November 06, 2006

A wedding and A funeral

In the year 2004, on dec 28th, Usman, son of one of Gothenburg's earlier Swedish Muslim converts, had gone to Ireland on his honey moon. 22 years old at the time, he decided to head out alone on a treck in the mountains in Killarney.

He never came back to his wife. For two years he was listed as a missing person.

Today he has been found by a local farmer on one of his wanderings. Everything points to an accident, where he had fallen from a cliff. His dead body will be prepared for janaaza, (islamic burial), as I write this post, in Ireland.

The article was all over Göteborgs Posten, Gothenburg's main newspaper.

I remember two years ago when the story of him missing was all over the media and the lips of people who knew him. One never knows how one will leave earth. Imagine being newly-wed and losing your husband or wife on your honey moon? Reality truly beats fiction...


Destitute Rebel said...

Truly a sad story, now at least his relatives and loved ones will get some closure, May allah allow him in his good graces.Loosing a loved one at any point in time is shattering even more so for someone who is newly wed, As you said reality always beats fiction.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...


Anonymous said...

May Allah have mercy on his soul. Life is unpredictable, wise are the people who are well prepared for their death all the times. May Allah make us among them.

Mohamed said...

"The soul never knows what it will wins tomorrow; and the Soul never knows in what land it will die" (the Qoran).

And instead of feeling down, i think of this Hadith and it always makes me smile:
"If you have a tree in your hand, and the end of Days comes, well, plant the tree!".
(exclamation mark added :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

DG, ameen.

A beautiful hadeeth indeed Mohamed. Many of us don't "plant the tree" so to speak, even in our state of being very much alive, let alone on the brink of death.

Still the hadeeth encourages a positivity and a sense of, life goes on.