Mrs. Merchant: Excerpts From Tributes Celebrating Her Life; Alwaeza’s Funeral Today, Thursday February 4, 2021

Alwaeza Raisaheba Maleksultan Jehangir Merchant (June 9, 1931 - January 21, 2021), age 89. Photo: Shellina Karmali. Ismaili missionary and religion teacher
Alwaeza Raisaheba Maleksultan Jehangir Merchant (June 9, 1931 – January 21, 2021), age 89. Photo: Shellina Karmali.

The family of Alwaeza Raisaheba Maleksultan Merchant has been immensely touched by so many messages of condolences it has received following her passing away at the age of 89, on January 21, 2021. 

Social media pages are filled with several hundred messages and Simerg has received more than 200 messages following the publication of a tribute celebrating her life. In addition, members of the family have received numerous telephone calls as well as text messages from all over the world. 

We are deeply grateful to you all. Your love, prayers and encouragement have been a source of  strength and comfort to us at this difficult time.

Thursday, February 4th has been confirmed as the date of her funeral and burial (click iiCanada Funeral announcement). Unfortunately, Covid-19 has created challenges for attending funerals with strict restrictions on travelling and gatherings. 

The following are a selection of  excerpts from numerous tributes to our beloved mother/grandmother who passed away on Thursday January 21, 2021.

Tributes and Fond Memories of Alwaeza Mrs. Maleksultan J. Merchant (1931-2021)

We are among the generation of the Jamat who recall with gratitude the immense contribution that Maleksultanbai and your late father made to our development during our formative years in Dar-es-Salaam. They laid in our minds a strong foundation of Ismaili history and principles, as well ethics and values, which sustains to this day. From those early days, both your parents went on to serve with distinction the cause of the Imamat and Jamat in many countries around the world…..Vazir Shafik Sachedina and Vazirbanoo Nadia Sachedina

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mum. We pray for eternal peace, rest and batuni noorani deedar for the soul of your mum. At the same time, we offer prayers for mushkil asan for all your family members. The life-long devoted services rendered to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Jamath by both your mum and dad were an exceptional example for the Jamath…..Ameerally Kassim Lakha

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

Alwaeza was an extraordinary and effective teacher of religious knowledge. To myself as well as others, she was an example, a beloved role model and a beacon that shone brightly, guiding our values during the formative period of our lives. Since those days of primary and secondary school, there has forever stayed in my memory a debt of gratitude for her outstanding and exemplary dedication to her vocation. Her gift and excellence lay not in compulsion and harsh discipline but in noble character and conduct, leading by example. That, more than strict reward or punishment, imprinted in us the ethics of the faith that shaped our values in life. May our humble prayers and remembrances reach her companionship On High…..Shiraz Hameer

I have fondly thought of Mr and Mrs Merchant and the incredible sacrifices they made over so many years for the jamat in the UK. They struggled and suffered a lot of hardships in their work when travelling on public transport over long distances and late at night often in the cold and not having had dinner. And yet both your parents hardly complained. They both truly served the Imam. We will rejoice their achievements and dedication and lovingly remember them…..Fida Moledina

As an early teen in Dar-es-Salaam, your Mother was my coach for the first wa’ez contest that I ventured into, reckoning it would be an extension of the school talks & debates that relished. Visits to your home were encounters with a teacher who exuded a unique coupling of passion and discipline; no, a wa’ez was no ordinary talk, certainly not a debate. Patiently, she teased out and fostered the keys: pace, clarity, command of material, sincerity, lightness … The lessons remained long after the contest (yes, I won) — not just for wa’ez but for wider communication…..Amyn Sajoo

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

“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. [This] beautiful quote was instilled in me by my religion teacher in the 60s known to me as Mrs. Merchant. I will forever be indebted to her as the first religion teacher who impacted my life in such an enlightening way. May her soul rest in eternal peace and may you all have the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss…..Naznin Hajee

She was one teacher that always came to mind when we remembered Dar, a beautiful person inside out. The ginans we learnt from her, we can still sing without requiring a ginan book…..Aziza Kotadia (nee Damji)

