Sincere Thanks

by Laurie Hamdani @, Chicago, Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 20:01 (2364 days ago)
edited by Laurie Hamdani, Thursday, December 06, 2012, 03:52

To my dear online family,

Thank you so much for the outpouring of comforting words and support for myself and our family during this difficult time. I have been awed by the extent to which Quasim touched people's lives, both locally all around the world, and the extent to which others, often times unknown to me, have reflected his spirit and Allah's guidance back to me. I do take comfort in this.

Perhaps at another moment, I will share the trials of planning a funeral to honor my husband's life in a local community that seemingly only knows how to do it in one way (the traditional "but this is just how it's done" way), which was not what best or most appropriately suited the spirit of the man or the needs his family. For now, though, if anyone is interested know details or read the words of the service, feel free to contact me via my email here.

It is my sincere hope that discussion and learning will continue here. I doubt I can fill such large shoes and therefore hope that others will continue the journey.

Heartfelt gratitude and peace.

Salaam and thank you.

Sincere Thanks

by Fadil @, Yaounde-Cameroon, Thursday, December 06, 2012, 09:47 (2363 days ago) @ Laurie Hamdani

Dear sister,
Thank you very much for your kind words. May Allah continue to shower the Hamdani wisdom.
I will be interested to know or read the word of the service. It may be something very new to me. In my area, once a person dies, he/she is given a ritual bath (in a very traditional way), then the corpse laid on a table is covered with a piece of cloth on which is written some Arabic words that probably only very few people may know the meaning. Then people will be turning round the table to see the deceased. Family members and friends will be crying silently to avoid that the deceased be bitten by the angels if once raises his/her voice. Then the local imam will come and the corpse put in front of him for prayer. Only men stand behind the imam for prayer, women are far away. Once the prayer is finished, the corpse is buried and the day of Dua'a is fixed generally in the next three days. On the third day, there is large crowd to pray for the deceased. The local imam will merely talk about God but the most important thing is the big party that follows (a lot of food and drink). After that, another dua'a will be on 40th, 100th day and one year later...:-P

May Allah guide us.

Sincere Thanks

by Hasan, Mumbai, Friday, December 07, 2012, 00:57 (2362 days ago) @ Laurie Hamdani


Sincere Thanks

by Ashli @, Singapore, Friday, December 07, 2012, 04:52 (2362 days ago) @ Laurie Hamdani

Salam Sister Laurie

Don't get disheartened my dear Sister Laurie for what happened during the burial ceremony. We are living in the world of monkeys full of blind followers. I believe I will face the same situation should I passed away tomorrow (I am 64 yrs old) within my community. I always believe that its not the color of the balloon that makes it flies but what is inside the balloon!

May Allah bless your family and you the strength of heart in this difficult times.

Sincere Thanks

by Abdullah Qamar @, Pakistan, Monday, January 14, 2013, 16:25 (2324 days ago) @ Ashli


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