By Al Qalam Reporter
Sister Shaheeda Cassim, one of the stalwarts of the South Africa National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), has passed away at her Durban home after a long illness.
“Aunty Shaheeda, as she was affectionately known, was not only a treasured employee of SANZAF but was “accorded the status of a revered senior member of the SANZAF family”, according to a statement sent to Al Qalam.
“The Trustees, Executive and Staff of the South African National Zakah Fund are saddened at the demise of one of its long standing employee’s and dear colleague, Sister Shaheeda Cassim who passed away at her home in the early hours of the 23rd July 2018 (9th Dhul Qa’dah 1439) after a long illness. Inna Lillahi wa Inna Illayhi Rajioon.
“Sr Shaheeda Cassim served SANZAF for more than 30 years with much commitment, dedication and compassion. As the first staff to arrive at work daily, she took her work seriously and often beyond the call of duty.
Over the years, Sr Shaheeda developed an excellent rapport with SANZAF’s donors, well-wishers and the recipient community alike. Consequently, she was also highly successful in her unique fundraising methods, securing substantial amounts of goods in kind, contributions, as well as, professional services and interventions from the medical fraternity pro-bono for the organizations recipients over the years.
“In later years, as SANZAF’s Projects Procurement Officer, she was also responsible for the Diary Project, the Muslim Feeding Scheme (MFS), monthly food hampers for recipients and the Imdaad Literacy and Madressa classes. She performed her duties effectively and efficiently. She was undoubtedly an asset to SANZAF and her contribution is highly appreciated by both the organization and donors whom she was regularly in contact with.
“May Allah SWT reward her abundantly for her selfless service, invaluable endeavours to benefit and uplift the Ummah, grant her Magfirah, fill her Qabr with Noor and grant her from amongst the highest stages in Jannah, Ameen.