Monday, March 21, 2005


My grandmother passed away last Friday and was buried yesterday. I'll remember her as the most patient person I ever knew, a living embodiment of the words of Imam Ali:

A fool's mind is at the mercy of his tongue and a wise man's tongue is under the control of his mind.
In her case, the words of Rabindranath Tagore ring true:

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.
May Allah envelop her in His mercy and elevate her station.

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