Monday, February 23, 2009
Abdullah Nafiz of Meedhoo Passes Away
Abdullah Nafiz, a leading Meedhoo and Addu political figure during the 1950s and 60s, passed away on Monday morning at Male. Nafiz was 92 years of age and is survived by a wife, 3 sons and 6 daughters.
Born to an intellectual family of Meedhoo in 1916, Nafiz’s father was Dheshenaagey Ahmed Manik, son of Chief Justice Ibrahim Majduddeen. Nafiz entered public life at a very young age under the auspices of his elder brothers Mohammed Fenna Manikufaanu and Dheshenaagey Ibrahim Didi, and was in charge of the community businesses in Meedhoo.
Later, during the time of the breakaway republic, United Suvadive, Nafiz was elected to the Suvadive Parliament. [The historic photo above shows Nafiz (standing) speaking in the parliament. On his left are Mudim Thakhan from Hulhudu, Kalhaage Ali Manika from Hittadu and Gaduvaru Moosa Didi from Hittadu. This meeting was chaired by President Afif Didi. To the President's right are Kateeb Don Raha of Fedu, Eedhigalige Hussain Manikfan, Beyruge Afif and Mohammed Saeed of Hittadu.]
Intelligent, witty and flamboyant, Nafiz was perhaps the last of the traditional great leaders of Meedhoo. He provided visionary leadership to Meedhoo for 3 decades till his retirement as Island Chief of Meedhoo in the early 1980s.
A successful family man, Nafiz raised a family of educated sons and daughters who have made names for themselves in a wide variety of fields. They include Mohamed Farouk, well know author and former Deputy Minister of Atoll Administration and Abdul Rasheed, former Member of the Majlis. Nafiz was also father in law of Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed.
We pray to Almighty Allah to bestow on him the bliss of Paradise.