She was my Religion Teacher at Aga Khan Girls School in Dar es Salaam. I will always treasure the fond memories of ‘Mrs. Merchant’ – as she was known- in my heart. A beautiful soul, always smiling. Bless her! She will be dearly missed. It’s a great loss to bear but alas! she had to go ‘home’ where she will be in Khudavind’s tender care, engulfed in and by His Noor, Aameen…..Layla Moledina

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

She was a very special person and had significant impact on the lives of many many people. For me — as she called me her son – she played many roles. She nurtured me and supported my health and nutrition in my teenage years. She and Mr Merchant built the foundational knowledge of our faith. I consider myself very fortunate to have had her in my life and for the opportunity I got to talk with her on Dec 24th 2020 – just recently for more almost 2 hours on the phone. Could not visit because of COVID. She will always remain as one of the most loving persons in my life and and one that played a critical role at a particular time in my life…..Alnoor Abdulla

Your Family and also the Global Jamat will dearly miss the enormous knowledge and deep understanding of our Tariqah so eloquently shared by both your Parents with the Jamat. Indeed it is a rare gift they have left with you, your Family to continue which your are doing as well. May you succeed in your most noble endeavours. A deep loss nonetheless, be brave and have courage…..Amir Rashid

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

She was a person that lived in and for faith and was such a blessing with whoever she interacted with. A caring wife ,a loving mom, a sweet aunt ,a dedicated waezin, a wise teacher but above all a humble murid of our Beloved Imam. When ever I spoke to Aunty, it was such a pleasure as she was so knowledgeable in different topics and time just flew. She bought smiles on my face and faith in my heart and showered so much Duas that filled my being with peace….Feriyal Merchant

Alwaeza was my religion teacher in Dar es Salaam. I remember her teaching the Ginan Ya Ali Khub Mijalas. Every time I sing that Ginan during Imamat Day I always think of her and her teaching the Ginan….Azmina Bandali

As a teenager both these remarkable people helped me to see life in the bigger picture. They taught me that being spiritual was bigger than anything else….Mina Crisp née Pradhan

Best teacher, best al waezine who could inspire the new generation with practical examples combining science and the spiritual world together….Mariam Ladha

Both Late Raisaheba and Late Raisaheb devoted their lives to the Imam and the Jamat. Alhamdulillah. They both were personally known to me for over 50 years. They will be dearly missed by hundreds of family members and friends around the globe. Once again, our heartfelt condolences to the entire family…..Kamrudin A. Rashid and family

I am very disheartened to hear the sad news about your mom. She was my best teacher and tutor for ginans and other religious general knowledge. She delivered great waez’s during Lailtul Qadr nights and other occasions. Always smiling, sincere and humble lady. She is in a great place and will be missed by our community…..Maheboob Merali

Both your Mom & Dad were my teachers in Aga Khan Girls Secondary School in Dar es Salaam. Most of my religious education was imparted by them which has stayed with me to-date & have passed it on to my children & grandchildren. This will continue for generations to come. Shukhar. What an impact your parents have made in our lives. Very grateful indeed. May Mowla accept their seva and grant them eternal peace. Ameen……Fatma Premji

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

We, the “Class of 1967” of Agakhan Girls’ School, Dar es Salaam, say a mournful goodbye to our dear teacher Mrs. Merchant. Mournful, because with her passing, we say goodbye to someone who represented a life of unconditional and generous giving, sacrifice, integrity, humility. She imparted with such patience and understanding of her teenaged students, her wealth of knowledge and wisdom, as she tried to instill in us the values and ethics of our faith. But our hearts simultaneously smile and are filled with gratitude, that we can claim to have been touched and influenced by one so profoundly wise and good, so loving and kind. We are richer for it, our world is warmer for it, and we pray that we can pass on a little bit of that richness and warmth. We express our gratitude once again, for our other teacher and mentor, dear Mr. Merchant. Together, the two gave immeasurably to the entire community, in many different parts of the globe. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. And so we humbly accept the will of Allah as He takes our beloved teacher home for eternal rest…..Naseem (Esmail) Jetha

