Sunday, January 13, 2013

Msomi wa Leo - Sheikh Abdullah Saleh Al-Farsy

Sheikh Abdullah Saleh Al-Farsy was born on February 12, 1912 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He was a poet, a scholar, a Muslim historian and an author. He is remembered as one who was easily approachable with a joyous attitude, thus he was always surrounded by people who wanted to interact with him and discuss Islam. The Sheikh studied the Quran under Fatma Hamid Said and many other great Scholars of his time. He later on completed his islamic education at the Barza Mosque and his worldly education at the Teachers Training College. 

The Mufti became a hafiz of the Quran at a young age, and wrote many islamic books, however, he is more widely known for his work on QUR'ANI TAKATIFU.  QUR'ANI TAKATIFU, was the first Muslim accepted swahili translation of the holy Quran, which is widely used by many swahili speakers today. He started his project in 1956 translating one chapter at a time, however, due to financial problems, the finished work sponsored by the Islamic Foundation was made public in 1969. With the financial help of Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Thani the Sultan of Qatar, they were able to distribute 4000 copies of the translated Quran for free,  and the remaining copies were sold at a very low price.

Sheikh Al-Farsy was a Principal of the Muslim Academy Secondary school from 1952 to 1956, and later on became a Headmaster at the Arabic Medium School  from 1957 to 1960. In 1960, he was appointed as the Chief Kadhi of Zanzibar. He left the Ministry of Education and his teaching post at the Teachers Training College in 1967 when he migrated to Kenya.


Sheikh Al-Farsy moved to Oman in 1982, and passed away 8 months later on November 9th 1982 in Mascut.  His death affected many in East Africa, but he left a legacy that has yet to be matched in the region. 

May Allah reward him with a great place in Jannah.



  1. Salaam Alaykum,
    Can someone pls. tell me where to find The Quran translations authored by Shaykh Al-Farsy. My contact is , Ahsant,

    1. Waaleykum Salaam,
      interesting I couldn't find it on google either. I do have a hard copy, you have given me an idea, I will convert it to a softcopy. It will take a while though, might have to be my Ramadhan Project.


  2. Mungu amlipe pepo ya daraja ya juu shekh wetu