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My shaykh … my spiritual guide … passed away last night. It was totally unexpected, though not without fore-warnings.
He was on sabbatical leave from the university and had taken his family to different places in Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan. He had been away for over half a year, but his return was not supposed to have taken place for another 2-3 months … not until just before the start of the university’s fall semester.
Suddenly, he arrives … about half way through the month of Ramadan (the month of fasting). I don’t recall him specifying why there has been a departure from his original travel plans.
We all enjoy the fact he is back with us again. His physical presence had been missed by all of us a great deal.