Mrs Merchant was my religion teacher at Aga Khan Girls school in Dar es Salaam in my high school years. The foundation of my faith that I have personally to this day was all due to her teachings. She was also a beautiful, gentle but a strong soul and helped us get through whatever issues we would be having….Almas Allibhai

I have fond memories of our Beloved Religion Teacher, Mrs. Merchant in Dar es Salaam at the Aga Khan Girls school. Always smiling, kind and hardworking. She was instrumental to instill faith and religion to all her Students….Shamin Rahim 

When I learnt of your beloved Mum’s passing, I experienced mixed emotions. On the one hand, I could relate very much to the void left in your lives and yet also had the satisfaction of knowing that her soul is very much with your beloved Dad and in the Noor of Allah. Ameen and Shukhar. As neighbours growing up in beautiful 1960’s Dar, I have very fond memories of our time playing together and of your Dad and Mum. They were such wonderful people and showed kindness and affection towards everyone they met and interacted with, especially the kids. I remember them always patting mine and my brother’s head and saying “Acha Bacha”…..Karim Akber Hassam Ladha

Mrs Merchant at Lougheed Mall.
My mum, Mrs. Merchant, poses for a photograph in the middle of drinking a hot cup of Tim Hortons Earl Grey tea at the new food court in Burnaby’s Lougheed Mall during my stay with her from November 2019 – January 2020. Photo: Malik Merchant / Simerg.

Mrs. Merchant was my religion teacher in Dar es Salaam late 60s. She was instrumental in instilling love of faith in me. Forever indebted to her memory. May her soul rest in eternal peace….Naznin Hajee

Though some of us gave her a tough time in mission class, she persisted. I can still remember her teaching, as if she were right there in front of us in one classroom at 5 Palace Gate, sharing Prophet Muhammad’s life and history, history of our imams, of different majalis, teaching us ginans and a clearly, recited dua with its meanings. Her voice and laugh remains….Sara

I remember both of your parents from my visits to Putney Jamatkhana where they would give classes after Jamatkhana. We were all in awe of your mum especially – the last thing you wanted as a child was to be told off by ‘Mrs Merchant.’ May her soul rest in eternal peace…..Amira Tharani

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

In the name of all the Ahamad Keshavjee family – a family that was so fortunate to have them not only as mentors but as family, too – we want to present you, and to your brothers Fahar and Alnoor, our most heartfelt condolences and say that our prayers are for the soul’s eternal peace and rest, under our Mawla’s infinite rahma! We also pray that you, your siblings and family find the courage and the strength to face these painful times. Maleka Bhen will always be remembered with love and affection by this family…..Faranaz Jaherali Ahamad Keshavjee

Alwaeza My Mum…..Your death took away joy from my life but will Hold on to the Beautiful Memories of times Spent with you. I will forever Love  and Adore You Mom for everything you taught me in Life. In our Hearts you hold a place no one else will ever fill. I cried endlessly but I promise I won’t let that tears mar the smiles you have given. I know you will always listen from above. Remembering You is Easy I will do Everyday but there will be an ache within my heart ♥️ that will never go away. Mother my Angel God has given you your Assignment “Always my Mother Forever my Angel”…..Farial Manji

A teacher par excellence and an Al-Waeza, she served with utmost diligence and distinction initially in Mozambique and Tanzania and later in the U.K. The glowing tributes that are being paid to her today is an attestation of her many years of dedicated services to the Imam and the house of Imam-e-Zaman. She will indeed be dearly missed…..Sultan Somani

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

Both mum and dad’s untiring and relentless sewa to Mowlana Hazer Imam will be etched in our hearts forever. The commitment and dedication to the teachers and students in the UK was exemplary. Both your mum and dad had been my mentors in London and I have learnt so much from them. We feel very privileged to have them as part of our lives. I have vivid memories of our dinner with mum when she was visiting London in 2018 and I feel so blessed to have met her then after many years….Rozmin & Mehboob Fazal

