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Brother leads tributes to Preston mosque teacher after Covid battle

Written by on February 24, 2021

The brother of a Preston mosque teacher has led tributes to a ‘phenomenal’ man who left kidness as his legacy.

Marhoom Hafiz Salim Master, a ”beloved’ father, son, husband, brother and uncle passed away on February 6 from complications of Covid-19.

A pillar of the community, Mr Salim’s impact on Preston has resulted in a fundraiser created in his honour.

The aim is to have a mosque built in India, while funds carried over will be used to help orphans and people facing financial struggles.

A father-of-three, Salim – or ‘Sal’ as he was affectionately known – was a Mosque teacher at Noor Masjid, St Paul’s Road, Preston, as well as Iqra Education Centre, Masjid-e-Raza in Lancaster, before he worked as a sales advisor at the Lancashire Evening Post.

He was also known for his volunteer work within the community.

His brother, Dil Masters, said: “My brother’s reach was just phenomenal. And the thing is with Sal is he kept in touch with almost everyone.

“We all have busy lives but he managed to remember names and would be recognised down the street often; even those people in India who are relatives of ours by some distance. They said he would call every at least once every month. What a brilliant man he was.”

“With the donations for the mosque, we are looking to get enough funding to build water wells for the much needy and support the organisation and sheltered accommodation. With what we’re doing here, this is a reflection of my brother. He was to me saying there’s this going and he was asking me to match the £50 he was donating and whathaveyou.

“We have done this because it’s precisely what he would have wanted. It would have wanted kindness to come from his legacy.

“The funding we have received so far has exceeded expectations – but more so has the reaction from the wider community. So many people have reached out and shared stories with us.

“I kid you not when I say my contact list has almost doubled based on the number of people who tried to hunt me down. We even had a message from someone in New York City who remigrated some few years back.

The GoFundMe page has amounted over £20,000 of its £30,000 target so far, with money going on helping those in India, as well as a mosque.

The fundraiser reads:” Hafiz Salim Master peacefully returned to Allah at the young age of 50. He was a beloved father, son, husband, brother and uncle as well as being an irreplaceable member of many communities across the UK.

“He will be remembered by family as an enormously caring and loving gentleman who brightened our rooms every time he walked in. He prioritised Islam above all else, followed by his three boys who never stopped feeling his love and affection.”

You can donate to the fundraiser by following the link https://gofund.me/173bd333

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