Mrs. Abbasi was a force for change in making Liverpool and the world a better place.
Together with pioneers such as Muhammad Akbar Ali, she contributed to the Muslim and the wider community in many ways. She was an Islamic educator for children before Liverpool enjoyed its mosque. She supported the Ar Rahma masjid project and saw it to its completion in 1974 and continued to support community and women’s activities within the mosque.
Mrs Abbasi supported the development of the Abdullah Quilliam Heritage centre and mosque and was, for a time, the treasurer for the Muslim Enterprise Development Service. She believed that Muslim women should enjoy all that Islam had to offer. She also supported the establishment of the Olive Tree in Renshaw Street, which now serves people of all denominations, who are in spiritual need.
Mrs Abbasi had worked in a number of roles since her arrival in Liverpool in 1963. She recounted tales of her work at the Ford plant at Halewood. For a time she worked as a secretary in the Crown Street Language Centre. Later in life, she returned to full-time education, obtaining a university degree in 1983 in Sociology, whilst also managing five children and her home. She went on to train as probation officer and served with the Liverpool Probation Service, attending courts and prisons up and down the north-west before her retirement. She assisted the disenfranchised and impoverished of Liverpool with diligence, strength and grace.
- a much-loved daughter of Zain ul Iba Rasool Hashmi.
- a loving and loyal sister to her siblings – four younger and seven older – sharing her generous spirit and du’as with their loved ones and her nieces and nephews.
- a strong and devoted wife to Ghulam Sarwar Abbasi.
- a mother, inspiration and gift from Allah to her five children and their families.
- a grandmother to seven cherished grandchildren and three great grand children.
There is a diaspora of relatives around the world mourning her loss and praying for her peace.
She lived each day as a Muslim; making du’as for family, friends and the needy; seeking and sharing joy wherever she found it; striving to be grateful and to meet her many sorrows, adversities and disappointments with imaan and sabr.
Her warmth and light are deeply missed by us all.
MashaAllah. Alhamdulillah. SubhanAllah.
May Allah reward her admirable soul, forgive her and receive her near to Him.