September is the cruelest month

Abbu 2004My parents had a 57th wedding anniversary this September 10th.

Was it really just 10 days ago?

Abbu (my father) used to joke about his wedding month of Septemberستمبر (Sitamber = September), calling it  ستمگر (Sitamgar = the cruel one).

This September was the cruelest one.

He passed away peacefully on the 1st of Muharram, the 11th of September, a day after his anniversary, at 12:30 in the afternoon, at the age of 85. We are from God, and to God are returning.

It was 2:30 in the morning in Chicago. I had no idea.

I woke up and got ready for work on Tuesday. When I checked my messages, my world fell apart and the house suddenly became dark and lonely.

The photo above is of him when I visited Pakistan in 2004. His health was declining, but he was well, and he was so happy to see me.

His name was Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mir. He was a physician, a specialist in Pharmacology, he put himself through medical college, and worked morning and evening to give us a good life. He lived a full life, with many trials and struggles, many joys, and many who love him dearly.

I would appreciate it if you would pray for him, or recite fatihah for him.

4 thoughts on “September is the cruelest month”

  1. AoA. May Allah SWT grants him jannat tul firdous and all his good deeds are accepted and all his sins forgiven. Ameen.

  2. انًا للًٰہِ وَاِنًا اِلیہِ رَاجِعٌون
    What a coincidence, my Daddy passed away at 78, next day to his 44th wedding anniversary on 18th October 2007.
    Allah Paak grant you and your family courage to forbear this loss.

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