Friday, April 28, 2006

My Father

Last night at 9:35pm, my father finally succumbed to his illness and passed away.

Those of you who knew him well will appreciate the great loss we are enduring.

Those of you who didn't get a chance to know him, allow me to describe him a little for you:
Everyone who met my father fell in love with him in 2 minutes.
His smile was always present and beaming, his eyes warm and disarming.
He had charisma and charm, without knowing it.
There was no place in his heart for hate or malice.
He would always call you by your nickname.
His message to me was always "Think Positive".

My father worked all his life to provide for me and my mother. He always delayed his own pleasures and ignored his own wishes to serve ours. And when the time came for him to pursue his own happiness, he was taken away by a slow, painful illness. I guess what I'm trying to tell all of you is that life is not to be taken for granted. Don't assume just because you have plans to be happy "later on" that you will have it. Of course work for the future. But don't let the precious moments of life pass you by because you were too busy or had other plans. If you find there is something you want, something you need, something you feel in your heart is right, go for it. Take it. Before you and all your life is taken.

May all your loved ones remain safe and by your side...

My Father, 1945-2006


Blogger a h m a d said...

InshAllah btislamo khayyi Ramzi...
Your description of your father made me rethink of many people's lives including mine...
May he rest in peace... Amen.

4:22 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Eve said...


May he rest in peace, Ramzi.

4:27 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Delirious said...

May he rest in peace...

4:34 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger BOB said...

Take heart my firend
All our thoughts are with you

4:52 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace, and all our good thoughts and positive energy go to you and your loved ones.

5:09 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Lazarus said...

My sincerest condolences Ramzi.

5:25 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger nour said...

this is striking...
i m also a lonely child, there's just the three of us..
i want to thank you for making me feel like that [...]
in such a situation i can say nothing, i just stare, quietly at you..
you can see then that i am so sorry... my thoughts are with you and your mother...

Requiem eternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

7:43 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Jamal said...

Those who influence people positively don't pass away, they are passed along.

Keep him in you, Ramzi.

7:52 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Fouad said...

My heart goes out to you and your family, Ramzi. May the pain of losing him be vanquished by the happiness he spread and the memories he left behind.

10:02 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Slink said...

He sounds like a truly wonderful man. Deepest sympathies to you and all your relatives Ramzi. x

10:48 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he got you there and now he can rest,,sincere condolences

7:00 AM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger aroundtheclock24_7 said...


My deepest condolences. May he rest in peace winshallah beykoun kheitmeit ahzeinkoun. I think that he had given you a lot and that he still lives within you so keep him happy and going on ;) May you and your mom be filled with strength and love during this hard time.

Take care.

7:36 AM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger Mirvat said...

i am so sorry
stay strong ramzi.

11:20 PM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger Al-Hajeji said...

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

If you are Sincere to Allah, then offer salat and make dua for your father...

4:53 AM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger laila said...

my deepest condolences
may he rest in peace.

7:05 AM, April 30, 2006  
Anonymous girl across the sea said...

The best way to lighten a burden is to share the weight. You are in my prayers.

God Bless

9:40 AM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger Rasha said...

Il ba2iyeh bi 7ayetak.
I'm so sorry...

10:18 AM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger Chief said...

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
--A. Sachs

May he rest in peace.

12:27 PM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger raf* said...

ya khayya,

my deepest condolences to you and your family. may your father rest in peace and continue to inspire you and everyone else whose lives he touched.

i recognized the lively spark in his eyes, the same that you have, ramzi.


5:52 PM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger M a a N said...

"Think positive"

That's it Ramzi, you have to think positive. I am sure that your father wants you to have the same smile he had.

May he rest in peace.

7:59 PM, April 30, 2006  
Blogger Paul said...

deepest condolences Ramzi...

6:46 AM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger liminal said...


by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, "We would ask now of Death."

And he said:

You would know the secret of death.

But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?

The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.

If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;

And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.

Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?

Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.


Please accept my and my family's deepest condolences. I think of you in this difficult time. Know your support system includes all the friends you've made through LBF and elsewhere on the web.
Peace brother,

8:12 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Zanzounito said...

my prayers go out to you and your family

8:17 AM, May 03, 2006  
Blogger Rambling Hal said...

Ramzi, I am so so sorry for your loss, and I offer my deepest condolences. May you find strength at a time like this.

11:50 PM, May 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramzi, your father achieved his own happiness by seeing you becoming the person you are right now and being proud of you. May he rest in peace.


5:25 PM, May 04, 2006  
Blogger [ j i m m y ] said...

my thoughts are with you ramzi,
deepest condolences.

12:50 PM, May 05, 2006  

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