Abdul Jabbar Mansour Marafie
He was born in Marafie Fareej in the middle
of Kuwait near Fareej El Shujoukhan on 26th Ramadan, 1356
AH – 26th November, 1937 AD. His father is Al Nokhatha
Mansour Ibn Mohammad Zaman who was owning Al Mansour Boom.
Abdul Jabbar Marafie lived a simple
childhood, full of fun and play on the sea coast among his
cousins, Al Fareej's sons and his friends where “Marafie Nocka'at” or “Marafie Saif” lies.
He started his practical life young where he
worked in his father’s shop in Fabric selling in Ibn Me’jel
market then he worked when he was fifteen at the Cable and
Wireless Company in printing and receiving telegraphs using
Morse as a wireless caller. His study wasn't regular because
of Kuwait's hard times at that time. In spite of that, he
struggled in the field of education till he achieved his
goal. When he was young, he learnt English and then joined
afternoon studies. He graded in the educational stages until
he got a Bachelor of Economy and Political Sciences at Cairo
He began his education in Al Ja'fariya School
by virtue of Uncle Jasim Ismael Marafi “The late” who took
him to school for the first time in the age of four. He
continued learning in Al Ja'fariya School till 1948. It is
mentioned that Al Sayed El Sheirazi was the school
headmaster and then Mr. Mohammad El Mousawi. In that period,
some of the teachers were Mr. Mohammad Al Nashmi, Mr.
Sulaiman Al Banay, Mr. Mohammad Al Bishara, Mr. Mohammad Ali
Saleh, Mr. Jassim Abdullah, Mr. El Bairouti and others.
After that, he left Kuwait to Al Dourak
Shadakan in Iran, accompanied by his father to direct his
commerce from 1948 to 1950. He remembers his Uncle Saleh
Mohammad Ali Marafi's death in Dourak that time, and then
he remembers his return to Kuwait after “The late” Sheikh
Ahmed Al Jaber Al Subah's death
When he was 13 years old and during his work
in a shop for selling Fabrics owned by his father in Ibn
Mejil Souq branched from The Merchants Souq or Sabahiya
Souq, he was learning English by the late teacher Hussein
Abdul Rasoul Al-Kassem (Abu Yousif) in Eid Al Nassar Shop
near Al Mubarakiya School, also by The late Ghalib Moussa
Taqi in Al Jafariyah School, as they were big educators in
Kuwait and had high qualifications.
During his study in the intermediate stage in
the afternoon period when applying the four years system by
the Ministry of Education (Knowledge Administration
previously), he was working for The English Cable and
Wireless Company in the morning period in shifts system.
After graduating from the intermediate stage, he joined a
qualifying evening course abroad in 1959 in the Commerce
College to learn how to write commerce letters and he passed
with incredible success because of his good ability to speak
and write English and when The Cable and Wireless Company
was nationalized, he continued working for the Posting and
telecommunication Administration at that time. He started as
a trainee, employee and became a trainer where the
administration organized a training course for the new
workers who join the work so he was responsible for training
It was worthy to be mentioned
that Mr. Abdul Jabbar Marafie and some of his colleagues got
an expedition to study the Wire and Wireless Communications
in Cairo by the Ministry of Transportation to get the
diploma certificate in 1961-1962 and the year 1962-1963 ,
then he joined a practical specializing course for 6 months
and then returned to Kuwait after that.
Abdul Jabbar returned back to Kuwait and
worked in the ministry but he insisted on completing his
secondary study so he joined the afternoon study in Kaifan
School and got the general secondary degree in 1968 which
qualified him to study in the Economy and Politics College
in Cairo University so he achieved his wishes and got the
university degree in 1973.
It’s to be mentioned that Mr. Abdul Jabbar is
now doing some free works and he is a honorary member in the
Kuwait Society for the wireless amateurs and one of his
great works during the Iraqi invasion for the state of
Kuwait that he was communicating with his family, friends
and the Kuwait sons by using wireless sets and co-operating
with his friends, family and amateurs outside Kuwait in a
time where there was no any means of communication. He
endangered his life to convey the Kuwaitis and residents’
voice to their families outside Kuwait and he was under
accurate observation by the Iraqi forces.
And on the first day of Kuwait
liberation on February 1991, his house was opened for
foreign newspapers' correspondents and international news
agencies to communicate using wireless equipment with the
co-operation of his family men and youth.
In 1973, he retired from The Ministry of
Communication and had a television interview entitled ''
Last Voice from Kuwait "produced by the USA.
This may be very little of so
much about a man whose journey was hard and full of effort
joined with ambition and hope. A journey that its owner was
able to overshadow his head with success.