An Absolutely Great Man


In the Name of God, the Kind, the Beautiful

Today, we buried a stalwart of the Muslim community in the greater Chicago area. Today, we said farewell to man who touched the lives of so many people that the extent of his altruism and generosity cannot be fully contemplated. Today, we laid to rest a man who was instrumental to my spiritual upbringing: Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan of Chicago.

I have known Dr. Hassan ever since I was a very young child. He was the spiritual leader of the small Muslim Egyptian-American community here, and ever since I can remember, Dr. Hassan has led our prayers, our community gatherings, our religious ceremonies, and he has been there when we said goodbye to our loved ones, including my own child one year ago today. Moreover, Dr. Hassan was my religious teacher, and he taught me everything I know about my religion, and he also taught me (along with his wonderful wife) how to read and speak the Arabic language. I grew up listening to his Friday sermons, and along with his religious classes, they helped shape the Muslim I am today.

He was, however, more than just my teacher. He was like my father. Whenever I had a burning religious question, I would always call him, and he would always give me an answer that was wise and on sound religious footing. More than that, however, whenever you would ask him a favor, he would do it without thought of reward or even thanks. He dedicated all his life to his family, his friends (among which my family was honored to be included), and his community.

I remember being in College, and there was a personal crisis that had plagued me. When I called him, he could not have been more kind, more caring, and more compassionate. It was difficult for me to share what I was going through, but he made it comfortable for me. He really came through for me when I was in a bind.

Stories like this abound with Dr. Hassan, and you could fill a large auditorium with those whom Dr. Hassan had helped make their lives better. He and his family were pillars of, not only the Muslim Egyptian American community, but the larger Muslim community as well. Few did not know who Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan was, and anyone who did know him could not help but speak of him with the loftiest of praise. In short, he was as absolutely great man.

All of this is in addition to his medical brilliance, and he was an astute and accomplished Emergency Room physician in the Chicago area. His colleagues – and I am honored to call myself one of them – have nothing but good things to say about him, and he was an excellent clinician who did not hesitate to help anyone in need, whether known to him or not.

There are very few people left in this world like Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan. There are very few people with the caring, compassion, beauty, and knowledge of Dr. Hassan. There are very few people that could have done so much good in their lives like Dr. Hassan. A dear, dear friend of mine said that, at his wake, there were scores of people who were there out of pure love and gratitude. No one came out of obligation, but because they actually wanted to be there. That was the kind of man he was.

As we look toward the years we will have to spend without Dr. Hassan, there is a pain in our hearts: a pain from knowing that our leader, our captain, our Shaykh has gone back to his Lord and cannot be with us any more; a pain from seeing his family strain under the sadness that their beloved husband, father, and uncle will not come back; a pain from realizing that the beautiful Dr. Hassan is no longer just a phone call away. It will be hard, and I ask that the Precious Beloved Lord make it easy for his family as they cope with this sad, sad day.

Yet, this one thing I know: Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan was a beautiful man who reflected God’s love and beauty on this earth among His people.

Farewell, my captain, and may the Lord bless your afterlife with the highest of Gardens of bliss. If I can be half the man you were; if I can achieve half of what you have achieved; if I can have half the people at my funeral as there were for yours, then I have been nobly blessed indeed. Throughout my life, you were always there for me and my family. It was an honor and privilege for me to be there today to pay my respects and say my final farewell.

May God bless Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan with all that is good, pure, and holy in this universe. Amen.

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12 thoughts on “An Absolutely Great Man

  1. You have said it allm Hesham. “Barek Allah feik and your family”. He was a man very hard to find anyone like him. We all miss him dearly. Thanks you for your article and your feelings.

  2. Thank you for writing this…for sharing your feelings…and letting us know how much he touched your life…how precious…mashaALLAH.
    Sending you and your family comfort as well.

    PEACE.LOVE.RESPECT.
    Sonia

  3. مع الأسف انى لم أحظ بشرف معرفة الدكتور حسن..وهذا ما اعتبره حقيقة من سوء حظى..ولكنى واثقة كل الثقة ان

    كل ماكتب عن هذا الشخص نبيل الطبع والأخلاق هو جزء من حقيقة عجز القلم عن كتابتها..فأسال الله له الرحمة وليجعل خيره فى الدنيا خيره فى الآخرة..وليثقل ميزان حسناته بما أحسن به الى الناس فى حياته…وليلهم اسرته الكريمة الصبر والسلوان فى مصابهم الأليم..وكل الى زوال..رحم الله الفقيد وتغمد روحه بالرحمة فى فسيح جناته..وليكن قدوة لمن عرفه فى حياته ليعلموا ان الدين المعاملة الحسنة والسماحة وليس التعجرف والشدة وحسن دين الأنسان من حسن خلقه وطبعه….أصدق التعازى القلبية..تغمد الله الفقيد بالرحمة وأنزل الصبر الجميل فى قلوب أسرته ومحبيه..

