Farewell The Best of Men

My father and I in May of this year

My father and I in May of this year

My father, Ghazi Abdulrahman Algosaibi – poet, technocrat, diplomat, author, novelist, Arab icon – died peacefully on Sunday the 15th of August at 10:30 am in King Faisal Specialist Hospital, in Riyadh.

He was surrounded by his wife, his four children, and one grandchild.  Of course a blog post like this cannot do my father justice – a thousand blog posts probably could not do that.  This post is more about me expressing myself, and maybe trying to heal some of the pain and grief, by writing about it.

I’ve never known such intense emotional pain.  I did not know it was possible to feel so much grief.  The pain is so intense it manifests itself physically.  More than one friend, whose father passed away, told me that my father had told them that Freud said that a man does not become a man until his father died.  They told me how much of an impact that had on them.

I wish I had never become a man.

I always thought I’d have my father around for a long time.  I was looking forward to spending more time with him in his retirement.  Things don’t always end up the way you want them to.

Still, I’m lucky and thankful to have had a father like him.  He really was the best of men.  God rest his soul.  What will I do without him?  I don’t want to be a man.  Not so soon.  I still had so much to learn from him.  God rest his soul.

The burial

My father had told me more than once that he wanted to be buried where he died, and that he wanted to be buried right away.  So when he passed we made the arrangements immediately.  He was buried right after the Asr (afternoon) prayer on the same day.

The prayer took place in the Imam Turki Mosque.  HRH Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, Deputy governor of Riyadh, graciously attended the prayer.  After Salat Almayyet (Prayer For The Deceased)  I was practically mobbed, with people giving me their condolences.  By then the word had spread and I guess half of Saudi had heard the news.  It was already on the major news channels.

I must have been greeted by several hundred people.  I stood there for about 20 minutes receiving condolences.  By the time it was done everyone had already gone to the graveyard.  I didn’t even have a car to take me there.  I eventually found Obaid, my father’s old driver, and was kindly joined by man who recognised me and offered his help.

On the way there I called my brothers asking them where they were, and they told me they were in the graveyard waiting for me.  The crowd there was getting restless.  They included several VIP’s and some of my father’s friends.  I told my brother Faris not to burry my father until I arrived!  And God bless him for insisting to wait for me, as everyone there wanted to get on with it.  He put up with some intense pressure.  People were fasting and it was very hot!

I arrived just in time as they were just about to take the body out of the ambulance to be buried. My brothers and I (along with about a dozen well-intentioned volunteers) carried the body to the grave, where I jumped in and laid the body down gently.  This time 3 other people were in the grave with me.  After we buried his body, the family members formed a line and again we received  condolences from everyone who attended.

That same evening we flew to Bahrain, and started the Azza (condolence reception) the next morning.

The Media

Shortly after my father passed we called some close family members, and started sending out SMS’s.  And from there the news spread like wildfire.  The calls started to come in almost immediately.  One of the things that took us by surprise was how aggressive the media was in trying to get quotes and comments from us.  It was really shameful.

I received a call from an editor of a Saudi newspaper asking for a quote.  And saying that he wanted to send a photographer to my father’s house and take some photos.  He wanted to take photos of my father’s office and library as well as other parts of the house, and he asked if a driver could meet us there.  We hadn’t even buried him yet!

At the mosque there must have been a dozen photographers there, and one or two film crews.  My mother and sister attended the prayer in the women’s section, and they were jumped by a woman from a newspaper asking for a comment.  It really was disgusting, shameful behaviour really.

They both declined, too grieved to even talk to anyone.  The woman tried again several times, calling my mother on her mobile.  It really was too much.

The calls asking for comments and quotes have not stopped since.  I didn’t know the Saudi press was so obtrusive.  I guess in a way it’s understandable, as this is the story of the year, and my father really was popular.  I guess in a way we should be thankful that we are not in the West.  Because in the West when a big celebrity dies the media stand at your front door, follow you around and have a helicopter hovering around all the time.  I guess it’s all relative.  Still, we cannot help but feel that our privacy has been invaded.

An outpouring of emotions

On another note, my family and I would like to thank all the well-wishers who either came to the Azza, called, sent us letters, emails, Tweets, telexes, Facebook messages etc.  We are very touched by the outpouring of emotions.  I noticed that over a dozen or so people changed their Facebook profile photo  to that of my father.

I lost count, but I’d say maybe one out of four or five people (of the thousands that came) told me that my father helped them in one way or another.  I received a call from someone who was crying.  He said “Suhail you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, and I never met your father, but he was a great man and a great loss to our country.”  The poor man could not hold back his tears.  I ended up trying to console him.

My family would also like to thank the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for calling.  It was so kind and considerate of him.  He had such nice things to say about my father.  He also advised me and my siblings to stay strong and united, and to not let the devil come between us.  He reiterated this when my brother’s and I went to see him a few days ago.

