Shafik Sachedina has had an important career. He has worked long hours practicing his craft and is brilliant. Of course, as a Muslim, he desires to promote the Religion of Peace and give back to his community in any way that he can. This is why his extracurricular activities are every bit as important as his profession as a dental surgeon. This piece will focus on both facets of this distinguished man’s life.
Shafik Sachedina currently serves as head of the Department of Jamati Relations with this institution, and he is responsible for coordinating many facets of their work. He literally has organization skills like no other, simply because of the fact there is 16 crucial departments where his leadership within the Ismaili community is sorely tested.
Interestingly enough, it is through his work with the Ismaili community that we see the true portrait of an extremely humble man. Even though he has loads of abilities, natural talent, and leadership skills, he does not toot his own horn. He realizes that he is simply a messenger and a servant within the Ismaili society, and that the proponents of his faith are not to answer to him. Instead, they are only to answer to Allah and secondly to the imam.
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If this wasn’t impressive enough, Mr. Sachedina also has a host of experience working with visiting delegations to foreign dignitaries. He recently led a group to confer with Russian Foreign Minister and Presidential Representative for Africa and the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov.
During this meeting, the two discussed Muslim relations within the Middle East and Africa and how they could be improved. They also discussed recent developments in Afghanistan and Syria. Sachedina was sure to praise the Russian foreign minister for his consistency in dealing with the conflicts in that difficult region. Both of these men realize that peace in the Middle East is a lofty, but obtainable, goal. Both of these men realize that there must be a negotiating process that is not only diplomatic and constructive, but one that also stays true to the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Dr. Shafik was born in the year 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He later moved and settled in England. Shafik went to Guy’s Hospital Medical at the University of London and earned DDS degree. Sachedina also attended University of the King college where he obtained MD degree in dentistry. He specializes in surgery and dentistry. Additionally, he has entrepreneurial interest in the health-care sector as joint chairman of Sussex Healthcare.