  4. Hisham said it all, I am one of those who will never forget Dr Hassan, I married a member of his extended family ( sister Enayat niece ) 22 years ago when i cant forget and will always remember his support his generosity and his kindness, I am proud to have him be the shaikh who held my marriage ceremony and his signature on our marriage contract is a medallion of honor, he opened his house for us to have 2nd reception , his basement is where i first practiced my early prayers , his warmth will never be forgetting, hisham said it all on my behalf , and on behalf of hundreds , no words can describe our feeling of the great loss, may Allah house him in his highest levels of paradise and forgive him, and keep his face smiling as he passed a way with serene smile on his face, may Allah makes his eternal place one of the places mentioned in AL Quraan al kareem ,
    Ameeeen

  5. D/Mohamed Ali Hassan I think you will hear me I will say to you that I’m not missing you because you still a life in my heart and inshaa Alla I’ll be with you as soon as

  6. هذا الدعاء نسأل الله العلي القدير أن يتغمد برحمته الدكتور محمد علي حسن
    اللهم ياحنان يامنان يا واسع الغفران أغفر له وأرحمه وعافيه وأعف عنه وأكرم نزله ووسع مدخله وأغسله بالماء والثلج والبرد ونقه من الذنوب والخطايا كما ينقي الثوب الأبيض من الدنس اللهم أبدله دارا خيرا من داره اللهم أدخله الجنه اللهم أنسه في وحدته ووحشته اللهم أنزله منازل الصدقين والشهداء والصالحين اللهم أجعل قبره روضه من رياض الجنه اللهم أفسح له قبره وأملائه بالرضا والنور اللهم ارحمه تحت الأرض وأستره يوم العرض عليك ولا تخزه يوم يبعثون يوم لاينفع مال ولا بنون الا من اتي الله بقلب سليم اللهم اجعله من الذين سعدوا في الجنه خالدين فيها ما دامة السموات والأرض اللهم ثقل بالحسنات ميزانه وثبت علي الصراط اقدامه واسكنه في اعالي الجنان في جوار نبيك ومصطفاك اللهم انه خاف مقامك فاجعل له جنتين ذوات افنان بحق قولك ولمن خاف مقام ربه جنتان اللهم شفع فيه نبيك ومصطفاك واحشره تحت لوائه واسقه من يده الشريفه شربة هنيئه لا يظمأ بعدها أبدا اللهم اجعله مع المتقين في ظلال وعيون وفواكه مما يشتهون كلوا واشربوا هنيئا بما كنتم تعلمون انا كذلك نجزي المحسنين اللهم اجعله مع المتقين في مقام أمين في جنات وعيون يلبسون من سندس واستبرق اللهم انجز له وعدك وان للمتقين لحسن ماب جنات عدن مفتحة لهم الأبواب متكئين فيها بفاكة كثيرة وشراب اللهم بشره بقولك وبشر الذين امنوا وعملوا الصالحات ان لهم جنات تجري من تحتها الأنهار كلما رزقوا من ثمرة رزقا قالوا هذا الذي رزقنا من قبل واتوا به متشابها ولهم فيها ازواج مطهرة وهم فيها خالدون اللهم انه كان صائما فادخله الجنه من باب الريان اللهم انه كان لكتابك تاليا له فاشفع فيه القران اللهم انه كان مصليا فثبته علي الصراط
    اللهم أرحمنا وأرحم اباءنا وامهاتنا واخواننا المسلمين الذين سبقونا بالأيمان ولا تجعل في قلوبنا غلا للذين امنوا ربنا انك رؤوف رحيم
    اللهم ارحمهم واعف عنهم واكرم نزلهم ووسع مدخلهم واغسلهم بالماء والثلج والبرد اللهم جازهم بالحسنات احسانا وبالسيئات عفوا وغفرانا ولقهم برحمتك رضاك وقهم فتنة القبر وعذابه
    الهم اوصل ثواب ما قرأناه من القران العظيم اليهم وضاعف رحمتك ورضوانك عليهم
    اللهم حل ارواحهم في محل الأبرار وتغمدهم بالرحمه اناء الليل والنهار برحمتك ياأرحم الراحمين
    اللهم انقلهم من ضيق اللحود والقبور الي سعة الدور والقصور في سدر مخضود وطلح منضود وظل ممدود وماء مسكوب وفاكة كثيرة لا مقطوعه ولا ممنوعه مع الذين انعمت عليهم من النبيين والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين برحمتك يا أرحم الراحمين
    اللهم اجعلنا واياهم من عبادك الذين تباهي بهم ملائكتك في الموقف العظيم وارزقنا حسن النظر الي وجهك الكريم مع الذين انعمت عليهم من النبيين والصديقين والشهداء والصالحين الذين تجري من تحتهم الأنهار في جنات النعيم دعواهم فيها سبحانك اللهم وتحيتهم فيها سلام واخر دعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين.

  7. God bless you for what you have written about Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan whom I had worked with personally. Your article touched my heart and expresses the saying of every one who was touched by Dr. Mohamed Ali Hassan’s kindness and sincerity. We are going to truly miss a great pillar of Islam. May Allah “SWT” grant him the highest level in paradise for all he had done to our community.

  8. thanks for all words that you have mentioned for my uncle – i rely was impressed with all sincere speech – i am asking those how really loved this man to pray for him and ask ALAH to forgive and bless him.

  9. May God bless you Hisham for writing such beautiful words about Dr Mohamed Ali Hassan, may God have mercy on his soul, he was a kind being and touched the heart of every person who came in touch with, we were lucky to know him, he will be missed :(

  10. jazak Allah ya Hesham.

    This article really made me cry. Your eloquent words of describing my uncle and what he meant to you and all of us was beautiful. None of us could have said it better.

    Masha2 Allah, we saw a amile on his face after the washing, so we are not worried about him. We all believe him to be in a better place, in sha2 Allah, but it’s the loss of him with us that is so difficult.

    May Allah bless you and your family and give you patience for yor loss after one year of Bayan’s death. Allah has asked for her back because she is so precious to HIM. May Allah reward you for your endurance . . . . . . Ameen.

  11. I have observed Dr. Hassan for over 30 years in numerous occasions. I always was wondering how a man could be that calm, pure, humble, confident about his faith, available in every crisis to extend comfort and assistance to those who are in need, ….. He was truly an example for us all to learn from. May Allah WST shower his soul with all the good that he deserves.

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