Friday, August 29, 2008

"Mohammed Yunus: in respectful memory"

The following was written by Jafar Siddiqui. I share his sentiments.

It grieves me to note the death of my friend Mohammed Yunus this afternoon in Lynnwood.
Yunus was high among the finest examples of what a good human being should be and a grand example of a Muslim.
He was open to all faiths and sects both, inside and outside of Islam, he had absolutely no biases that I was aware of and he lived his life literally in the service of his fellow humans and fellow Muslims.
Yunus and his wife Gulshan, have always had their doors of hospitality wide open to all, no matter what the time of day or week.
Yunus was a vet; he served honorably in the US Navy until he retired and then his services were always available to all who needed them. He worked with the Immigration office (INS/ICE) as a contract translator and tried to help people with bits of information and suggestions as relevant.
Yunus was a shining example of a Muslim who embraced people of all faiths and rejected none. He was the man most often seen helping people when others had failed them, he was the man who provided free services to help bathe those Muslims who had passed away...a most necessary job that few stepped forward to help with.
Yunus was from Quetta in Pakistan, he spoke with good memories of his days there. He would often regale us with stories of his youth and of the many famous people he met, from Hollywood stars to great politicians. He would tell us how he had friends who were Christians and Jews and Hindus and how they never saw the difference between people except from their thoughts and actions.
He was a man of most simple needs, spending more on his relatives than on himself.
When he was diagnosed with cancer, it was his wonderful wife Gulshan, who took care of him night and day and was the generous hostess when friends would come to visit. It is only just that Yunus should have been blessed during his lifetime, with such a caring, compassionate and supportive wife. Together they brought up three children who well reflect the compassion and care that his their family heritage.
I will miss Mohammed Yunus, his passage is a loss to humanity and Muslims are the poorer for it.
Our prayers are to God to accept him with His mercy and keep Yunus in the high place in Heaven that people like him deserve.
Our heartfelt condolences to his family members, with prayers for peace in their souls.
Prayers for Mohammed Yunus (namaze Janaza)
will be held after regular Friday prayers
at about 1:30 p.m. on August 29, 2008
at Omar Al-Farooq Mosque
5507, 238th Street SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
'Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un' - Verily we belong to God and truly to Him shall we return.
Jafar Siddiqui
Cell: 206.228.5732
Torture hurts everyone; it must stop.

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