Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III
Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, in Memory
Inna Lillahi wa inna Elaiyhi raji’un
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Full Verse Quran 2:156:
الذين اذا اصابتهم مصيبة قالوا انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
“Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: ‘Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return’.”
This phrase is recited upon hearing the news of someone’s death or when struck by a calamity of any kind. It is translated as “Verily we belong to God, and to God we return.”
Tajdin Abdullah Allarakhia, age 96, my dad, passed away on July 11, 2013. My father who was born in Zanzibar, passed peacefully in his sleep in Los Angeles on July 11, 2013, at age 96. He was a self taught man, who gave his Cambridge exams at the same time as my sister and even though he was a successful businessman running a shop in Eldoret, London Silk Store, he still pursued his education looking after eight children with my Mom, another elevated and gifted soul who is now 89. He also studied to become an optician and a lawyer and when we moved to Dar es Salaam, he worked as an attorney in Mata Salamat building and the owners offered him a partnership in the law practice but his goods had arrived from Eldoret and he set up his shop Deen’s the small profit shop on India Street near Remco and soon became very popular as he gave good value for money and taught us that the customer is always right and his slogan was “satisfaction guaranteed”.
There were many miracles in my dad’s life as he was a faithful believer in Allah and His revelations and in His Prophets and the Holy Imams. During his long life he witnessed many and experienced a lot of miracles due to his staunch faith in the Imam of the Time. One story in particular is when in Eldoret, his new arrived goods were stolen from his shop and as a sole proprietor and caregiver to a large family with small children, he was confident that since he was paying his Dasond in full, he would not suffer a loss this big and so sincerely prayed to the Imam regarding his plight and sure enough, three days later, the local police asked him to identify a truck-load of goods found and they were his. This story was related by Alwaez Abualy who said that Pir Sadardin has said that if you are a true believer and that if you pay your Dasond, (the Tithe) regularly that you would not have your goods stolen and my dad’s story proved this edict and so became an example for us all.
It was my father’s wish that we not mourn on his death day but to have a Khushiali (rejoicing) and as fate would have it, his passing fell on Imamat Day Khushiali, the same day that our beloved Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah passed and when our beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam ascended to the Imamat, Mashallah! Which of your Lord’s blessings would you deny? – Quran. Not only that, all his Ruhani Mijlases are all falling as Khushiali Mijlases! Aaj Raaj Mubarak hovey – Today is truly a blessed day of rejoicing!
My father was my inspiration in learning the Quran and about our faith and at his last rites, I could feel that he wanted me to carry on this legacy which he had started many years ago in devoted service to the Imam Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, who sent him a wonderful Talika when my dad defended the Ismaili faith and its leader, the Imam, when other Muslims were bashing us in letters to the East African Standard. See Talika attached.
The funeral was on Sunday morning July 14th, which fell on Baitul Khayal Khushiali Mijlas in the month of Ramadan and so there were multiple Baraqah on this day with the spiritually charged ceremony in the morning and great attendance – haajri in Jamat Khana and everyone who came up to me to offer their respects would relate how he had touched their lives and been a positive influence. The Jamat Khana was packed and many said that the haajri was more than Chandraat and I reminded them that it was due to Khushiali Mijlas and they said that it was his wonderful Ruhani that brought in this wonderful congregation.
The Ziyarat prayers and Ginans were amazing as he was a regular and would sing Ginans and many knew him as Bow-tie Uncle who sang great Ginans.
It has been a busy week due to outpouring of well-wishers and I just returned from Los Angeles and wanted to quickly put up this page to inform everyone at this time.
My dad is survived by his wife, five daughters, three sons, grand-children and great grand-children. We ask that you please pray for him and for his family.
May Allah grant him the highest level of Paradise, and provide all the family with sabr – patience.
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