Fuad Nahdi, one of the earliest contributors to Crescent International, passed away in London, England on Saturday March 21. He was in his mid-sixties.
Inna lil Lah-e wa inna ilay-he rajioon (We are from God and to Him is our return!)
He leaves behind his wife Humera and two children.
Fuad was admitted to University College Hospital in London on March 21 and passed away within a few hours.
He suffered from various ailments including heart problem, diabetes as well as cancer. He was also tested for the coronavirus but its results had not come by the time he passed away.
Fuad had joined the Muslim Institute in the early 1980s. He was brought to London from Tanzania by Dr Kalim Siddiqui who saw in this young man much talent.
Dr Kalim provided him a Muslim Institute scholarship so that Fuad could study journalism at the City University in London. At the same time, he contributed articles to Crescent International especially relating to Africa, providing a unique perspective.
Fuad had a great sense of humour and was easy to get along with. He put up with various intrigues that were underway at the Muslim Institute in the absence of Dr Kalim who was a heart patient and could not pay much attention to the day to day affairs of the Institute.
Like many others, Fuad was forced to leave the Institute as a result of the toxic environment created by some opportunists that ultimately destroyed the Muslim Institute as well as the Muslim Parliament after Dr Kalim passed away in April 1996.
Fuad launched the highly successful but short-lived Q-News magazine that dealt with the burning issues of the British Muslim community. Q-News lasted from 1992 to 2007, folding publication, like many other Islamic publishing ventures, due to financial difficulties.
He was a community activist and bridge-builder. While one could have difference of opinion with him, his decency was never in question.
We offer his family our deepest sympathy and condolences and pray to Allah to bless his departed soul.