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Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajioon

It is with great sadness that The World Federation has heard of the demise of Sister Nargis Valimohamed who passed away on Wednesday 18 June 2008. Sister Nargis was only recently appointed an Executive Councillor of The World Federation. On behalf of the worldwide leadership, I extend my condolences to the 12th Imam (aj), to her family and to the community on the loss of an inspirational leader who made a difference in the affairs of the Ummah. Her perseverance, hardwork and dedication will remain a hallmark for all as an example of what can be achieved through working collectively for His pleasure.

Sister Nargis was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya. She was married and moved to Tanzania in 1972. She then migrated to Canada in 1975. Sr. Nargis was a mother of two children and a grandmother to two grandchildren. Since 1990 Sr. Nargis gained a wealth of experienced during her work with the Toronto Jamaat in various capacities where she led on many innovative programmes. She was a member of the Ladies Committee and a Principal of Thursday night classes at the Jaffari Islamic Centre in Toronto where continuous religious development programmes targeted tp parents were initiated. In 2003 she was elected as the Chairlady for the ISIJ of Toronto, a post which she held for two terms from 2003-2007.

Sr. Nargis was truly an inspiration to the worldwide community. She visited many communities throughout the world, including Pakistan, where she visited and observed our community's achievements first hand through the various housing projects of the Zainabiya Trust in Karachi. She encouraged the community there to progress to new heights. Upon her return she shared the community's great achievement of the Zainabiya Trust in providing housing accommodation to the needy people of our community on various local, national and international platforms.

At the 9th Triennial Conference in Dubai in October 2003 and at the subsequent Women's Convention, she spoke on the importance of creating a vibrant community that will be inclusive, inspiring, and continuously evolving; she also stressed her passion in the importance of engaging women at all levels to make this vision a reality.

For Nargis bai providing access to knowledge was a means to come closer to Allah (swt). She graduated with a degree in Fashion Design and brought those skills to the community. She also organised various retreats for women where subjects such as spirituality were discussed.

The worldwide community today has lost an inspirational leader and a role model whose work will be a testament to generations to come. I pray to Allah (swt) to grant her family sabr-e-jameel to bear this loss and to place her in an exalted position in Jannah in close proximity to the 14 ma'sumeen (as). Ameen.

Dr Ahmed Hassam

President of The World Federation of KSIMC (KHOJA SHIA ITHNA'ASHERI MUSLIM COMMUNITY)

Please recite a Sura-e-Fateha for the Marhuma and remember her in your duas.

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May Allah swt bless her with His infinite Mercy and may she rests with the best of the lovers of Ahlul Bayt (as)

May Allah swt grant her family patience at this great loss as well as the community she belonged to. This is really sad for them and the rest of the Shia women to lose such an inspirational leader.

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