Source: Obituary by AFED – Secretariat
Naushad bhai was born on 2nd January 1951 in Mombasa, Kenya, he was amongst the six siblings blessed to his parents Laila bai and Noorali bhai (well known as Bapa).
A well-known personality in Kenya as well as beyond the borders of Kenya for his philanthropic activities, within and outside the community. His life was a manifestation of a humble beginning, augmented with hard work, foresight and strategic planning that enabled him to become one of the renowned businessmen, industrialists and philanthropists whose love and compassion for the community were immense. He supported wholeheartedly many projects, and his contributions to the poor and underprivileged members of the local and other communities have been remarkable. He together with his wife Zarin bai founded the Zarina and Naushad Merali Foundation for philanthropic support of several projects that include hospitals, health centres, old-age homes and education for the needy.
Awards & Achievements
Naushad bhai was the Chairman and founder of Sameer Group of Companies a leading multinational in Kenya, other companies that he founded are Ryce Motors and Kencell. He served on various Presidential Committees relating to trade and social services and was a member of the National Economic and Social Council. He is a Board Trustee Member of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya. In recognition of his contributions to the development and economic growth of Kenya, Dr Merali was honoured with the prestigious Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in 2001 by the then President of Kenya Late Daniel Arab Moi and the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) for his philanthropic efforts in Kenya. He was also awarded a doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) in Business Leadership by Kabarak University in 2015.
Naushad bhai’s contribution towards the Community has been immense, he has contributed towards many projects undertaken by our Jamaats in Africa, which includes the Africa Federation Al Qa’eem Housing Project in Arusha, he was also one of the major sponsors of the Sports Festivals organized biennially by Africa Federation. The Jaffery Islamic Centre (JIC) in Lavington, Nairobi and JIC in Mombasa benefitted greatly from his generous contributions. He also funded 50% of the new development of the Jaffery Sports Club – the sports ground and the new pavilion is a clear reflection of his commitment which stands high at JIC in Mombasa. A road in a high-end Nairobi estate was named after Marhum. The Naushad Merali Drive, located in Lavington, Nairobi, is the area where the Jaffery Complex is located.
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.