Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018)

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
“Surely we belong to God and to Him we return” — Holy Qur’an, 2:156

“Life is a great and noble calling, not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can but a lofty and exalted destiny.” — Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan III (1877-1957), 48th Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

Jehangir Merchant and Maleksultan Merchant at BC Palace

Alwaez Jehangir Alibhai Merchant and his wife Maleksultan pictured recently at BC Place, Vancouver, prior to the Diamond Jubilee Mulaqat with Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: Raiya Suleman/Simerg

It is with deep sadness to inform readers that Alwaez Jehangir Alibhai Merchant passed away peacefully in Vancouver on Sunday May 27, 2018, at the age of 89 after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife Maleksultan, sons Abdulmalik, Fahar and Alnoor, grandchildren Naim and Nurin, as well as his sister, Banu.

Alwaez Merchant was blessed with a long period of service to the institutions of the Imamat and the Jamats worldwide. Amongst members of the Ismaili Muslim community, he will be fondly remembered as Mastersaheb, Alwaez Merchant or simply Jehangir.

Over a period spanning sixty years, he taught students, delivered waezs (sermons) and made presentations throughout the world. His literary contributions spanned five decades, and he played a pivotal role in contributing to and editing various Ismaili magazines produced in East Africa and the United Kingdom; he also wrote numerous pieces for this website, Simerg. In addition, he developed curriculum that was used within the religious education system prior to the development of the Institute of Ismaili Studies’ primary and secondary curricula.

Lourenço Marques, 1958: His Highness the Aga Khan, direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and current 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims is seen taking a keen interest as Alwaez Jehangir explains the Gujarati history texts that were used to impart religious education to Ismaili youth in Mozambique.

Lourenço Marques, 1958: His Highness the Aga Khan, direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and current 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims is seen taking a keen interest as Alwaez Jehangir explains the Gujarati history texts that were used to impart religious education to Ismaili youth in Mozambique.

The Merchant family would like to take this opportunity to thank staff at Normanna Care Facility in Burnaby for the medical attention, as well as loving care extended to Jehangir. The family would also like to thank life-long friends, including waezins, his students, Jamati and institutional leaders of the Ismaili community for their support, care and affection.

Alwaez Merchant’s funeral ceremony will take place at Burnaby Lake Jamatkhana on Thursday May 31, 2018 at 11 AM. A post burial religious ceremony will take place at the Ismaili Darkhana Jamatkhana (Ismaili Centre,  4010 Canada Way, Burnaby) later that same evening. Both will be preceded by a condolence (dilsoji)  ceremony on Wednesday, May 30th at the Darkhana following the conclusion of evening religious ceremonies.

Alwaez Merchant’s greatest mentor throughout his life was the Fatimid Ismaili da’i Mu’ayyad fi’l-Din al-Shirazi; the following verses of al-Shirazi are poignant:

It is through you [the Imam] that Ibn Musa [al-Mu’ayyad] asks Allah for deliverance
From captivity and confinement in the worst of stopping places.
Entering shade in the courtyard of His elect,
Shady and residing in security in the refuge of the [Imam’s] palace.

The passing away of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant is a difficult moment for the family. Today, the family would like to celebrate a man who most nobly and sincerely dedicated his life to the Imamat and the Ismaili jamats worldwide, and we express our shukrana to Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Date posted: May 27, 2018.

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An extensive sketch of the life of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant will be published at a later date on this website. The following is a collection of Alwaez Jehangir’s writings on this website:

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285 thoughts on “Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018)

  1. Ya Ali Madad Malik:

    It was an honour to be at your father’s Ziyarat at Darkhana on May 31, where I met you and made the connection between the Simerg Malik and Malik the son of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. I have known both your parents over the past ten years and, as I said to you in person, your father is remarkable man, both as a human being and an Alwaez, perhaps not as acknowledged as he should have been. The list of his publication on Simerg is impressive.

    On a slightly different note, I refer your readers to a speech made by Mawlana Hazar Imam in Pakistan in 1960 in which Mawlana Hazar Imam is saying that our young academic should learn Arabic, Farsee and Urdu so that they can read the primary sources; that way we do not have to relay on “interpreted” version of the original text.

    Sherali Hussein

  2. Dear Alnoor, Malik, and family,

    We are sorry to learn of the passing of your father, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant, and convey our condolences to you and the whole family.

    His was a meaningful life, and one that has left a legacy that will have an impact far into the future. We pray that his soul is blessed with Noorani deedar and rests in eternal peace.

    This must be a difficult period for you, and especially your mother, Alwaeza Malekbai – we pray for your strength, courage, and peace of mind during this time.

    With our deepest sympathy and warm wishes,

    Minaz and Anar Nanji

  3. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ‎

    My dearest brother Malik,

    Please accept our sincere condolences to you & your family on the passing over of your dear Father the highly respected Alwaez Jehangir Alibhai Merchant. We pray to Mawlana Hazar Imam that Allah blesses his soul to rest in eternal peace, ameen. Always…..

    Yasmina, Shezad, E N O O, Roshan ZINNA & family.

  4. “Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon”

    To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.”

    (Quran Surat Al Baqarah 2:156)

    “Every soul shall have a taste of death, then to us you will be ultimately returned.”

    (Quran Surat Al Ankaboot 29:57).
    May his Soul rest in eternal Peace! Ameen..

  5. Dear Malik, Alnoor and Malekbai,

    I am truly upset to learn about Jehangirbhai’s sad loss.

    We worked very well as a team in the Ismailia Association in London. He was a serious guide and together with you Malekbai I had a formidable team. Both of you supported my work and guided me all the time.

    I had developed quite a bond with him and Malekbai and I was very fortunate to get even your son to help. Malik helped me in getting authentification of the first Fatimid coins before we could mount them in a frame and submitted to Mawlana Hazar Imama at the students mulaqat on his Padhramni in Earls Court in 1979 on behalf of the Ismailia Association. Malik then published it and printed the actual Farman that Mowla blessed us with. Since then all Ismailis know about it .

    Alwaez Jehangir’s regular publications of Ilm magazines have become a special collectors items and at my suggestion he was happy to start Gujarati magazines too.

    The knowledge that he and Malekbai spread amongst young students in UK and abroad lives in the heart of thousands. There was not a situation where Malekbai and Jehangirbhai did not have the right guidance to offer. Diwan Sir Eboo always admired their devotion and knowledge.

    The Ismaili world will miss them and remember them for a long time. Malik and Al-noor are truly blessed and admired.

    Please remember me and Shirin at the funeral and in Samar.

    With all our Reverance and Prayers for his Soul.

    Aziz Kurwa
    Former President of the Ismailia Association for the UK

  6. My dear Malik

    It is indeed with great sadness we learnd the sad loss of our Master Saheb. We pray may Mowla grant and bless his soul an eternal peace and strenght and courage to you all to bear his departure.

    I am conveying this message on behalf of Portugal Jamat (the majority of whom are from Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), Mocambique). Everyone simply adored our beloved Master Saheb. He was the one with Maleka Ben who taught and instilled in us all our profound understanding of the Ismaili faith for which were are eternally grateful.

    Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with you particularly and Merchant family in general. May God bless you all. Amen. Aziz Noorali and all Lourenco Marques Jamat.

  7. Dear Malik and Alnoor,

    Inevitable as it is that each one of us must eventually pass on, the passing of your beloved father, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant, evokes sadness and a unique sense of loss for so many of us who held him in high respect and admiration.

    I personally had the opportunity to work with Alwaez Jehangir on various occasions, including some Imamat events, and always came away impressed by his knowledge and wisdom, as also his dedication, principles and candour.

    I join innumerable others in offering prayers that the late Alwaez Jehangir’s soul rests in eternal peace, and also that yourselves and other family members are granted strength and solace at this time.

    With sympathy,

    Eqbal Rupani

  8. Very sorry to hear about the sad demise of Alwaez Merchant. May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

  9. I have known you and your family since childhood. Mý prayers go out to your family for strength and may Mowla rest dad’s soul in peace. Amen. I love you like a brother.

  10. Bismihi Ta´ala (En el Nombre del Altisimo)
    Querido hermano ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
    Ya Ali Madad.
    Queremos felicitarte por el extraordinario padre que tuviste en este plano material llamado el planeta tierra. el Noble profesor Jehangir Merchant, Dar Gusasht (Cruzo el Umbral) Las ciudades deYabirka y Yabilsa (ciudades del paraiso) son desde ahora su hogar. No lo conoci materialmente, pero si espiritualmente. Dios bendiga sus nobles antepasados, y sus nobles descendientes.
    Fraternalmente, vuestros hermanos en el iman,
    Julián Arturo Zapata y el Centro Cultural Islámico-Colombia

    TRANSLATION

    Bismihi Ta´ala (In the Name of the Most High)
    Dear Brother Abdulmalik Merchant:

    We want to congratulate you for the extraordinary father you had on this material plane called the planet earth. Noble Professor Jehangir Merchant: Dar Gusasht (Crossing the Threshold) the cities of Yabirka and Yabilsa (cities of paradise) are now home. I did not know him physically, but spiritually. God bless your noble ancestors, and your noble descendants.

