My Father

A short piece about my late father who passed away December 2021- Sheikh Shire Abdi Nur (May Allah have mercy on his soul ameen)


بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم 

Sheikh Shire Abdi Nur (December 1949 – December 2021)

Whenever I read the Seerah (life of the prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) or read about the description of the prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ, the first person that comes to mind is my beautiful late father.

I have yet to meet someone that resembled the prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ in character and morals like my father did.

My father’s calm nature, soft speech and humble personality perfectly mirrored how I imagine the sahabas (companions of the prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) describing the holy prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ.

My father was not a wealthy man. He was an immigrant that brought his family to the UK, in hopes of a better livelihood and whenever he did possess any amount of money he would donate to the poor and needy up until the end of his life. My father did not leave behind a vast inheritance for his children. He did not leave us gold, houses or land but he left us with a memory of a role model.  We were extremely fortunate to witness someone live their life completely according to the sunnah (the habitual practice of the prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ). He was a loving and caring father, a devoted husband and an overall wonderful person to be around and although he spent the last part of his life in immense pain, it was almost impossible to tell. He would mask his pain to avoid burdening anyone with it. He would use the little strength he had to display patience and gratitude. He never complained or whined. If patience is a virtue, then my father was a very virtuous man. May Allah make his illness a means of his forgiveness and grant him the highest place in paradise. Ameen.

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