GAUTENG: Two founding members of the Saaberie Chishty Society in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg have died as a result of COVID-19. Chairman Abbas Sayed succumbed to the virus of Friday, while his brother Osman passed away on Saturday.
Abbas’ son, Aboo Sayed confirmed that both brothers had passed away from COVID-19. Sayed, says both men had underlying conditions stating that their deaths will leave a massive void within the close-knit community.
Aboo Sayed took to social media platform, Facebook earlier to express his sense of loss, “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” He continued to sat, “Without a doubt, I can relate to the above verse. Dad, today, as I look back and review our lives, I can clearly see the goals that you pushed us towards. As the president of Saaberie Chishty Society, you selflessly dedicated your entire life to serving the community, spiritually, emotionally and physically. You were a pillar of strength to so many despite all the challenges that faced the community. You were not an anchor that held us back, nor a sail that took us there but instead a guiding light that showed us the way.”
Your sincerity always reigned supreme, your smile always brightened a gloomy day and your laughter was like a spring that never died. Are there any words that can encompass the beauty of your heart and your humble personality? You incurred huge sacrifices to ensure that you humanity and contributed to building up Saaberie Chishty. You have been one of my greatest influences and you have thought me how to live my life with character.Source: Aboo Sayed, Facebook
While my heart remains heavy and I write this with immense sadness, I am comforted by the kind words of many who have acknowledged you as a man of remarkable stature, a selfless human being who served for the pleasure of Allah. I am consoled knowing that you are reunited with your brothers, parents and other loved ones in the heavens by the Will of Allah. May the Almighty forgive you, accept all your noble deeds in the work of Deen and admit you into his eternal mercy. Ameen. I don’t think there’s anyone you met who didn’t see you as a fatherly figure. To the world you were a dad, but to us you were the world, and dads like you don’t die – they live on through the goodness they embedded in our hearts for eternity. I will forever be grateful for all the qualities that you have instilled in me and I ask Almighty to give me the strength to continue in your footsteps….I will miss you Dad….
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