I’d also like to thank HM King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa for taking the time to come to give his condolences.  A gesture my mother, siblings and I will never forget as long as we live.  Special thanks also go to HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Prime Minister, who also attended the Azza in Bahrain.  Words cannot describe how thankful and appreciative we are.

Most of all, I’d like to thank my father’s fans and supporters, who came in their thousands.  There are no words that can describe how deeply touched we are by all the support.  I even heard that already seven people have gone to Umra in my father’s name.  God bless you all.

I miss my father terribly.

I’ll try to be worthy of his name.

114 Responses to Farewell The Best of Men

  1. Ali 25 August 2010 at 2:04 am #

    الله يرحمه رحمة واسعة، و يغفر له و يجمعكم معاه في أعلى الجنة..

    please post more photos of him..

    • Suhail 25 August 2010 at 6:33 am #

      Thank you all VERY much and God bless you all.

  2. Ahmad F Al-Shagra 25 August 2010 at 2:10 am #

    It amazes me how similar to burials of two men in different countries from different backgrounds can be similar both directly, and indirectly with their impact on friends, family and an entire country.

    My deepest condolences, it is true, اللي خلف ما مات.

  3. Jaber Mohammad 25 August 2010 at 2:20 am #

    You father was an inspiration to generations of Arabs around the world. His rich literature will ensure the continuity of his legacy.

    May he rest in peace. And may Allah give you and your family the strength and patience to overcome our great loss.

    Jaber (UAE)

  4. Abdulaziz Alammar 25 August 2010 at 2:35 am #

    Please accept our deep condolences .. he was one of a few honest people .. Almighty Allah’s mercies on him ..

  5. Qusay 25 August 2010 at 2:38 am #

    My condolences to you and your family for the loss of a great man

  6. Will Newman 25 August 2010 at 2:50 am #

    Dear Suhail, may I say that your father was always linked to truth and beauty. He was a fantastic man, but I know he would wish to be remembered best for being a father and husband. His life and death were and are of international interest because in his work and writings he had such important messages for us all. Now we must all redouble our efforts towards true peace and reconciliation in the world. May your entire family find comfort in the sure knowledge that Dr. Algosaibi was so respected, admired, and loved in so many corners of our world. All good wishes to you and yours, Will

  7. مدلول العيادة 25 August 2010 at 3:37 am #

    one of my dreams was to met him 🙁
    and we ALL miss him, suhail. he was and will stay a godfather for me and an icon for success and GIVING.
    RIP drGazi
    عظم الله اجركم واجرنا في فقدانه

  8. مدلول العيادة 25 August 2010 at 3:44 am #

    bro suhail we know about Gazi the poet, technocrat, diplomat, author, novelist but we don’t know about Gazi the Father… so if you can write about that, it will be good idea.
    we love him and we like to know everything about him

  9. Mohammed G. Al-Bakri 25 August 2010 at 3:46 am #

    He was my teacher even though we never met.

    I lost family members but never felt an actual sense of loss as I did when I came to know about Uncle Ghazi’s passing.

    Allah yer7amo ya Rab.

  10. TaTi 25 August 2010 at 3:53 am #

    the world has lost a great man..

    الله يرحمه…

  11. Maryam Al Sadah 25 August 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Allah yer7emeh oo y’3md roo7ah eljenna InshAllah. He truly was a great man that will remain in our hearts forever, and the hearts of Arabs everywhere. My condolences to you and your family! 🙁

  12. فائقه الإدريسي 25 August 2010 at 4:11 am #

    ابني الكريم لا بأس على ابيك فهو عند الكريم
    سيرته العطره لازالت تعبق في كل الارض ..احسن الله عزاءكم وجبر خاطركم بكل خير

  13. عبدالله خالد 25 August 2010 at 4:20 am #

    الاخ العزيز سهيل

    انا لم اتقابل مع الوالد من قبل..لكن يعلم الله أن كنت أحبه في الله,,,وأن فراقه كفراق الاحبه

    تقبل تعازيي للاهل جميعا

  14. ghayda 25 August 2010 at 4:31 am #

    u r the son that anyone would have
    that is not weired cause ghazi is your father..
    he doesn’t know me ..
    but i am still crying since i heard the news..
    ghazi is my soul father..
    ghazi is QUDWA ..
    ghazi is a person that saudi arabia will never ever had anyone like him..
    i changed my facebook, blackberry pictures+status
    to my soul father’s picture
    و يابلادا نذرت العمر زهرته
    لعزك دمتي اني حان ابحاري
    and i still cannot change it !
    i feel that i will never ever can
    i feel that i will trade him if i did
    i feel that those 2 (picture and satus)
    should stay 4 ever
    cause ghazi deserve that at least

    thanks suhail
    for making me cry again

  15. Azzam 25 August 2010 at 5:10 am #

    عظم الله اجركم واحسن عزائكم وتغمد الفقيد في واسع رحمته وأدخله فسيح جناته

    الله يشدكم بالعافية ويصبركم في مصابكم ويخلفكم خيرا

  16. Um hamodi 25 August 2010 at 5:26 am #

    صادق عزائي لك و لعالتك الكريمة و لنفسي و للامة الاسلامية و السعودية في الفقيد الغالي

    و ادعو الله من قلبي ان يكون للامة الأسلامية 1000 غازي

    حتى نكون بخير

  17. Abdulaziz 25 August 2010 at 5:28 am #

    God bless his soul, we lost a great man.

