Ashikhusein Mohamedali Rashid
Source: Africa Federation Secretariat
Together with his brother Sajjad Rashid, they started their joint business in Mombasa which with the blessings of Allah (SWT) prospered and grew in size and scope over a period of time.
Marhum’s involvement in the Community commenced in 1976 when he served in various capacities in the Mombasa Jamaat Managing Committee until 1986 when he migrated to Nairobi and was elected the Vice Chairman before being elected as the Chairman of SAAJ (Nairobi Jamaat) in 1987, a position he held till 1992 providing generous support to the Jamaat. He was instrumental in acquiring the land in Lavington for the Jamaat which today houses the Lavington Complex in Nairobi which comprises the Imambargha, Mosque, School, Musafirkhana and the Club.
During his tenure as Chairman of Nairobi Jaffery Sports club from 1986 – 1989, he managed to bring the Club into First Division Cricket and the Club became champions of the Kenya Cricket Association Tournament.
Marhum played a vital role in organizing the rescue mission and resettlement of the Somali brethren who were brought to Mombasa from Mogadishu in 1991. He later served as the first Chairman of the Settlement and Welfare Board (SETWEL) of the Africa Federation which was established to handle the resettlement of the evacuees from Somalia. Marhum Ashikhusein Rashid was bestowed the prestigious Husseini Medal by the then Africa Federation Chairman Alhaj Habib Mulji for his dedicated and selfless services towards the Somalia Rescue Mission.
Marhum was a Councillor of the Africa Federation and World Federation for many years and upon his migration to the U.K in 2001, he became an active member of the Birmingham Jamaat and CoEJ and served as the Vice-President of Birmingham Jamaat. He also served as the Chairman of the Education Board of COEJ and was the Head of Seniors for Birmingham Jamaat from 2016 up to the time he bade farewell from this transient world.
May Allah SWT repose the departed soul in the abundance of His mercy and rest him amongst the chosen ones – Ameen. We request our readers to remember marhum and all the Marhumeen with Sura-e-Fateha.