Your parents were responsible for building the foundation of our religious education. We cherish their memories. All the girls at The Aga Khan Girls school were very fond of them. They were our role models. They will be missed by many whose lives they have touched!….Razia Pullen

Hearing about Alwaeza passing away brought a flood of memories with emotions of the wonderful souls that both your parents were and what a privilege it was to have them so much as part of our lives. They were not only instrumental in working day to day with them as we launched the Bait-ul-ilms in the UK, a global name now but they taught us so much about faith, resilience, forgiveness and how to navigate through tests with sense of faith. Their unquestioning dedication to serve generations of children, and teachers and the Jamat with love through their knowledge and wisdom were a source of comfort to so many of us. They always listened and never judged and I can remember so many times when I thought one thing and they gave us different perspectives to think of that made far more sense…..Azim and Tasneem Virani

It with great sadness I have learned of the passing away of your dear Mum and our precious Alwaeza and teacher without whom we and our children would not be where we are now. Shukhar. Please accept our family’s condolences and we all pray her soul rests in eternal peace under Mawlabapa’s care where Dad is. Inshallah…..Asif, Elhaque, Yasmin and Nizar Dhanani

The accolades, tributes and acknowledgement of your parent’s contributions to our community can never be overstated. My family and I just recently felt your mother’s humanity and consciousness show in the trouble she took to comment on her positive experience on our family history, and that of the Ismaili community of Iringa, Tanzania. Her thoughtful encouragement will, forever, be etched in our memory…..Mohamed Hamir

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

A truly great teacher who was not only inspirational in her imparting her religious knowledge to the Jamat from Africa to Canada but she was a truly motivating individual who had a very positive attitude and a cheerful personality. Mum was instrumental in my foundational knowledge of our faith since Dar es Salaam, she used to be the main judge at our Dua and Ginan competitions and in London, visited the various mobile Mission classes, using the public transport, whatever the weather, to motivate the administrators and teachers. I recall as a child in Upanga where whenever mum used to give her waez, our Jamatkhana used to be packed and people who listened to her waez used to have tears in their eyes as she brought alive the historical events in our faith. Mum’s memories will always be alive in our hearts……Shenie and Roshanbai Dhanji

How can we forget your mom? She was the beacon of all Ismailis around the world. I have no words to describe her love for the Jamats and dedication in the service to our Imam-e-Zaman. We knew your mom very well as she worked (honorary seva) with my late father, Master Abdul Jaffer Devani in the Social Welfare Board in late 1960’s in Dar es Salaam. I don’t remember ever missing any of Mrs. Merchant’s Waezes in Dar! She was one of a kind and will always be remembered fondly as the best Waezin of our time! The contribution made by both your parents as religious educators for all Ismailis, young and old is immeasurable and unforgettable…..Shah and Shiraz Abdulla and the Devani Sisters

May Mowla grant you the courage to face your loss with inner strength and fortitude, and take comfort in the in the following words :

God looked around his Garden
And found some empty space
God then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best

We fondly remember your mother……….ever so gracious, gregarious, warm and loving. Her commitment and love for the Imam were extraordinary, and her desire to share her knowledge and wisdom, one-on-one or during her waezes was unconditional. We will all miss her…..Shamshad and Jalal Jaffer

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

I was greatly saddened to learn of passing away of your beloved mother Al-waeza Maleksultanbai. May Mawla grant her soul eternal peace. May Mawla grant you and your family, courage and fortitude to bear this great loss. I had a great honour to work with both your parents both in Dar es Salaam as well in Europe on many occasions. Their continuous support made my work easy in my new challenge when I came to Paris in 1970s. The late Al-Waez Rai Jehangir and Al-Waeza Rai Saheba Malekbai’s selfless seva will be remembered by many. Students, religion teachers, colleagues as well as members of the Jamat all over the world…..Al-Waez Rai Muhammad Jivraj.

