In memoriam:Dr Isa Abdur Rahman


In early June we heard the sad news of the death of Isa Abdur Rahman. Isa was an Imperial student who qualified as a doctor in 2011.He was working as a doctor in Syria with when he was killed by shelling.

I did not know him personally but remember him being one of the key workers at Islamic Society events I attended. He was a great charity fundraiser.

Nida Mahmud wrote this great tribute to him and comment piece in ‘Felix’ the Imperial College Student Union paper. She wrote under the title ‘What religion truly means’.

‘Isa’s name translates to “Jesus” in English; Jesus is an important prophet for Muslims, one who strived for the betterment of mankind. Isa tried to emulate the qualities of the prophet by devoting his youth, health, richness, time and, ultimately, life, for the sake of God through humanitarianism. This beautiful example is particularly relevant in light of the tragedy that occurred in Woolwich earlier this month, showing how religion can be and is a motivation towards beneficence. Isa left Britain to use his medical skills to save lives, and both his death and the death of Drummer Lee Rigby have brought sadness to a great many people. The Quranic verse related by Deputy PM Nick Clegg last week at a conference with Muslim leaders thus feels particularly relevant: “If anyone kills a human being, it shall be as though he killed all mankind. Whereas if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he saved the whole of mankind.” My thoughts and prayers are with the families of both, and it is my hope we will see unity through their loss.’