[Tributes have been paid to one of Liverpool’s most respected religious leaders who has died at the age of 92]
Mohammad Akbar Ali, 92, of Merseyside, took his last breath in his sleep on July 8. He was well known for restoring the oldest mosque in Britain, Al Rahma mosque.
He was born in Bombay. Dr Ali graduated from UMIST (Manchester) in Electrical Engineering in 1949. Following a successful career at Vickers and English Electric in the UK, his career took an international turn as an Engineering consultant.
Alongside his career, Dr Ali was an institution builder; he was a founding member of the first mosque in Manchester in 1948 and after moving to Liverpool 10 years later, he became a founding member of the first built mosque in Liverpool in 1974 called Liverpool Al Rahma mosque.
He was the founder and Chairman of Abdullah Quilliam society in 1998, which was created in the memory of late Abdullah Quilliam, who originally built the mosque over a century ago. He began to restore Al Rahma mosque; the project started in 2009 and the mosque re-opened at the end of last month.
Dr Ali had a final wish to see the opening of the historic Abdullah Quilliam mosque at 8-10 Brougham Terrace. He lived to see the opening on June 27 after which he was reported as saying “Now I can return home” with tears in his eyes.
His services to the community were officially recognised when he was awarded the membership of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in 1992 for services to politics and the community.
Dr Mohammad Akbar Ali was survived by 3 children: 2 sons and a daughter and 5 grandchildren. His wife, Thousif Jehan, passed away in 2007.