    Fraternally, your brothers in Iman,
    Julián Arturo Zapata
    and Centro Cultural Islámico-Colombia

  11. I had the good fortune to be taught and nurtured by Alwaez Jehangir Merchant and Alwaeza Mrs Merchant. My heart holds a special place for both of them. Alwaez, you will be missed by many. May Imam-e-Zaman bless your soul with eternal peace and rest. Ameen.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May Hazar Imam forgive his sins and his soul rest in Eternal Peace Ameen.

  13. I am deeply sad to hear of Alwaez Merchant’s demise and pray to Mawlana Hazar Imam for blessings on the soul. May Mawla give you and family members Sabar.

  14. Dear Malik,

    We are all very grieved to hear about your dad’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. We pray to Mowla to grant him His Noorani Deedar and rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

    We also pray that Mowla gives your mom and and the rest of the family, strength, courage and inner peace to bear this loss. Ameen

    It is very hard to lose a parent, no matter how old we are. A father is like a canopy for the children, and we feel unprotected when he is gone. One can never recover from the parental loss. I know it myself, from losing my dad 9 years ago and mom 4 years later. We have still not recovered!

    I do have some fond memories of your parents as they were the pillars of our Jamats around East Africa. They were also friends of my parents and together with my dad served the Jamat in Dar es Salaam for many years. Both your mom and dad were great teachers, mentors and amazing missionaries of our times. They cared for all Jamati members wherever they went or settled.

    While your dad was a very learned man and dedicated his life for the upliftment of the religious education for our children, your mom has always been a very warm and loving lady with a sparkle in her eyes and a smile on her face.

    We are sure that not only the Vancouver Jamat will miss him but all the other Ismailis from East Africa will miss him too. His literary work and whatever you are sharing on Simerg will be useful to our new generation. Thanks to you for carrying on your father’s legacy through this website.

    Once again, our deepest sympathies to you all, on behalf of the Master Devani family as well as myself and Shiraz.

    Take care,
    Shah and Shiraz Abdulla

  15. I am so sorry for your loss!

    Prayers for strength and courage in your grief.

    May your Dad’s soul rest in eternal peace!

    Amin

  16. Oh my dear Malik,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He must have been a wonderful man to have a son like you. I’m sure he was very proud of you and your accomplishments for the faith. But more than that, your kindnesses toward him must have buoyed him many times throughout the years, and especially at the last, when making his final passage. What a wonderful gift you were for him and your mother. Please know that your pain is shared by many and you are among a great multitude who are thinking of you.

    May god bless his soul and give you strength. And peace.

    Ma’a salama,
    Alice

  17. May He rest in the peace that he earned……Ameen

    Continue his legacy so that his vision becomes your reality driven by your your love for him.

    Leave his promise
    Be his bridge
    Reflect his strength
    Be his inner resolve
    Be his purity
    Be fair …his principles your guide.
    Be the son that was his promise to the world.
    And fulfill his mission as yours.

    Just Be at peace..you and him..
    One gene one spirit
    And always his BE light on light.

    Zaher Meghji Ahamed
    Vancouver BC
    29th May 2018

  18. Dear Malik and family,

    My family and I are very sad to hear that your father has passed away. We offer our deepest condolences to you, your mom, your brothers, your dad’s sister, his grandchildren, as well as your entire family and friends.

    We pray that may Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen. We also pray that Mawla grant him Noorani Deedar. Ameen.

    May Mawla grant you all the strength, courage and fortitude to bear this loss. Ameen. May Allah also grant you solace to know that your dad touched so many lives through his selfless service to the Imamat and the Jamat worldwide. Ameen.

    My dad fondly remembers your father and the many waezes he delivered in Tanzania.

    I believe I met your parents at the 2010 Waezeen Symposium at Darkhana in Vancouver. It was an honour meeting them and having a brief chat. I wish I could have known them more. From what I recall, they were from India originally and I would love to learn about their early years in India and seva there.

    We are all very moved by the heartfelt messages people have sent about your dad and he is truly an inspiration to all of us.

    As a quote says “Teachers affect eternity – one never knows where their influence ends.” Inshallah your dad will inspire people’s lives forever more. Ameen.

    With heartfelt sympathies and Ya Ali Madad,
    Asif

  19. Ya Ali Madad, Malik

    Habiba and I are deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing away of your father, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant.

    May his soul rest in Eternal peace Ameen. May Mowla give you and your families the strength and courage to bear this great loss. Ameen

    With sincere condolences and prayers,
    Habiba and Sultan Allidina.

  20. Ya Ali Madat Malik,
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I don’t think there is a greater calling then to spend ones life serving the Imam and the community. Your father (as was mine) were both giants in this cause.May his soul be at peace.
    Warm regards,
    Alamin

  21. Deepest condolences to the Merchant Family – This is indeed a sad time for you and Ismailies all over touched by Alwaez’s teachings and life long dedication towards promoting the essence of our faith. A very fortunate and holy man as he has left this world with the most precious of gifts – a virtuous life. Mrs Malek Merchant, a remarkable lady, and equally dedicated also inspired us by sharing her passion and insight into our faith. We are thankful for such Pillars of our community who have given us more than we could ever return. We offer sincere prayers for Alwaez to rest in eternal peace and strength for the family members bearing this huge loss.

  22. Ya Ali Madad Malik,
    Words cannot express our sadness. May Mawla help you and your family through this difficult time.
    Memories… let them fill your mind, warm your heart, and lead you and your family through.
    Will be doing lots of Salwats tomorrow.

    “Rest in Eternal Peace Alwaez Merchant”.
    Parviza

  23. Condolences to the family. shukhar. May his soul rest in eternal peace. He will always be remembered for the knowledge he shared with others and making an impact on our lives.

  24. Dear Malik and family
    We were indeed sad and shocked to have received the sad news , He was indeed a great person and whilst when I was mukhi at Tooting Jamat he really served the jamat regularly. We will never forget him.

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for you and family and we pray for his soul to rest in Dayami Sukn. Ameeen.

    Whilst we are sure he never had done any sins still we pray to Mowla for forgiveness for any done unknowingly. We also pray for family to have courage and strength to bear the loss. Ya Ali Madat
    Mehrun and Shiraz

  25. Dear Malik,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, dear Alwaez jehangir Merchant.

    Prayers and good wishes for you, your mother and family through this difficult time.

    May his soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

    Take care.

    Gulnar and Jahangir Chandani

  26. Dear Malik and Family,

    I learned with great pain the sad demise of your beloved father Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. On behalf of my family and myself extend our heartiest condolences and pray that may the departed soul rest in eternal peace and strength and courage for the bereaved family.

    With lots of prayers and Ya Ali Madad.

    Khizar

  27. Dear Malik
    Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences on your father’s passing. Whist I only met him briefly at our first dinner, he left an indelible light on the spirit of his presence. A beautiful person. I will never forget him and our meeting.

    Again, my sincere and profound condolences.

    Sincerely, Bruno

  28. It is with great sadness to get the news that your beloved father and my teacher has peacefully passed away. I together with my husband Raj share your and your family’s pains in this moment of sadness. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. His immense contributions are best known by the people through out the world who knew him,through his teachings. We will pray to Mowla that his soul rest in eternal Peace. Ameen
    Dolly and Raj.

  29. Ya Ali madad Malik

    Am so very sorry to read about your dear father’s demise.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen.

    And may you, mum and the family have strength and acceptance at this very sad time. Amen.

    Your father’s history is rich in seva – how fortunate his life was so blessed.

    He is now in The best place, insha’Allah, free of physical pain.

    Wishing you peace.

    Shelina

  30. Ya Ali Madad,

    Innalilllahi wa inna illahi rajioun.

    My heartfelt Dilsoji and Condolences to you and your family. I share the loss of your beloved late father Missionary Saheb AlWaez Jehangir Merchant whose Waezees I was so fortunate to hear in various places at various times.

    My heart goes out to you and your family especially to his wife, AlWaeezeen Malek Sultan Merchant who too has been a remarkable Missionary and I wish to share this bereavement with you and all of his sons, grandchildren his sister, the entire family with strength and Shukrana for his life we all shared of such a great man who achieved so much.

    May his soul rest in Eternal Peace. Ameen.

    Zarina Bhatia

  31. I have known Alwaez Jehangir Merchant and his wife, Mrs Merchant from my childhood years in London before they moved to Canada. I had fond memories of Alwaez Merchant. May Mowla bless his soul and he rests in eternal peace Ameen. As to Mrs Merchant, she was the head of the mission classes as we didn’t have Baitul Ilm in those days and she coordinated all the student majalis waras and was keen for me to learn different ginans back in the day. May Mowla bless her and her family. Ameen.

