Friday, 8 July 2016

FAROUK ABDULLA BARWANI (22 JANUARY 1945 - 7 JULY 2016) A CANDLE ECLIPSED - RAMADHAN MADAFU

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A Candle Eclipsed
Farouk Abdulla Barwani

(22 January 1945- 7 July 2016)
On the morning of 7th July 2016, Farouk Abdulla Barwani passed away after spending a few days in ICU of Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, Oman. Farouk dedicated his life for Zanzibar and Zanzibaris. The arena of Zanzinet knew him as a passionate patriot with strong moral mantle. He always worked in the shadows to light the path of others. Added to his superb command of his mother-tongue Swahili, he commanded both English and Arabic to literary levels. In his lifetime he published two monumental works of Swahili literature at his own expenses;

·         First, the memoirs of his parent and mentor Sheikh Ali Muhsin “Conflict and Harmony in Zanzibar” “From English to Swahili under the name “Kujenga na Kubomolewa Zanzibar”.

·         Second, the translation of the book of Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh) الفقه الميسر  “Fiqhi Iliyowepesishwa” from Arabic to Swahili. (http://www.fiqhi.quranitukufu.net)

Born in the village of Donge Mchangani in Zanzibar. Farouk started his elementary schooling in Donge. He also went to schools in Chake and Kangani in Pemba. He completed his primary education in his home village of Mkwajuni, Zanzibar where he was a colleague of President Salmin Amor. Farouk studied the Holy Qur’an at the hands of Maalim Othman of Donge and his father Sheikh Abdulla Amor Barwani After completing his primary education he moved to the Stone Town to complete his education and he lived with his relative Sheikh Badar Muhammed Al Barwani in what became known as “the House of Martyrs”. He shared house with the Martyrs Mushin and Suleiman Badar, Muhammed Humoud and Humoud Muhammed. In Zanzibar Town Farouk joined the Muslim Academy Secondary School between 1961 and 1966. There he studied under the auspices of Sayyids Omar Abdulla and Ahmed Mansab and Sheikhs Suleiman Al Alawy, Abdulla Hadhramy, Said Al Kindy, Musa Makungu, Ali Musa and Harith Khelef.

Post the invasion of Zanzibar, Farouk moved to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and served at the armed forces before moving to his ancestor’s home country, Oman. He worked for the Central Bank of Oman till he retired. He spent his retirement years between his village at Mkwajuni, Zanzibar farming and performing philanthropic projects of drilling water wells and building mosques and his family residence in Al Hail North, Oman.

27. ‘’(To the righteous soul will be said:) "O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction!’’
28. "Come back thou to thy Lord,- well pleased (thyself), and well-pleasing unto Him!’’
29. "Enter thou, then, among My devotees!’’
30. "Yea, enter thou My Heaven!”                            
Holy Qur’an Al Fajr 89:27-30

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