ON FORMER MINISTER M.H.M. ASHRAF
17th Jumaadal Aakhirah, 1421
16th September, 2000
Mr. Aman Ahmad Ashraf.
51, Vauxhall Lane,
Dear Brother-in Islam,
Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi
It was with great sadness and a deep
shock that I received the news of the tragic demise
of your beloved father. It is, really, an irreplaceable
loss in the present era and will be mourned the most
It gives me double dejection that
your illustrious father has passed away at a time
when the country very badly needs the services of
dynamic political leaders of his calibre. The country
and the Muslim Community both have lost a wonderful
political and legal luminary. Great thinking found
in him together with the highly developed intellect
won admiration of all and sundry. Astuteness, broad-mindedness
and far-sightedness were some of the attributes that
he was adorned with. These qualities were, indeed,
the mainstay of his career as an M.P., Minister of
Ports, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, a leader
of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and a leader of the
National Unity Alliance.
Representing the Digamadulla Electorate
for almost eleven consecutive years and being a Minister
of Ports, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, he has
rendered tremendous services to our blessed motherland.
Whenever his support was sought, he readily extended
his fullest support.
It is worth mentioning that he worked
untiringly to bridge the gap between the majority
community and the minority community with a view to
bringing about lasting peace. In this context, he
hitched himself and his party to the PA Government
and was part and parcel of the process of introducing
a new political package in order to end the ethnic
conflict. All in all, his name will definitely go
down in the annals.
I seize this opportunity to express
my profound sympathies to you, your mother, your grandmother
and the rest in your family on behalf of the members
of my family and myself.
You know that words are poor expressers.
But still I send this message to you to console you
with sincere deep sentiment.
May Almighty Allah bless your beloved
father with eternal bliss and grant him Jannat Al-Firdaws
and may you, your loving mother and your grandmother
have the courage to face this difficult situation
and the future with equanimity and fortitude!
Wassalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi
Ash-Shaikh H. Abdul Nazar
Head, Arabic and Shari’ah Dept.,
Daar Al-Uloom Al-Meezaniyyah