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Dr. Mumtaz

MUMTAZ, Dr. Mohammad Ijaz Surely from God we come and to God is our return. It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of our dear Father & Husband on May 22, 2018 peacefully at Bluewater Health with his wife, Samina, son, Nader and daughter, Sumbal by his side. The Memorial and Janazah Funeral Prayer were held at the Sarnia Muslim Association on May 24th under beautiful blue skies, with a tranquil and peaceful ambience felt throughout the afternoon. The Burial Ceremony was held at Resurrection Cemetary also on London Line. Mohammad was the quintessential Canadian success story. A man who arrived in Saint John, NB in 1972 and completed his Masters at UNB. To pay for schooling he worked part time in a pulp and paper mill. After his marriage to our beautiful Mother, Samina, in 1976 he moved to Montreal and worked tough jobs, as well as running a dry-cleaning business for a short time. But his true passion was academia and in 1981 our parents moved to Kitchener-Waterloo where my father completed his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. He loved Chemistry. God had given him the gift of seeing things we could not. As such, he was the holder of 17 patents in diverse areas from household products we all recognize, to agricultural products, health and pharmacare. He was a charitable man and believed in doing good actions with humility. He quietly donated thousands of dollars annually to widows, orphanages and towards feeding the poor and needy. He was unrelenting in his advocacy of higher education, especially for women, and funded the educations of dozens of children. Our Father had come to the realization that ultimately we are all poor, and only God is Rich. He was the hardest working man we knew. He would work as Chief Research Chemist at Chinook Chemicals in Sombra by day, and teach Chemistry in the evenings at Lambton College. He also acted as Principal of the weekly Islamic Sunday School for nearly a decade. After early retirement in 2007 from Industry, he began teaching at both Seneca and Centennial Colleges in Toronto. Teaching was his other great passion, and he was recognized with numerous awards and achievements for this. His students loved him, and he loved his students. Unfortunately in May 2016 we discovered he had an aggressive case of lymphoma. This came as a shock to friends and family. Dr. Mumtaz was known to walk 3 hours daily in Sarnia, read 2 hours daily, often in the Sarnia Library, and maintained an extremely clean diet. The Doctors, Nurses and Staff at all hospitals: Sarnia, London and Princess Margaret were absolutely terrific, but unfortunately the cancer proved to be too aggressive. Our father was a man of humble upbringings, born and raised in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our Grandparents had originally named him Jalaluddin, after the Great Muslim Sheikh, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, because some of their ancestors had descended from Rumi's birthplace of Balkh in Afghanistan. However, they changed his name a few months after his birth to Mohammad Ijaz. In his final few days we could see God begin to Manifest majestric attributes upon him. In his last days he would constantly say God is One, everything is One. This was a man who loved all people for who they were, not what they were. Our Father will be deeply missed. He leaves behind many dear friends in Sarnia, students and faculty in Toronto and beloved friends and family around the world. Please recite Surah Fatiha or any Prayer on his behalf.13279717
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Posted by Shankar (Friend) On Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Just by happenstance I belatedly came to know the passing of Dr. Mumtaz. I knew him from Waterloo days when we were in the same group. We knew each other for two years and as such was a good man at heart and a very generous person! He will take me to his home for food and was respectful of the fact that I was a vegan. He along with his wife Samina would treat me well along with his playful son Nadir and his sister Sumbal! My heartfelt condolences to all.
Posted by Jim Green (Co-worker at U Waterloo) On Tuesday, June 19, 2018
I knew Mohammad many years ago when we worked in the same group at Waterloo. He was dedicated as a student and generous as a person, and his generosity continued up to the time of his final illness. My thoughts are with his family; Mohammad deserved a much longer life.
Posted by Nouman Iqbal (Cousin) On Saturday, June 9, 2018
May His soul rest in peace May ALLAH shower his blessings on him and give him a best place in Jannat UL FirdOus ameen Sum Ameen
So Sorry
Posted by Bob Hassett (Co-worker at Chinook) On Friday, June 8, 2018
So sorry to hear of Mohammad's passing. He was a great person to work with, and always willing to do whatever he could to make your day brighter.

He was one of the best.

Sincere Condolences
Posted by Catherine & Jeff Squire (Co-worker Chinook) On Thursday, June 7, 2018
Doc was a terrific human being. Always a big smile on his face. May he be at peace. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

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