He served the ICC selflessly

During my college days, the name of the author of ‘Victime du Devoir’ was somewhat familiar to me. But my spelling of his name was ‘Issac Asgarally’. Much later, I was introduced to him and then I realized that his name was Isshack Hasgarally. I had several interactions with him when he was the editor of Impact News, where I used to be one of the voluntary and anonymous contributors. One of the great qualities of Bhai Isshack was his capacity to listen. Even when his mind was engrossed in writing his editorial, he would not hesitate to put down his pen and listen to his interlocutors. He would listen with great sympathy and patience the grievances of the public, especially government officers who felt victimised and marginalised. He knew that they had come to him after having knocked, in vain, the doors of persons in power. Bhai would not despair them. He would pick up his pen and had the guts to echo the sentiments of the aggrieved in his newspaper.
I came to know Bhai Isshack more closely when he became the adviser of the Prime Minister Paul Berenger in 2003. His office happened to be close to mine at the Old Government House. This gave us opportunity to meet several times during the day and exchange and compare notes. I still recall his relentless efforts in pushing for the completion of the complex of the Islamic Cultural Centre which was pending due to lack of funds. Bhai Isshack used to confide with me some of the letters he had drafted for onward transmission to the Arab leaders, Kings, Emirs and Sheikhs in the bid to mobilize funds for the ICC. He often used to complain about the negative attitude and mentality of some people who were bent upon hijacking the ICC for personal benefits instead of serving with selfless interest.
Last time I met Bhai Isshack was in 2011 when I wanted him to lend his support in launching an advocacy movement for securing recognition of Dr Idrice Goumany’s contributions to the nation. He seemed to be a subdued and demotivated person. He told me that he wanted to migrate to Canada with the hope of charting a new future for his sons.
May his soul rest in peace.