    I met your dad in Alsaqi bookstore in london when he was the ambassador, at that time i was about to buy one of his books. He took it from me and wrote a special dedication for me. I will never forget that moment and its my honor to keep his book.

    My deepest condolences.

    رحم الله والد الجميع د. غازي القصيبي

  18. Ahmed Alkhamis 25 August 2010 at 5:38 am #

    عظم الله اجرك واجرنا اخ سهيل
    اعذرني ولكن الكلمات لاتعبر عن حجم مصيبتنا في فقدان العظيم ابو سهيل.

    الله يرحمه ويغفر له.
    واتفق مع الأخ علي واتمنى نشوف صور اكثر للغالي ابو سهيل.

  19. Najla Alkhwaitim 25 August 2010 at 6:00 am #

    حزني اكبر من كلماني يعجز لساني عن التعبير وبيوتنا کلها عزاء ،،، عظم الله اجرنا واجرکم و غفر له واسکنه الفردوس الاعلی يارب

  20. ghada abbas ghazzawi 25 August 2010 at 6:33 am #

    I do feel your pain , my deepest condolences to and your family , I lost my dad 5 years ago and it is still hard until today , great man are hard to lose our fathers made this counter my dear brother they where good friends by the way , and I most tell I grow up on your fathers words he was my idle after my dad , may the rest in paces both of them. Stay strong and live up to his name that’s the advice I give you , that’s what I try to do , maybe we wont be them but we can try to be and this way people will all ways say الله يرحمه ويغفر له فعلا الي خلف ما مات

  21. طلال الشثري 25 August 2010 at 6:40 am #

    أخي سهيل

    تتحدث عن والدك، وأشعر بأنه والدي أيضاً.ـ
    لطالما ظل الفقيد الغالي رمزاً أعتز بانتماءه لمجتمعنا.ـ
    الله وحده يعلم كم أحمل في قلبي من مشاعر محبة للوالد -غفر الله له-.ـ
    وكم تمنيت لو كنت في الرياض لأشارك في مراسم العزاء، لكن ظروف دراستي بالخارج منعتني من ذلك.ـ

    رحم الله الدكتور وغفر له .. وأحسن الله عزاءكم

  22. أيمن العمادي 25 August 2010 at 6:55 am #

    أسأل الله العظيم رب العرش العظيم أن يرحمه برحمته وأن يسكنه فسيح جناته وأن يجمعنا معه جميعاً في الفردوس الأعلى من غير سابقة عذاب

    الدكتور غازي كان شخصية قرببة من نفوسنا جميعاً…خصوصا في البحرين

    أذكر من سنوات قليلة وخلال إحدى زياراتي المعدودة لسعادة تاكونا تسومي سفير اليابان لدى البحرين…أننا خصصنا جلسة لمناقشة روايات وكتابات الدكتور غازي ومن أهمها روايته الشهيرة العصفورية….وأذكر إني أهديته الرواية وفيها إهداء بخط يدي….وقلت له معتذرا كم كنت أتمنى أن يكون هناك إهداء بخط يد الدكتور غازي مجاوراً لإهدائي ومزيناً له

    فحياني مبتسماً…وتذكرت مجموعة الكتب التى كنت أحفظها متمنياً أن أحظى بإهداء الدكتور غازي عليها عندما أقابله شخصياً

    سامحوني على مشاركتي الخاصة هذه….

    رحم الله الدكتور غازي وأسكنه فسيح جناته وألهمنا جميعاً الصبر والسلوان

  23. Salem - Kuwait 25 August 2010 at 6:57 am #

    3athaam allaah ajrk … o a7ssn allah 3zakom

    allah yr7umaah enshalla

  24. Farhan 25 August 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Salaams Sohail,

    You’re father was a great individual. I had the
    privilege of meeting him a few times when he
    was the Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain.

    He gave us laughter and smiles when my late
    father and I visited him during Eid.

    He will be missed.


  25. د.مرام عبدالرحمن مكاوي 25 August 2010 at 7:18 am #

    تدوينة جميلة..صادقة ومعبرة
    عظم الله أجركم يا أستاذ سهيل
    ورحم الله أباكم فقد كان رجلاً استثنائياً
    ولعلك تجد العذر لبعض المتطفلين
    فليس لدينا سوى قصيبي واحد
    وقد فقدناه..

  26. Manal 25 August 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Dear Suhail… please don’t be bothered by the media, this shows how important fnational and international figure your father was.

    My condolences to you and your family.

    Bless you all.

  27. SA-BH 25 August 2010 at 7:33 am #

    لن أعيش في جلباب أبي !

