Last week, our community lost an exceptionally brilliant brother, the president of FOSIS, our brother Bashir Osman. Whilst many of us were familiar with his name before his passing, the impact that he had on the lives of many became even more apparent after his death. Indisputably, Bashir was a brother who had touched the lives of many; countless numbers of people recall how bubbly he was and how he made everyone feel important, a truly prophetic characteristic. And not only did Bashir have an impact on the lives of the people he had met but also those he hadn’t.
Bashir’s sudden death reminded us that our time on this earth is short. ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.’ [Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 156]. Indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return. Thus, we must use our time on this earth wisely, by doing good and earning the pleasure of Allah SWT. Bashir was president of FOSIS, one of the largest Muslim student organisations, had memorised the Quran and had even made the intention to take his mother for Hajj. His death was reflective of his life; he passed away whilst fasting in this holy month of Ramadan and by drowning, a category of shaheed, martydom.
Although I, like many others, did not know Bashir on a personal level I had only ever heard good things about him and felt a deep sense of loss after hearing about his passing. I soon realised that despite the fact that I had never met Bashir nor actually communicated with him personally, he was my brother in Islam. We are all too familiar with the usage of the terms ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ for people who share the same faith as us, but Bashir was definitely a brother in the strongest sense of the word, his death left a void felt by many of us who had never even met him.
In his life, Bashir positively impacted the lives of thousands, as president of FOSIS he worked for the welfare of Muslim students all over the UK, and following his death, the project he had embarked on aimed at providing thousands in East Africa with clean, safe drinking water has raised thousands for the cause. Thus, Bashir’s passing not leaves a great void in our community but also a reminder of the potential that one human being regardless of age can have.
Although he left us at the young age of 26, it goes without saying that Bashir’s legacy is unquestionable. In the Quran it states, “We record that (deeds) which they have put forward and their traces (that which they have left behind).” [36:12]. Before passing away Bashir had begun fundraising for the construction of 50 wells in East Africa with the intention of providing safe, clean water to thousands. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘The best charity is giving water to drink.’ (Ahmad). Over £76,000 has already been raised, please help our brother reach his target of £165,000 and help bring clean water to tens of thousands by donating below: