Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Utusan Malaysia - 4th July 2007 (Page 4)


The funeral went without a hitch. Tearful congregation of his loved ones and former students sent him off with highest respect, very appropriate for a man of his stature.

One of his former students, a prominent religous figure in Penang was asked to say the 'talkin'. Pak Leh said that he can't read the 'talkin' for my grandfather, how can he tell this great man what to do, to remind him how to face God, there's no one worthy to do that for him.

Instead, he asked us all to join him in prayer for the deceased and then he addressed the group reminding us what a great man my grandfather was, the sacrifices he’s made in spreading knowledge in the name of glory of Islam, the ‘ilmu’ he has shared with the thousands lucky enough to be his pupil. He might be gone but his spirit lives on in a lot of us and it shall be passed on to our future generation. His passing is a great loss, but we all have to accept God's will of taking back what that has always been His.

Alhamdullilah, my grandfather at least got one of his final 'amanah', to be buried next to his wife of more than 40 years. The rest? Aahh well, we tried and we fought for him, but we lost. So there must be a very very good 'hikmah' that God didn't allow it.

La illa ha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntum minal zalimin.

24 comments:

5xmom.com said...

Athene
Just happened to pop by and sorry to hear about your grandpa. My condolences.

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Athene said...

lilian, thanks for your condolences. We all really appreciate it...

Athene said...

Alhamdullillah

Shereen Fuad said...

Al-Fatihah...even though i cannot be there for my final goodbye..but he will always be cherished in my heart. Hope his strength, spirits and takwa will live on in us. May he rest in peace.

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

athene,
Alhamdulillah, everything went well.
May Allah bless his soul --

Athene -- do write about this great man.

P.S: I informed my father about you grand-father's passing. He sent his condolences. AlFatihah.

Asad el Ghabah said...

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السَّلاَمُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهُ وَبَرَكَاتُه
"Sesungguhnya dari Allah kita datang dan kepada-Nya kita pasti akan dikembalikan" -al ayat..

Takziah buat keluarga Rafie di atas pemergian Syeikh Mohd Husein, seorang tokoh ulama' yang tersohor dan sangat dihormati dikalangan para ilmuan.

Kata Ahli Ilmu : "Sepanjang hayatnya, zikrullah sentiasa bermain dibibirnya. Hadith-hadith Nabi saw adalah jawapan kepada segala permasalahan yang diajukan".

Semoga Allah menempatkannya bersama hamba-hamba-Nya yang solihiin dan menjanjikan syurga buat Allahyarham Syeikh Hussein, insya ALlah...Al Fatihah..!

sundragon said...

athene sorry to hear about your grandfather my condolence to you and your family
athene dont bother with all the childish remark. the truth is out there, one day it will come out.
the world is full of colourful characters, when one show a finger at u remember that four fingers are pointing back at them so let it be.dont feel sad with those remarks leave, it to allah for he knows the truth and let him handle them.

bergen said...

You and your family should continue the noble works he left behind. Keep 'em coming, ma'am.

Kak Teh said...

athene, alhamdulillah - he is in a better world.


my email is zwan_uk@yahoo.co.uk

thanks for the offer.

Delia said...

assalammualaikum athene.. =) thank u for dropping by my blog. kalau athene nak wrislet camtu i can get it for you..but u'll have to bank in the money first. apa2 email me at deliayahya@gmail.com okay? thank you.

Delia said...

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Lenny said...

Innalillah...


Takziah.. Sorry to hear about your late grandpa..

I was about to reply your msg in my blog. but I don't have your email ..

can you email me at chomells@gmail.com so I could help you on the payment details?

thanks!

Frankensteina said...

Al-Fatehah. I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. He sounds like a well-loved men by his families and friends

My deepest condolences to you and your family

Melayu Lelaki said...

Hehehe what you doing reading the utusan the puteri papers...hypocrite. why don't you join puteri becuz you dont want to take a stand. You want to be apathetic and criticise those who dare to take a stand...hmmm just aa well you don't join puteri...you should join muslimah PAS...since you come from a religious family...

Tak sedar diri,,,, that's the malay word to describe pompuan mcm you...

Awang Goneng said...

Athene

May I belatedly wish you condolences. When an 'alim passes on, a light is extinguished and we are the poorer for that. May Allah reward him with Jannah.

PS There was a Sheikh Mahmud Bakar Rafie' in Kuala Trengganu. He was 'mudir' of the Sekolah Arab Sultan Zain al 'Abidin. Trengganu branch of your family?

Athene said...

Awang Goneng said...

PS There was a Sheikh Mahmud Bakar Rafie' in Kuala Trengganu. He was 'mudir' of the Sekolah Arab Sultan Zain al 'Abidin. Trengganu branch of your family?

En. AG,

Yes, he's my late grandfather's younger brother, 5 of them came to what's known as Tanah Melayu then from Makkah together with their mother in the late 20's or early 30's (I'll check on this with my father). The youngest of them was small enough to be carried by one of the brothers. Later, all of them took local brides (of Arab descents too and some of them are sisters!)

Sheikh Abbas went back to Saudi after getting the ball rolling for an Islamic school in Penang which my grandfather later continued. Sheikh Mahmood settled in K. Trengganu, one of his houses is somewhere near the Grammar School, Bukit Jambu I think :)

Sheikh Sulaiman ran Sulaiman Press in Acheen (Acheh?)Street and was considered the financier of the family :) Sheikh Abdul Rahman had a watch/clock repair shop in Pulau Tikus.

All of them gone now, my grandfather being the last. Hope we will be able to continue their legacy.

Anonymous said...

Nice and thanks!