  28. Noura Y. Mansouri 25 August 2010 at 7:57 am #

    May Allah bestow mercy on our Great Father Dr Ghazi Algosaibi, his words and actions will live forever in the books of history and in the hearts of men. May you and your siblings be a manifestation of his life, achievements and ‘unconventional’ success 🙂

    My condolences to you, your family and all of us who were touched by him.

  29. YMG 25 August 2010 at 8:20 am #

    May he rest in piece. I can’t think of any other man genuinely loved by all generations the way we loved your father. He was exceptional and I think his influence, through his writings, on my life was tremendous.

    I hope you consider establishing a foundation named after him. A small one, focused on maybe higher education providing very selective scholarships or some other form of community work that he supported.

  30. الشريهي 25 August 2010 at 8:25 am #

    الله يرحمه ويغفرله ويسكنه فسيح جناته

    ونعم الرجال والدكم كسب محبة الجميع

  31. Aseel 25 August 2010 at 8:31 am #

    بكيت عليه كثير ولكن حتى لم ان لم اشعر بأنه ذهب
    وكل ما اقراء حديقة الغروب ابكي من جديد
    ولم اشعر بأنه ذهب ، كم كنت اعشق شخصيته و طموحه وقوته
    احسدك لانك ابنه لانك تعلمت منه اكثر مننا
    أتمنى لك ولكل عائلتكم دوام صحة وسعادة

  32. Aseel 25 August 2010 at 8:34 am #

    سوف نستمر بدعاء له كل ليله يستاهل ممنا كل الخير
    أبلغ تعازي الحار لوادتك و اختك وباقي افراد عائلك

  33. عبدالرحمن 25 August 2010 at 9:03 am #

    الله يرحمك يا اسطورتنا غازي 🙁 ..

  34. N. 25 August 2010 at 10:37 am #

    This brought me to tears. I have never met your father, but he is such a role model, and we don’t have a lot of those here. I remember reading Hayat Fe Elidara when I was seventeen years old and how immensely inspired I was. No words can do your father justice. Alla yerhamah.

  35. Cathy Walker 25 August 2010 at 10:56 am #


    You and I were great friends at University and even after this. We never once came to London without you coming to find me and/or Martin to take to dinner. You have always had a kind gentle soul. I didn’t know your Dad but the few stories I heard from you he sounded like he was a Great Man and from reading the responses on your blog and facebook it is obvious that he was much more than that. You made your father proud Suhail, you would have made any father proud. You have always been a determined young man and that has gotten you where you are today…..My heart breaks for you and your family. May he Rest In Eternal Peace and may his memories and wisdom give you comfort through life.

  36. ahmad 25 August 2010 at 11:19 am #

    رحم الله الدكتور غازي

    والله أن اباك الناس احبوه لأفعاله ولأمانته

    فرض نفسه كـ إنسان عصامي شريف ولا يجامل وليس من اصحاب الفخامات والمقامات

    سيرة الدكتور غازي سنتعلمها ولابد أن يحتذى به في الادارة وفي العمل وفي التواضع

    اتمنى ومن كل قلبي ان نرى كثير كـ غازي القصيبي في بلادنا وخاصه في مراكز القرار

    رحم الله والدك يااخي العزيز

    اخوك احمد اليوسف

    من ابناء الاحساء

  37. Feras Aziz 25 August 2010 at 11:34 am #

    بالرغم من كمية الحزن والأسى اللي في موضوعك ..
    إلا إني اسمتعت للأمانه وأنا أقرى ، لك كاريزما خاصه في كتاباتك .. بحيث انك تجذب القاريء بدون مايمل ويستمتع / ماشاء الله عليك ..

    رحمة الله عليك يادكتور غازي ..
    آخر الرجال النزيهين في البلد | توفاه الله !
    أكثر ماحز في خاطري سالفة الصحفيين ، بجد انا تضايقت وتنرفزت وأنا بعيد كل البعد عن مكان الحدث .. فـ مابالك لو كنت مكانكم ؟
    الموضوع إنساني بحت .. فـ المفروض كل الصحفيين يتنحون ويبتعدون عن أسئلتكم ، لكن للأسف كلهم يفكرون في العمل والبيزنس ومار1عو1 أهل الفقيد ومشاعرهم ..

    بكل أمانه نحتاج 100 غازي في السعوديه للإصلاح والرقي ..
    نحتاح 100 غازي وكل و1حد منهم يكون بـ تأثير الدكتور غازي على مدى 50 سنه في البلد ..
    فعلاً شخصيه مؤثره وصعب تذكر التاريخ السعودي والرجال المبدعين في البلد ومايكون غازي أولهم أو خليني أقول من ضمنهم !