  32. Malik and Alnoor: It is with profound sadness that I learnt of your Dad’s passing away. We were neighbours in Dar and I remember how well he carried himself and that contagious smile. He, together with your Mum, have provided such valuable service to the Jamat, in the field of awareness and tariqa matters. He remained a Gem to his last and will be sorely missed. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

  33. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un…..
    His great service will always be remembered and when he resided in England, he visited the district jamats and delivered waezes.
    We pray his soul rests in eternal peace. Ameen

  34. Malik, A great tribute to a great man, Alwaez Jehangir.
    Sadly, your Dad’s passing is a reminder of the passing of a special Era in our history.
    Our condolences to all your family and your Mom, Alwaeza Malek, who was his rock while his health started declining. When visiting him in the Normanna Care Home, I remember the many times the 2 of you would banter back and forth in which his humorous side came through. It was nice to see his light heartedness in the challenging circumstances. I am looking forward to reading his insights in the topics mentioned.

  35. Indeed, I don’t personally know our Al-Waez, but looking at the background of his past khid-mat to the Immamat Institutions & Ismaili Jamath, it really is a sad day for all of us. We will miss a great hero of the jamath. May Mowla blessed his soul in eternal peace & give courage to the family members to bear such a irreparable loss. (Ameen)
    Mir Hussain
    Chitral (Pakistan)

  36. My many classmates and I from the class of ’67, Dar es salaam, will always hold such fond memories of both Mr. and Mrs. Merchant in our hearts. We say goodbye to Mr. Merchant with heavy hearts, feeling a deep sense of loss of a wise and kind elder, while we feel so grateful and privileged to have been his young charges. Rest in peace, dear teacher and friend; you will be remembered lovingly by so many.

  37. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    May Maula Keep his soul under his canopy; And asal Mubarak; And bestow sabr upon You Family to bear this loss.

    Ameen

  38. Dear Alnoor and Malik

    It was with much sadness that I received the sad news about passing away of your father, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.

    I convey to you and to all members of your family my deepest condolences with prayers that his soul may rest in eternal peace and for the strength to bear this great loss with courage and fortitude, AMEEN

    Alwaez had not only provided exemplary service for many years to the Imam and the Jamat but he has also touched innumerable lives of the members of the Jamat with his admirable leadership, support, guidance and inspiration. I am amongst them. Not only will he be missed but will also be remembered fondly for many, many years to come.

    With prayers and sympathies,
    Mohamed Manji

  39. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un…..
    Alwaez will still look after the family in different forms. Shukr.

  40. And onto Him we shall Return

    May Mawla give you and your family the strength, courage and patience to face this difficult time. I knew both your parents who were my teachers in Dar es Salaam. I also had the opportunity (Shukhar) to meet them again in UK. I used to collect Ilm magazine also- and to make my religion teacher (Malekbai) proud by winning 1st prize in religious education. May Mawla rest the soul of Missionary Saheb in Eternal peace, Amen.
    Alnoor Chagpar

  41. In the passing away of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant I have lost a confidant, a friend and a source of knowledge and wisdom that I will greatly miss. He was my Go to Person for Tariqah matters and was always willing to share.

  42. Mrs Merchant & Alnoor. We are deeply sorry for your loss. I was one of the many students that you both taught. May he rest in eternal peace, and give family fortitude to bear the loss.
    Ali & Anar Poonawala

  43. Ya Ali Madad Malik,

    Noorza and I are very sorry to hear the sad news about Dad.

    We remember Dad from his early days in Birmingham UK. The JK hajri was very high whenever he was delivering a waez. He had immense knowledge about our religion. I also remember him leading the waezeens during the silver jubilee Darbar in London UK.

    Innallillahi wa inna illahi rajehoon.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen

    We pray that Mawlana Hazar Imam Murhum Ja Kul Gunah Maaf Kare, Noorani Deedar Nasib Kare, Asalme Wasal Kare, Ameen

    Mowla family jee kul Mushkeel Asaan Kare. Ameen.

    Nazib and Noorza.

  44. My dear Malik,

    Mumtaz and were saddened to learn of the passing away of Alwaez, a fidai and your beloved dad. I was fortunate to have met him and your mom when I was very young, they left a lasting impression on me which I had shared with you earlier. We pray for the rest of his soul in eternal peace and fortitude for you and your family to bear this irreplaceable loss.

    Please convey my warmest regards to your mom Malekbai and your brother Alnoor if he remembers me.

    Best,

    Ghulam Mohammed Panjwani

  45. Dear Bhaijaan,

    I am truly sorry for your loss. It’s a great loss for the community. I grieve with you, my Brother.

    Have shared it on FB n mail.

    With love ALWAYS,

    Khurshid-your Sister

  46. Sorry to hear about Your Dad ,May mawla bless his Soul & Grant It an Abode in Heaven …AMEEN

  47. Dear Malik,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on passing away of your father.
    The passing away of ones nearest is always a difficult period.

    Our family prayers for the soul to rest in eternal peace and Noorani deedar. Ameen.

    Regards
    Shafik and Rosemin

  48. Dear Malik,

    Very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing away. May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace, Ameen.

    Mr. Merchant was my RE teacher in Dar at the Agakhan School as was your mum, Mrs. Malek Merchant.

    Please pass on my sincere condolences to your mum and family and I pray that Mr. Merchant’s soul rest in eternal peace, Ameen.

    Nargis Merchant

  49. Malik bhai! such a magnificent personality your father had. May his soul rest in eternal peace. (Ameen)

  50. Dear Malik

    I always loved, admired and respected your wonderful Dad. And I always will.

    Mowla i(n)ji Ruhani ja kool jahéri, batuni gunah maaf kari, Nurani Didar naseeb kari, Ruhani ké assalmé wasal karé. Ameen.

    If I can do anything, do let me know.

    Hazar Imam loves your family. You all have done and are doing invaluable séwa for the jamat.

    Mowla’s Hand is on you all and I am sure Hazar Imam is with you all, particularly at this time.

    Shiraz, Shahla, Anise, Hanif, Yasin and Atiya are joining me in sending our heartiest condolences to your Mom and to all of you in the family.

    Hazar Imam’s blessings are healing your hearts and filling them with inner courage and strength.

    Love
    Anaar.

  51. Dear Malik and family
    Please accept my profound condolences on this sad news and after all his unending sewa to our beloved 48th and 49th Imams, he will surely be rewarded and as Mowla says share your knowledge which he did was exemplary. Sultan Mohamed Shah was quoted after being asked ‘ Mera koi bhi murid dozak me nahi jayega’. This i heard in a CD made with geets and a bit of important info in between geets for Haza Imam on his Golden Jubilee 10 years ago, which was called ‘Dil se Dil Tak’ in Dallas Texas, which i hear todate. We all miss our loved ones when they are gone but time is the greatest healer. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  52. Dear Malik,

    Shukr – may Hazir Imam welcome him into the eternal abode and bless him with eternal peace and His Noorani Deedar, ameen! May Mowla grant you and the family strength to bear this great loss, ameen! Take care, shamim

  53. Ya Ali Madad Malik:

    Our sincere condolences on passing away of your loving Dad and renowned AlWaez Jehangir Merchant. We are saddened by his going away but pray that his soul may rest in eternal peace … Ameen

    We also pray for your family that Almighty gives you all the courage to bear this incomparable loss.

    Talking about him for me is impossible compared to the quality and amount of service he has rendered all his life to the Ismaili Jamats of the World to which he was connected.

    Inshallah, we will offer Ruhani Dua at the proper time as when we hear of completion of his final rites.

    Shermeen, Zeenat and Sherali Jiwani.

  54. Malik, please accept my condolences on the passing away of your Alwaez father. I can only say I knew him through his writings and I found them profound. You must feel consoled so many people have come and expressed their sorrow here from knowing him closely. May you and your mother come through this loss with courage. Salwaat.

  55. Ya Ali Madad,

    I am very sorry to hear the sad news. Please say salwaat whenever you think of your father.

    Inalilah-wa-ina-ilahi-rajiun

    May Mawla Bless The Departed Soul With Fanah-Fi-Allah

    Prayers Are Special Thoughts For Special People

    BLESS ALL FAMILY MEMBERS WITH STRENGTH & COURAGE TO BEAR THE SAD LOSS…….. AMEEN.

    Extend My Condolences To The Entire Family & Friends, With Prayers & Special Thoughts As You Go Through This Difficult Time.

    Pray For The Soul To Rest In Eternal Peace And Also Hazer Imam Grants Strength And Courage To All The Bereaved Family Members & Friends.

    Also Pray For The Souls Of All The Ruhani Members – May Mowla Bless Them With His Noorani Deedar And Rest Their Souls In Eternal Peace.

    With Love:

    Zarintaz

  56. Dear Malik,

    Thank you for letting us know about the passing away of our most respected Alwaez. We all cherish fond memories of having worked with him and learning a lot from him during his stay in London.

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    May Mawla grant the family strength to bear this irreparable loss. Ameen.

    Kind regards,

    Fida and Rozina Rahemtulla

  57. Dear Malik,

    We are really sorry to learn of the demise of your dear father and a great Alwaez. We knew him quite well. He used to talk for hours with my Father in Law Jafferali Ladhu who was also Quran e Hafiz.

