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The passing of Br. Zahid Ali - Muneeb Nasir
March 3, 2013
It is with great sadness that I learnt, today, of the passing of Zahid Ali, a dear friend, a true brother-in-Islam and a colleague in community service work.
 
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un. We belong to Allah and to Him we return.

May Allah ta'ala have mercy on him, forgive him and enter him into Firdaws Al 'Alaa.

We convey out most sincere condolences to his family and we supplicate to Allah to give them patience.

I will always cherish and remember Zahid as a dear friend who was an obedient servant of Allah.

He was selfless and supremely patient.

Despite his many health challenges, he was always pleasant and accepting of his condition - he taught us about that beautiful patience (sabrun jamil).

Zahid served the Muslim community in a quiet and unassuming way, never seeking out the spotlight.

In the 1980's, he began his exemplary contribution to Toronto's Muslim community as he accompanied me, Irfan Alli and Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick in the Jami Mosque's committee that produced the monthly An-Nur magazine.

In the 1990s, Zahid was, once again, with us on the committee as we produced the Islamic Foundation of Toronto's monthly Al-Basheer magazine.

He was a staunch supporter and volunteer at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto during the building of the Islamic Centre on Nugget Avenue.
 
Zahid was part of the core group of the 'walking congregation' in downtown Toronto which led to the founding of Masjid Toronto.
 
He was among the founding members who established the Islamic Institute of Toronto and served the organization with excellence as a Board Director and Treasurer.

He was a selfless volunteer at the IIT and a stalwart of the organization.

Zahid and his wife, Sherida, were among the first supporters of the Olive Tree Foundation and founders of the first endowment funds, with their named fund the 'Zahid and Sherida Ali Family Fund', that will leave a legacy for Canadian Muslims and be an ongoing charity (sadaqa jariyah) for them and their family.
He had a beautiful personality - easy to talk to and always a pleasure to meet.

Zahid lived an exemplary life - a devoted father, husband and Islamic worker and who, I can attest to, was foremost in doing good - a quality of a Mu'min.
 

We pray that Allah
ta'ala accepts his many good works, make them of enduring benefit to him, and accept him into Jannat al-Firdaws.

Wassalaam 'alaikum,
Muneeb Nasir