Haji Captain Miftah al Jennah Abdul Majeed Osi-Efa

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Asslamu Alaikum,

Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajiuun. It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Capt Miftah- may Allah give him jannah.

Haji Captain Miftah al Jennah Abdul Majeed Osi-Efa

  • Founding Trustee of Abdullah Quilliam Society
  • Former Chairman of Liverpool Muslim Society
  • Member of the Board of Director of Muslim Enterprise Development Service
  • Prominent Member of the Youroba Community of Nigeria in Liverpool


Capt Miftah Osi Efa was a prominent figure among a pioneering generation of Muslim leaders who set the foundations for the Muslim community in Liverpool today, playing a key role within the establishment of some of the main institutions within the city.

Born in Epe, Lagos state Nigeria he rose to the rank of Captain in the Merchant Navy at a time when racism and discrimination meant few people from ethnic minorities achieved such a position. He Captained numerous vessels to and from Liverpool.

Alhaji Miftah Osi-Efa along with Late Dr Akbar Ali was part of an active group of the Muslim Community who fought hard to raise the profile of our community in Liverpool. During his tenure in the Management of Liverpool Muslim Al Rahma Mosque, work started on the expansion of the Mosque from Hatherley Street to Mulgrave Street thereby establishing Al Rahma Mosque as the Central Mosque of Liverpool.

His enthusiasm, energy and drive to move the Muslim Community forward knew no bounds. He will be deeply be missed us. May Allah Reward him for his generous efforts.

Alhaj Miftah was also a deeply religious man and had a Madrassah in his hometown Epe in Nigeria. His son Sheikh Ibrahim Osi-Efa currently leads the Greensville Trust in Liverpool.

In his professional life, he was a Captain in Merchant Nigerian Navy where he headed the operations of Nigerian National Company based in Liverpool for European operations.

Capt Miftah was extremely dedicated to the cause of Islam and keen to broaden his knowledge of the Deen as evidenced by his extensive personal library of Islamic literature and the scholarly pursuits of his son- Sheikh Ibrahim. As a man of the seas, he was a disciplined and redoubtable character; indispensable qualities to founding many long-lasting institutions in the city. He possessed all the qualities of an exemplary community leader and skilful statesman: he was charming, witty and extremely adept at working with others towards common goals but also bringing people together during challenging times and putting people at ease.
Galib Khan
Founding Member and Chairman of Abdullah Quilliam Society
18th June 2019

3 Responses

  1. Ruqayah Ajani
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    Thank you Galib Khan for honouring my grandad in such a way. He made us very proud.

  2. S Khan
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    SubhaanAllah! I have just read this. May Allah bless you emmensely for writing this, it helps us to get closer to Allah by learning and remembering those who lived for Allah and helped shape society through their own leadership and courage to make a difference for everyone. How it is that so many of us learn the greatness of a person after they have been taken hence realise how great the blessing it was that we have lost amongst us here in the UK as a citizen – regardless of whether we are Muslim or not. Until today I saw the sheikh’s greatness as and through the father of Sheikh Osi, when I’d read that he had returned to Allah. My brother introduced me to online teachings of Sheikh Osi when he returned from Yemen some years ago one summer. Today, this jummuah, I’ve been blessed to learn the greatness about his father from his own life. If I had before, it was as if I never had until I read this. InshaAllah we have much to learn and celebrate as Muslims about the beauty of Islam through the lives of those building the Ummah stronger around us. We need to preserve and teach our children about them and their lives as they preserved all that is important to them. Thank you. JazakAllah khair. Definitely takbeers and narah e risaalats, haydri and all, I expect the brothers to chant upon remembering this great person and may they be rewarded higher rank as the days go on and including more of us benefit from their life that they never knew of and we never knew we would be blessed to learn. Alhamdulillah. The teachings and love from the family is a spotlight upon whom he was himself and we can learn from them too. For me, he will always be blessed to be remembered as the father of Sheikh Osi, someone who is here to include us in the love from and for the greatest Rasul of Allah assalaato wassalaam. Something the whole world needs.

  3. Tajudeen Alabede
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    May Allah be pleased with him.

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