    رحمة الله عليه .. وجعل مسكنه الجنه إن شاء الله
    ألف شكر ياسهيل ،

  38. طارق الورثان 25 August 2010 at 11:39 am #

    رحمك الله يا غازي القلوب الصافية ,
    رحمك الله يا منير العقول المتحجرة,
    خضت مضمار الحروب كلها فأهلكتها ولم تهلكك,
    تذكر بالخير دومًا من المنصفين,
    ستببرز الحقيقة في يوم الفصل,
    و منزلتك في الفردوس الاعلى,
    وداعًا غازي و رزقنا الله غزاة مثلك,
    و موعدنا في جنان الخلد و منازل الفردوس.

    عظم الله أجر أسرة القصيبي الكريمة و الأسرة الحاكمة في السعودية والبحرين و الوطن العربي و الإسلامي في وفاة الأستاذ الدكتور المفكر الداعية بأخلاقه الروائي الشاعر المصلح و ملك الفكر و الثقافة العربية د غازي بن عبدالرحمن القصيبي,رحمه الله

  39. عبدالرحمن حجار 25 August 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    عظم الله أجركم وأسكن فقيدكم الجنة

  40. Omar Hassan 25 August 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Dear Suhail,

    My deepest condolences to you and the family. I loved your father very much (and always will) and already miss him terribly. In spite of the pain I feel, I am so thankful that he was a part of my life, and that he will be with me forever.


  41. Abdulla Rahma 25 August 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Suhail really after reading your writing I am more sorry for our loss than before. Seeing you and your brothers n Bahrain Azza cleary said that the Doctor is not dead. good bless you all.

    Abdulla Rahma

  42. Lamees 25 August 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    البارحة واليوم وغداً, كان غازي وسيبقى بالنسبة لي وللكثير من الناس الصديق, الأب الروحي, القدوة في كثير من الأشياء, المعلّم الذي عرفني على أوجه للعالم لم أدر أنها توجد, المنارة التي أرنو لها كلما ضنّت علي الدنيا بالأصدقاء والأوقات السعيدة.
    كان رحمه الله “بحجم الحياة… يملأ الحياة بالحياة.”
    قبل سنوات وضعت قائمة بأسماء أشخاص أود مقابلتهم لما لهم من عظيم التأثير على حياتي وكان غازي على رأسها, لكن الموت كان أسبق. نلتقي في الجنة بإذن الله.
    رحمه الله رحمة واسعة واسعة, وآنس وحشته, وجعل قبره روضة من رياض الجنّة. وجمعكم وإياه, أخي سهيل, في عليين, على سرر متقابلين.

  43. sara 25 August 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    ALLAH his almighty blesses his soul . Your father is a true legend whom I consider my father . I appreciate his thinking and I have most of his books . He is the star of this generation and many more to com

  44. wejdan 25 August 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    ur father is a legend, nothing is new about that, my deepest condolences not 2 ur familt only, but 2 other generations whome will come without having Gazy.
    His bookالعودة سائحا الى كاليفورنيا make love all ur family members.

  45. wejdan 25 August 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    أينفع الندم او احتراق القلب جزعا و ألم. نعم كان حلما ما كتب له الله ان يتحقق ليتني عرفت الى مدونتك طريقا قبل ان يودعنا ابو يارا كنت سألتك أن تدلني الى طريقة لاتصل به لاعلمه انه كان و سيظل لي ابا عقليا و قدوة حياة و انه هو الذي اسس وجداني و ثقافتي…أأموت وفي نفسي شيء من غازي..رحمه الله و أمطر روحه سحائب رحمة و غفران

  46. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi 25 August 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    As I said earlier, the Arab world is a better place today because Ghazi Al Gosaibi was born.

    اللهم اغفر له وارحمه

  47. Maha Noor Elahi 25 August 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I loved your father so much! He formed my life and my thinking! I have all his books but I especially love his poems …and I cannot describe them in a few words!
    I had an old wish to meet him, but I wasn’t lucky at all…May Allah bless his soul.

    Thank you for allowing us to show our love and respect to a great man..truly one of a kind.

    Just in case you haven’t read it, here is a link on Dr. Ghazi Algosaibi by a Canadian blogger and academic.


  48. Hajer_M 25 August 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    عظم الله أجركم،بل أجرنا جميعاً
    أعذر انتهاكنا لخصوصية التفاصيل هذه
    فالفقيد كان قريبا من أروحنا
    رحمه الله وغفر له

  49. Najla 25 August 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    الله يغفر له ويرحمه. فقد الوطن انسانا لا يعوض

  50. alya algosaibi 25 August 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    اي كلمه في حقه قليله غازي القصيبي شخصا لن يتكرر واكررها الف مرا لن يتكرر فقدانه خساره كبيره لوطنه واهله وكل من احبه الله يسكنه فسيج جناته يارب

  51. Willey 25 August 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    رحمه الله رحمة واسعه .. لو كان ضيفنا لأكرمناه خير كرم، وهو الآن ضيف اكرم الأكرمين وملك الملوك، اللهم اكرم مثواه وتقبله فيمن عندك من عبادك الصالحين المقربين.

    كم ادمى قلوبنا فراقك يا ابا سهيل.

