She lay there peaceful, with “something of an angel light” around her. Her eyes were shut forever, yet she had a contented smile on her face. Ummamma – Atheeka Siddick Mahuroof.
Her nobility in death was testament to her greatness as a mother and maternal figure.
She trained her 40 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren in the way she trained her nine girls and two boys – to be dutiful Muslims, wives, mothers and daughters.
The epitome of patience, she spoke few words, but when she spoke, her words carried weight.
Born 86 years ago, Ummamma lived a complete life, having travelled around the world and having experienced all the pains and joys of bringing up 11 children, each child very different to the others.
To me she was a grandma, “a perfect woman, nobly clad … to warn, comfort and command”.
Ummamma, may your soul be granted Jannatul Firdous.
Mrs. Zainab Ajmal Mubarak