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Micheal Jahid Akbar
June 25, 1971 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 52) 52 Years Old
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Micheal Jahid Akbar was born on June 25, 1971, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Micheal flourished under the guidance and love of his family; he became an outstanding young man dedicated to service. Deeply committed to his faith, Michael embraced Al-Islam since birth. He remained loyal to the teachings of the Islamic Center for Human Excellence throughout his life. After graduating from Central High School in 1990, Micheal was scheduled to start college in the fall.
Nevertheless, while confined; Micheal displayed leadership skills as Vice President and the President of the Wrightsville Inmate Council during 2000-2002. As a mentor, he was very instrumental in helping inmates graduate in the GED program. He continued to be a smart, useful and caring individual over the years. He earned first class rank and was assigned the responsibility as a trustee, upfront checking in visitors and family members doing scheduled visitation days at the Varner Unit from 2012 to 2014. Micheal was a valued member of the program for the "Varner Unit Islamic E'id Celebration 2013".
He had a newfound interest in sharing his experience with those who were coming up in the same environment as he did; he was chosen as a motivational speaker for the "Scared Straight" Program in the Little Rock School District. He was scheduled to speak at several high schools during the school year 1998-1999, as well as (then) Philander Smith College. He was selected to train at the State Trooper's Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas for several months. He was also among four inmates to serve as waiters at prestigious lunches hosted at the State Capital in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1997. He was self-motivated with little or no supervision in Wrightsville and the Varner Unit while successfully learning a trade in leather crafts for several years beginning in 2010.
Micheal was preceded in death by his parents, Mikal Akbar, Fatimah K. Akbar Baird and his favorite nephew Shaheed Salih Akbar.
Micheal is survived by his three brothers, Anthony Akbar of San Diego, California, Akil (Rolanda) Akbar and Abdullah Akbar, both of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a host of uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to cherish his memories.