Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Great Grandfather

Yesterday our family got a phone call, delivering the news that my great grandfather, as in my grandfathers father, had passed away at the age of 103. I joined in with his prayer, witnessed his burial and sat in his funeral.

He had lived for the last years of his life with his eldest daughter, who had devoted her life to taking care of him.

I am his eldest great grandchild, and he had brought up eleven children, who then brought him forty four grandchildren. In the last three days of his life, he would wake up in the middle of night and call his daughter, and would tell her he had dreamed of being with Allah.

He had surprisingly lived a very long life, thanks to god, as very little people these days live to see themselves enter the triple figures. In fact, my great grandfather witnessed many historical events since his birth in the entire decade he had lived. The two World Wars, the occupation of Palestine, and the two Intifadas, to name a few.

He also had to witness the death of half of his own children, but now he can at last join them once again. May God rest his soul, allah yir7amo.

11 comments:

  1. انا لله و انا اليه راجعون. البقاء لله و الله يرحم جدك الكبير القدر و العمر.

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  2. 3athama allaho ajrokom...i think you told me about him once
    enshalla that he really will be with Allah

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  3. allah yer7amo...w dayman 2ed3oloh

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  4. I wish you as long and happy a life as well

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  5. May his soul rest in peace.. And yes, I join my voice to Hani's and wish you have a long life as his.

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  6. God bless your family as you grieve his loss, Khalid. May his stories and memories be a treasured heritage to pass on to your children some day.

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  7. its the first time i know that you are his eldest great-grandchild , at least you have seen him many times while bilal cant remember a lot about him, allah yer7amo, salam 4 all

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  8. إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون... رحمه الله و صبركم على مصابكم و جمعكم و إياه في الجنة

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  9. Thank you all for your kind words.

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