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A national figure who provided inspiration for thousands of young women and men

Aminath Faiza, former staff of the National Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research for over 27 years, passed away on Friday, 25th February 2011.

She was 86 years old. Faiza is fondly remembered by all who had worked with her and the thousands who knew her through her poems. After she left the Centre when Civil Service rules placed age-related barriers on employment, she continued to remain ever supportive of the Centre. Her final public appearance was in a “Lhenveringe Haveeru” organized by the Centre for Dhivehi Language and History — an indication of the special place MNU and Dhivehi enjoys in her heart.

 

 

Aminath Faiza… essayist, a woman of letters, noted literati, a champion of women’s causes, she is more than a poetess. Faiza is a national figure who provided inspiration for thousands of young women and men.  She was mentored by the greatest of the Maldivian writers and poets, Mohamed Ameen, Hussain Salaahudhdheen and Bodufenvalhugey Seedhee. She is survived by two sons, a daughter and several thousand pieces of her profound writing. MNU opened this condolence book on behalf of all her friends and as a token of the appreciation we feel for her work and kindness, for her discipline and trustworthiness, for her love of life. If you care about Dhivehi or poetry or the nation, do feel free to record your thoughts in the spaces here.