not your mothers patiently got out of their beds to fetch water for you? Is it not natural for any mother to comfort her child? Confronted with a similar situation like that of Bibi Hajra,would not your mothers also gone through similar experience? What is the difference? Why has Allah immortalized only the act of the mother of Hazrat Ismail as part of the Hajj ritual?”
As we stared at Maalim looking perplexed at this line of questioning, he proceeded to unravel the puzzle.
‘When Hazrat Ebrahim told Bibi Hajra that he had to go, leaving her and the baby Ismail in Mecca, as a mother, she naturally remonstrated. She asked Hazrat Ebrahim whether the decision to leave them alone in Mecca, a barren place with no vegetation, was his own or was it in response to the command from Allah.’
‘When told that he was following Allah’s command, Bibi Hajra gracefully accepted the verdict, reposing full faith in Allah.’
‘It was in recognition to her trust in Allah in the spirit of tawakkal ‘alallah and her graceful acceptance of the decision of Hazrat Ebrahim to depart from Mecca leaving them behind that her subsequent struggle in search of water has been immortalized as part of the Haj ritual.’
Mallim Kassamali then went on to elaborate aspects of our belief in Tawhid and engaged the children in a healthy interactive discussion on a variety of subjects.
After about two hour sitting, when we started departing from the place, one of the boys whispered into my ears: “Bapa, can you ask him to come to New York and be our Madrassa teacher?” I conveyed the sentiments to Maalim. His response was: ‘Al insanu yudabbiru, wallahu yuqaddiru’ – man proposes, Allah disposes.
*****
Mombasa experience
Another incident I vividly recall was in June 1993/Muharram 1413 A.H., when Mallim Kasmali was invited by the Mombasa Jamaat to deliver Majlis in English. He was allotted 20 minutes for his talk in English, followed by Majlis in Urdu by the local resident Alim.
According to Sheikh Fazleabbas Datoo, then CEO of the Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya and now Resident Alim of Portsmouth Jamaat in Britain, Mallim Kasmali would come to Bilal Muslim Mission Office at day time. He would engage in conversation with local Bilal Muballighs and others coming from Bilal Centers in rural areas. He was keen to hear of their personal experiences in their field work.
As a Zanzibari, Maalim Kasmali was fluent in Kiswahili. With his characteristic, warmth and motivating words of encouragement conveyed in classic Zanzibari style politeness, Maalim Kasmali became very popular with local workers.
He also visited the Alibhai Panju Jaffery Primary School where he addressed students in as special assembly.
On Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. till 12 noon, he would conduct classes at the Bilal Assembly Hall for the Primary and Secondary class students. His theme for discussions with the students would be “lessons from Quran” - focusing on moral lessons and good manners.
Word of caution
Someone from outside Mombasa wrote to my late father cautioning him about the beliefs of Mallim Kasmali. My father listened to all his English Majlis and wrote back to the erstwhile gentleman advising him that he found nothing objectionable in the beliefs and teachings of Mallim Kasmali since all through he espoused the understanding in Tawhid and the need for living a model life as a truly practicing Muslim.
Reproduced below are notes of one of his Majlis in English targeting especially the younger generation which will help provide some flavour of his approach.
Before his departure from Mombasa after the twelve days of Muharram, my father invited Maalim Kassamli to settle in Mombasa and join the Bilal Muslim Mission team.
“To do what?” asked Maalim.
“No fixed duty for you. Just to be part of the team. Meet visitors coming to Bilal Office. Help answer questions from students undertaking Islamic correspondence course. Visit Bilal Centers in the outlying area and interact with local people.”
My father felt that his basic humility and the husne akhlaq refinement with which he interacted with people would be an asset to the Mission for effective Tabligh work.
Here one is reminded of an historic anecdote when an individual approached Imam Jaffer Sadiq A.S., to ask: ‘Who is a true Shia, a true muhib and follower of the Ahlul Bait?’
The answer given by the Imam was unique. ‘One,’ responded the Imam, ‘when he walks in the streets, his sworn enemy would point a finger at him and say: ‘There goes a perfect gentleman with no fault whatsoever, except one. He is not one of us but he is a true Shia and follower of the Imam.’
As individuals the challenge for every believer is to strive to elevate to a level where one becomes the object of envy by others for his/her good conduct and noble characters.
Late Maalim Kasmali Chandoo epitomized such a noble soul. He left an indelible footprint on many souls he came across.
May Allah in His mercy rest the departed soul in peace and place marhum in high abode in jaware Ahlul Bait A.S.
Msa. 16.01.2013

From: band-e-khudaTitle: Date: 14 January 2013
It upset me to hear of the demise of maalim. A wonderful personality who is missed dearly. There are not many who would go out of their way - to do good in the way he did - May Allah bless him always - ameen.

From: Ghullamhussein MukhtarTitle: Date: 09 January 2013
Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ileihi Raajioon
To Allah we belong and to him is our return.
The sad demise of this great and influential Momeen brother of ours has left us in grief.
Maalim was a great personality and a Father Figure in my life.
I am sending this to all those who loved and respected Maalim, and I acknowledge the fact that his death has been painful and sad for us.

