(19/08/63 – 27/02/21)
KNOWN BY MANY – LOVED BY ALL
Hafez Saheb hailed from the Fakroodeen family and was the second youngest sibling of a total of nine. His father was Marhoom Sayed Ebrahim Fakroodeen (Sayed Saheb) who was one of the pioneers of Tabligh Jamaat work in KZN and was a close companion of Hajee Bhai Padia (RA).
Hafez Saheb grew up in the Durban CBD and for the duration of his life remained a much loved and respected member of the local community. Residents, shopkeepers, Masjid congregants, and fellow brothers in Islam were always met with Salaam, a radiant smile and a warm heart. Whatever their need was, Hafez Saheb was always ready to sacrifice his time and wealth to serve the creation of Allah Ta’ala.
After completing matric, Hafez Saheb enrolled in Darul Uloom Azaadville (1987), wherein he completed his Hifz and also completed a few months of the Aalim course. During his time at the Darul Uloom, Hafez Saheb was fortunate to be in the company of many great Ulama of our time, whom he loved & maintained contact with throughout his life.
On return from Azaadville, Hafez Saheb worked in the family business situated in the Durban CBD. When the business closed its doors in 2007, Hafez Saheb was offered the position of receptionist at the Jamiatul Ulama KZN, which at that time was based in Pine Street. Taking up this position gave him the opportunity to extend his khidmat to others. His passion to serve his colleagues, the Ulama, the poor & needy was now even more evident. His caring compassionate nature was worthy of envy as it emulated the true teachings of our beloved Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wasalaam. Colleagues and visitors would always be met with a smile and during the course of the day, staff and visitors would be served with tea and refreshments with much zeal and passion.
It was very rare that anything of this world would upset him as a cool and calm nature was his natural temperament. It was as almost as if he was immune to any worldly stresses or worries and his focus was purely to please his Creator by serving the creation. Another worthy trait was that he would always be in the state of Wudhu. During his free time, he would be engaged in Zikr, Tasbeeh or reciting the Holy Quraan.
When the month of Rajab commenced, his preparations for Ramadaan would also commence. The Dua for Rajab, would be recited daily after every Salaah and he would intensify his Tasbeeh, Zikr and recitation of Holy Quraan. He would not be selfish with gaining the rewards, as he would constantly remind his family, friends & colleagues that the blessed month of Ramadaan was fast approaching and the rewards that could be attained!
Anyone that had a close relationship with Hafez Saheb will bear testimony to all his beautiful qualities. Kindness, generosity, consideration, humility, respect and selflessness, piety and Taqwah, were all traits that came naturally to him.
Hafiz Saheb was an ardent lover of the Quran. Reciting the Quran in his melodious voice was a daily practice. Allah Ta’ala had blessed Hafez Saheb with a beautiful voice. Reciting Naats in praise of the best of Allah’s creation, Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, was his passion. He would often visit the staff of the Jamiat and inspire them, reciting a few verses of Ash’aar (poetry) in love of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
If there is one Hadith which Hafez Saheb was an embodiment of, it was the first advice of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam when he entered Madinatul Munawwarah: “O people, spread the Salaam, make feeding others your practice and perform Salaah when mankind is asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
Each of these three qualities shone brightly in Hafez Saheb’s life. Salaam to all was his practice, feeding others was his passion and the time of Tahajjud would see Hafez Saheb on the Musalla praying and supplicating to Allah.
Hafez Saheb also served as Imaam at the North Beach Jamaat Khana for many years. He was loved by his fellow Imaam, the trustees, and his congregation. He became well known for the passionate way he read the Qiraat in each salaah and would also deliver Zikr programmes at the Jamaat Khana with much enthusiasm.
Sadly, on Saturday 27th February 2021, in the time between Asr and Maghrib, Allah Ta’ala chose to remove Hafez Saheb from this temporary world. The last hours of his life were spent in the recitation of the Quran.
The Salaatul Janazah of Hafez Saheb was performed by Moulana Ilyas Patel Saheb. The size of the congregation and the number of Ulama in attendance were testimony to Hafez Saheb’s honourable and distinguished life.
Hafez Saheb served the Jamiatul Ulama KZN for over 13 years and he will be dearly missed. We ask Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala to accept him in His Mercy, accept his good deeds and the khidmah (service) he rendered to others and grant him the highest of abodes in Jannah.
He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, grandchildren and eight siblings. We ask Allah Ta’ala to grant them Sabrun Jameel (beautiful patience) and Ajrun Azeem (immense reward) and may they take solace in the beautiful memories that he has left behind, Ameen Yaa Rabbul Aalameen.
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians
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Durban, South Africa
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Website : www.jamiat.org.za