In our turbulent past, there are many unsung heroes that serve as a poignant reminder of untold sacrifice that gave rise to our freedom.

In many instances, several influential Muslims played pivotal roles in the struggle for freedom and democracy that were indelibly linked to sacrifices of the oppressed people across the world.

Some sought refuge in the sterling example of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. The vociferous protagonists – the struggle die-hards, the selfless revolutionaries, the super-conscious activists – derived inspiration from Shia Islam’s ideological roots as a beacon of light to the oppressed.

Cassiem Christians was one of those.

Amongst the pioneers of The School of Ahlul Bait (AS) in South Africa. Ideologically clear and socially active.

Part of a groundbreaking initiative in the first-ever printing of Tafsir Al-Mizan (of the great Allamah Tabatabai) in South Africa as one of many examples.

Quietly efficient. Firm of purpose. Well-mannered disposition. One of the architects of the earliest seeds of Ahlul Bait (AS) on our shores. Politically clear.

Even though he never formally joined the ranks of AFOSA, he was always positively disposed. A friend and great supporter until the last days of his life.

He had engaged with senior leadership as recent as a few weeks ago.

May Allah (SWT) shower blessings and mercy on his departed soul, from which many trees flourish and grow today, from seeds planted by men such as him in dark and gloomy days.

May Almighty Allah receive him into His Infinite Mercy and join him in the company of those he loved – Prophet Muhammad (sawa) and his Household.

إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

AFOSA extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends and the oppressed for whom he sacrificed his life.

Mowlana Syed Aftab Haider