I have made this short poem in his memory.

Maalim, We will always remember your pleasant smile and kindness
The fact that you were pious and selfless
A personality who used to love Namaz and Quran recitation
We would look up at you as a model and in admiration
It was the excellent moral behavior that attracted many towards you
People benefitted from you and during the years, our love for you grew
Now that you have left us- we have only good memories
And we pray for your friends and families
May Allah (swt) grant you an abode in Jannah
This is because your only aim in the world was to strive for the Akhirah
Marhum Maalim Kaasmali Chandoo you are one of the gems of Zanzibar
You will continue in my memories to shine like a beacon of light and a star!

Tribute to Maalim Kassamali Chandoo by Ghullamhussein Mukhtar

From: Akil KananiTitle: Date: 07 January 2013
I think he came to Stanmore in 1992 if I’m not mistaken and recited majalis in the annex. That was before the ELC was started. I think Imran was doing the mukhi-ship at that time. From what I can recall, he was very articulate in his delivery and had excellent command of English.

I’m surprised he was never recalled back.

Sad to hear of his passing away. May Allah (SWT) give maghfirah to his soul. Ameen.

Akil


From: WIPHASTitle: Date: 07 January 2013
WIPAHS MOURNS DEATH OF A LEGEND

“Malim” or Maalim Kassamali as he was famously known as was a legend in his own way.
He was an inspiration to many. Older ones would recall him from his days in Zanzibar and younger ones would recall the man in his “khanzu and cap”
carrying a smile walking through the corridors of Al Muntazir.
Maalim was a man of clean heart who never held any negative feeling in his heart. He always carried a smile for the young and old. He used to always raise his hands to greet the young and old. He was always generous in helping the orphans, poor and needy. Maalim would hardly turn away anybody empty handed and was humble to every creature he came across.
Indeed Maalim Kassamali Chandoo was a lantern that has and will always illuminate many hearts towards the path of being better human beings and serving humanity with love, sincerity and a smile.
May the Almighty (swt) rest his soul amongst the 14 Masumeen (as) “O Allah, surely I don’t know about him anything but good…”

From: Shabir Alidina Title: Date: 07 January 2013
A very simple humble man. I first met Marhum in 1983 and was taken a back by his simplicity,akhlaq . He was gem amongst us.Will be sadly missed May Allah(swt) reward him for all his good deeds

From: Fatma AllooTitle: Date: 06 January 2013
Maalim Chandu is fondly remembered by me, and several of my classmates who were taught by him in 1964 at Lumumba, albeit briefly. We remember his distinctive aura. From other accounts later on, his image remained untainted in our memories. MewenyeEnzi Mungu amlaze mahali pema na amjaalie bustani zake za mapumziko na furaha ya milele. Amin! Natoa shukrani kwa Profesa Sheriff kwa makala yake ya wasifu wa Maalim.

Wasalaam,
Issak


From: Kaniz-e-khudaTitle: Date: 05 January 2013
Very sory to hear of the sad demise of maalim. May Allah reward him for his good deeds.

He gave service at many institutions - and was a remarkable man with a unique personality.

He will be missed and fondly remembered - heartfelt condolences to the family.

From: Muhsin DharamsiTitle: Date: 05 January 2013
I was saddened today to have learnt of the passing away of this great man who was my class mate in school in Zanzibar. We also studied in the same class in School Faiz, which was the madressa which we attended every night. On completion of the full course in School Faiz, the two of us decided that we would like to study more. The Principal, Maalim Marumbha agreed and arranged a special class for us for two years and called it Super Class. We were taught by the great Aalim Moulana Jabir Hassan Saheb.
Both of us then departed for further sudies. I went off to UK while he went to USA. On arrival in USA, he embarked on a great project which I encourage all youngsters to follow. He would read a page of the Qur'an daily with its translation and tafseer. Thus, until his health deteriorated, he must have studied the Qur'an 25 times. What an accomplishment. May Allah accept all his efforts, aameen.
I met him in Dar es Salaam in 1990 when he was teaching at Al Muntazir. He was a great teacher, tutor and nurturer.
We last met a few years later when he came to London for a short visit. He would come to Stanmore daily. Nearer Namaz time, he would brush his teeth, do wudhu and then go to all the offices reminding us that it was time for salaa. What a man. Where ever he went, he made an impact for the pleasure of none but Allah. May Allah accept all his Good Deeds and forgive him his sins, aameen.

