...to Manja Ismail and Noorzita Samad for the loss of their beloved son, Ashraf yesterday.
Ashraf, 18, was their youngest child. Their older children are Shah and Alia, both college students.
Ashraf who studied at MCKK, had just been enrolled in Sunway College to begin his A-levels programme, to begin a new phase in his life, but that was not meant to be.
He was killed in an accident in Subang Jaya early yesterday morning.
You hear of kids being killed in accidents and you feel for their parents. You wish they are people you don't know because you want to be spared of the pain.
When I was told of his death yesterday morning by Ahmad Talib, I couldn't make out who had died. I had to read the message a few times before it sank in -- that it was Noorzita's little boy. I must have gone into shock because I felt my brain momentarily numbed. I was disoriented. Then quickly, I texted Noorzita, asking if the news were true (how silly of me) and that I wished it not to be true but if it were, please please accept my deepest condolences.
Noorzita's prompt reply was that, yes Ena, I lost my youngest son this morning.
I silently wept.
I felt that I had lost a child.
Manja (Media Prima group editor of TV7,8 and 9) and Noorzita (a senior executive with Petronas and former business journalist with NST) were comforted by family and friends at the Al-Falah Mosque in USJ9 where Ashraf's remains were brought.
He was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery after Zuhur prayers.
Dear Manja and Noorzita, I feel your aching loss. No words, no matter how comforting, can ease the pain of losing your child. Of seeing your child go before you.
I lost two sisters. My late father could not bring himself to go to their burial.
"How can I bury my child?," he asked both times. That was the depth of his pain, his grief.
Ashraf was Shaira's age. Adel is just a couple of years older.
How can I not feel your pain as all of us, there with you yesterday, could feel your tragic loss.
And to Shah and Alia -- the pain will heal with time.
May Allah SWT bless your soul, dear Ashraf.