Abbajee, reason & faith

Survivors have all the prerequisites to be rebels. Abbajee, my father in law, who passed away yesterday in Karachi – while I am in Accra for work – was testimony to this. His childhood (and here’s a story by Mun on her dad’s youthful grittiness) was as tough as his uncompromising yearning for reason in the face of a world as uncompromising on its insistence on unreason to get by.

His was a scientific, tinkering, inventive mind. Playfulness doesn’t sit well with conformity, so he had no choice but to question relentlessly. When we met, he sensed a kindred questioner, and he never stopped sounding me out (not everything that we exchanged concurred, but that is dialogue).

(I was a bit scared of lending books to him: nothing but the content mattered, so much so that by the time he got through some of them, they could no longer lay claim to their bookly sheen.)

Last year when my dad passed away, I quoted my dad’s favorite lines from Saadi, which speak of the humility of the raindrop upon meeting the expanse of the ocean. And it is relevant again now.

Faith and reason have had a contentious history, but there is a meeting point as elusive as it is beckoning which compels the questioning to seek, always. Abbajee sought, always.

I do not know its name, so I call it Tao

Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

Abbajee with my mum-in-law, daughters and sons-in-law at his 50th wedding anniversary 3 some years ago.

Mohammedi Mamoowala
Seeker, Survivor
December 23, 1935 – June 26, 2017

13 comments on “Abbajee, reason & faith

  1. chrisbkm says:

    Abbajee sounds like a wonderful man on a wonderful path. “Return is the way…”

    Sending warm thoughts to you and your family.

  2. Sonya Kassam says:

    May he Rest in Peace

  3. zdunno03 says:

    A thoughtful tribute to a man who impacted your life. May he find all the answers on this last journey.

  4. What a wonderful way to honor your father in law. Sending warm thoughts and prayers. Beautiful family photo. ~Audra

  5. Sharmeen says:

    Very sorry for your loss! May uncle find eternal peace and you all have the strenght to bear his loss!

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  7. auntyuta says:

    I love the picture of the 50th wedding anniversary1

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