Two Indian-origin brothers and founding members of a famend organisation that gives neighborhood companies within the sprawling Indian township of Lenasia in South Africa have died of coronavirus.
Abbas Sayed and Osman Sayed, the Chairman and President of the Saaberie Chishty Society, died on Friday and Saturday respectively and have been buried side-by-side, as condolences continued to pour in from everywhere in the world, together with India, the place the concept of the humanitarian work was sparked by a go to to Ajmer when Abbas was a teen.
After their return from Ajmer, a small spiritual commemoration at their residence in Lenasia quickly remodeled into a wide range of charity and welfare initiatives for all communities within the apartheid period.
The brothers have been among the many six siblings who continued and expanded the work of the society began by their father, uncles and aunts to incorporate feeding schemes, constructing mosques and madrassahs, and a free ambulance service when there have been no such amenities from authorities in Lenasia the place they lived.
“Like their forefathers, they worked tirelessly throughout their lives to serve the community with dedication. Tears flow as we remember their smiles and our insightful conversations with them,” mentioned a message from spiritual leaders from Lucknow.
“They were men of dignity, honesty, truthfulness and simplicity,” mentioned one other message from Panipat in Haryana, the place in 2009 the organisation helped restore an historical mosque 30 years after it had been closed down by elevating funds in South Africa.
The novel coronavirus that first surfaced in China’s Wuhan metropolis in December final 12 months has claimed 7,257 lives and contaminated 459,761 folks in South Africa.