    Please accept our condolences and prayers for the soul of the marhuam. we pray, may Mawla grant him Noorani deedar and eternal peace Ameen. May Mawla give you and your family strength and courage during this difficult journey. Ameen.

    With Ya Ali madad and deepest sympathy,
    Mansur, Shamim, Karim & Shaqiera Ladhu.

  58. Condolences to you and your family. Your dad left a legacy..may Allah give you strength to carry on. RIp.

    Shahida

  59. Alhumdullillah and shukhar. May his soul rest in eternal peace with Almighty’s grace and mercy. Illahi Amen. No doubt, he was a very knowledgeable and effective preacher and no one can deny it. We pray that the family be bestowed with fortitude and courage in surmounting this tragic loss. Amen.

    Best wishes,

    Shabu & Shaida.

  60. Dear Malik,

    I heard about your dad’s demise. What a timing…. soon after Didaar of our beloved Hazer Imam. He is blessed indeed. May his pure soul rest in eternal peace. And may you be blessed with strength in days to come.

    Warmest regards
    Karim Virjee (Sabrina and Kieran’s dad)

  61. First of all – please accept Khoplo Family’s sincere condolences. May Mawla Bless his Soul in Eternal Peace – Ameen.

    I knew your father from East Africa and admired his small “Read and Know” booklets he was publishing – including some competitions where either I or my Religious teacher Nurmohammed in Mombasa used to win as 1st or 2nd.

    Your dad was well known Waezin and there will be many who will miss him – especially like me who had good rapport with him. The news of his death is not only in the Ismaili but I have now got 12 E-mails from my friends so far regarding same message of sadness.

    Ya Ali Madad

    Huzur Mukhi Sultanali H. K. Jivraj – Khoplo

  62. Ya Ali Madad, Malik , Our condolences to each and everyone in the family, Karimshah bless his soul in Eternal Peace,
    With Ya Ali Madad,
    Late Vazir Gulamhussien Dharas and Family,

  63. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers. We Pray May Mawla rest his soul in eternal peace. We also Pray May Mawla give strength and courage to your mum and the rest of the family. He was a fine man and a good teacher, and so was your mum.

  64. My heartfelt condolences to you and family members bro. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace (Ameen)

  65. Very to sad to hear about the demise of your father. May moula bless him jannah. Kindly recite fatiha for the departed soul on our behalf.
    Regrd’s
    Sarfraz

  66. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family for the great loss of Mr Jehangir Merchant he was a great teacher. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  67. Deeply saddened by the sad news. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and give you all the strength to sustain this great loss. Ameen. He has served well and is an example of selfless service.

  68. Very sad to hear the demise of Alwaez Merchant. Please convey our heartfelt condolences to mum and the families. Alwaez Merchant was always there for me during our work together at the Association at Palace Gate then again at the Tariqua Board in Kensington. We pray his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
    Love to mum.
    Ameen and Farida Keshavjee. London.

  69. Dearest brother Malik, please accept my most sincere condolences.
    May Allah s.w.t. give you and your family strength and courage to bear the loss of such a wonderful person.
    And may the many wonderful memories of him keep him close in your hearts and bring you peace always.
    May Alwaez Saheb’s soul rest in eternal peace and oneness in Allah.
    Ameen.
    Karima, UK

  70. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace! Ameen! May HE also grant the family courage and strength during this difficult period. Ameen!

  71. May his soul rest in eternal peace. He was a great man who served the community well. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Best Regards,

    Shiraz Shariff

  72. My sincere sympathies and condolences to you and your family. Our sincere prayers for the departed soul that may mowla forgive all his sins and grant an abode in heaven and give your family strength to bear the loss. Ameen

    Regards
    Muzy

  73. i met Alwaez Jehangir Merchant for the first time at the Institute of Ismaili Studies where he was a frequent visitor and subsequently at the jamatkhana in London.
    I remember him as a very knowledgeable but humble person — as a ‘”Good Guy'” — a nice person.

    He surprised me with an act of kindness which became a lasting memory of him — he gave me a picture of Mawlana Hazar Imam in a beautiful golden frame. This
    photograph is centrally positioned in the bedroom and when we look at it — first thing in the morning and last thing at night — it reminds me of who gave it to me.

    May your soul be swiftly reunited with the Creator.
    Nizar Motani

  74. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajioon – (from God we are & to Him we shall return). Ameen! Shukar he was blessed with a long life. May Mowla accept his Seva and reward him rightfully and bless his soul with eternal peace. May he bless your family with strength and courage…….Ameen.

    Please continue with your work in sharing your knowledge and inspiring us. It is most appreciated. With our prayers for your mushkil asaan

    Yasmin Valani

  75. Dear Malik. Ya Ali Madad.

    I just wished to email to express my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Father from this temporary world into the eternal afterlife. I am very sorry for your loss and pray that may Khudavand bless him with His Noorani Didar and enlighten his soul in the next life. May He keep him close to Him and welcome him with ease and tranquility into His Dar-es-Salam.

    Ameen. Keep strong and seek His strength and ‘Ali will be with you.

    Warmest Regards,

    Nadim Pabani
    Secondary Teacher
    ITREB UK

  76. Alwaez Jehangir Merchant, your beloved father and our dedicated teacher was truly a remarkable and wonderful man.

    Malik, you should not have any regrets at all. You gave up a lot for your parents. You are a caring and wonderful son. May Allah bless you with good health and inner peace. Please be strong for our teacher Maleksultan.

    The Holy Prophet Mohammad has said
    “You have not been created to perish, but to remain forever. You only transfer from one home to another when you die.”
    Love,
    Shamim and Vichi

  77. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you Malik and the rest of the family. May Mowla bless his soul and grant succor to the family to face this loss. Ameen.

    Alwaez Jehangir was a remarkable man very learned and passed on the teaching of the Imam and the Ismaili tariqa very successfully with devotion and commitment. He will be remembered by all who came in contact with him. Will be sadly missed.

  78. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Extremely sad to hear about Dad’s passing away. Please accept our heartfelt condolences . May Mowla forgive all his sins, bless the departed soul with Noorani Didar and rest his soul in Eternal peace. May He give the family the strength and courage to bear this loss. Ameen

  79. I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the loss of your father. I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew him. He was a wonderful man and he will be surely missed. I remember him and your mum who taught us with their love and devotion when I was in Dar es Salaam.

  80. Ya Ali Madad Malik.
    Please accept my condolences for your beloved father’s passing away. May Mawlana Hazar Imam rest his soul in eternal and forever in peace. Ameen.
    May Mawlana Hazar Imam give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this great loss. Ameen.
    May Mawlana Hazar Imam give you strength, courage, and determination to continue the excellent work you are doing. Ameen.
    Regards
    Ashraf Nagji

  81. Inna lillahi wa Inna illahi rajeoon. 🌷

    Please accept our very Deep heartfelt condolences to you and your beloved loving family, We pray that may Almighty Allah bless his beautiful loving soul in eternal peace, Ameen 🌷

    With Ya Ali Madad
    Truly
    Almas and Nassir Hudda.

  82. Dear Mrs Merchant, dear Malik, dear Fahar and dear Alnoor

    Hamida, Mohammed Zahra and I have learnt with profound sadness the death of your beloved father. Both mum and dad have been greatly responsible for my service to the Imam and the Jamat and for that I am most grateful. I have lost a mentor a friend and a parent figure who nurtured me and was a light on my path.

    While we know that he lives in light and mercy of Mawla, he surely leaves a vacuum in our lives, a vacuum that can only be filled with his loving joyful memories.

    My family and I participate in you sadness with prayers for his eternal peace. May Mawla’s love and light, his protection and support and above all his spiritual presence always bless dad with amar shanti and life and abode if peace.

    We pray that you are blessed with strength and healing and you find peace.

    Bashir

  83. Inallilahi wa Inailahi Rajeun.

    We are indeed grieved to hear the sad demise of Alwaez. We realize what it means to have lost a dear one in the family and pray that you and your family be granted the courage, the will and the fortitude to bear this tragic loss. We offer humble prayers that may the soul of the Ruhani rest in Eternal Peace. Ameen.

    With sincere prayers and heartfelt condolences to your entire family.

  84. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
    Alnasir Rajan and Family
    Toronto, Canada

  85. Dear Malik

    May I convey my condolences for the sad demise of your father Jehangir Merchant.

    I have known him over 40-45 years, first in Dar es Salaam and then in London.

    Words may not be enough to express my sadness – but one should think that he has gone to the other shore to be with his Maker, where there is eternal Peace.

    Please convey this message to your mother also.

    Warm Regards
    Amir Bhatia

  86. Our sincere condolances. We pray his soul rests in eternal peace. Ameen

  87. We were indeed grieved to hear the sad demise of Alwaez. We realize what it means to have lost a dear one in the family and pray that you and your family be granted the courage, the will and the fortitude to bear this tragic loss. We offer humble prayers that may the soul of the Ruhani rest in Eternal Peace. Ameen.

