What People Say About Saleh Kamel

“Saleh Kamel was a true fisherman of opportunities, he was always good at catching them, regardless of their location!”

Professor of Media Studies, Cairo-based Dr Sami Abdul Aziz

“Business wasn’t simply about making money; it was part of who he was – in his blood, you might say. He was constantly thinking about ways of making or improving things, right up until the end of his life. If his ideas made money that was a bonus, but it was not the driving force.”

Haneen Kamel (daughter)

“He encouraged people with his energy, his enthusiasm and his belief that with God’s help, all things are possible. “Of course, Sheikh Saleh liked to make money but he liked the feeling of satisfaction that came when an idea or a project came to fruition more. For him that was more important than the cash rewards that accompanied success.”

Dr Naji Nazeer (friend and colleague)

“Saleh was always full of good ideas, it made him an entertaining boy to be friends with. Life was always more exciting when Saleh Kamel was leading the game or the task. His attitude encouraged us all to be just a little bit more adventurous, just a little braver.”

Ahmed Al Hamdan (lifelong friend)

“There is a code of ethics by which a true Muslim strives to live life, and Saleh Kamel, as a true Muslim, applied his inquisitive mind to seeking the truth in faith as much as in anything else”.

Ahmed Al Hamdan (lifelong friend)

“Makkah is quite unique. From our earliest years, we were surrounded by people with a gift for spotting commercial opportunities. Some have referred to it as the ‘Makkah mentality’.

Ahmed Al Hamdan (lifelong friend)

“Sheikh Saleh was never short of ideas. He always had one or two projects on the go and one or two more waiting in the wings. He was blessed with an imagination for these things”.

Sheikh Siraj Ghurab (long term friend)

“The concept of the Islamic economy – as we speak about it now – was not common at the time Sheikh Saleh began his commercial operations. He was among the first people, if not the first, to encourage debate on Islamic financing theories, which are very much open to interpretation.”

Sheikh Yasser Yamani (nephew and head of Iqraa charity)

“He died with his work undone but that would have been true if he had lived to be 100 years old. Even though his achievements were immense, he always had a vision to strive for. There was always at least one more thing on the horizon.”

Sheikh Yasser Yamani (nephew and head of Iqraa charity)

“Sheikh Saleh hated anything to do with radical Islam and believed it was something unnatural and in complete contradiction to genuine Islamic principles. He was of the opinion that poor people, living on the breadline – with little or no hope of any change in their circumstances – were the easiest to radicalise. He wanted to fight this by improving the conditions of those in need.”

Sheikh Yasser Yamani (nephew and head of Iqraa charity)

“All the detritus of the city of Tunis seemed to find its way into the city’s two lakes; the area was an ugly, foul-smelling disaster, but thanks to Saleh Kamel’s vision and expertise, it was transformed and is today is one of the most sought-after, most expensive area in the whole of Tunis.”

Afif Ben Yedder, (Tunisian publisher)

“Sheikh Saleh was always a risk-taker and he certainly took a risk with ART. Looking back, I wish I had been bolder in our partnership. He had much wider vision than me at that time.”

Sheikh Walid Ibrahim, (Co-owner, with Sheikh Saleh in MBC)

“He didn’t question why he had spent time at the Ritz Carlton, he merely said he had used the time and space to pray and to reflect on various matters, most especially his relationships with family and friends.

Aseel Kamel (daughter)

“Sheikh Saleh’s methods may have been unorthodox, but his workers loved him. As far as he was concerned, they were all in it together and he always made that clear.”

Mahmoud Hassouba (friend and colleague)

“He didn’t question why he had spent time at the Ritz Carlton, he merely said he had used the time and space to pray and to reflect on various matters, most especially his relationships with family and friends.

Aseel Kamel (daughter)