Saudi Arabia: Her Time Came Too Soon


She reminded me of the delicate hummingbird which is beautiful and delicate yet under the veneer is strength, faith and perseverance.  In spite of having had her own perils of an abusive arranged marriage she was able to start life over in a new country where she found her true love and her generous compassionate nature was shown to many each and every day.

She had endured sadness and great tragedy in her life in Saudi Arabia.  Everyone near to her and who loved her believed the sadness and pain to be behind when she had resettled elsewhere, met and married her true love.  For many years, life was good to her.  Her greatest dreams were fulfilled; love, stability, children, family.  She gave back each and every day to her new community and its women.

I never knew a woman with more empathy for her fellow human being.  In a lot of ways, she really reminded me of a living angel on this earth.  I say these words with confidence although we never received the opportunity to meet face-to-face.  We became acquainted when I was still in Riyadh.  After I had left Saudi Arabia I hoped that I would be able to finally meet her at last.  However my cancer did not cooperate with those plans.

Then to add further salt to the wound, she was also struck with breast cancer.  Her cancer was considered treatable and curable until she developed complications from low blood counts and immunity.  It was while she was hospitalized following a round of chemotherapy that more complications developed and she slipped into a coma.

Oh how I hate this sneaky, vile, creeping, silent disease of cancer!!  Why oh why are those who are so pure, so good, so giving, afflicted with this hateful disease?

For reasons not yet understood here, God determined she fulfilled her purpose on this Earth and reclaimed her to Him.  We know that she is now out of her pain and looking down over all she loves and helps.

I’m confident she will continue to love and shelter many and her presence will always be felt among us.  I also know that she would equally speak out emphatically to each and every women – GET THOSE MAMMOGRAMS!  PERFORM SELF EXAMS!  YOUR LIFE may depend on it!

Rest in peace my dearest sister.  Rejoice you are free from pain.  Know that we continue to feel your presence.  You touched and made a difference to so many lives including mine.


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12 Responses

  1. A true picture , thank you, strength and gentleness – that rare find.

    thank you for this american bedu. we will treasure it.

  2. What a sad message! She must have been a wonderful person, abd the ones who are left behind must be in such deep sorrow…

  3. Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon , May Allah grant mercy to her and all the Umah, Ameen.

  4. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. She sounds like she was an amazing person and a positive force on her environment. As are you. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years, since my husband accepted a position at KAUST here in the Kingdom. It has been a great source of information and interest. The fact that you have managed to maintain it during your grief and your own illness is truly amazing. Glad your kitties are back with you.

  5. She was an incredible woman, wife, mother, sister and friend. Her untimely death also reinforces that cancer just really sucks and a cure so desperately needs to be found.

  6. Sorry for your loss. 😦

  7. What a sad loss!

    Hopefully they will find a cure soon because I am just sick and tired of it. I have too many friends and family fighting this battle right now.

  8. Thank you for your condolences.

    I would encourage everyone to write a message of sympathy and support for the family who is grieving her loss. I can assure you that family members are also following American Bedu and need the comfort right now.

  9. Dear Family,

    Although I never met your loved one, I feel your loss in part and I am sad for the heartache you feel right now. May God give you His peace and strength in the coming days. May you find comfort and joy as you review the memories and good times you had during your loved one’s time on earth. Please know that people care.

    With Love,
    Susanne
    North Carolina, USA

  10. “Give glad tidings to those who patiently endure, who say when afflicted with a calamity: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return.” They are those on whom (descend) blessings and mercy from their Lord, and they are the ones who receive guidance.” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 155-157]

    I’m sorry for your loss 😦

  11. To the family and friends of the “earth angel”,

    My condolences go out to you. From her description, she was truly a beautiful soul who made a difference in this world. May God hold you close, so you may feel Peace.
    May we know her first name, so we can remember her in our prayers?

  12. She was known as Juma.

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