Passings: Mahebub Mohamed Juma Rupani (1941 – 2020)

Mahebub Rupani, Passings Simerg
Mahebub Rupani (1941 – 2020) pictured with his wife, Dolatkhanu, in 2014. Photo: Mahebub Rupani Family Collection.

With great sadness, the family of Mahebub Mohamed Juma Rupani announces his passing on January 18, 2020, at the age of 79 after a sudden illness while visiting his relatives in Rajkot, India. The funeral and zyarat ceremonies for Mahebub took place in Ottawa, Canada, on January 27, 2020.

Beloved husband to Dolatkhanu Rupani, devoted father, loving grandfather and a cherished member of an extensive global family, Mahebub possessed a calm, kind, peaceful and generous soul that was valued in both his professional and personal life.

Mahebub Rupani (1941-2020), Ottawa, Passings, Simerg.
Mahebub Rupani (1941-2020) and his wife Dolatkhanu pictured in 2007 with their sons Tareeq (back row, left) and Qayad (second from right); grandchildren Azra, Laila and Adrik; and daughters-in-law Debbie and Neziera. Photo: Mahebub Rupani Family Collection.

Born in Zanzibar, East Africa, Mahebub dedicated much of his professional life to the insurance industry, mostly at the Jubilee Insurance Company in Mombasa and Nairobi, in Kenya. He then moved to Portugal where he served with the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Portugal. During his stay in Lisbon, he ran a small business and helped with the planning for Lisbon’s Ismaili Centre. He also served as the Honorary Secretary for the Council in Portugal.  

Mahebub Rupani (1941-2020), Ottawa, Simerg Passings.
Mahebub Rupani (d. January 18, 2020) pictured in a more recent photo taken in 2019 with members of his family. Back row (l to r) are son Qayad, daughters-in-law Neziera and Debby, and son Tareeq. Seated (l to r) are grandson Azra, wife Dolatkhanu, granddaughter Laila, MAHEBUB RUPANI, and grandson Adrik. Photo: Mahebub Rupani Family Collection.

Mahebub subsequently moved to Canada where he upgraded his executive skills in the insurance industry with a Diploma in Computer Science from the DeVry Institute. Upon retiring, Mahebub worked with the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Ottawa. A senior Jamati member described Mahebub’s contribution as, “…integral to the formation of what we now know as Canada’s Ismaili Institutions in Ottawa today”.

 We pray that Allah rest his soul in peace.

Date posted:  February 18, 2020.


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9 thoughts on “Passings: Mahebub Mohamed Juma Rupani (1941 – 2020)

  1. I am very very much sad by the death of my Beloved Grandfather Mr Mehebub Rupani. He is always in my heart and my prayers. He was very touched with me from my childhood . He is always my role model and great hero of our family. We will miss you lot everyday and forever.

  2. My beloved step father Mr. Mahebub Rupani. I am deeply saddened by your untimely demise. I appreciate immensely all the choices you offered me in life, without which I would never have been a part of OUR precious Rupani Family.. Pyaraly Esubhai Rupani was only my biological father. YOU were my REAL father. Had you NEVER adopted Munira and me, I would NOT have had the privilege of living in Canada today. I’m deeply sorry for everything Daddy. May Almighty Allah rest your beautiful soul in eternal peace. Amen.

  3. To Qayad, Tareeq, their mother and all their family, I’m sending you all my condolences. I just happened to read the information. Qayad and Tareeq, I respected your father very much. I’m very sorry for all of you.
    Veronique Trapp
    (living in Quebec city)

  4. It is with profound shock that I learnt about Mehboob Rupani’s passing away. Commiserations to Dolat and the rest of his family. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji un. Pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace.

  5. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
    ‎ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون
    ‎”Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return” َ
    May his soul rest in iternal peace and Allah grant it spiritual abode. Prayers for courage and patience to bear the loss for the family.

  6. A selection of condolences from Malik Merchant’s Facebook page:

    Shahida Mamdani Sunderji: May his soul rest in eternal peace.
    Rozy Remtulla: May his soul rest In peace.
    Noorullah Kamruddin: Rest in eternal peace.
    Amir N’ Gulshan Kassam: We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
    Al-Noor Jaffer: Rest In Peace.
    Gulie Dhalla: Rest in peace, Ameen.
    Nishi Kassamali: Rest in eternal peace. Amen.
    Nasim Charania: May his soul rest in eternal peace.

    To view more condolences, please click

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