OBITUARY

Abdullahi H. Abdi

March 19, 1931January 6, 2011

Abdulllahi H. Abdi 1931 - 2011

Abdullahi was born to a well-established Somali family on March 19, 1931. His father served as a member of the parliament in that country for many years. Abdullahi had many siblings, some from a different mother. When the light of the Cause of Baha'u'llah illumined the horizon of Somalia in early 1950's, Abdullahi was the only one in his family drawn to it. He had been working for Dr. Samandariʼs clinic in Somalia when he heard about the Bahaʼi Faith. As soon as he heard about it, he immediately embraced the truth of Baha'u'llah's Claim and committed himself to upholding His teachings and spreading the fragrances of His Revelation. He was then about 30 years old. The staunchness of his faith made him stand firm as a mountain in face of opposition, he never wavered in the intensity of his love for the Cause of Truth he had embraced. His knowledge of Arabic and English were assets that helped him immerse himself in the depth of the ocean of Baha'u'llah's Writings. He memorized many prayers and Tablets in the original language and chanted them melodiously. Throughout his Baha'i life, he never lost an opportunity to inform members of his family, friends, acquaintances and strangers who met him of the coming of Baha'u'llah and of His teachings to unite humanity.

Abdullahi was a librarian by profession and served as the Director of the National Library in Mogadishu. His profession took him to some European countries, to study newly-introduced techniques in library science. He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1966, when he met Pooran Rowhani through an introduction from Dr. Samandari and then married her. After a few months, he returned to Mogadishu and together with Pooran established a new home, which soon became a center for the gathering of the friends and seekers of truth. A few years into the marriage they were blessed with a daughter, named Mariam.

Abdullahi and his family lived in Mogadishu for many years. The need for higher education forced Pooran and Mariam to come to the United States in 1984. Abdullahi, however, remained in Somalia and steadfastly continued his invaluable services to the people of that county. When lawlessness became the order of the day, like many Somalis, Abdullahi left his native country and joined his family in California about 1991. His gentle disposition and genuine love for fellow human beings attracted everyone he met and turned them into his friends, even the most disagreeable were disarmed by his love.

When his wife passed away about ten months earlier, Abdullahi's health condition deteriorated rapidly. He suffered a massive stroke and was admitted to the hospital on January 4th. Two days later his illumined spirit winged his way to the celestial realm. His absence is deeply felt by family, friends and all those whose hearts have been touched by his love and the grandeur of his loving spirit.

O thou handmaid aflame with the fire of God's love! Grieve thou not over the troubles and hardships of this nether world, nor be thou glad in times of ease and comfort, for both shall pass away. This present life is even as a swelling wave or a mirage, or drifting shadows... Abdu'l-Baha

O SON OF SPIRIT! Burst thy cage asunder, and even as the phoenix of love soar into the firmament of holiness. Renounce thyself and, filled with the spirit of mercy, abide in the realm of celestial sanctity.

(Baha'u'llah, The Persian Hidden Words)

The honor with which the Hand of Mercy will invest the soul is such as no tongue can adequately reveal, nor any other earthly agency describe. Blessed is the soul which, at the hour of its separation from the body, is sanctified from the vain imaginings of the peoples of the world. Such a soul liveth and moveth in accordance with the Will of its Creator, and entereth the all-highest Paradise. The Maids of Heaven, inmates of the loftiest mansions, will circle around it, and the Prophets of God and His chosen ones will seek its companionship. With them that soul will freely converse, and will recount unto them that which it hath been made to endure in the path of God, the Lord of all worlds.

Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 9, 2011
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Abdullahi H. Abdi

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Mohamud Hagi Abdi

January 18, 2011

January 13, 2011
Dear Mariam , I offer my condolescence for me for the recent loss of my dearest brother your lovely father , words can not be expressed for the the departure of your mother then your father be sure that we are sharing with you the same feeling . my god bless you
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Your uncle whom love you too much
Mohamud Hagi,
kuwait
January 18, 2011

Mohamed Mohamed

January 13, 2011

Dear Mariam , I offer my condolescence for your dear departed father I hope that both your parents are in heaven again this is Mohamed from Va, one of his many relatives like Abshir God bless his soul.

Abshir Abdi

January 13, 2011

Dear Mariam,

I want to offer my sincere condolences on your recent loss. It was a shock to hear the news of the death of your father. Words alone cannot express how I am so very sorry. This must be very difficult for you. Please remember that you are in my thoughts and my prayers. I know how much you will miss dad, but you can take comfort and strength from the wonderful family you, mom and he had together. May God bless you!! Love ~ Abshir Abdi and Your Aunt Mariam Abdi

Kym Taborn

January 12, 2011

Dearest Mariam, your father was an amazing man and the truest role model for us all. His humility, his patience, his kindness, his generosity, and his love will be missed.

Fariba & Farhad Saifyan

January 11, 2011

Dear Mariam,

Please accept our condolences, your father is greatly missed, we will keep you and your parents in our prayers.
Love,
Farhad, Fariba, Mateen and Kimia Saifyan

FROM THE FAMILY