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Naima Haidar Upal

December 1, 1946 — August 11, 2022

With a heavy heart, we share the passing of Respected Naima Upal Sahiba, who submitted to the will of God on August 11th, 2022 peacefully during her sleep while at her home in Calgary, Canada at the age of 77.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون


Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. [2:157]

يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّة ارْجِعِي إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَرْضِيَّةً فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي وَادْخُلِي جَنَّتِيُ

O soul at rest that has found comfort in God, return to thy Lord, thou well-pleased with Him and He well-pleased with you. Now join My chosen servants and enter My garden. (89: 27 – 30)

Please pray for her departed soul and for her family.

Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba was born in Gurdaspur, India, before partition of the Indian subcontinent. Upon moving to Pakistan, her family settled in Gojra, Punjab. She married the late Maulana Ali Haider Upal Sahib Shaheed who served the Ahmadiyya Movement in Narowal, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Ghana, Gambia, Vancouver, Calgary and beyond. Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba was a school teacher in Rabwah. She was the daughter of the late Mian Muhammad Sharif Sahib and the late Bilqis Begum Sahiba. Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba also lived in Boston, Massachusetts, Rochester, New York, and Ottawa, Canada in recent years, and was active in the local communities there.

Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba was a devoted Ahmadi Muslim who dedicated her life to learning, practicing, and serving Islam. She remained curious until the end and was an avid reader. With knowledge and wisdom, she often gently guided her family and friends towards God. She also served as President Saskatoon Ahmadiyya Movement Lajna chapter for two terms.

Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba had tremendous zeal and tackled life’s challenges with her larger than life personality. She immigrated with her five children to Canada from Pakistan in 1990. She was strong, confident, and outspoken, yet loving and tender. She had a great sense of humor, made friends easily, and enjoyed company. She loved activities such as sightseeing and gardening. One of her greatest joys was playing with her grandchildren. She loved going for walks with her family and spending time with those she loved.

Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba leaves behind five children across the U.S. and Canada (Amatus Shakoor Khan Sahiba of Baltimore, Maryland; Ahsan Upal Sahib of Calgary, Canada; Amatul Rauf Amir Sahiba of Ottawa, Canada; and Anwar Upal Sahib of Rochester, New York and Dr. Afzal Upal Sahib of Iowa) as well as 15 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Rubina Waheeda Shams Sahiba of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mrs. Naima Upal Sahiba’s memorial services will be held in Calgary and Toronto. The Calgary memorial services will be held at Bait ul Noor on Friday August 12th, 2022. Her Toronto memorial services will be held at Bait ul Islam Mosque on Wednesday Auguset 17th, 2022 at 8:30pm, and her Burial will take place on Thursday August 18th, 2022 in Brampton Memorial Garden and Cemetery.

May Allah grant her Maghfirat and elevate her spiritual status in heaven! May Allah also shower His mercy upon the grieved family and give them solace and fortitude and enable them to bear this immense loss with patience! Ameen!
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