The Passing of Br. Akbar Ali Sidi
As Salaamu ‘Alaykum,
Br. Akbar Sidi was a founding member of Calling Christians. I came to know him while giving da’wah to Christians online. For many years we worked together and he supported my da’wah efforts greatly. He introduced me to the brothers and sisters that eventually went on to found Calling Christians. Due to him, I was inspired to converse, dialogue and debate with missionaries. At the moment I am lost for words. However, what I will say is that he is perhaps one of the greatest Muslim men I have ever known, his faith was steadfast and despite his old age he strove in the path of Allah by giving da’wah everyday, and true to character he also did so in the hours before his passing.
May Allah forgive him of any misgivings and grant him Jannat al Firdous, Ameen.
إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ –
“Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” – Qur’an 2:156.
Biography & Testimony:
I am Akbar Ali Sidi by name. Born in 1951 on the 1st of June. Born in a Muslim family, married with four children. Three of those children are already married. I worked for the Bank of Baroda briefly after completion of my high school but took up my favorite career in auto engineering. I then joined the Kenyan police force and did part time service to my country for 12 years. Presently, I’m in auto repairs in my small workshop.
Educated at Consolata Catholic School where I did Bible studies as one of the compulsory subjects. The school was run by Italian priests. My mentor in Bible studies was the late Father Tosillini who was also the Principal of the school. In those days I was convinced that the only true religion was Christianity. I was so involved in Bible studies that I had opted to enroll in a Christian Bible Seminary College for further studies in the Bible. But due to financial strains I was not able to. All my religious discourses involved the Bible.
I therefore opted to be employed and joined Bank of Baroda where I worked for three years. I then opened my own workshop and it was during this time that the turning point in my religious views began. The person responsible for this was none other than the late Sheikh Ahmed Deedat who at that time was on a brief visit to Kenya. I enrolled in his classes on Comparative Religions that is: Islam and Christianity. My main interest was to hear his views on the Bible. Our first lecture was on the Crucifixion of Jesus. Contrary to what I had believed he convinced me beyond no doubt that it was a false concept in Christianity. This was followed by lectures on Trinity which he again proved to be a false doctrine.
It was at this juncture that I started looking keenly at my birth religion with renewed interest. I started talking with various Christian friends on the Bible and Quran showing the superiority of the Quran on the Bible. From then on I have been involved in debates with the Christians. Alhamdulillah to have been born a Muslim and that is why I debate strongly on the internet (Facebook, with them).
– May 6th, 2012.
On the passing of our elder brother AKBAR ALI SIDI, familiarly known as BABU:
Br. Akbar collapsed this morning soon after waking up from his bed. Unfortunately, he passed away while being rushed to the hospital.
Janaza prayers will be at Masjid Nur Mosque in South C at the time of Asr prayers (4 p.m.), burial thereafter at the Langata Cemetery.
and Allah knows best.