Marhum Nisarhusein Sheraly1942-2010
“Superlative education with an Islamic Perspective” was more than just the motto of As-Sadiq Islamic School to Marhum Nisar Sheraly – it was a vision and mission statement. As part of a pioneering group of community members, he worked tirelessly to establish the school before becoming the school’s principal from 2000-2003. His unique expertise ensured that the school advanced academically while his passion for the community ensured that Islamic values were seamlessly infused throughout the curriculum and everyday school-life.
Marhum strove to emulate the Prophets hadith of “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”. From his years of schooling in Africa and then in Canada, he motivated family members and the community to set high standards and achieve educational excellence. Marhums’ accomplishments included a Hons B.A., Hons B.Ed and a Masters degree in Education – all with distinction. He was a high school teacher and certified principal in the public school system and an author of numerous children’s stories and folktales. Combining his teaching expertise and zeal for the community, he established the Madrassah Teacher Training Institute, inspiring local teachers and students alike. He worked with many Jamaats and organizations including the World Federation, coordinating efforts to improve educational standards across Madrassahs, worldwide.
Establishing and running an Islamic school was part of his vision and a lifelong dream. He believed that an educated community could withstand any adversity and he was very proud to serve as principal of As-Sadiq Islamic School. He had the courage to lead and motivate staff and colleagues for the betterment of students and the community. Many students recall his smiles and laughter and the countless stories he would share while walking the school’s halls. He inculcated the need to excel academically while holding strong to their Shia Islamic identity.
He understood the schools role as a focal point and means to demonstrate that our community was growing and contributing positively to society at large. His lasting achievements to our Jamaat and broader community include the 2007 South Asian Heritage Day Education Excellence Award for Markham, Ontario; Canada Day Award for his dedication in promoting multiculturalism; an Ontario Government Volunteer Award; the Mulla Asghar Memorial Award for Excellence in Education and finally the I.S.I.J. of Toronto Exemplary Service Award.
As-Sadiq Islamic School has grown in enrollment and academic profile earning recognition by excelling beyond public school standards while maintaining its Islamic roots. Marhum would have been proud of the schools achievements over the last 20 years and its continuing fulfillment of “Superlative education with an Islamic Perspective.”
We request recitation of Sura-e-Fateha for Marhum Nisar Sheraly.