The Prophet declared that the path to Paradise begins from a mother’s lap. I can see her wonderful influence in the people she has touched, and am truly grateful for the kindness of her example….Andrew Kosorok

In 1962, one day after morning prayers, the then President of Ismailia Association Rai Shamshudin Tejpar told me and two other boys to accompany him. We went to Dar es Salam harbour and boarded a ship from Mozambique sailing to India. On this ship were Mr and Mrs Jehangir Merchant with their three sons, Malik, Alnoor and Fahar. After some discussion, President Saheb told us to take all their luggage off board the ship and the Dar Jamat thus was lucky to have two new religious education teachers who were also waezins….Amin Kassam

A selfless, determined, committed, hard working, teacher, who was so focused in her pursuit of the education of the young in particular. I recall on some weekends, she would start off in Ilford BUI and then travel by the underground to teach us at Harrow BUI as it was known then, before heading home in the evening. I learnt so much, and was humbled by her dedication, knowledge, courage, and love for Mawlana Hazar Imam. Quite incredible…..Al-Karim Govindji

Malek Merchant Ismaili teacher and missionary, Africa and the UK

I have such fond memories of her in my upper primary at Aga Khan Girls School in Dar es Salaam. Her trademark warm and affectionate smile coupled with the sparkle in her eyes endeared her to every student who had the good fortune to be in her class. She taught in an unconventional but a very effective way. She told enthralling stories. The dates and facts were picked up from a vast plethora of books and Quran and her favourite ginans. It was like a beautiful tapestry being woven with reds and greens and golds and silvers! It was done with such joy and passion that we remembered them like children’s stories. She became a pivot in our young lives because she took RI teaching and learning to a whole new level. It was a class you really looked forward to.

Bravo and merci beaucoup, Madame Merchant! You have left warm and fond memories behind. With your passionate and selfless seva, I daresay, you will soar like a falcon and rest on Mowla’s glove!…..Izat Velji

Date posted: January 28, 2021.
Last updated: February 1, 2021 (new photo).

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23 thoughts on “Mrs. Merchant: Excerpts From Tributes Celebrating Her Life; Alwaeza’s Funeral Today, Thursday February 4, 2021

  1. I was deeply saddened to hear about Alwaeza Merchant’s passing. Mr. and Mrs. Merchant’s dedication and hard work in shaping the BUI system in those early years in the UK will never be forgotten. They both had tremendous impact on my life and inspired me to do better everyday. I was indeed fortunate to have known them and be nurtured for by them. My deepest sympathies to the family, and prayers that my dearest Mr. and Mrs. Merchant rest in eternal peace. Always loved, and never forgotten.

  2. Dearest Malik bhai and Alnoor bhai,

    I am so sorry to hear about your mum. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. I pray that her soul may be blessed with eternal peace, showered with divine light, and enveloped in love and mercy. I also pray that at such a difficult time all of you are blessed with courage and strength to face this loss. Please know that there are many people thinking of you and praying for you. Your parents were incredible, special people. You may find comfort in the following poem, originally written in Persian by Mahmud Shabistari, in his “Rose Garden of Mysteries” (Gulshan-i Raz):

    The house is left empty, save for the Truth
    For in a moment the world has passed away
    Then you, rid of self, fly upwards
    And are united with the Eternal One

    Union is yours when this world of dreams
    Fades and passes away

    With Ya Ali Madad,

    Shafique

  3. Indeed a great soul! To read about her was beautiful and mesmerizing. Truly she was indeed a legacy by herself.

  4. Os meus sentidos pêsames pelo falecimento da vossa mãe. Que Hazar Imam vos conceda paz e força para enfrentar estes momentos difíceis. A Alwaeza Raisaheba Maleksultan Merchant foi a minha professora de Gujerati e Dharmik e a sua dedicação e excelência contribuiram muito para quem sou hoje. Saibam que o meu pensamento está com toda a vossa família e rezo para a paz eterna da sua alma.

    Mowla Asalme Vasal Karie. Ameen.

