Simerg Invites Obituaries / Tributes to Honour Past / Recent Deceased Ismailis

PassingsTop portion of image shows plaque commemorating Ismailis who were killed in a WWII raid in Burma. Bottom half is a surreal image by Sarite Sanders of Aswan’s Fatimid cemetery.

HONOURING LIVES LIVED

By MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher-Editor, Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos

Simerg offers to all Ismaili families around the world an opportunity to submit memorials to honour and celebrate the lives of their deceased family members. The memorials may be submitted in the form of (1) a simple short notice or (2) a tribute of up to 500 words. The memorial may be for any Ismaili who has died recently or at any time since 1950 (or even earlier). This is a FREE listing.

Substance of the Notice and Tribute

1. NOTICE: The simplest kind of tribute is a notice announcing the death of the person. This short notice may be followed by a longer tribute at a later date as described in (2) below. The following is an example of the contents of a notice:

“[Name of Deceased], author and playwright, died peacefully at home in [city], on [date]. He was the much-loved husband of [spouse name], father of [children], guardian and grandfather. The last rites were held in [name of Jamatkhana] on [date] and he was later buried on [date] at [name and city of cemetery]. Post funeral religious ceremonies were conducted at [name of Jamatkhana]. It was the wish [of the deceased or the deceased family] that monetary contributions in his honour be made to [organization, hospital, cause etc.].”

2. TRIBUTE: The purpose of the tribute will be to celebrate the person’s life. It will start with the same basic information you put in the notice (1, above), and goes on to add details about the person’s life: hometowns, jobs, family members, and personal interests activities as well as community services and awards. Anecdotes may be included from the person’s life to help family members, readers and future generations to reflect on the life of the individual. The universal tale, as is well-known, lies in specific examples and for this reason we are inviting you to write a tribute of up to 500 words in length.

For very good examples of short notices as well as tributes see your local newspapers or click The Globe and Mail. They will assist you in constructing appropriate notices and tributes.

Here is a selection of tributes we have published on Simerg:

  1. Missionary Amirali Gillani (1944 – 2020)
  2. Nazeer Ladhani (1947-2020)
  3. Mahebub Mohamed Juma Rupani (1941 – 2020)
  4. Salim Dawood – a Fantastic and Inspiring Math Teacher at Dar es Salaam’s Aga Khan Boys Primary School
  5. Kutub Kassam served Ismaili Imamat Institutions as curriculum developer, editor, writer and researcher for 40 years
  6. Shirin Mohamedali Khimji (1935 – 2019): A Remarkable Ismaili Widow and Woman of Faith and Character
  7. Nazil Kara (1957-2018): An Ordinary and Extraordinary Satpanthi Woman
  8. “Life of Jehangir” – includes historical photographs of Mawlana Hazar Imam
  9. Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928-2018)
  10. My last moments with my loving Papa, Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (1928 – 2018)
  11. A Eulogy for My Mom, by Amyn Naran
  12. Izzat Muneyb remembered through her poetic reflections on Prophet Muhammad, the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and the London Ismaili Centre
  13. Salim-el-azhar Ebrahim
  14. Remembering Alijah Zulfikarali Khoja
  15. Remembering Laila Lokhandwalla Through Her Loving Golden Jubilee Tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam
  16. Roshan Thomas – Acting in the Path of God By Jalal Jaffer
  17. In Memoriam: Mohammed Ibrahim Ali (d. March 15, 2014)
  18. Noorunisa Maherali (1929 – 2015): A Remarkable Ismaili Woman of Faith and Character
  19. John Nuraney (1937 – 2016)
  20. Remembering Nazarali Bapa: An Iron Craftsman Who Made a Spinning Wheel for Mahatma Gandhi
  21. A True Account of How Three Ismaili “Shaheeds” Lost Their Lives in a Tragic Accident in 1925 Near Kilosa, Tanganyika
  22. Remembering Rai Hussein Khanmohammed of Burma
  23. Ameer Kassam Janmohamed (1931-2014)
  24. Remembering Mohezin Tejani: Brilliant Author, Humanitarian and Global Nomad Dead at 61

Submission Rules

Each submission must specify your relationship with the deceased person, as well as include your full name, mailing address and the phone number where you may be contacted. Along with your short notice or tribute, we ask you to submit the celebrated person’s photo. For tributes, we will accept two additional photos which have a direct relevance to the person’s life that you have described. Images should be in JPG format.

Anonymous pieces will not be accepted for publication, although the editor may at his discretion allow author anonymity once the tribute has been approved for publication. Please submit the notice or tribute in PDF, Text or Word format to simerg@aol.com. You may, alternatively, incorporate the material within your email. The editor will contact you with the draft copy once the piece has been finalized for publication. 

The 48th Ismaili Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan (1877 -1957) said in his Memoirs that “life is a great and noble calling.” It is the life that was celebrated about which we are asking you to reflect and write about, in the form of a short notice or a longer tribute.

Date posted: February 28, 2019.
Last updated: April 9, 2020 (link to new tribute, Amirali Gillani).

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The editor welcomes tributes honouring your deceased family members. Please send them to simerg@aol.com

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