Shaik Fawzan said:A man who comes to an empty home and dosen't have a wife lives a difficult life, even if the home is full of money and enjoyments.
Friday, September 06, 2013
A Legendary Muslim Doctor and Humanitarian.
I cannot even start describing this legendary personality who lived in our Ummah for the past half century and gave so much for the Ummah’s service.
I’m extremely saddened that we lost him last month after many months of struggling with his disease.
If you don’t know him, I won’t be surprised, since he wasn’t a man of fame or TV shows or websites, but he was a man of action and those who knew him, knew him from his actions.
He was the embodiment of sincere intentions and hard work which resulted in outcomes beyond his or anyone’s expectations.
His name is Dr.Abdul-Rahman Al-Sumait. An Islamic scholar, medical practitioner, but more importantly, a Humanitarian. He was known to have built hundreds of orphanages, schools, mosques, and amazingly inspired 11 million (yes 11 million!) Africans to convert to Islam.
Below is an article which I’m reproducing with kind permission from Al-Huda Institute (Canada) written by Bassama Al-Toaimi describing this legendary man.
But before you read this article (and after you read it), please make dua for him. He gave so much for the Ummah, let’s at least give him our duas.
Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sumait
The Story of a True HumanitarianBy Bassama Al Toaimi
Profile: Who: Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Sumait Nationality: Kuwaiti Date of Birth: October 15, 1947 Family: Married, blessed with five children Dr Al Sumait’s work
Founder and chairman of a branch of the Muslim Physicians Society, United States of America and Canada 1976, East Canada Branch
Founding member of the Montreal branch of the Muslim Students Society, 1974-1976
Founding member, International Islamic Charity Authority – Kuwait
Founding member, International Islamic council for Call and Relief – Kuwait
Member of Charity Rescue Society – Kuwait
General Secretary of the African Muslims Committee, 1981 – 1999
Chairman of Direct Aid, 1999 – 2008 Member of the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society – Kuwait
Editor-in-Chief of Al Kawther Magazine, 1984 until his passing
Member of the council of trustees of Islamic Call Organization – Sudan
Member of the council of trustees of Science and Technology University – Yemen
Chairman of the board of Faculty of Education – Zangbar
Chairman of the board of Faculty of Shari’ah and Islamic Studies – Kenya
Chairman of Charity Work Studies Center – Kuwait
Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sumait was an extraordinary human being who dedicated his life to doing good deeds. This man should be acknowledged and known for the major impact he had on millions of lives, not only in his hometown, but also worldwide.
Al Sumait was an Islamic scholar, a medical practitioner, and a role model for all Muslims. Born and raised in Kuwait, he was a qualified doctor specializing in internal diseases and gastroenterology before becoming involved in charity work. He graduated from the University of Baghdad with a BS in Medicine and Surgery, a diploma in Tropical Diseases from the University of Liverpool in 1974, and then completed his postgraduate studies specializing in internal diseases and the digestive system at McGill University in Canada. By the time he was 35 years old, he decided to move and live in Africa, and he dedicated 29 years of his life there with his wife, contributing and helping millions of children with education, starvation, shelter, and religion.
As a young high school student in Kuwait, Al Sumait witnessed a scene outside his school that sparked his interest in helping the less fortunate, and his life changed forever. He observed poor workers waiting for their means of transportation in the heat on a daily basis, and with some friends decided to save up from their pocket money and purchase an affordable car, and from that day onwards, he drove these workers for free.
At university Al Sumait used the majority of his monthly salary to purchase Islamic books and would distribute them at mosques. He also took part in collecting money from fellow Muslim students and all together they used the money to pay for the printing and distribution of Islamic pamphlets throughout South East Asia and Africa.
Al Sumait’s interest in Africa was ignited when he felt and saw that the continent of Africa was being neglected. Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Angola, among many other nations in the area that were suffering from famine, hunger and disease, were the focus of Al Sumait’s operations.
In 1981, when he was just 35 years old, he established the Africa Muslims Agency (AMA – later renamed Direct-Aid), where he served as chairman from 1981 to 2008. AMA is a charity organization that operates in more than 40 countries worldwide and aims to provide assistance to people suffering from economic and social crisis, mainly in Africa.
Upon his arrival to Africa, he was deeply saddened by the scenes of hunger and disease, so he decided to sacrifice his profession and dedicate himself fully to their benefit. Twenty-nine years of Al Sumait’s life was spent in undertaking charitable works in Africa, only returning to Kuwait for short visits or to receive medical treatment; he was on a mission to assist those in need.
He sacrificed his life, time, skills and efforts to provide people less fortunate with a decent life. Al Sumait also initiated a variety of projects in addition to Direct-Aid, which helped underprivileged people with the sole aim of easing their life from poverty.
The Highlights of His Accomplishments from His Time in Africa Are:
9,500 orphans supported
95,000 students financed
200 training centers for women
102 Islamic centers
51 million Qur’ans distributed
7 million people reverted to Islam at his hands, Including priests and bishops
Although Al Sumait’s journey in Africa was a major success, it was anything but smooth. Due to his time in Africa, he took numerous trips deep into the African jungles to conduct his work; with time he got high blood pressure, diabetes, a number of blood clots, and malaria, among other diseases. He was also the target of several failed assassination attempts by armed militias who were disturbed by his overwhelming presence and the impact he had on the poor and needy. In Mozambique, Kenya, and Malawi, Al Sumait went through more than one near-death experience with deadly cobras. And he also had to experience the adversities of imprisonment at some point in his life. However, he still remained determined to fulfill and accomplish his aim of bringing peace, aid, and relief to Africa, whether it was with food, shelter, education, or religion.
Throughout his life, Dr Al Sumait’s efforts in charity work were recognized and acknowledged with honors, awards, trophies, and certificates, including the highly prestigious award, the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam. Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sumait was a remarkable man, truly an inspiration, and the definition of a true Muslim. He sacrificed his entire being for the benefit of others. His time and efforts are visible today and will always be visible, especially in the children of Africa who continue to receive education at various universities throughout the whole continent.
May Allah bless his soul and reward him immensely for the great life he leads. Amen.