Obituary: Mrs Sheila Ali

by Dr. Zahid Aziz

The Light (UK), April 2010 Issue (p. 8)

“We belong to Allah and to Him do we return”

Sheila Ali

It is with the most profound regret and sadness that we report the death of Mrs Sheila Ali which took place in London on the morning of Friday 26th February 2010, at the age of 74 years. Her funeral was held on Monday 1st March. Tributes were paid to Sheila at the U.K. Jamaat [AAIIL(UK)] Sunday monthly meeting on 7th March.

Sheila and her husband, Mr Walter Aziz Ali, having migrated from Guyana to the U.K. more than fifty years ago, were among the founding members of the U.K. Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat some 35 years ago. Sheila was greatly devoted to her family, to the U.K. Jamaat, and to our mosque and Centre at 15 Stanley Avenue. She, along with Walter, raised a fine, upstanding family, who are a great asset to all their friends, to all those who know them, and of course to the Jamaat.

Sheila made a tremendous contribution to the activities at our Centre, usually working hard behind the scenes. She was a keen reader of this magazine and its forerunners published by us. She made suggestions for improvements, sent us cuttings from newspapers, and suggested topics to cover. In Jamaat meetings, she listened attentively to speeches and made comments which encouraged everyone.

Kind, sympathetic, humble, dignified and noble, are just some of the words to describe her endearing qualities. She was a source of support and comfort for her family, her friends, and of course members of the Jamaat.

May Allah admit Sheila into His great Mercy, grant her forgiveness, and raise her to high ranks in the after-life — Ameen. We extend our deepest sympathies to all her beloved family and we pray that Allah grants them strength to bear their loss.

Zahid Aziz, Editor, The Light, U.K. Edition