    Rozila (filha de Hussein Aly)

  5. I am really sorry for your loss and deeply saddened by the loss of a personality of caliber for Jamaat. May Alwaeza’s soul rest in eternal peace and heartfelt condolences to all the family members.

  6. Both Mr and Mrs Merchant were wonderful religion teachers. Learnt a lot from them. May their souls rest in eternal peace. Ameen

  7. Yasmin Jaffer (Miss Alibhai): Sad news, however, left beautiful memories behind with all her students and the teachers who taught those students along with her. She will always remain in all our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Malik,

    Our parents are truly irreplaceable gifts from the Divine!

    I’m sure during their long and unstinting Seva, they must have underscored the fundamental principle that our physical presence is measured in the breaths we are granted!

    So I say to you and your entire family – thank Mowla for the incredible gift of your parents & rejoice in the grand and impactful legacy your mom & dad have left for future generations to emulate.

    May Mawlana Hazar Imam grant the souls of mom & dad eternal peace, ameen!

    Heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family
    Zulekha & Karim Mawji

  9. Please accept our sincere condolences on passing of mom. Shaida and I use to visit her, as she lived near our place in Burnaby. She was cery learned and we heard many stories.

    Regards
    Nashir , the late Shaida Kassam
    and Faazil

  10. More messages from social media:

    Abdul Khakoo: Raisaheba Alwaeza Mrs Maleksultan Merchant was a pillar of support for us all in our early days when families (mostly from East Africa) started to settle in UK. 5 Palace Gate was our initial base to teach RE to our children before we moved them into a more classroom-like school environment where we were able to conduct religious classes. Some of the kids, who are adults now, hold key leadership positions in our Jamati Institutions.May Alwaeza’s soul rest in eternal peace, Ameen.
    Jamica Andani: Our prayers are with you. May her soul rest in higher place in jannah. May Almighty bless you always Ameen
    Khadija Mohamed: Prayers for the rest of her soul in eternal peace. Ameen. Our deepest condolences to you all for your great loss. Remember the soul is eternal and she will always be with you. Ameen 🤲🏼🙏🏼
    Almas Ladha: Bless her soul and may Mawla be with her throughout her journey to the abode of Eternal Peace Ameen. Her contribution to the Jamat has been priceless and for that I know she will be with the one above all else. Ameen Ameen Ameen Stay strong in the knowledge that she has left a knowledgeable legacy 💯 We were blessed to have had the good fortune to have been educated by the best! Xx
    Khatun Jivraj: Alwaeza Malek Jehangir Merchant. She is a great lady. I cannot refer to her in past tense but this great lady lives on. I had the opportunity of listening to her dynamic Waez in Upanga, Dar es Salaam, and was greatly inspired. You are extremely fortunate to have both Alwaez and Alwaeza as your parents as they have instilled good values in your upbringing. They both are with us forever. Let us remember and learn from their teachings.
    Gulshan Mahmood: May her soul rest in eternal peace. Aameen 🙏. She was my religious teacher in Dar-es-Salaam.
    Nazleen Alibhai: Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajiun. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Amen. May her soul be rewarded for all her selfless seva. Amen.
    Shera Shivji: A beautiful soul. You will be dearly missed. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen🙏🙏🙏
    Nizamuddin Alladin: May Allah bless the departed soul and Rest in Eternal Peace Aameen. May Mawla grant courage to family to bear this irreparable loss Aameen Suma’aameen
    Shamsuddin Ali: We’re thinking of her family during this difficult time Our thoughts And prayers Are with Them. May Her Soul In Eternal Peace Aameen!
    Waco, TX 🌞
    Feriyal Merchant: An amazing person that touched the hearts of whoever she met with her sweet smile ,a soft voice and a faith filled message. May The Most High keep her soul infinitely luminous and in His Loving Presence 🤲🙏🌹Ameen😊

  11. Please forgive me, Malik Bha, but I only heard the tragic news recently from my Mom. I pray that her loving soul rests in eternal Peace …Amen. How hard to lose a mother, I cannot even begin to imagine what I would do if I lost mine.

