ISLAMABAD, Jan 2: A businessman by occupation, a humanist by nature and a leader by birth, mild-mannered Fida Hussain passed through the glory’s morning gate and walked in heaven – a light from Ismaili community is gone and a voice they loved is stilled.
I am really running short of words to count his tireless efforts he made for the area and the people of his community. The role he played without making headlines depicts his name – Fida Hussain – the man with rare magic called genius. He did not just stand on the stage – he owned it. He always stood up for the have-nots and spent his whole life to get them out of subjugation. Though the list of his accomplishments could not be enumerated, he did whatever in his command and fought to the end. The services he rendered for the community in his personal capacity as a volunteer would long be remembered. The role he played for strengthening the Imamat intuitions, which have now become the hallmark for the uplift and the welfare of the people in the remote valley, would not have become a reality without his tireless efforts. The construction of 230-household Dolomuts colony (Chinar cooperating housing society) and the establishment of state-of-the-art Aga Khan Hostel for Boys – are some of his great accomplishments which could not have become possible without his vision and foresightedness. It’s hard to say goodbye to a man of this great stature who is not only loved by his peers, friends but also by foes. It is hard to say that no man is indispensable. But it would not be wrong to say that he was irreplaceable and the vacuum by his sudden demise will not be filled easily. Fida Hussain was undisputed master of timing and never let the opportunity go when it comes to people’s welfare but December 31, 2013, was the only time when all his calculations went wrong. He left us much too soon. He was stingy to the end. He only gave us 77 years and it was not enough. Today he is not among us but he will always remain in our hearts as a ‘legend’. May God rest his soul in peace!