    With sincere prayers and heartfelt condolences to your entire family.

    Salim Darediya

  88. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
    May Mawla Bestow Strength and courage to accept this
    Heartfelt moment to all your families members.
    He will always be remembered through
    his intellectual religious publications
    through ILM Magazines.

  89. Dear Malik your Father was lucky and was Bestowed with the Holy Diamond Jubilee Deedar of Mowlana Hazar Imam. My sincere heartflet Condolences to you and your family. May Mowla give you & your family strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss. I pray the departed soul may rest in eternal peace. Aameen.

  90. Jehangir Uncle was truly a special and great person. His pleasant nature, smiling face, unconditional love as well as compassion and willingness to help at all times made him a very good human being.

    His life long service dedicated to the Imam and the Jamat is truly exemplary. l am proud to be his niece. We pray that Mawlana Hazar Imam grant you all and especially Maleksultan aunty the courage and strength to cope with the loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  91. Ya Ali Madad Abdulmalik,

    Shah Begum and I are deeply, deeply saddened to hear of passing of your dear
    Father Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. We pray for eternal peace and rest of the Ruhani, courage, fortitude and strength to your dear Mother Alwaeza, to you and your entire family. Please kindly convey to your dear Mother, Thank you.

    No words or letters can or will adequately describe the long and illustrious journey of Alwaez’s life long dedication to the History and Practice of our Tariqah, its teachings and understanding through centuries. Together with your dear Mother and family
    your are truly fortunate of Allah’s immense Blessing upon you.

    Be brave and have courage, insh’Allah we shall meet in Ottawa. Do let us know of Khidmat you may perform here.

    With warmest regards to you and Family from both of us,
    Amir Rashid and Shah Begum

  92. Dear Malik: our sincerest condolences on the passing away of your dad. Mahbanu had just visited with your mum. I vividly remember your dad’s laughter and sense of humour. May Allah grant his soul eternal peace. Amen

  93. Ya ali madad, Malik.

    Please accept and convey our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    We pray that mawla accept all his seva and bless his soul ameen. May his soul rest in eternal peace ameen

    How fortunate that Hazar Imam granted didar and chanta a few days ago. He is so blessed to have had this experience just before passing. Bless his soul ameen.

    May mawla grant all family members strength and courage during this difficult period and keep faith with unity and imamji salamati ameen.

    sincerely
    Izat Pirmohamed.

  94. Dear Malik, Alnoor and Family, My sincere sympathies in your loss Alwaez had a long and distinguished career in serving our Imam and Jamath I pray for his eternal rest Amen Kindly convey my sympathies to your dear mother Alnoor and you will be blessed for taking good care of your parents Ya Ali Madad, Farouk

  95. Dear Malik,
    Please accent my condolences. May Mowla give you strength to suffer the loss of your dad. My best regards to your mum.
    Nailla Naran Devraj

  96. Dear Malik

    I am so sad that your father passed away. I pray that his soul rests in eternal peace. That he goes with the light to his freedom and space.
    May your mum find Sabr and you to be there by her side.

    Regards,
    Shariffa

  97. Dear Malik,

    So sorry to hear about your beloved Dad. May his Soul rest in Eternal peace Amen!! And May Allah give you and your mum the strength to face this huge loss.

    Mr. Merchant played an instrumental role in a lot of our lives as was your mum, whilst we were growing up, teaching us religious Education in Dar. We all have fond memories of his lectures on ginans and their meanings which even now stay fresh in my mind.

    Abdul and myself both are in Ottawa spending time with grandkids and so will not be able to attend any of the funeral ceremonies, unfortunately, however Dad stays in our prayers and fond memories.

    Hang in there and a big hug and lots of love for Mum:)

    Regards

    Almas

  98. May his soul rest in peace Malik. We (girls at that time in the secondary school who finished as the class of 1968 have been remembering him through Almas (then Moosa). Not sure if you knew our ‘group’ but both your mum and your dad taught us and we have all been praying for him. They both guided us and we will never forget what they did to strengthen us in our faith. He was lucky to have recently had deedar: he went as he had lived, pure and serene. I was at my mum’s bedside too when she went. It is overwhelming but also it takes the fear of death away and you begin to really see it as a transition. May you find strength to bear his loss,

    Warm regards, Anise (Waljee) and the class of 68​

  99. Thank you for letting us know. We pray his soul rests in peace. I remember him from BAI days in UK. May Mowla give you and family strength to deal with the loss.
    You are doing an amazing job.
    Love Azmina

  100. May his soul rest in eternal peace. He taught so many of us. I remember him and your mother very well from their London days when I was a child.

  101. Ya Ali Madad Malik Sorry to hear the sad news. Please accept my condolences and let us pray Dads soul rest in eternal peace.Ameen

  102. Malik my sincerest condolences to you and the family. Prayers that his soul Rest In Peace.

  103. So sad to hear about your loss. Uncle was such a great person. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen. We pray that Allah gives you strength to go through this difficult time.

  104. We pray that his soul rest in peace .
    We remember both of them fondly from Dar. Our condolences to your family.
    Kassamali and Naz kassam from Atlanta.

  105. Dear Malik,

    Mehmoona joins me in expressing our heartfelt condolences. May your Father’s soul rest in peace. He was a truly remarkable figure and his generous legacy will live on in the hearts of all those who knew him, but especially with all of us who were fortunate to be his students. Best prayers for the strength of the whole family during this difficult time. I hope your mother is keeping strong. Please send her our love.

    Regards,
    Farouk

  106. Dear Malik,
    We are deeply sad to learn about the passing away of your illustrious father. Kindly accept our heartfelt condolences and convey the same to your mother and to other members of the family.

    Your father’s long and devoted service to the house of Imam and the Jamat, particularly in the field of our Tariqah will be long remembered. Many future generations will continue to benefit from the knowledge he and your mother produced and shared. We both also learnt a lot from them.

    May the Merciful Lord grant eternal bliss and peace to the departed soul! Aameen

    Zarina and Kamaluddin

  107. My family and I were deeply shocked and grieved to learn about the sad and untimely demise of Alwaez Jehangir Alibhai Merchant. This is, indeed, a great loss both to the community and the family members. We pray may the departed noble soul rest in eternal peace and He give strength, courage and fortitude to the members of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss – Ameen. No doubt, we are left with no option but to bow our heads before the Almighty who has chosen to take away the noble soul from our midst. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Maleksultan and members of the bereaved family.
    = Captain Amir Ali Alijah Ibrahim Karmali Gwadurwala=
    29 May 2018

  108. Great soul who dedicated his life for our Ismaili
    brothers and sisters
    Pray his soul rests in peace
    May the Almighty give SUBRA to the family

  109. An enlightened soul, filled with love, joy and fulfilment. Alwaez has been a beacon of hope and inspiration to all his students around the world for many decades. The legacy he leaves behind is one of spiritual elevation. No doubt he will be missed by those closest to him. His time on this earth has carved an imprint of commitment, dedication, humility and passion from which all those that have shared a part of his journey will reflect upon for many years. As the soul embraces the divine, we shall pray for the eternal peace of his soul!

  110. Ya Ali Madad Malik: I would like to express my deepest condolences and sympathies to yourself, your brothers and your Mum regarding the sad demise of your father – Al waez Missionary Jehangir Merchant. Our connections go back a long way since 1963 when I stayed with your family for a few months in Dar. I still remember your father was an avid newspaper reader. In the 1970’s and 80’s, I remember reading the UK based Ilm magazine and many of his interesting articles. I recall meeting your parents with my late mother in Toronto during those times too. He was a fountain and wealth of knowledge, May his soul rest in eternal peace

  111. YA-Ali Madad, Malek Aunty, Malik and all the others family members. This is Shanshahi from Philadelphia.
    My deepest condolence to Malek Aunty and all the family members. Ours prayers are with the family. Alwaiz saheb and sahiba were among the first batch of new Ismaili Missionaries trained at the time of Imam Sultan Mohamad Shah. The are a lucky couple who were given the opportunity to serve the Jamat. We all pray for the Ruhani, May Hazer Imam Keep the soul of Ruhani in Akhan Shanti, peace and give courage and Saber to all family members.
    Ya Ali Madad

  112. Ya Ali Madad Malik. Our Deepest condolences to you and the family. I Spent a lot of time with your mum and dad in London England. They are very dear to me. May his soul rest in eternal peace. And May Hazar Imam Bless you all with courage and strength to to bear the loss. He will be missed dearly.

  113. So sorry to hear about your loss. May Allah grant him eternal peace. Ameen. Condolences to the family from Salim and Shirin.

  114. Malik bhai,
    I just learned of your Dad’s passing yesterday. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.
    It is indeed very sad that someone with tons of Ismaili history associated with him has passed away. His legacy will be remembered for a very, very long time. My heartfelt condolences to the family and his friends.
    Regards and Duas
    Sadruddin Noorani

  115. Malik, deeply saddened by the sad news. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and give you all the strength to sustain this great loss. Ameen. He has served well and is an example of selfless service.

