Letter to Tarik from
Yesterday I finally had the courage to open the E-Mails that Tarik and I
exchanged over the past two years. I found close to a hundred. The most frequent
and favorite of mine read:
Give me a call
What would I give Tarik, if I could just give you a call right now, hear your
voice and talk to you.
I feel blessed to have been a father to Tarik for 23 years; I still am. His baby
years were always pleasant and he just wanted to please people. Tarik never
liked to see people upset or sad. His teachers described him as intelligent,
polite and pleasant.
He never changed, even throughout his adult years. I had the privilege of
spending a lot of time with Tarik during his university years. I could see how
his character and personality were going to be his strongest assets to being a
successful young man.
In the past two years before his graduation he became so interested and
dedicated in making sure that he had the education and knowledge to be able to
help people in the fields of Nutrition and Natural Medicine. This, he told me,
was his dream - four days before his death.
Just before leaving, at the end of my visits to the U.S., I would say to Tarik
that being my eldest son could you take care of Mom and Ali while I am away.
Sure enough he would call them every day and check to see if everything was OK.
I know that even after his departure he will always be beside his Mother and
younger brother Ali and will still be looking after them.
After Tarik’s graduation I was looking forward to being with him, working
together and having him as a friend and colleague. My dream did not come true
for God had a more important role for him in the heavens above.
Tarik is now with his Aunt Alia, who also departed from us at an early age. She
was just four years older than Tarik when she suddenly passed away
Now Tarik you are in Heaven with Auntie Alia, my heart is broken but what gives
me peace is that you have gone to another life with all your Love, Compassion,
and Purity: all traits your lovely mother put into you.
The gift of your 23 years with us will never go away. To me it is just the
beginning and I promise you, as I promised your loving younger brother Ali, that
I will dedicate the rest of my life to making your noble dreams come true.
So from time to time, when I need your wisdom and guidance. I will send you a
Give me a call