28 January, 2021

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An Appreciation: Adhil Bakeer Markar Left An Exemplary Legacy For Future Leaders

By Lukman Harees

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one”- Khalil Gibran

The untimely death of Adhil, the youngest son of Imtiaz Bakeer Markar, in London shocked the Nation. He went to UK only in September 2016,to study for a Masters in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at London School of Economics , on a prestigious Chevening Scholarship. It was really pathetic and heart breaking that Sri Lanka lost a very promising future leader of character, at a challenging time when the country has been crying out for a different kind of robust, dynamic and youth leaders of such stature and grounding to steer it forward .

Many tributes have already been expressed in appreciation ; but no amount of sympathies and condolences expressed can compensate the grieving family for their sad and irreparable loss. It will however be a lasting tribute to this young man if we draw apt lessons from his brief but impressive and vibrant sojourn on earth to ensure his abiding legacy endures, to provide continuing inspiration and encouragement to the future leaders of our country.

Adhil Bakeer Markar

Adhil Bakeer Markar

Adhil , an Attorney-at-Law, was a Director at the National Youth Services Council, Ministry Economic Affairs and Policy Planning. He was also an Official Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and represented Sri Lanka at the 68th United Nations General Assembly. He belonged to an illustrious political family ; his grandfather being Deshamanya Bakeer Marker who rose to become the Speaker of Parliament and his father being Imtiaz Bakeer Markar who became a Minister . Both of them were well versed in all three languages , and their names were immortalized in Sri Lankan parliamentary history for reasons of their honesty and integrity in politics, and served the people without caring for the ethnicity, race or religion , thus receiving much support from the Sinhala community than any other Muslim candidate. They also both stood for national reconciliation and unity , exhorting the Muslims to live in harmony with their other countrymen in a united Sri Lanka.

It was this amazing quality and character of integrity and looking beyond narrow boundaries of race and religion that this budding youthful leader Adhil inherited from his father and grandfather. He was showing signs of great promise and positive vibrancy being imbibed in these values of integrity and unity, to rise up as a future leader, when the Angel of death unexpectedly visited him few days ago and took his blessed soul to unite with his Maker.

I remember his speech at the UN as one of Sri Lanka’s Youth delegates. Adhil referred to Siva whom he met on his travels to the North, who felt alienated in his own motherland due to the long drawn bloody ethnic war in Sri Lanka. Siva wanted to live in a country where his dignity and inclusivity were protected, like any other youth of his age. Adhil therefore stressed the need for youth to be in the forefront of Sri Lanka’s struggle to overcome the deep scars of that war which divided communities and promoted hate. Numerous tributes made in the Facebook pages by his own colleagues in the university and Youth circles bear testimony to the fact that he has been serious in his commitment to overcome the many obstacles in the pursuit of national reconciliation and harmony and joined hands with many social activists to defeat nationalism and hate mongering of all hues – whether Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim. He also had his feet firmly on the ground despite his family standing.

Another reason why Adhil stands out was his disciplined behaviour and his exemplary character when his dad Imtiaz was both in and out of power, at a time and age when the country has to bear the disgusting sights of sons of famous politicians breaking into night clubs ,getting involved in drunken brawls and assaulting others even soldiers, without fear or sanction. The credit should go to his parents for imbibing the true values of Islam and Sri Lanka of discipline, tolerance and integrity in these children. The political culture has been already spoilt and polluted due to the lack of respect for rule of law and for decorum in public life and involvement in every form of social evils, by the political class which has made the made ordinary people to shun politics as a career path for their children. Precisely the reason why the Nation is in dire need of youth in the class of Adhil to reinstate the public trust in the warped political system in existence today.

Adhil should therefore be considered as an emblem of a great youthful personality whose principles of life should be emulated by the current youth with leadership prospects, especially at this opportune time, when the country is struggling to build an united, inclusive Sri Lanka, overcoming the reactionary forces hell-bent on creating a social commotion built on religion, ethnicity, language, social inequality and mean economic issues. May Almighty Allah bless Adhil reward him for exemplary life, and make him attain the highest eternal bliss – Jennathul Firdhous and also provide solace and the strength of patience to his grieving family to bear this irreparable loss.

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    Lukman Harees

    RE: An Appreciation: Adhil Bakeer Markar Left An Exemplary Legacy For Future Leaders

    “Youth Delegate to the United Nations and represented Sri Lanka at the 68th United Nations General Assembly. He belonged to an illustrious political family ; his grandfather being Deshamanya Bakeer Marker who rose to become the Speaker of Parliament and his father being Imtiaz Bakeer Markar who became a Minister . Both of them were well versed in all three languages , and their names were immortalized in Sri Lankan parliamentary history for reasons of their honesty and integrity in politics, and served the people without caring for the ethnicity, race or religion , thus receiving much support from the Sinhala community than any other Muslim candidate”

    Thank you for your write up on the promising Youth, Adhil Bakeer Markar. Such youths are solely needed in this land to replace the current crops of crooks and murderers.

