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In Loving memory For my Son - Father - Brother - Uncle Zubayr Natha
Zubair ibn Yakub. He was a strong and intellectual believer, who liked to come across as 'one of the lads', but now that his time on earth has passed, we each see in moments of discernment that he had a stubborn and unnerving habit of persuading us, of 'conning' us. If that comes across as negative, just think on it for a while. He was convincing and always strong in his convictions. He always let people know what the target was, and how they should share his certainty that they'd attain that target or reach that destination. Sometimes it was vexing, sometimes sublime. For the part of irritating and vexing, I think there's only one person who has ever managed to make me consume a McDonald's milkshake. It was Zubair. But, on the side of sublime, there was his fikr and concern for 'coming up with the goods' in getting charity to its destination, or pushing souls to warm to the masjid.
His close friends tell us that , even when his senses were inhibited by the after effects of epileptic fits and the strong drugs, he would be adamant that it was his turn at the steering wheel, as the van journeyed toward "Le Jongle" near Calais.
His was a unique way, an idiosyncratic way. Of course, he took tips and advice from elders and friends in the Tableegh movement, but he knew that his forté was in being playful, and initiating banter that would eventually make others feel an urgency to "jump on board" , perhaps to call others to Islam or charitable acts.
Like these modern day "uber" drivers who ferry others to and fro willingly, he didn't flaunt a large license plate stating "I'm a taxi man", but he was always on call , ready to nip to the masjid or markhas and sit in the bayaan. He would chat playfully along the way, and keep one's spirits up with loving conversation and theories that we'd completely disagree with until he weighed in with his witty intellect.
There was a strong and special place in Zubair's heart for scholars of Dīn, and there was no difference in his approach to those of a more studied and ascetic approach. He would make the heart of a first year student of Darul Uloom warm to the cause of Tableegh just as much as he could increase the love in the heart of Hafiz Patel Sahib, may Allah grace him with an abundantly spacious afterlife, and bless him in every stage.