  116. Jehangir Uncle as his name means a conqueror and that he was a conqueror of the hearts of whoever he met. He just won them over with his soft tender voice. He was truly very special. A humble Murid, a loving husband and father, a dedicated teacher and alwaez that influenced spiritual understanding of many, a kind, generous and compassionate person and our uncle. Allah keep his soul always in His loving presence and care of his equally special wife, Malek Aunty, and his dedicated sons Malik, Fahar and Alnoor.

  117. Dear Malik, please accept our heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time and please pass these sentiments on to your mum and brothers and Nurin. I know how much you all loved and honoured your father. You were very fortunate to have such a fine man as your father and role model. He will be missed by the whole community

  118. I am so very sorry to hear of Mr Merchant’s death.
    My condolences to his family and Mrs Merchant.
    May Allah give eternal peace for his soul.
    May Allah give strength to all his family .
    Everyone was given lots of help from both Mr & Mrs Merchant for many many years.
    Mrs Parin Ladha Juma.
    & Late Mr Sadrudin Ladha juma.

  119. Sorry to hear about your dad
    Mr Merchant had devoted his life
    to educate the Jamat It was a pleasure to work with him in London
    We pray his Soul rest in eternal peace
    And may you have the strength to bear his loss.
    Our Condolences to Mom
    You should be proud you looked after
    him. May moula fullfill all your wishes
    Give you Baraka in your material and
    Spiritual life
    Hamida and Mohamed
    Tehseen and Faruqa

  120. Dear Alwaeza Malek Sultan Merchant, Malik, Fahar and Alnoor:

    May his Soul Rest In Peace
    AMEN

  121. May his beautiful soul rest in eternal peace, Ameen. He looks so adorable in this picture. Shukar he experienced Mulaqat of Mawlana Hazar Imam – what a blessing. Praying for his soul and for the courage and strength of your entire family.

  122. Shukhar Alhamdullillah!! Deepest condolences to you and the families of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen. Prayers for strength and courage to bear this great loss. Ameen.

    Ya Ali madad,

    Khadija Mohamed

  123. Ya Ali Madad Mr Malik,
    I am very sorry for your loss, may moula bless your dad’s soul with his bateni dedar and Peace, may moula bless you and your family and grant you patience, I know it is very hard moment for you and your family, dad will be always in our heart and prayers…

    Please convey my regards and condolences message to your family.

    May his soul Rest In Peace
    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    Regards
    Leeda

  124. Ya Ali Madad Malik,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the sad news of your father’s passing. May God rest his soul in peace. Ameen.

    Regards.
    Qayad.

  125. May His Soul rest in Eternal Peace and Tranquility – your Dad will be remembered for life time of Sewa , condolences to your family

  126. May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace. Alwaez was an exceptional soul. I will always remember his special smile. Sadru and I had pleasure of being with him and Maleksultan and sharing experiences. Shukhar.

  127. Our deepest condolences. We still remember his waezs even from when we were kids! May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace and grant you all the strength to go through these difficult times. Ameen

    Asifa

  128. We are sorry for your loss and we pray to Mowla to give you strength to bear this great loss and for your dad’s soul to rest in eternal peace. Amen.

  129. Dear Malik

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to your mom and brothers on sad demise of your dad, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. I remember him from Dar as one of my religion teacher. May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen

    By the way, I am Mariam (Amir ‘sano’) Merali’s youngest sister Naz (Alibhai).

    Regards,

    Naz

  130. A great sewadhari of world Jamat as a professional waezeen and scholar. I am still cherishing Ilm magazines edited by him. May Mawla forgive all his shortcomings, grant him Khudavind’s Noorani Didar and rest his soul in eternal peace-Ameen. May Mawla give you and your family courage and strength to sustain this great loss. Ameen

  131. Dear Malik,

    I was so saddened to hear of the passing away of your dad. Over the years I had heard so many wonderful stories about him, his philosophy, and his teachings from my mum Katija Zavahir. Your parents never failed to visit her whenever they were in Toronto.

    Please accept my condolences and convey the same to your mother and family members. I will be writing to Alnoor also.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen

    Zarina Zaver Moosa

  132. Deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Allah rest his soul in eternal rest and peace. Ameen. His unconditional seva to the Imam and Jamat will always be treasured. Shukran Mowla.

    Death has nothing to
    do with going away
    The sun sets
    The moon sets
    but they are not gone

    — Rumi

  133. Dear Malik, Alnoor, Alwaeza & Family,

    Alwaez was a gentle, caring soul and a genuine,
    authentic sevadari whose mission was to create an
    impact to one and all irrespective of receiving any recognition
    or credit. You saw this come across during his preaching,
    his casual conversation at your home and even on the cricket
    field! The best part is all is that all his children are living by his principles therefore he will continue to smile from heaven.
    His mission well completed. Shukar!

    It is nonetheless a huge loss for the family and community. May his soul rest in eternal peace and prayers for strength for the family. Ameen

  134. Sorry to learn about this great loss to the family and to the community. May his ruhani rest in eternal peace and may Allah give strength to the family members to bear this loss.

  135. He touched the hearts and minds of many, for that we are truly grateful. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Our deepest condolences to the family for your loss, and prayers for strength to steer you through this difficult time. Ameen

  136. Dear Malik,

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved father, shukhar. I pray for the eternal rest and peace of his soul, and pray that Mowla give you and your family strength and peace during this difficult time.

    Warmly,
    Tehseen

  137. Ya Madad Malik and Mom.
    Very sorry to hear the sad news of your daddy passing away which is a great loss for mom. May his soul rest in eternal peace. May Mawla give the family the strength at such a difficult time. Ameen.

    Please Malik give your mom (my best teacher) my special love. God will give her strength and courage to face the times of difficulties.
    Almas Nathoo.

  138. Dear Malik & Alnoor
    I was very saddened and hurt to learn the demise of your beloved father, Alwaez Jehangir, Mastersaheb.
    May his soul rest in eternal peace, Ameen.
    Abdul and Nilufar Khakoo

  139. Please accept my deepest condolences, may his soul rest in eternal peace . He was an exceptionallly smart person and with Mrs Merchant by his side ,they were a formidable force . With love and prayers Shenaz Shariff

  140. I’m sorry to learn about your father’s passing. He was a remarkable person and built a profound legacy which (through the many lives he has touched) will continue growing. It’s always wonderful when such a person uses his talents, wisdom, and perspective to make the world a better and more beautiful place.

    If any of us can grow into being just half the person he was, that would truly be worthwhile.

  141. Please accept my condolence. I won’t be able to come to funeral but I will surely pray for his soul. Rest in peace! Ya Ali madad.

  142. Our condolences to the whole family. He was a great man. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen

  143. The world is poorer for his demise. May he have his dearest wishes fulfilled in heaven. Ameen.

  144. Dear Malik,

    I would like to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear father. I pray that his soul may rest in eternal Peace. Ameen. Also Pray that Allah give your mum and rest of your family, strength at this difficult time. Both your Parents were my teachers in Lourenco Marques, I will always remember his soft gentle voice and kindness towards me. Love to your mum.

    .

  145. With prayers for abundance of strength to you all in the immediate and extended family though the Imam e Zamana.I am sure, the soul of the beloved father would have the recommendation of the Imam e Zamana. HAQQ MOWLA ALI NOORUN ALA NOOR.

  146. So sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
    May Mowla give the family strength at this difficult time. Ameen.

  147. To the Family of Alwaez: Please accept our Deepest Condolence on the sad demise of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. We Pray that Mowla Blesses his Soul with Eternal Peace. Amen. This is a loss not only to the family but the Ismaili Community at large. May Mowla forgive all his short-comings and Grant him eternal Peace in Heaven. Amen.

  148. Please accept our deepest condolences. May his soul rest in eternal peace. I have heard many of his waezes in Tanzania.

  149. Dear Malik & Alnoor:

    Sorry to hear of your loss, we are never ready to bear losses like this!

    Many prayers for his soul and for your family’s strength of iman as you bear this loss.

    Although I never met your father, I read a lot of his remarkable work on Simerg. He certainly was a privileged individual (as is your mom and Alnoor) serving Imamat institutions in the capacities that he was honored to.

    Mashallah, he lived a full life! He is finally with his Creator and at a much better resting place.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

    Nims, Qayl, Riyaan and my dad join me in expressing our family’s sincere condolence to you all.

  150. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.

    Our sincere condolences to your family. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  151. Dear Malik

    Deeply saddened to read of the passing on of your dear father, a true pioneer of our times. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may Allah grant him a place in Heaven. And, May Mowala grant you all the fortitude and strength to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen.

    I join you in prayers.

    SHAMLAL PURI
    London Editor
    Business Times
    London

  152. Our condolences on hearing the news of the death of Alwaez Jehangir. My Mawla rest his soul in eternal peace and our prayers are for you and your Mom.

