Death of a colossus: Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad — giant who taught Zanzibar, Tanzania and the region the meaning of forgiveness and national cohesion.
This is part of document written by Khaleed Said Suleiman. Tel: +1 416 700 1332 Email: Khaleed_ihaab@yahoo.com Thursday, February 18th, 2021.
I was deeply saddened to hear the death of Maalim Seif Shariff Hamad who was a stable force and a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true Zanzibar hero. I offer deepest condolences and sympathy to Maalim Seif’s family and to my fellow Zanzibaris. His steadfast leadership embodied his sincerity, generosity, grace, tolerance, and deep love for Zanzibar.
Words fall short of articulating a eulogy for Maalim Seif Shariff Hamad as great as him or describe his good deeds and accomplishments. Maalim Seif will be missed not only by the people of Zanzibar but also by his friends and admirers the world over. He was a true friend of everyone, renowned for his wisdom, compassion, and vision. He worked selflessly to fight and develop Zanzibar and promote peace in the isles.
Maalim Seif was a charismatic leader who promised his people and country to break Zanzibar’s long political impasse, and usher in a new era of stability and prosperity for all. He is one of those rare leaders who unselfishly dedicated his life for his people.
What is important now is the stability of the country and for the politics of compromise to continue with the vision Maalim Seif aspired to achieve throughout his life and left Zanzibar in a good place before he was called by his Maker.
Maalim Seif occupied that office from 2010 to 2015 and again following the 2020 elections until his death. Pursuant to the Constitution of Zanzibar, upon the death of the First Vice President, his political party would put forward name(s) for the President to be picked as the new First Vice President. Both his party ACT Wazalendo as well as President Mwinyi will have to be careful in determining the most suitable replacement for Maalim Seif. This is not the time for political expediency or political opportunism; it is the time to pick the most qualified person to step into Maalim’s big shoes and to lead Zanzibar into prosperity after 57 years of stagnation.
Maalim Seif Shariff Hamad will truly be missed. We had a lot of respect for him. Let us take comfort in knowing that his powerful legacy will live on and excel in the position of the next First Vice President .
May Allah for give him and grant him Jannat firdous— Aamiin.
Maalim Seif azikwa Pemba
Aliyekuwa Makamu wa Kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar, Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad aliyefariki jana amezikwa leo kijijini kwao Nyali Mtambwe Mkoa wa Kaskazini Pemba.
Maelfu ya wananchi wamefika kuuaga mwili wake katika uwanja wa Mnazi Mmoja, Unguja na kisha uwanja wa Gombani kisiwani Pemba.
Majira ya saa 8 mchana ndege ilitua katika uwanja wa ndege wa Pemba huku wafuasi na viongozi kadhaa wa serikali wakionesha majonzi wakati wakiupokea mwili huo ambao haukugusha na yeyote isipokuwa wanajeshi pekee waliopewa jukumu la kuuteremsha na kuufikisha katika gari maalumu lililotayarishwa kwa ajili ya kuubeba mwili huo na kutembea nao polepole.
Maelfu ya wananchi wajitokeza
Maelfu ya wananchi walisimama njiani huku nyuso zao zikionyesha majonzi makubwa na baadhi yao kuangusha vilio walipoliona gari lilipopakia jeneza la Maalim Seif huku wengine wakiinamisha vichwa nyao na kuvitikisa kwa ishara ya maumivu makali.
Kabla ya kuelekea Zanzibar, mwili wa Maalim Seif ulipelekwa katika Msikiti wa Maamur jijini Dar es Salaam kwa ajili ya swala ya kuuaga. Viongozi mbalimbali walihudhuria kiwemo Rais wa Awamu ya Nne wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
Rais mstaafu wa Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete akiwa katika msikiti wa Maamur jijini Dar es Salaam
Watu mbalimbali walitoa maoni yao wakiwemo waliofanya naye kazi kwa muda mrefu katika siasa akiwemo Hamad Rashid aliyeunda chama chake cha ADC baadae na Mussa Haji Kombo ambaye alitofautiana mawazo na Maalim Seif kwa kubaki katika chama cha Wananchi CUF wakati wa migogoro ya kisiasa, lakini bado wanamuona Maalim Seif ni mfano wa kuigwa.
Miongoni mwa wanasiasa waliomzungumzia Maalim Seif ni aliyekuwa Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa CCM Zanzibar, Vuai Ali Vuai na Salim Mwalimu kutoka Chadema. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.443.0_sw.html#goog_791797715Volume 90% Tazama vidio01:06
Mwili wa Maalim Seif Hamad wafika Zanzibar kwa mazishi
Baadhi ya wananchi walibeba mabango yalioandikwa ujumbe wa aina mbalimbali ukiwemo unaosema ”Ahsante Maalim Seif kwa kutimiza ndoto yako, Ahsante Maalim Seif kwa kutuunganisha wanzanzibari, Mwenyezi Mungu akulipe pepo iliyotukuka”.
Safari yake ya maisha ya miaka 77 ulimwenguni iliyokumbwa na misukosuko na mitihani mingi katika maisha yake Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad imemalizikia leo kwenye kijiji chao cha Mtambwe alipozaliwa. Inna lillahi wainna ilayhi rajiuun.
In the name of Allah, The Entirely and The Most Merciful.
All praise be to Allah alone. We praise Him and seek His help; we seek his forgiveness and his guidance. We seek refuge in Allah from evil intentions, our evil deeds, and all evil beings. I pray that His peace be with you today and all days to come.
We are saddened to announce that what once was known as the House of Wonders is now no longer standing. On December 25th, 2020, the famous building collapsed while maintenance that was long overdue; was taking place.
The Sultan’s Palace was built in 1883 by Sayyid Barghash; the third Sultan of Zanzibar. This building was more commonly known as Beit-al-Ajaib or the House of Wonders. It was given its name because it was the first building in the Island of Zanzibar to have electricity, and also the first building in East Africa to have an elevator. Inside were beautifully carved inscriptions from the Quran. There was so much history in the building; one of which, in front of the building once stood a light house that was destroyed during the Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896. Also known as the shortest War in the world that lasted about 47 minutes. During the reconstruction, a piece of the tower was integrated into the facade of the building in 1897 with a clock at the top and a London Bell placed inside the heart of tower.
Over the years, people came and went, the weather changed, the children grew, the flowers blossomed, and the streets improved, but The Sultan’s Palace remained; yet abandoned and forgotten. Turned into a museum for the tourists and a momentum for the locals, used on postcards and photographed for its uniqueness. Sad we are but reality is due to negligence the building could not bare standing another day. For the first time in years, when the hammers and the workers finally started maintaining the beautiful Beit-al-Ajaib; did it decide to tear itself down. Taking with it two souls that were stranded inside with four more who have been rescued and are now recovering quite well. Alhamdulillah.
May their souls rest in peace those who have gone back to their Creator, as we try to clear the streets, picking up all of the broken pieces. We watch the pieces of building lay and are reminded of its need to be loved and maintained. As time passes us by, we hope we can rebuild the lost memories of Beit-al-Ajaib. Standing again will be a dream come true for this piece of history deserves the worlds’ view.
F. J. Al-salama
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Zanzibar-Canadian Association (ZANCANA, in short) is a community organization for people with Zanzibari origin presently living in Canada. Zanzibar is made up of two main islands (Unguja and Pemba) and several smaller ones off the coast of East Africa.
Welcome means KARIBU in the Swahili vernacular. Zanzibar is the majestic spice island of the East Africa in Indian Ocean.These are two main islands of Unguja and Pemba. Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phonecians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into the present fusion