    Mrs. Merchant’s glowing gentle, kind but very wise and perceptive smile moves my heart as if I had the pleasure to know her. But now with all the glorious comments and accolades of her as a teacher, an alwaez, a nurturing value instilling mother, a ginan teacher, a du’a teacher with meaning and of course the endless hours she and your father gave in the name of serving the Imam.

    And now they are blessed to be free of any human bondage or suffering and together again with Mowla. Inna ilahi wa Inna l’illahi Rajiun….From Allah we come, and to Him we surely return.

    I was moved to tears by her photos and all the praises she earned just by being the woman that she was. God Bless her, and I pray you feel her always nearby, watching over you and your family and brothers and their families.

    My dearest Malik Bha, once again I offer my heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences for such a tragic loss…Please try and find Peace that she is no longer suffering…GOD BLESS YOU MRS. MERCHANT…I would have loved to hear you recite wa’ez or say du’a meaning or recite ginan or train me to win a waez competition. I came 3rd in a waez competition in Edmonton when I was 15, but I know I would have come first with your guidance and coaching. God Bless You, Mrs. Merchant…R.I.P.

  12. Hello Malik and Family,

    My sincerest condolences on the passing away of your dear mother.

    May her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

    She will be missed by all family members , friends and all her students.

    May Mowla grant you and all family members strength to cope with this great loss.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

    Dr. Mohamed Gulamhusein

  13. Ya Ali Madad.

    Mi querido hermano del alma Abdulmalik Merchant,

    As-salamu alaikum,
    Estamos muy tristes por la partida de este mundo de tu noble madre Alwaeza Maleksultan Jehangir Merchant. Somos de Dios y a él retornamos. Nos consuela saber que un dia no muy lejano nos volveremos a encontrar con tan noble y dulce dama en las estrellas del cielo. Te envio junto con mi familia un fraternal y amoroso abrazo.

    Tu hermano en el iman,
    Julián Arturo Zapata.
    Chia, Colombia,
    Sur America

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    Ya Ali Madad

    My dear brother of the soul Abdulmalik Merchant,
    as-salamu alaikum,

    We are very saddened by the departure from this world of your noble mother Alwaeza Maleksultan Jehangir Merchant. We are of God and we return to Him. It comforts us to know that on a not too distant day we will meet again with such a noble and sweet lady in the stars of heaven. I send you with my family a fraternal and loving embrace.

    Your brother in Iman
    Julián Arturo Zapata.
    Chia, Colombia,
    South America

  14. When I reflect on my contribution to the jamat, indeed my life, Alwaiza and Alwaiz Merchant stand out as my beacons, my guiding mentors and my parent figures. What can I say but be grateful to Mawla for such a blessing in my life. Thank you both. May Mawla’s Light and Love abound on their journey to the Exalted Return.

  15. Ya Ali Madad Malik uncle.

    On behalf of the Jessa family I want to give you dua for your mum’s soul to rest in eternal peace. I would also like to give you and your brothers Fahar Uncle and Alnoor uncle and the rest of the family dua and blessings on staying united and strong during this difficult times. As I have already said if there’s anything I can do for you or the rest of the family please let me know. Ameen.

    Alykhan Jessa and Jessa Family

  16. Dear friends Alnoor and Malik:

    I am saddened to hear the loss of your beloved mother and my sympathies are with you on this sad occasion. Both Mrs and Mr Merchant had done tremendous work for the community in Africa, the UK and Canada. We pray for their eternal peace in the hereafter and for your strength to bear the recent loss of your mother.

