We were absolutely devastated to hear that we lost our friend and colleague Amjid Ali who passed away at the weekend. Amjid was a wonderful, compassionate man who did so much to promote organ donation and inclusion through his work with the Charity, NHSBT, as well as commissioners from a number of regions across the UK. He was a courageous, strong and kind man, hugely respected by everyone who knew him. Although softly spoken, when Amjid spoke – you listened. He had a talent for bringing people together and produced extraordinary results through determination and patience, and he never hesitated to ask or challenge when it came to ensuring the experiences and needs of people from South Asian and Black communities were represented and included in all the work that he did. He played an instrumental role in bringing together influential Scholars & Imams, umbrella groups, community organisations and clinical leads to look at the challenges that need to be addressed to move the organ donation debate forward. His perseverance and hard work over the course of five years led to the development of an updated religious edict (Fatwa) on Transplantation and Organ Donation in Islam, issued June 2019.
His compassion was clear for all to see and whilst it will take us all some time to come to terms with the huge loss to our community, we take comfort in knowing that Amjid made a huge impact on everyone he met. He used his time in the world to change organ donation and kidney care, and his work has - and will continue - to save many lives. Our thoughts are with his wife Lubna, daughter Sophia, brother Liaqat and sister Naseem at this heart-breaking time, as well as with everyone affected by his loss. His Janazah (funeral) prayer will be held at 2.30pm today in South Bristol Cemetery. The funeral is open to all, and the wearing of facemasks is encouraged. More details can be found below:
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