On Thursday 25th August 2016, a well-known community servant bade farewell to this temporal world and made his passage to his lasting life. Members living in Dar es Salaam during the 1980s and 90s will certainly remember Marhum as a hardworking, soft-spoken, and highly helpful individual within the Jamaat operations and administration.
He was dearly missed at the time of his passing despite his advanced age for the good work he had done during his life.
Community Members living in Dar es Salaam during the 1980s and 90s will certainly remember Marhum Akber Thawer as a hardworking, soft-spoken and highly helpful individual within the Dar es Salaam Jamaat operations and administration. Marhum Akber Bhai was born in Zanzibar on 24th September 1924 to Nasser Thawer Khalfan Damani and Sherbanu bai Mitha Teja. He thrived academically excelling in Upper Middle Schools Leaving Certificate Examination with Distinction in English in 1939. In 1940, he joined the Government Secondary School and in 1943, passed the London Chamber of Commerce Examinations for shorthand and Typewriting. He then joined as a Stenographer in the Administration Section of the Economic Control Board in 1950.
In 1954, he resigned from the Economic Control Board and joined Karimjee Jivanjee & Co. Ltd in Zanzibar being in charge of various sections such as Caltex Agency, Michelin Tyres, and General Trading Dept. During this time, Akber Bhai also taught Farsi at the night classes in School Faize in Zanzibar. He was also the Founding Member of Kilimani Nursery School and was on Education Board with Datoo Hemani Girls School in Zanzibar. In 1963, Akber Bhai was promoted as the Manager of the firm and in 1969 he was transferred to Tanga as the Branch Manager of Karimjee Jivanjee & Co. Ltd. In Tanga, he taught at Muhammadi Cultural Group (MCG) and also served as the Honorary Secretary of KSI Jamaat of Tanga. In 1971, he was employed as the Manager in Jamhuri Sisal Estates managing Tongoni and Marangu Estates in Tanga. In 1974, he was appointed as the Director of the Company which entailed him paying monthly visits to Dolly Sisal Estates in Arusha and attending monthly Directors meetings in his capacity as the Director cum Secretary until 1976. In 1977, upon migration of Marhum Hassanali Bhai Pirbhai to Vancouver, he was promoted to replace him as the Managing Director, a post which he held until his resignation in 1978 consequent upon the disposal of the estates to a Greek Sisal Company.
His first wife Kulsum bai Suleiman Allarakhia passed away in Tanga in 1978, after which he married Rukia bai Abdulrasul Rahim in 1979. As Rukia bai (famously known by the name of Ruky Jon) was a teacher in the Government School in Zanzibar, he preferred to settle there and took up the position as a General Manager of Spice Inn Hotel until 1989. Akber bhai served as the Vice-Chairman cum Secretary of Hujjatul Islam (Nai Misid) Jamaat of Zanzibar and also looked after Bilal Muslim Mission of Zanzibar for many years.
He was also a Zakir-e-Hussein reciting majlis in Kabrastan and calling out Fajr Azaan every Wednesday in Dar es Salaam. From 1990 until his retirement in December 2011 he served as the Dar es Salaam Jamaat Administrative Secretary.
He was awarded a recognition certificate for rendering excellent services as the Office Administrator of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat during the tenure of the Presidency of Alhaj Anwarali Dharamsi in November 2005. In December 2010, Akber Bhai was presented with a Token of Long Services for his 20 years of dedicated services to the Jamaat Secretariat. In November 2004, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Ex-Somalia Community appreciating his services and dedication towards the settlement of the Community from Somalia, Akber Bhai was one among those who assisted the Africa Federation in the overall settlement of the Somalia Community in East Africa in the early 1990s.
Please remember Marhum with a good thought, a good deed, and a Sura Al Fateha
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji ‘ un.
Verily, from Allah we came, and to Him we return