  17. A wonderful person. Always ready to help. I will miss now that she is no more, I will pray for her soul. Her and Mr Merchant were awesome human beings. May our Mowla rest their souls in eternal peace and grant them abode in heaven. Praying for the family and May you be blessed with peace and barakat. Take care and stay safe. 🙏❤️

  18. Selected comments from social media in response to post on Mrs. Merchant:

    Zahira Alani-Wadiwalla: 🙏 Our deepest condolences fond memories of Alwaezin Mrs Merchant who used to come to Manchester Jamatkhana in the UK. May her soul rest in eternal peace Ameen.
    Salimah Mavji: May your mom rest in eternal peace.. Lots of love and prayers for the soul of the ruhani and for you Malik 🙏🙏🙏. Stay strong.
    Mirzo Farozov: Jamatkhanas in Tajikistan will be opened on Wednesday 3.01.2021. We will pray for your mum all together. And may her soul rest in peace. Ameen! 🙏
    Moeze Lalji: RIEP always used to meet her at Tooting Jamatkhana.
    Salim and Nevin Kanji: First of all, our condolences to you and your family for such a great loss. Mrs. Merchant was my religion teacher. She loved her job and showed a lot of compassion in teaching. I remember her great smile and her willingness to share her vast knowledge. I had the privilege to assist her when we were in England. I helped her when she taught kids in Putney Jamatkhana. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Salim and I are always here for you. Stay strong.
    Zubeda Bhagat: We will not forget her as she has been part of our lives. May she be received by Almighty with love and affection and May her soul rest in eternal peace, ameen
    Munira Kazia: May Mowla rest her soul in eternal peace … ameen. Prayers for the family for courage and strength during this challenging times … ameen
    Shukri Goibnazarov: May Maula rest her soul in eternal peace. Our prayers are with you and your family. May the burial ceremony go well. Ameen. Maula grant courage and fortitude to all family members to bear their loss Ameen.
    Nargis Fazal: She was my beloved teacher and we met in khane regularly! Mowla rest her soul in eternal peace! And give you strength to bear the loss! Ameen
    Salehmuhammad Hussein: Your mother was a great lady who carried out the noble work that your father missionary Jehangir Merchant had done for the jamaat during his tenure of dedication to the imamat which traditionally has come down to you! Keep up the noble work and may your parents souls who have remain in blissful peace and may the Merchant family always remain happy and contented in this world and the one hereafter!

    Mirza Ismail: Personalities like your parents, Malik, become institution in themselves, since they have touched many hearts, educated many minds, became role models for waezeen like me! They are physically gone but left their foot prints to follow! May the departed soul rest in eternal peace and happiness! Ameen!!
    Shirin Dharani: May Allah swt rest her soul in eternal peace nd grant you courage to bear your loss ameen.
    Nasim Kherani: May her soul Rest In Peace my teacher. Take care Malik
    Azra Alibhai: My sincerest condolences. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in eternal peace.
    Laila Damji Rawjani: Malik sorry for your loss. We pray for her soul.
    Shemin Hussen: Keep strong Malik, know how close you were to her. Mowla give you strength and sabr to overcome your loss. TC my friend.
    Naznin Hajee: Feel your pain, Malik. May her soul rest in eternal peace and may you have the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. Time will heal 🙏
    Sandra Gould: May Alwaeza rest in Eternal Peace, Ameen. Our prayers are with her family.
    Shamy Kara: May her Soul rest in Eternal Peace. Ameen! May Mowla bless you with lots of Sabr at these very difficult and trying times.
    Pyarali Assani: May mowla give patient Ameen🙏
    Hamida Dhrolia: My condolences to u and to your family for loss of mom. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Ameen🙏
    Salma Lakhani: r. i. p. may her soul rest in eternal peace. to the family stay strong and to know u are not alone during this difficult time.ameen.
    Zara Sahar: May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace and may Moula bless you with sabr e jameel. Aameen
    Jean-Marc Carisse: So sorry to hear that Malik ! May she rest in peace! “Bon courage mon ami !”

  19. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Eleihi Rajeun. Ameen. Very sorry for your loss. I read your beautiful articles. Take care.

  20. I was very saddened by the news of Alwaeza’s passing. She has left a legacy behind and educated so many people with our religious practices. I was very fortunate to have known her personally and will miss her so much. Aunty you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jamal family.

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