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With deep regret and grief we announce the untimely death of Akbar Ali Rassawala. Akbar passed away in Kuwait at a youthful age of 47 on March 6, 2001 after a year-long battle with cancer. His death is a great loss to the Bohra reform movement. Ever since Udaipur erupted in revolt against the Kothar, Akbar has been at the forefront of the reform movement.<p>He was one of the young leaders in the Seventies who led protests against Kothar’s atrocities in Galiakot and Udaipur and as a consequence bore the brunt of police brutality. On many occasions he was jailed on trumped-up charges and beaten in police custody. These experiences, however, only strengthened his conviction about the rightness of the reformist cause. Only as recently as two years ago during his visit to Udaipur, he was arrested in connection with a case dating back to the turbulent Seventies. It is believed that the Kothar’s men had tipped off the police.<p>Jovial, confident and outgoing, Akbar sparked an spontaneous cheer in people around him. He easily warmed to any talk of Bohra reform movement and brought a passion and sense of purpose to the subject. During his years in Kuwait, he continued his dedicated work to organize reformists through various religious programmes and also regularly collected funds to promote welfare activities in Udaipur.<p>For more than a generation Akbar has inspired many young people in Udaipur to work for the movement. Around the time of Sayedna Saheb’s visit to Udaipur, when the Kothar was hell-bent on breaking the ranks of reformists, Akbar played a crucial role in keeping the reformists in Kuwait united. When some of the ‘reformist’ leaders succumbed to the temptations and pressures of the Kothar, he challenged their betrayal and condemned them for making a mockery of sacrifices his generation had made for the cause.<p>But in the heart of his hearts he knew that his sacrifices will never go waste. Reformists in Udaipur, and elsewhere, will continue the good work that was close to his heart, even as they remain convinced that the vacuum he has left behind will be very difficult to fill.<p>Akbar is survived by his wife and two young children. May Allah rest his soul in peace and give his family members and friends courage and fortitude to face life without him.<p>Ameen<p><br> <br>
Udaipur is still in a state of on Akbar's demise. He was laid to rest on Friday 9th March in Udaipur's Khanjipeer cemetery. On that day, all refomrmists observed a day of mourning by closing their businesses, and the funeral procession was one which Udaipur has not seen in many years. Almost every reformist turned up to pay their last respects to one of their favourite sons of the reform movement.<p>Even the turncoat "leaders" were apparently humbled by the untimely death of Akbar. They too came to pay their taziyat - to the very same person whose sacrifices and years of work they are trying their best to destroy. <p>All in all, the reformists in Udaipur found renewed strength and commitment amid their common sorrow. <p>May Allah bless his soul.<p><p>
Akbar died of Malignant Melanoma - a serious, sometimes deadly, form of cancer.<p>But if low-life creatures insist otherwise, we can be dead certain that it's in their character to talk nonsense. Maligning reformists, dead or living, is their only purpose in life.<p>