  52. Arwa Gandeel 25 August 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    You are inshAllah worthy of his name. You’re all worthy of his name inshAllah.
    Not gonna say much but me, my sister and our whole family see your Dad as a great man and we were so sad for your loss which we consider ours.
    He is always in my prayers..
    Bless you all..

  53. Basil Al Ghalayini 25 August 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    My dear brother Suhail,
    My sincere and deepest condolences to you and the family for losing such a great man who’s legacy will be remembered for generations to come. During our London years, he was considered as our role model, mentor, big brother and even a”father” in some instances. London had a special flavor with him being around. Unfortunately, I was abroad when news came out and was impossible to make it on time for the Azza. I tried calling via a mobile number given to me as your number but could not get through. May God bless him, especially in the holy month of Ramadan, and rest his soul in peace and eternal havens.

  54. yahya alqaresha 25 August 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    الله يرحم ابا يارا ويسكنة فسيح جناته

    وانتي يا صديقنا العزيز سهيل عرفناك في كتابات والدك عندما يتطرق للكلام عن عائلته فاصبحت صديقنا من خلال تلك التعليقات التي كان والدكم العزيز يتطرق اليها في كتاباته

    ولقد طعتنتي بخنجر في كلامك هذا ويعلم الله كم احسسنا بفقد هذا الغازي الذي احبنناها لانه يستحق حبنا واعجابنا به
    ولكن هي الحيااة والاقدار

    دمت ورحم الله اباك واستاذنا الحكيم ابا يارا

  55. Ahmed Balharith 25 August 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Oh dear Suhail!
    I am so deeply saddened by your loss- your great father “Allah rest his soul”. We are with you during this time of grief. I am not in place to tell you who is your father, what he taught us, what he wrote to inspire us, what he did to help us. Words cannot really express my real feeling…

    Dad, Abu Suhail….

    you were an ideal father to everyone. You did everything in your capacity to impart everyone good health, a wonderful life and good teachings. You were always there to teach us and take care of us. Even though you led a simple life yourself, yet you always tried to give us what we aspired for, asked for. I really looked up to you when it came to choosing principles of life. You lived a life of commitment and sacrifice and you showed what it takes to be great father to everyone. I feel really bad that Allah took you away from all of us so soon, just when it was time for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    Mr. Suhail..(brother)

    It was like a nightmare when I heard the aching news about the tragic end of “the best of men” and truly dazed when I knew that he is your father. I truly did not know what to really say, is this the right moment to tell Suhail-the great man who always enthuses, guides, gives advices and makes me smile every Sunday over the radio when I am commuting back to home from work- about how I truly like his father and much interested in his great works and unique personality…I cannot really forgive myself of such fail to notice.
    Suhail, please no blame and let me say it loud and clear “you are the chip of the old block”, yes I never met or even wrote to someone whose father is so popular, most of such keep themselves unexposed or even never allot time to speak to other ordinary people and allow them to share moment as you did. I may be so general but this is the reality. Please please allow me to say this Dr. Ghazi still alive, he is in our heart and we can see him in you- the strong and brave man who will honored and embody his father life and great history and achievements and most importantly his personality that we loved and always will do.


    I wish I could hold on and take it easy on myself but such tragic moment has real impact on me. I said too many things and I may exaggerate my feeling, but really what you wrote touched me so much. I am not trying to make thing worse in here, but when you insisted on to wait for you to bury the body of the greatest man was truly like moment of which I cannot stop thinking when my father was buried in my absence. I knew how hard such moment is but I will be prude to be close to and touch him in the last place in which he slept in peace.

    End of Mind

    We will really miss you Dr. Ghazi! I still cannot believe that now I shall not find you in this mortal world. However, you will be in our heart and soul.

    Suhail, please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father.

    Abu Nadeen

  56. Reem Mohammed 25 August 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    عمري 20 سنة,في مراهقتي كنت أنام على أشعار غازي, و تربيت على فلسفة غازي, و غصت في أعماق روايته, قرأتها مرات و في كل مرةأنهي فيها كتاب أتمنى فقط لو أقابلهـ..
    والدي من الناس المعجبين بغازي, و كان يردد دائما: ياليت بـعشرة مثل غازي في هالـديرة, لا أنسى أيام غازي في وزارة الصحة كان دائما أبي يختال فخورا, لدرجة و أنا صغيرة كنت أعتقد هذا الغازي صديق مقرب..

    حزنا على غازي كثيرا, الصغير و الكبير, تسمرنا أمام الشاشات, كان يوم الدموع و الحزن بحق..

    تـقبل أحر التعازي منيّ في فقيد الوطن, الاستثناء غازي..

    موفق أخوي سهيل..

