Brother Mohammed Cherri with a beautiful poem about the loss of a great friend.
Peering into the not so far distance,
As if staring upon heaven beyond the sky,
Not for a second doubting its existence,
Reaffirming what rested entrenched firmly in his heart,
Feet grounded with strength and solitude,
Like a proud emblem, a majestic banner held,
Truth in tight embrace at every instance,
Abbas, your name, was well selected,
Like “Qamar Bani Hashem”, you were our brother,
A lantern of wisdom in bleak nights,
Loyal, our steady backbone, with which we stand heads raised high,
Your memory in our hearts is forevermore inscribed,
A perfect example of resilience in adversity,
Eloquent in speech, wisdom laden, and principle imbibed,
A testament to enduring faith when lesser hearts would fall apart,
Those who struggle for Allah’s sake,
A promise to them in the Quraan Allah has made,
A covenant with the mighty Lord these men did take,
Selfless service to be rewarded by his gentle grace,
An unparalleled reward, from one benevolent and great,
Abbas our hearts at your departure weep and ache,
Mathloum, oppressed, we your family, are here for you to commemorate,
You were suddenly severed from the thirsty hearts that yet await,
The return of the lonely water bearer, buried alone at the edge of a river bank,
Abbas today we send you our final salaam,
Your brothers stand here; we haven’t left your side,
Brother, today this calamity has torn us apart,
But know that soon we too from this earth will depart,
A promise guaranteed in the Quraan, Engeel and Toraat.
Asalamu alaikum Abbas.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please recite a Surat al-Fatiha for the soul of Br. Abbas Talevski, who recently passed away at a very young age.