From: Prof. Abdul SheriffTitle: Date: 05 January 2013
May the Almighty Allah (swt) grant the Marhum Rahmat, Maghferat & a place amongst the chosen ones and grant Marhum’s family Sabre Jameel to bear their loss - Aameen. Prof. Abdul Sheriff Dewji Zanzibar
I am sending this message to all Zanzibaris and others as a personal tribute to the life of this great but unassuming teacher of Zanzibar with my very personal recollection of him.
Marhum Maalim Kassamali Chandoo was my neighbor in Malindi, Zanzibar Town, a year ahead of me at school. He made the first deep impression on me when I visited him in Oregon, USA, in 1962 where he was doing his first degree. He has always been a very religious man, and almost the first thing he did when he went there was to go to see the bank manager to ask if he could keep his scholarship money in the bank without receiving any interest, which is forbidden in Islam. The manager must have been surprised, and may have considered him whimsical, but he respected his customer’s religious beliefs.
After completing his studies he returned to Zanzibar where he taught for many years. There may be many Zanzibaris who were taught by him, and they will be in a position to recall their own experience with him.
After a short spell in Arabia where he went to work, and undoubtedly performing as many pilgrimages as he could, Maalim Kassamali returned to Dar es Salaam where he taught and performed religious duties, before eventually returning to Zanzibar to do the same.
This is where the other aspects of Maalim Kassamali began to show up which impressed me and many others. He was a deeply religious Muslim, but he was utterly non-sectarian. At Dar es Salaam he would teach the children their religion in such a non-sectarian way that some narrow-minded co-religionists thought he was misleading the children, and asked him to stop teaching them. Without any rancour and fuss, he returned to Zanzibar where he continued his work. He would stop at any mosque at the time of prayers without considering the sect, because he considered all mosques houses of Allah.
He lived a very simple life. He said he needed only a couple of sets of simple white clothes and his characteristic white cap, which he would wear regardless of occasion. Whatever he was able to save he shared with other less fortunate ones. Perhaps it is not appropriate for me to say this, because he was apparently of the belief that charity was a duty and should be done in such a way that ‘the left hand does not know what the right is doing.’ I heard of one case where he had offered a ‘loan’ to somebody in difficulties; when that person came back to repay him, Maallim told him that it was not a loan, and that he should offer the money to any other person who was in need. He won the respect of all Muslims and probably many non-Muslims who crossed his path. My old friend Maalim Salum Mzee described him as a ‘walee’, and Muslims will understand what an honour that is.
He also ate very little, which may have been part of his charitable heart, but it has been suggested to me that this may have affected his physical constitution. It was very sad to see him during the last few years when he was unwell and confined to his home in Malindi, and later to his bed. He was nursed by his wife who stood by him as much as he had stood by her. I remember visiting him at his home. He never complained about his illness although he was in obvious pain, always thanking Allah for the life He had granted him.
He could not talk too much, and did not want any backbiting to be done in his presence. But he would suddenly brighten up with some very good information. During one of my last visits, I began to recount to him incidents of religious tolerance in the Indian Ocean. I told him about the Chinese expedition to Sri Lanka in 1410 when the Chinese admiral brought a trilingual tablet thanking Lord Buddha, Allah and a Hindu God for the safe journey, and making same offerings to all the three religions. I told him that was not unique but a common tradition in the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar’s Sultan Seyyid Said allowed the Christian priest Krapf to build a church in Mombasa because he considered him ‘a man of God who wants to spread the word of God.’ I also reminded him of the stamp issued on Zanzibar Independence on 10th December 1963 that was designed by our art teacher Maalim Abdalla Farhan showing Muslim Sunni and Shia mosques, Catholic and Anglican Christian cathedrals, as well as a Hindu temple on the theme of religious tolerance in Zanzibar. Maalim Kassamali’s eyes suddenly brightened, and he thanked Allah for it.
It is this great man who died this morning and will be buried this evening. He may not be noticed by the Press who are busy chasing after politicians and others, but those who have had the fortune of meeting him, who had been taught the Islamic way of life by practice as well as at school, or may have been touched by him in any other way, will forever remember Maalim Kassamali Chandoo.
Prof. Abdul Sheriff, Zanzibar


Condolence message to the family   (add your own)

From: Banda-e-KhudaaTitle: Innallahaa maa-as SabereenDate: 09 May 2013
O' Allah(swt), make me amongst the patient ones...Aameen.

A heavy and sad loss to bear for a wonderful man who had a heart of gold, and will be most remembered for his righteous manners.

May his soul rest in peace.

Requesting to recite Sura Al-Fateha

Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

From: Gulamabbas KassamTitle: CondolencesDate: 12 January 2013
Salaamun Alaikum

Our heartfelt condolences on the demise of Marhum Maalim Kasmali Chandoo to all the family members of the marhum, may Allah S.W.T give you all Sabr & may he grant the marhum a place in the proximity of Chaharda Masumeen A.S., let us remember the marhum with a Sura e Fateha.

Leilabai Mulla Kassam
Gulamabbas & Zarin Mulla Kassam & family (Birmingham)

From: Mulla Mohamedraza Fazal & family of Somalia & Birmingham Title: condolenceDate: 12 January 2013
May Allah shower all his blessings and grant him in the proximity of Charadah Masoomeen (ameen)-
He was a true legend with Akhlaqe Azeemah.
SURA FATEHA.

From: sajjad kassamTitle: condolonceDate: 06 January 2013
Inna lillah wa ina ilehi rajeun.
Maalim Kassamali was a great scholar and a very momin person.
Once I travelled with Maalim to Dodoma and he gave me a wonderful piece of advice. Please Irecite sure fateha for Maalim.


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