  57. Afnan A. Aljoaid 25 August 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    السلام عليكم اخي سهيل

    عظم الله اجرك في مصابكم و مصابنا

    , أرسلت لي صديقة “برودكاست” قصيدة الرثاء
    !فقلت لها ” الله يطول بعمرة” 🙁

    , دريت متأخر العصر و صحت علية حسيت احد اعرفة , و من كم سنة حطيت ببالي شخصين اشوفهم فيروز و غازي القصيبي الله يرحمة
    , كان ودي أصلي علية ,و يوم شفت العزا بالبحرين ضاق صدري بعدين صار العزا بالرياض , قصيت العنوان الي بالجريدة و قلت بروح ان شاء الله بكرا و أنا بالطريق لبيت العزا دقت علي صاحبتي الي راح تروح معاي العزا و ما كنت ابي اروح بلحالي لانه صاحبتي اهلها يعرفونه الله يرحمة , دقت علي و قالت لي ترا مافي عزا نساء 🙁 رجعت البيت .و أنا ضايق صدري أكثر

    أحسة أثر في تفكيري بذيك الفترة الصغيرة و صرت ما استمتع بقرأة كتب لغيرة الا القليل منهم
    أول كتاب قريتة له كان عمري 13 سنة
    , و صفحتي عالفيس بوك مكتوب كتابات غازي القصيبي كأفضل الكتب لدي , أحترت أي رواية أو كتاب أفضل فكتبت “كتابات” لأنها أشمل .
    و صورتة بالبروفايل , أدعي الله يرحمة و يسكنة فسيح جناتة .

    .سوري عالاطالة بس أول مرا اتأثر بأحد ما شفتة
    و هنيئاً لك لأنك تحمل اسمة , و غازي – الله يرحمة- عايش بقلوب كثيرين ما مـــات, و كتاباته بتكلم الأجيال الي ما لحقوا علية

    الله يصبركم و يغفر له و آنسة بقبرة يا رب

  58. Me 25 August 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    “I wish I had never become a man”….

    You got my moral support, dear sir, for that it’s all I have! Thanks for sharing this with us! I felt every word of it, and each sentence touched my heart very deeply as I know how much courage it needs to write about this so genuinely! I pray for you, your family, and his good soul!

  59. أسماء 25 August 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    عظم الله أجركم و أحسن عزائكم و غفر له ورحمه
    غفر الله له ،أبكاني
    و أبكانا جميعا
    قبل أشهر حين انتشرت اشاعة وفاته أذكر اني ابتسمت ساخرة و قلت غازي لا يموت بهذه الطريقة
    ليس سرا ولا خفية
    ستبكيه البلاد ويبكيه العباد
    و نهرت نفسي وقتها ودعوت له بطول البقاء
    بعض الناس و الدكتور غازي منهم لا تتسرب أخبار وفاتهم خفية لكنها تحدث انفجارا
    الله يرحمه ويسكنه فسيح جناته سيبقى أبدا في قلوبنا جميعا
    الرمز ، و القدوة ، و الرجل الذي فاضت الطيبة من عينيه فعرفناه بها
    عظم الله اجرك يا أخي سهيل المصاب كبير .. و عزاؤنا نحن بك وبأخوتك
    و كلنا نستبشر بهذا الحب الذي أبداه الجميع لوالدكم رحمه الله ،، والرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ” أنتم شهداء الله في الأرض ” فالناس أجمعت على حب هذا الرجل و احترامه و الناس بكته و دعت له جميعا
    نسأل الله له الرحمة و المغفرة و ان يجمعنا به و الصالحين و الشهداء في جنات النعيم حيث لا فراق بعد ذلك أبدا ..

  60. Dr.Nawal Algobaisi 25 August 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    نذكر قوله رحمه الله
    ـ( أعود في الفجر
    أشق صدور الخيل
    و ذاك لو يدرى
    لبسمةٍ من عيون ” سهيل ” ) ـ
    من قصيدته (سهيل) في ديوان الحمّى

    و قوله في كتابه قصائد أعجبتني
    عن البيت ـ( فإن سهيلاً بدا ليا)ـ
    ظلّ يطنّ الاسم كالنحلة في ذاكرتي و عقلي الباطن حتى حين رزقت بأول أبنائي الذكور كان (سهيل) أول اسمٍ يتبادر إلى ذهني

    He made us all members of his family , he dealt with us all as his sons and daughters .
    We all lost a great father by his loss , but we know nothing compares to your grief & we all appreciate it .

    But it may be a condolence to know that thousands of people are praying for him in this holy month where prayers are answered .
    Everybody leaves this world eventually, but not everybody leaves with all of this love surrounding him . I am sure his soul is resting in peace now , inshallah .

    عظم الله أجركم ، و ألهمكم الصبر و السلوان و أحسن عزاءكم
    و تغمد الفقيد بواسع رحمته و أسكنه فسيح جناته

  61. Ali 25 August 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    May Allah Almighty have mercy on him and shower him with blessings..

