‘Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.’
This verse taken from the writings of one of the great English poets, aptly describes the late ex-Councillor Abdool Aziz of Claude Street, La Romain. Such was his ‘life and times’ that this verse was perhaps written for him, centuries before his time.
To write an article about the late Moulana Nazeer Ahmad Simab of revered memory, ought to occupy much space and time, but to me, I can be brief by saying straight away that he was one of the greatest men that I have ever come across as an educator, philosopher, guide and pioneer.
Dookie Meah - Founder of the first Trinidad Mosque in Calcutta Settlement, Freeport.
In this peice Sheik Hashim Muzaffar narrates the history of perhaps the largest congregation of Muslims in Trinidad that of the El Socorro / Nur-E-Islam Jamaat in San Juan. He tells the story of the development of the Nur-E-Islam community and takes one back through the many individuals who toiled with their hands and gave of their wealth and land to build one of the pioneering Muslim communities in Trinidad. May Allah SWT bless them all. The piece is extracted from the 50th Anniversary souvenir brochure of the San Juan Muslim Ladies Organisation.
On Monday 17th. November 2008 Imam Razack Ali (RA) passed away. May Allah Bless his soul. Imam Razack Ali (RA) was appointed Imam of Nur-E-Islam Mosque in San Juan, Trinidad in July 1958, upon the death of Imam Gulam Hosein. For over 42 years, Imam Razack Ali served the pastoral needs of his community with calm, devotion, diligence and devotion. He was well respected by all whom he served and by members of the wider community. Imam Razack Ali's (RA) message (still very relevant) given at the formal opening of Nur-E-Islam Masjid in 1967 is re-produced below. The message is extracted from the 50th Anniversary Souvenir Brochure of the San Juan Muslim Ladies Organization.