Asgarali Nazarali Bharwani
Birth & Death
Birthdate: January 11, 1935
Deathdate: November 11, 2019
Marhum Asgar bhai was born in Hoima Uganda on 11th January 1935; he leaves behind his wife Gulbanu bai and three sons Mehboob, Munir and Riyaz.
Following the Asian Exodus in Uganda, Asgar bhai migrated to the UK and later Canada. He was actively involved with the activities of Kampala Jamaat and he was among several members who helped set up the KSI Jamaat in Toronto.
He moved to Tanzania in 1972 and established his Company Tanzania Printing Services Ltd in 1976. It started as a printing press with three small machines employing 20 people which grew to a large group of Companies that include Red Dot and Berger Paints to mention a few.
In December 1994, he was elected as President of Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat a position he served for three consecutive terms of two years from 1994 – 2000. During this period, the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat saw tremendous progress, growth and acquisition of several properties.
The Community has lost a passionate leader who had a vision towards its upliftment. The landmark achievement by Marhum was the purchase of various properties which today houses our Community Schools in Dar-es-Salaam. He was the Chairman of the Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat Construction Committee which oversaw the construction of the Juma Haji Residency, Amersi Mawji Residency, and the KSMIC Sabodo car park. He built and donated the Mosque at Udowe to Africa Federation for Bilal Muslim Mission on behalf of his family for utilization by the Community.
He was the coordinator of the Africa Federation ZAKMEF Team Tanzania Chapter established in 2005 and played a huge role in raising funds for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) running successfully to-date. He was a Nominated Councillor of the Africa Federation for the term 2007 – 2010.
Awards & Medals
Marhum Asgar bhai was bestowed the prestigious Husseini Medal by Africa Federation at the 23rd Triennial Conference held in Arusha in April 2007 by the then Chairman Alhaj Ramzan bhai Nanji for his numerous philanthropic activities and for his leadership which saw momentous growth in the community.
The World Federation presented a lifetime achievement award to Marhum Asgarbhai during the 14th Ordinary Conference on Saturday 17th May 2014.
Extract from the AFED Chairman’s Alhaj Shabir Najafi - Condolence Message
“Marhum Asgar bhai had a vision towards the upliftment of our Community with various projects undertaken by him during his tenure as the President of Dar-es-Salaam Jamaat and later are testimony of his foresight for the Community. He was always in the forefront in contribution towards the KSI Community in Africa and outside Africa; he was a very good supporter of Africa Federation, a mentor and a brave personality who always stood firm on matters of principles and Shariah. Alas; today we bid farewell to our Legendary Leader, Mentor and a dedicated servant of Allah (SWT). His Wisdom and contributions shall be missed by us all.”
The Secretariat conveys its heartfelt condolences to his wife, sons and all family members
We pray to Allah (SWT) to grant Marhum maghferat and place his soul amongst the blessed ones in the vicinity of Chaharada Masumeen (AS) and who continuously receive mercy and grace of Allah (SWT) - Ameen.
- We request for Sura-e-Fateha for him and all other Marhumeen.
12th November 2019