    Regards Farida and Amir Kassam.

  153. Please accept our deepest condolences, we pray for the departed soul. He was an exceptional person, always with a smile and a kind word… I have wonderful memories of my interactions with him..

  154. Dear Malik and Malek Aunty
    A legend lost! My entire family join me in conveying our deep condolences on the very sad demise of Al waez Jehangir Merchant. He will be sorely missed.

    I remember Al waez from my brief visits to Normanna home where I often brought sweet treats which he happily ate.
    I feel so fortunate to have met him and learnt the meaning of ginans. Also I happened to be one of the last person who spent some time with him just a couple of hours before he passed away.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace and May mawla grant you all famly members immense strength to bear this irrepairable loss. Ameen.

    Khairunessa

  155. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! With sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear father. May Mowla rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen

  156. Salaam with Taziyatziyat
    I send my heartfelt Dua that may Allah bestow His Rahmah upon your father and grant him Shafaat of Mohammad (S) and Aale Mohammad, Aameen. Syedna al Muayyad al Shirazi (ra) has explains that death is actually the beginning of the eternal life.

    “Al Mauta Haqqun, wal Jannata Haqqun”. The Masarr’at of Jannah is great.

    No doubt you have lost a very lovely learned father who remembered you in his Dua till his last breath.
    With profound sympathy

    Qazi Dr. Shaikh Abbas Borhany Aal al Waleed

  157. My sincere condolences. He was my teacher too! May his soul rest in eternal peace. And may God bless you all with courage and strength to face this difficult moment. Please, convey my heartfelt condolences to your mom and rest of the family. From us all, the Ahamad Keshavjee family, our prayers.

  158. Dear Malik and Alnoor

    I learnt with a great sadness the passing away of your beloved father. May Mawla rest his soul in eternal peace.

    May Mawla grant you all, strength to bear this great loss.

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    His selfless service to the Imam and the Jamat will always be remembered. I myself had the great honour to work by his side in Dar es Salaam and he was my greatest support and pillar when I came to Paris. He always used to tell me, “London is only a telephone away”.

    Please convey my deepest condolences to your beloved mother.

    All the best

    Muhammad

  159. Dear Malik

    We are very sorry to hear about the sad demise of your father. Both your mum and dad taught religious studies to my brother Naushad Jivraj and to myself – both in Dar-es-Salaam and here in London at 3/5 Palace Gate when my father Nurdin Jivraj was Mukhi.

    We Pray that Mowla bless the departed soul with his Noorani Deedar and may the soul rest in eternal peace. We also pray that Mowla bless the family with the strength and courage to face this very difficult loss.

    With warm regards

    Naaz Raghavji

  160. My deepest condolences on the passing of your father; may his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen. Unfortunately for me the only interaction, direct or indirect, I have ever had with Alwaez Jehangir Merchant occured after I emigrated to Toronto, Canada from Pretoria, South Africa in 1973: he was the editor of the prestigious ‘Ilm’ magazine published by the then Ismailia Association for the United Kingdom. Back in the day I voraciously devoured material from both the ‘Ilm’ periodicals from the United Kingdom and the ‘Hikmat’ periodicals from Canada. Both these publications provided for me my first foray into well-researched and well-written material on Islam and Ismailism and Alwaez Jehangir’s superbly-researched and captivatingly-written articles seized my attention and I found them mesmerizing and absorbing and subsequently became an ardent follower of your father’s writings in ‘Ilm’ magazine! I very much would have liked to have met him in person. In any case the written expression emanating from his intellectual efforts on the subject of the Shia Ismaili Tariqah of Islam made a deep impression on me!

  161. So sorry to read about this. Please accept our sincerest condolences and prayers for his soul to rest in eternal peace as well as prayers for strength for the family in this time of grief.

    Zafeera and Tazmina

  162. My condolences and prayers – May his soul rest in eternal peace – ameen. My teacher, mentor and guide….

  163. Condolences on the passing of your father. May his soul rest in peace. And may you all have strength. He was an inspired man. I used to enjoy our chats and meeting him. My love to your mom as well. May you all be inspired in your father’s legacy. Ameen

  164. May his soul rest in peace, happiness and light. Please share my condolences with your mom; she was my teacher.
    Best regards
    Nevine

  165. My most sincere condolences on the passing of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. I pray that his soul rest in eternal peace, Ameen.
    Shukhar.

  166. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. My sincere condolences on this loss. It’s very hard to lose a parent no matter at what age. Your father was an exemplary murid who served the Imam and Jamat so selflessly for so many decades. With prayers that his soul rest in eternal peace. May Mawla’s blessings always be with ruhani and your family.
    Regards
    Ali

  167. Dear Bhaijaan,

    I don’t know where to begin except for saying that when I heard the news I was in a state of shock. I cannot stop my tears as I found the news unbearable especially. I felt as if my own father left me again.

    I am truly sorry for your loss Bhaijaan. Nothing I say can come remotely close to what either of us is feeling. You more than I, as this kind n loving gentleman was your esteemed father. Please know that I grieve with you and am praying for your strength. May Mowla be with you and your entire family. Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen 🙏. Pls convey my condolences to them all.

    With love ALWAYS, your sister,

    Khurshid

  168. I pray that may his Soul Rest in Permanent Eternal Peace,,,Ameen. Late Alwaez Jehangir and Mrs Merchant were my Religion teachers in Dar-es Salaam.
    Prayers for family and especially for Mrs Maleksultan Merchant.

    Rosemin Count Jafferali Ali Meghji
    (originally from Dar-es Salaam, presently residing in Coquitlam BC.)

  169. Very sorry to hear about his death. He is in good place. I pray to Mowla to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and gives you all family members lots of strength in this difficult time ameen. Please convey my deep sympathy to the entire family members.

  170. Inna lillahi wa inn ilahi Rajeoon

    May Mawla Bless his soul and give your family the strength to overcome this great loss.

    With Warm Regards
    Sulaiman Lakadawalla

  171. Dear Malik Ya Ali Madad!

    Our deepest sympathies! May his soul rest in eternal peace! Your Dad contributed so much to the Ismaili Jamat and you are carrying on the tradition, Masha’Allah!

    Our prayers and condolences also to your Mom and family. Blessed be always!

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un Surely we belong to God, and to God we shall return. – Holy Quran • Surah al-Baqarah • 2:156 نحن ننتمي إلى الله و إنا إليه راجعون . – القرآن الكريم سورة • 2 : 156

    The Grave is a Veil, by Jalaluddin Rumi

    On that fatal day when my casket rolls along,
    don’t think my heart is in this world.
    Don’t cry, don’t wail in anguish;
    don’t fall into a hole the demons have dug.
    That would surely be sad.

    When you see my procession, don’t say I’m gone.
    It will be my reunion.
    As you lower me into the grave, don’t say, ‘So long.’
    The grave is a veil before the gathering of paradise.

    When you see that lowering down,
    think of rising.

    What harm is in the setting moon or sun?
    What seems a setting to you is a dawning.

    Though it may seem a prison,
    this vault releases the soul.
    Unless a seed enters the earth, it doesn’t grow.
    Why are you doubting this human seed?
    Unless the bucket goes down,
    it won’t come up full.
    Why should the Joseph of the Spirit resent the well?

    Close your mouth here and open it beyond,
    and in the nowhere air will be your song.

    — Rumi, Muslim Mystic and Poet

    Nina Gafoor
    Amaana.org

  172. It is a great sadness to hear about the sad demise of Alwaez Jehangir Merchant in Vancouver yesterday. We pray that may Allah rest his departed soul in eternal peace Ameen. We also pray that may his wife Alwaeza Maleksultan Merchant and indeed the entire family derive courage and fortitude to bear this great irreplaceable loss. Ameen. Late Alwaez Merchant was a personal friend of mine and he was very helpful in the success of the publication of my booklet on “Essays on Prophet Muhammad and Islam” published by Ismiailia Association for Tanzania (now Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Tanzania) in 1967 (over 50 years ago). Late Alwaez Merchant will be remembered by hundreds of family members and friends across the world. Once again, our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Ameen.

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAYHI RAJI’UN.

  173. Dear Malik,

    It is with utmost sorrow that I just read the passing away of your dear dad on the website! Zubeda and I pray for the eternal rest and peace of a very dear colleague, teacher, tutor, philosopher and a rare person possessing wealth of knowledge.

    Please convey our sincere condolences to everyone in the family and particularly your mum. We pray that Mawla grants you all courage to bear this great loss. I know that he had been suffering with various ailments. But we know that he will now be in a better place where we all have to sooner or latter go.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeun.

    With lots of love and prayers.

    Firoz & Zubeda

  174. Dear Malik and Alnoor

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing on of your Dad, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

    His dedicated, lifelong service to the house of the Imam and the Jamat is truly exemplary. He was among my formative teachers in religious education when I first came to the UK, and among those who imbibed the love of Ismaili history in me. I truly owe him a great debt of gratitude.

    Please convey my condolences to your Mum.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Merchant family.

