Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sleepless in Muscat, RIP

I received the sad news late this evening of the passing of Ali Mehdi, known to most of you as Sleepless in Muscat. Ali was without a doubt, Oman's most prolific blogger. He was also an aspiring poet who self-published two books of poetry, and a frequent columnist in The Week and online on the Times of Oman website. He posted frequently on Oman Forum as well. As a blogger, he contributed to a dazzling number of blogs in addition to his own many blogs. He was also the founder of the Oman Community Blog.

Ali's last post on his blog was on May 3rd. It was a poem called Passion's Death.. He fell ill shortly after and was admitted to hospital into Intensive Care where he remained till his passing earlier today. He was 29.

Deepest condolences to his family; our prayers are with them in this difficult time.

32 comments:

Arabian Princess said...

I heared about his death since he is my parent's neighbour .. I didnt know he is Sleepless in muscat!!

May Allah grant him heaven .. Ameen.

This is the blogging black year, this is the second blogger (one saudi and now Omani) who we loose while they are young and in a sudden :(

aamnaa said...

I am so sorry and wanted to offer my condolences to Ali's family.
May Almighty Allah grant him heaven.

Ali said...

إن وإن إليه لراجعون
الله يرحمه ويدخله فسيح جناته

Anonymous said...

Am sure that no matter what sort of words I try to pick to describe Ali I will still fall short in finding the most appropriate and suitable ones…………., but in simple English he was a sole and unique person whom I will always miss in my life……………May Allah have mercy on your sole and grant you heavens…as much as prayers would go to Almighty to endow with strength to your family in their lose…………Ameen
Your Cousin Muhannad

nzm said...

RIP Ali.

What sad news.

I loved to read his blog.

Shil said...

I am so sorry and offer Ghosty's family and friends my deeepest condolences. May Allah The Merciful grant him heaven.

Kay said...

Allaah era7mah. Very sad news, I had just checked his blog a few days ago wondering how come he hasnt updated recently.

Al-Maawali said...

inna lillah wa inna ileyhi raji3oon.

Does anyone know where the funeral is being held? I would appreciate it.

Twister said...

May his soul rest in eternal peace and may God give the family the strength to bear this tremendous loss...

Inna Lillahi wa inna Ilayhi Rajioon...

muscati said...

The men's 3azza is in Masjid Al Imam Al Mahdi in Jibroo. It's the one in front of Oman Flour Mills. Tomorrow is the last day so if you want to go you should go before Dhuhr prayers tomorrow.

Wardat_il'7leej said...

Allah yir7mu

UmK said...

Oh my, Ina Lillaah Wa Ina Elaihi Raji3oon. May God make it go easy on the family and keep them and us away from sudden deaths. Ameen.

Anonymous said...

I feel very sad for his family
It is very difficult to come to term when someone so young dies so suddenly.

I really liked his blog. Reading and writing in blogs and forums make you very close to people who we even do not know their names and it is heartbreaking to hear that they left us and we will no longer their company in cyberspace.

I wish him the mercy of god and his family the strength to cope.

BuJ said...

Wow, Allah yir7amo, inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji3oon. I heard about this but I didn't think it was true.

Can anyone elaborate on the cause of death? He surely had quite deep and serious issues, as if he was always depressed. The kind associated with chronic illness, but i didn't expect this.

May Allah be with him and his family and may Allah bless him with al firdos.

secretdubai said...

How very, very sad.

He will certainly be remembered very fondly by me and I am sure by most of the UAE blogging community.

Tainted Female said...

I knew Ali best for his postings on Secret Arabian Journal, and short conversations through msn.

Like most well known writers worldwide, he was one of the saddest, happiest people I ever met. He made his mark on the world through his beautiful writings and he will be missed.

Allah yer7amak. May he rest in peace.

Hatem said...

May God forgive him and give support to his family...
enna lellah wa ena eleyh raje3oon.

moryarti said...

انا لله وانا اليه راجعون

May your soul rest in peace Ali ... you will be missed :(

DXBluey said...

Totally shocked by this news. All I can say is Ali rest in peace, so sorry your time here was so short.

md said...

May Allah bless you with Paradise, Ameen. For all the hardships you went through, I pray that peace has finally come to you. You have left such a mark and remembered so fondly by family, friends and bloggers--just how you wanted it to be.

suonnoch said...

I was shocked and saddened to learn of his death. Many condolences to his family and friends.

david santos said...

My condolences to his family and friends. We Allah bless you with Paradise,
Happy day

Jen said...

I read Mohana's editorial in The Week today and got to know about Ali. May God grant him eternal peace. He gave a voice to the thoughts of so many. His angst and frustration at times mirrored the feelings of so many in Muscat. May God grant his family and loved ones the strength to bear this loss.
Sleepless in Muscat, you will be missed so much! Rest in Peace.

BuJ said...

Jen, do you have a link to The Week as you mention it in your comment please? Thank you.

muscati said...

On Second Thought
Mohana Prabhakar, July 02, 2008

You get so caught up in all your own tiny, insignificant problems that sometimes you forget to appreciate life - just the simple act of living. Then all it takes is news, like the kind I got last week, to forget about your own niggling worries and sit back and think about life and what we have, rather than what we don’t.

I don’t know how many of you out there knew or had heard of Ali Mehdi. For those who didn’t know him, Ali was a poet, with two books already published, and he was working on his third one. For a while, he wrote columns for us at TheWeek talking about issues that he felt needed to be addressed. Some of you may have known him as Sleepless in Muscat, whose blog contained some of the most poignant reminders about life and what
it brings (or does not bring) to each one of us.

Ali died last week – he was just 29 years old. He had been very unwell for a while now and the thing is even when I used to read his blog (and he did write about his life being constantly interrupted with visits to hospitals), I never imagined that it was serious enough to end the story so soon.

The first time I met him was in January 2006 when he came to see me. A young, skinny guy with a rather serious face, Ali wanted to write columns for TheWeek because he believed it would reach a lot of people that his words needed to get to. I hadn’t known him till then, hadn’t read his poetry and neither had I seen his blog.
All I saw was an individual whose command over English was good, his ideas were different and he wanted to change some things in the world around him. I didn’t discover for a while longer that Ali was Sleepless in Muscat. Some of the stuff he used to write made you want to reach out and say, don’t worry, things will sort themselves out.

Unfortunately, it didn’t and I will always regret the fact that I didn’t get to know him better. Ali was someone who had a lot to give the world and did the best he could in the short time that he had. Not many of us may be able to say that.


http://www.theweek.co.om/disCon.aspx?Cval=837

BuJ said...

Muscati.. thank you ever so much for posting this.. allah yer7amk ya Ali.. inshalla bil janna and ur lookin down at us smiling, as u always do.

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Seguro será de tu agrado.
Tu aporte será valioso
Un abrazo desde la Argentina.

muscati said...

Let us celebrate Ali's life. Please attend the seminar planned on April 15th at Majan College to discuss his poetry and launch his last book.

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