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The Passing of Br. Akbar Ali Sidi

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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.

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Br. Akbar Ali Sidi

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.

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Br. Akbar Ali Sidi

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.

Further Information:

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.

Muslims also are Victims of Kenyan Terrorist Attack

Unfortunately for the international Muslim community, an alleged statement by several eyewitnesses who were fortunate to escape from the Kenyan Mall, indicated that the shooters shouted that all the Muslims should leave and that their intention (the gunmen’s) were to solely harm non-Muslims. This however is not the reality on the ground, the Kenyan attack has hit home for Calling Christians as we are also in grieving and awaiting good news from our staff member, Br. Akbar Sidi, a well respected member of his community and a former law enforcement officer – he is now retired, he is most importantly also a resident of Kenya.

Two of his Muslim Kenyan family members, Shamim Allu (cousin) and Fatuma Abdu Rahman (brother in law’s daughter) – were both shot by the gunmen and are in recovery in the hospital. For those who are saying that this was an attack by Muslims against non-Muslims, we seek to remind them that we too are grieving from the attack as our own brothers and sisters were viciously shot at by political terrorists – as I’ve outlined in my latest exposé. Sadly, certain members of the Christian missionary community have taken this as an opportunity to attack the grieving during this emotionally tortuous time. Tony Pezzulo (pictured) below went on an angry tirade, mocking, insulting and abusing Br. Akbar as he posted about the trauma his family is currently experiencing.

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Christian Missionary – Tony Pezzulo

To Mr. Pezzulo, we ask that you as a Christian should live up to the standards of your religion and we demand that you show some respect to the grieving. Despite your differences with the Muslim community, we too are victims of this tragic event and we too are awaiting swift justice for these terrorists. It is however, not right to insult Muslims, or Br. Akbar – especially as he to, is also a victim of this attack. This is not the time to score points against Muslims in this game of preaching against us, we remind you that you should show humility and respect to the victims of this incident.

We ask for your du’as (prayers) for the family of our Br. Akbar Sidi and we pray that Allaah aids both Muslims and non-Muslims in seeking security from these perpetrators. Ameen.

and Allaah knows best.