Fida Hussain – an obituary

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!

16 Replies to “Fida Hussain – an obituary”

  1. Thank you so much for the post. In 1973 my husband our good friend John and I were told there was a good English language library in Chitral. This is how we met Mr. Fidah as we called him. He was a hospitable man, who spent more than one afternoon chatting with us. He gave us his card, which I have beside me. He was intelligent and generous, he gave us letter to hire horses to go over Shandur Pass. we rode a Jeep until there was a wash out past which it could not go so we walked to Mastuj where we were turned at a military station. We never got to use his letter but we had amazing time thanks to him.

    We are deeply saddened by his passing.

    Ann Wilson

  2. My whole family and I were deeply touched by your messages of condolences published in Chitral Today on the sudden death of my father Fida Hussain. We thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and expression of sympathy with us at this testing time.
    Mumtaz Hussain

  3. Dear Editor,
    I just came across the obituary of great Fida Hussain Sahib after a friend told me about his sad demise. It is an irreparable loss for people of both Chitral as well as Gilgit-Baltistan. Fida Sahib enjoyed a good circle of friends in GB and today he is not amongst us but we can not forget him. Besides his friends it is indeed a great loss for his family especially his sons whom he always declared his pride. I am speechless but just wanted to tell his great sons that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven who watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. I extend my most sincere condolences to you. May his soul rest in peace.
    Shah Farman
    Hunza currently in Dubai

  4. Indeed Mr. Fida was a great leader and very kind person. He served Jamati Institutions for as long as 54 years. He was entitled as Mr. Rai Fida Hussain.
    Mr. Fida was an educated person, one of very few of his time. He shared his schools with many great leaders like, Shehzada Muhiuddin, Pir Karam Ali Shah (Governor Gilgit-Baltistan) and many others.
    Being his very proud nephew, I thank you all for your prayers and well wishes especially Mr. Zulfiqar and Zar Alam Khan.

  5. I am deeply shocked to read about the sad news of the demise of Fida Hussain. He was an icon and great leader of Chitral . May Allah bless his soul with His mercy in the life Hereafter and bestow patience on the aggrieved family.
    The Ismaili community has lost the most self-made leader and his role has been vital in maintaining peace and brotherhood spirit in Chitral. I would express my deepest message of condolence on behalf of my family and people of Broghil to all his sons, daughters, each and everyone in his family and his relative across the Chitral and Hunza region.
    Return to the eternity from this sojourn is ultimate destination of every soul.
    Umar Rafee
    (Currently in Gilgit-Baltistan)

  6. Mr. Fida Hussain was not only a friend but was also like a brother to me. Today he is not amongst us but he will always be a part of our thoughts and will be cherished in our hearts. I extend my condolence to his proud sons and they may get the strength to handle the situation in the best way possible. Your dad was a great human being and I am sure he was the most wonderful dad in this world. However, at this time it is important that you help your family come over with the situation, so that you can make him proud. We will pray for you and your family. May Moula bestow him with the best and the most special place in the heaven, aameen.

  7. Though death is a certain reality, after the sudden and untimely death of our beloved Miki Mr. Fida Hussain time seems to stop. We lost a legend and treasure of Ismaili community. We pray to Allah Almighty to give patience to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. We all have to go one day but it is important for us to start to live again with a smile on our face so that we can make his soul happy, as he is still looking at us even if we can’t. May Allah Almighty give him a special place in the heaven. Aameen.

  8. I am deeply saddened to hear the sudden death of Fida Hussain.
    First of all, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family members, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May Allah rest the departed soul in peace and give strength and courage to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
    What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a yearning for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
    Mir Hassamuddin
    Milton, Canada

  9. (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
    Mr Fida Hussen played a vital role in Ismilli community and he was really clear edit person. I would like to express our deepest gratitude for using such kind and gracious words for our beloved father.

  10. On behalf of the entire team of ChitralToday, I would like to express my sympathy and condolence with the family members of late Fida Hussain. May God Almighty rest the departed soul in peace and give courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.–Aameen
    Zar Alam Khan

  11. It is with great grief that I write this condolence message to all our brothers and sisters (children of Fida Miki) some of whom I haven’t met. We share your grief equally at this sad moment. May Miki’s soul rest in Peace. Ameen!.
    I have had the honor of spending time very close to him a decade back and we shared mutual respect and great care for each other afterwards until the day he passed away so suddenly keeping us all in shock. I had been sharing a few unique traits of Miki on different occasions with relatives and others. The time I spent with him was and will always remain one of the memorable times of my life. He was an inspiration for all of us who knew him well. I haven’t seen such a dedicated, hardworking and devoted man throughout my life so far. He was full of energy all the time and would wake up for his morning prayers no matter what – be it the coldest of the Seen Lasht waves blowing or heavily snow falling for days. If he had to do a job somewhere in the farthest and toughest of the valleys, he would reach there well before time. This rare quality of being so well disciplined is rare to be found in Chitralis. He was an upright man of character, would not bow to undue pressures. If we look around we find that majority of us are known for our professional attachments. His personality was so powerful that he rose above the coveted position of an Imamat institution he held. He was known by his own name throughout his social service career.
    The conversations and discussions which took place with Miki are so diverse and full of knowledge that even a whole book cannot contain those golden words he said. All I can say over here is Miki we miss you. Though you left us physically but your sweet memories will always remain with us.
    Saifuddin Saif

  12. Dear Editor Chitarl Today
    Please convey my heartfelt condolence to the family of Fida Hussain Sahib on his sad and sudden death. Indeed it is a very big loss not only for the family but also for the entire Ismaili community. I hope that his able sons and other family members would continue his services for the people of the area.

  13. May almighty Allah bless the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and fortitude to the bereaved family and relatives to bear this irreparable loss in the family, ameen

  14. Dear Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed ,
    On behalf of all the 10 Children of Mr. Fida Hussain ,and his grandchildren, and his entire family ,I would like to express our deepest gratitude for using such kind and gracious words for our beloved father . We are deeply touched by your kindness and magnanimity.
    May the almighty rest his soul in peace.

  15. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ). Saddened to hear the untimely and tragic demise of our dear uncle! His contribution for the jamat throughout Chitral is indeed unforgettable. The Ismailis who knew him both inside and outside Chitral mourn the death of the great man and a volunteer who served the community till his last breath. We salute to your dignity dear uncle. May Allah Almighty give him a special place in heaven, Ameen Summa Ameen.

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