إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
“We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return”
With heavy heart, we share the news of passing of Sultan Jessa. A great friend of Ismailimail, Sultan passed away on August 22, 2019 at the age of 77.
“I guess Heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up
For what you believe
And follow it through
When I try to make it make sense in my mind
The only conclusion I come to
Is Heaven was needing a hero
Like you.” Jo Dee Messina
Born in Tanzania, Sultan moved to Canada in early 1970’s. Sultan was a journalist for many, many years. Writing, sharing stories on different topics was his passion. For over a decade, Sultan shared many wonderful stories via our platform. Sultan not only shared stories for our readers enjoyment, but he also mentored and provided valuable guidance to volunteers of Ismailimail team when needed. Ismailimail wouldn’t be where it is now if not for Sultan.
Sultan’s passion and dedication to his profession continued until his last days. He shared two articles with us earlier in August one of which we posted for our readers couple of weeks back (click here to read the post). Second one, we will be releasing soon. In his last email to us, he shared the news about his health with us. Our team has lost a great friend, a mentor, but his loss is a major loss for the Ismaili community worldwide.
Click the link below to read many wonderful stories he shared with the world via our platform over the years.
Sultan, our friend. You may have left us physically, but your words, your guidance will always remain with us. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Sultan’s funeral ceremony took place on Saturday August, 24, 2019 at Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana. Sultan leaves behind his wife Rosalia, two children, as well as grandchildren.
Read more about Sultan and his many, many accomplishments here:
Journalist and Cornwall community leader Sultan Jessa dies at age 77
Acha chalta hoon (Alright, I’m leaving now)
Duaaon mein yaad rakhna (Please remember me in your prayers)
Mere zikr ka zubaan pe swaad rakhna (keep the taste of my name on your tongue)
MAY SULTAN JESSA’S SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE. AMEN.*I KNEW SULTAN FROM AK BOYS’ SEC SCHOOL,DAR WHEN HE TOGETHER WITH I970’S SAFARI RALLY DRIVER NIZAR JIVANI PUBLISHED SCHOLAR’S DIGEST MAGAZINE DURING 1964-5.THEN HAD MET HIM IN ARUSHA WHEN HE WAS A REPORTER WITH EAST AFRICAN ‘NATION’ NEWSPAPERS.—NAZIR, VANCOUVER B.C.
May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace. Ameen 🙏🙏🙏
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My Condolence to family of Sultan Jessa
I have more appreciated his reportage,his vision on reporting offered a great bridge for all people, his soul rest in eternal PEACE.
Extremely shocking news. A dear friend and a highly respected colleague Sultan Jessa is a legend in East African and Canadian regional journalism. He will live in our hearts forever. I will miss the news articles we wrote together and his daily emails. Rest in peace dear friend. May Allah grant you a place in heaven for all your kindness and good deeds. One could not have met anyone nicer than Sultan. Such a humble man. He had no airs about his professional achievements. Sincere condolences to Rosila and family We join you in prayers. 🙏🙏 — SHAMLAL PURI. Journalist, Author and Editor, London
Very Sad News Indeed – May Allah Grant You Janaat Al Firdos – Ameen – Have known Sultan since 1973 and was in regular contact with him. A kind, honest, down to earth person who will be sadly missed by us all.My Deepest Condolences go out to his wife Rosilla and the two children as well as the entire Jessa family
Rest in peace Beautiful Soul.