Our young brother died in his sleep

Brother Muhammad Yakub Genel was once featured on OnePath Network’s Living Muslim show two years ago speaking about the virtues of Ramadan, yet today we farewell him after he passed away in his sleep last week at the young age of 18. His death comes as a shocking reminder that death doesn’t discriminate. It does not come for a certain age group, a certain class of people, it isn’t even restricted to the sick; it simply comes unannounced and it has been guaranteed for all of humanity. As Allah ﷻ states in the Quran:

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ

“Every soul will taste death”

Quran 3:185

In this reminder, brother Mohamad Hoblos, not only reflects on Genel’s appearance on the Living Muslim show but also on his first memories of meeting with him a few years ago at a Mosque Fundraiser. We ask Allah to have mercy on our young brother Muhammad Yakub Genel and enter him into the Highest stations of Paradise. Ameen.