    May he rest in peace and as you say “May Almighty Allah bless Adhil reward him for exemplary life, and make him attain the highest eternal bliss – Jennathul Firdhous and also provide solace and the strength of patience to his grieving family to bear this irreparable loss.”

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      Lukman Harees

      This is a great loss and tragedy for the Community and the Nation. The Country needs such youth.

      See below.

      Adhil Bakeer Markar: LSE student ‘tipped to be Sri Lanka leader’ is found dead in his room

      http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/adhil-bakeer-markar-lse-student-tipped-to-be-sri-lanka-leader-is-found-dead-in-his-room-a3370786.html

      A member of one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent political families was found dead in his room at a London university shortly after going to bed complaining of a fever.

      Friends who became worried when Adhil Bakeer Markar failed to answer phone calls battered down the door of his London School of Economics dorm to find him lying unconscious. They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene from a suspected heart attack.

      Scotland Yard is treating the death, just before 1pm last Wednesday, as unexplained but not suspicious.

      Mr Bakeer Marker, 25, had been tipped as a future head of his nation. He was studying for masters in politics after winning a prestigious Chevening scholarship, designed to give future leaders from around the Commonwealth the chance to study in Britain.

      Adhil’s brother said he sent a message to relatives saying he had a slight fever.

      Azam said: “He sent a message to his niece saying he had a slight fever, but he will be ok, god willing, and asked if she was having fun with the new cousin. My other brother’s wife had just given birth the day before.”

      In his final Facebook post last week he said he had achieved his childhood dream of playing cricket at Lord’s, in trials for the university team.

      His parents are now trying to obtain emergency visas to reclaim his body and the eldest of his three brothers is believed to be flying in from Dubai to formally identify him.

      Dr Rayes Musthafa, a paediatrician and family friend, said he was at work in the Harley Street Clinic when he was asked to check on Mr Bakeer Markar by concerned relatives.

      He found the popular student’s friends and a lecturer in the room at Sidney Webb Halls in Great Dover Street, Southwark.

      He said: “I saw his body on the floor. His roommates had put him on the ground to perform CPR but it had failed. It was very shocking to everyone. Nobody expects a 25-year-old to die as suddenly as that.

      “He had earlier complained of a slight fever and said he was going to take paracetamol. It wasn’t a big thing, his death was so sudden. I broke the news to his family on speakerphone from his room, they are devastated. Nobody knows how he died but they think it’s a heart attack.”

      Mr Musthafa said he had been “very active and dynamic. He wasn’t a politician yet but was growing into one, many spoke of him as a future leader of Sri Lanka. He was humble, down-to-earth. He had posted a message to his family’s WhatsApp group asking to come home, it was his last message”.

      In 2013, Mr Bakeer Markar — whose late grandfather was speaker of parliament — delivered a passionate speech at the UN urging the island’s youth to build bridges between their communities and “heal the scars” of civil war.

      LSE’s government department has set up a blog page where friends can leave memories and messages of sympathy. Youth charity IVolunteer and the LSE Islamic Society, which the student had been active in, paid tribute to him.

      Damith Senanyake, a former classmate in Colombo, wrote: “It is a tragedy that we lost this great man so soon.”

      Scotland Yard said a post-mortem examination would take place.

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    Indeed Adhil was a budding leader and had a great and promising future ahead of him. He could have inspired many of our youngsters today in a very positive way. His untimely death is a great loss to the Muslim community in particular and the country in general. May Allah grant Fadhil Jennathul Firdouze and give his parents and the immediate family enough courage and Sabr (patience) to bear his untimely passing away.

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    Great lost for his Community and Country as well. May his soul rest in peace. :(

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    A budding third generation politician from a family of character and integrity- men who have always placed the interests of Sri Lanka ahead of community or petty party politics. By all accounts he would have carried on in the same vein . A tragic loss at a time when men and women with principles and honesty are a rare commodity in the Sri Lankan political arena . Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family .

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    Needless to repeat that the passing away of Adhil has affected a great number of people, who knew him and , strangely who were unknown to him. I have never heard of him nor met him before his death but the news saddened me immensely for reasons I cannot comprehend, that too even before i read all the glowing comments about him. It’s perhaps the charisma reaching out when you see his picture.
    But on the other hand to call his death untimely is not correct. he was destined to pass over the other side on that particular day at that particular time. Why, we’ll never know perhaps until we meet him in the next world, insha Allah. To say that the Angel of death visited him unexpectedly is true, but then that’s how the Angel of death comes to most of the human beings. He might have been an asset to the society if he had lived, but then the qadr(predestination of God) is that it is not to be. For very good reasons, unknown to us, the mortal beings. Instead of saying things not quite within the Islamic frame let’s do the best thing for him – pray for his sins to be forgiven and granted a place in Jannathul firdouse. Hopefully he had met his grand father in ‘aalamul barzakh where the souls going to heaven meet.

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