    Shainool

  175. Dear Malik, Alnoor and the entire extended Merchant family.

    Inna Lilahi wa Inna Ilahi Rajiun.

    Shuker.

    Our deepest and most sorrowful
    Condolences at not only your personal sad loss, but a loss to humanity.

    You should all feel extremely proud that his soul was part of our lives in this transient world.

    We pray that may Mowla protect his beautiful soul on his journey to eternity and rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family and we pray that may Mowla grant you all peace, calmness, understanding, compassion, tolerance and love at this difficult juncture and most stressful time in your lives. Ameen

    We also pray that with Mowla’s grace and infinite mercy, that, you as a family remain united, protected and comforted always under Mowla’s care and blessings. Ameen

    With all our thoughts and prayers

    Salim, Zahra, Karim and Alisha.

  176. I am sorry to hear your dad passing away. We pray his soul rests in Eternal Peace. With prayers for happiness

  177. It is indeed a grave loss to all of us to lose a great Alwaez and educator. He as we all know was the one who started read and know bòklets that are as relevant today as they were then.

    A very fine gentleman and an excellent person will always be missed. Our Prayers are for his soul and and for you all. May Mowla give you Sabhar
    My special prayers and condolence to your mother. Please tell her we are all thinking of you and praying for you all at this time

    Sincerly
    Shiraz Ismail M.D.

  178. My sincere condolences for your loss, Its hard to lose a parent.

    I hope that you have strength and courage during this time.

    Zulina Lalji

  179. Please accept our sincere condolences, would have loved to have met him. May Mowla forgive his, accept his wonderful seva and grant his soul with eternal peace, amen.

  180. Dear Malik,

    Our sincere condolences to the whole family. Our prayers that his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

    We also pray that Mowla bless the family with the strength to cope with the loss of a loved one. Ameen.

    Warm Regards,

    Kabir Jivraj

  181. My sincere condolences to you and your family. He was an inspiration to many people. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  182. We convey our condolences to the family for the sad news. We pray his soul rest in eternal peace, we will offer prayers in Jamatkhana.

    He was a special person with incredible knowledge. We played cricket together and shared some wonderful experiences

  183. We convey our sincere condolences to the family. May his soul rest in eternal peace, Amen!.

    Sultan and Rosila (formerly of Mozambique and a student of the deceased)

  184. Sincere prayers for rest of soul. Mr. Merchant will long be remembered for having given his all for the betterment of others. His pleasant nature and unconditional smile will be sorely missed.

  185. We extend our heartfelt condolences and pray May Mawla rest the departed soul in eternal peace. Ameen

  186. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family, so sorry for your loss, prayers for his soul rest in Eternal Peace. Ameen

  187. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace AMEEN. May moula gives strength to family for losing their loves one.

  188. Sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family! May his soul rest in Internal peace. Ameen.

  189. Dear Malik I am deeply grieved to hear about the sad demise of your beloved father. I Pray to Allah SWT to grant eternal peace to the departed soul Ameen

  190. My deepest condolences for passing away of your dear father. May his soul rest in eternal peace! Ameen.

  191. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace Ameen.

  192. Sorry to hear about your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. May his soul Rest in eternal peace.

  193. I consider it as a ”moment of joy” , due to all achievments during his lifetime. A well lived life! He is certain to be with ”High Companios” In Peace and Contented🌹🌹

  194. Alwaez was a great source of knowledge, wisdom and sound valuable guidance for me during his life in London. A role model for demonstrating patience in face of difficulties. He was loved and respected by all. And we remember his cricketing career from Dar. Alwaez will always be missed and we pray for eternal peace for the great soul. Ameen .

  195. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the family and friends. We are most grateful for his dedication and contribution to the Imamate. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen.

  196. An incredible man with an incredible gift to inspire, reflect and move towards a deeper understanding of self and Allah!

    Condolences from Shabanali Shamji and family, Birmingham UK!

  197. Our sincere condolences to the family and pray that his soul may rest in eternal peace. He will be fondly remembered for his deep knowledge of our faith and its transmission to us all. Amen.

  198. He taught me in 1988. I still have fond memories of him and Malekbai to date. My memory of Alwaez is in the dark suit he wore at our dinner at Fulham Broadway. His life deserves an encore. We celebrate You, Sir🙏🌹💜. Innalillahu waina ilahi raji’un.

  199. “Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeoon.” May his soul rest in eternal peace” amen. He was a most wonderful great soul who taught & guided with love & devotion for Mowla. He was a very dear brother,friend & real teacher to me and many more like me.May Mowla grant us all sabar, strength to carry on his wonderful legacy. Amen. We will all miss him but we know he is with Allah. Sukran lillah wal hamdulillah rabbil aalameen “amen”!!!

  200. So sorry to learn about the demise of your beloved Dad. It’s a huge loss to our Global Jamati members.
    We pray his soul rest in Eternal peace. Convey our condolences to your family.

  201. Dear Malik,

    Our thoughts and prayers for you all during this difficult time. Your father was truly wonderful person.

    Lots of love
    Aniza and family

  202. Mastersaheb will be fondly be remebered by his students ftom ex-Lorenzo Marques, specially Tajudin Hussens’s children with whom there was a special bond. We all have suffered a great loss. Pray for the soul of the ruhani to rest in eternal peace. Ameen

  203. મૌલા મર્હુમની રૂહાનીને અસલ મુબારકમાં વાસલ કરે

  204. My deepest condolences to you Malik, Mrs Merchant as I knew her and your family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  205. Ya Ali Madad Malik
    Please accept our condolences on your father passing away. May his soul rest in peace..ameen
    Mom and Nargis Mitha

  206. Ya Ali Madad

    Dear Malik: Our condolences and may your dad rest in eternal peace. A great hug!
    Samir (son of Muhamad Abdul Karim Vassanjy)

  207. May his soul rests in eternal peace. Ameen. Both your parents are wonderful people. Very close to our family.

  208. May his soul rest in eternal peace. So fortunate to have known him, listened to his religious teachings and also played cricket with him.
    Will definitely miss him. Mowla give strength and courage to you and mum and the rest of the family. Inshallah we shall meet again. God bless

  209. Sincere condolences on the sad demise of your father. We pray for the eternal peace and rest of his soul. I knew him personally. He was a fine gentleman and a very good Missionary. Love to your Mum whom I have also known for many years.

  210. Dear Malik I pray for your father’s soul. May he rest in Mowla’s Noor and Mercy. Alwaez, RIP, Ameen.

  211. Malik so sorry I’ve lost my teacher mentor my friend. Early days in London Alwaez was my anchor when I was bursting with the quest to learn. He and your mum were my anchor. May he rest in eternal peace. May you all remember him with a sense of pride and happiness that he was a role model Dad . Anil’s and my deep condolences. Our Love to mum.

  212. Our heartfelt condolences and our prayers that his soul rest in eternal peace. We also pray for strength and fortitude for the family. Shukar. Please give my condolences to mom and your siblings. Hugs. Salim

  213. I was saddened to learn about your dad’s passing this morning. Our deepest condolences extend to your mom, you and the rest of the family. Your dad was one of the kindest & gentlest persons I have ever known in my life. Our prayers that Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Amen.

  214. Mowla rest his soul in eternal Peace. Ameen. A good man, a good teacher… life well lived. My sincere condolences Malik and please convey that to Mum. Dad is in a good place so please don’t grieve. All my class mates send prayers for Dad … they remember him fondly – Arzina

  215. Our sincerest condolences for the passing away of your Dad. We pray for the eternal rest of his soul. He was a very special man. I remember him fondly and with gratitude for all the care, love and teaching he and your Mom extended to me when I was a high school student in Dar es Salaam.
    He was so knowledgeable and well read. Always pleasant and kind to all that interacted with him. He imparted his knowledge freely, without need for overt acknowledgement and always with humility.

    He is one of those group of special leaders and teachers of that era that we are now losing. I pray may Allah grant your Mom and your family the strength to come through this loss. He is in a better place and at peace.

  216. Dear Malik,
    We are deeply saddened to hear about your beloved father’s demise. May he rest in eternal peace . May you and the family find peace and comfort. The Ismaili community has lost a legend, a man on his own right did so much no words can describe this loss.

  217. Mawla marhum ja kul gunah maaf kare ,marhum ke asal Mubarak mein wasal kare,Mawla marhum ke potejo zaheri batuni deedar naseeb kare..Ameen
    We all want to go one day but glad he got mawlas deedar..condolences to Malik Merchant and your family

  218. Malik, please accept my most sincere condolence. May Allah s.w.t. gives you and your family the fortitude to bear the loss. Al-Fatihah. May his soul rest in peace.

  219. I am deeply sad and pray for you and your family. May Mawlo give you and your family members save and mushkilasan

  220. Alwida Alwaez Saheb. Your memories will linger behind for years to come so does your preaching and literary work. Rest in eternal peace and happiness, Ameen. Prayers for family and friends for peace and sabr.
    Alwaez Mirza Ismail, Atlanta

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