  62. Afaf Al-Gosaibi 25 August 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Dear Suhail
    You Don’t know me, and I Don’t know you personally
    But we carry the same family name ((Algosaibi))
    I’m so sad on death of your father, And God alone knows who is your father in my heart
    Your father is of the Log me in king saud University after God
    He helped me into it ..
    I will never forget what he did for me as long as you alive
    God made it in the balance of good deeds enshaallah

    ** Kinship between us is
    Nora Abdul Rahman Algosaibi ((your aunt)), the wife of my grandfather ((Yusuf Mohammed Abdullah Al-Gosaibi))
    Yusuf is my grandfather to my father ((Omar Youssef Algosaibi))
    allah yrhaamhom enshaallah,,

    and I apologize if There are Error in my words
    My English is not good..

    Last Sorrows Enshaallah

    and If you want to add me on facebook,, This is my Name
    (( Afaf Al-Gosaibi ))
    (( I hope that we become friends ))

    your Sister: Afaf Omar Youssef Al-Gosaibi..

  63. ashwaq 25 August 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    علو في الحياة وفي الممات && لحق أنت إحدى المعجزات
    إن كنتم تحملون اسمه, فنحن نحمله في قلوبنا رمزاً
    سبعون عاماً أجبر بها العالم أن يلتفت إليه ,وأن نلف حواليه
    ندعوا الكريم المنان أن يهبنا ألف غازي كما كان غازينا بيننا ,
    عظم الله أجرنا وأجركم وربط الله قلوبكم وألهمكم وألهمنا الصبر والسلون ..واللهم أجعل قبره الآن الآن الآن روضة من رياض الجنة
    وأجعل الفردوس نزله
    جف الكلام!

  64. Yousuf Kooheji 26 August 2010 at 12:01 am #


    Your dad was an ispiration for a lot of Arabs. There aren’t many sincere leaders in our Arab world that can match Dr. Ghazi. His dedication to humaniny, to fighting backwardness of the arab societies and standing up against the forces of evil will be marked in our history. We have lost an irresplaceble gaint truely. Our wishes are for you and the family to overcome the sorrow.

  65. nora 26 August 2010 at 12:08 am #

    I have never lost anyone… so there is not much I can say. Neither am I good with words…
    But I am sure I am his number one fan as he is my number one writer.
    It’s strange how it hurts deeply to lose someone I have never met. How someone u have never met could change & influence your life so much!!
    I adore his novels.
    I keep on googling all his books, wishing I could find something written by him I haven’t read.
    This might sound weird but I miss reading his books.
    anyway I hear that pain eases with time, it will hurt less every day, until u reach a point where it doesn’t hurt that much & u are able to smile when memories of him rush through your head.
    wish u the best.

  66. ماجد كردي 26 August 2010 at 1:59 am #

    اخ سهيل..كم كنت اتمنى التواصل مع الفقيد رحمة الله عليه منذ عدة سنين فقد كان بمثابة الأب الروحي لي..حيث انه كان قدوة والدي الحبيب فبتالي قدوتي..يعلم الله فقط حجم المحبه التي كنت ومازلت احملها..عظم الله اجرك واجرنا جميعا..وغفر لفقيدنا الغالي..اللهم اجمعنا به في الفردوس الاعلى

  67. Basim Al-Shanti 26 August 2010 at 2:43 am #

    ترفق بي يا غازيا عقلي وقلبي فأنا لم اشبع منك بعد..وكن داخل اروقة مزاجي
    عرفتك في طفولتي ومنذ ربت على رأسي ..انتخبتك ملكا لخيالاتي
    شهدت عروبتك فتيا وتابعت انجاز بعد انجاز
    سلمت عليك شابا ووعدت نفسي ان انهل طول عمري…خطواتك دربي واعجازي
    تمهل رويدا… فأنا مازلت أكتب اول حرف…من شعر انت ملهمه ..لعمري هل ماتت اشعاري
    توقف قليلا اريد اللحاق بك فأنت سريع الخطى وأنا..الهث عل اشم انفاسي
    اتتركني الان بعد ان رسمت عهدا ..ان لم اكن غازيا سأشد بجانبك عظيم الرواسي
    تائه انا في بحرك فقدت شعاع النور …وفقدت احساسي
    اذهب عني واكمل نجاحاتك الى جنات الخلد ..واتركنى ادعو الله يجمعنى يوما بأحبابي

    عظم الله أجرنا في وفاة والدنا وغازي قلوبنا..ولا تقل أبي يا سهيل بل أبونا كلنا.

    أدعو لك وللوالدة وليارا وهديل بالصبر والسلوان جميعا

  68. Osama 26 August 2010 at 4:42 am #

    نعزيكم ونعزي انفسنا بوفاة فقيد الامة الدكتور الفاضل غازي القصيبي

    تقبله الله بواسع رحمته وجزاه خير الجزاء على كل اعماله الخالدة في كل ما انيط به من مهام

    وجزاه الله خيرا على ما آثرى به مكتباتنا من روايات ودوواين وكتب

  69. Suhail 26 August 2010 at 5:01 am #

    أشكركم جميعا على الكلمات الطيبة ، الرقيقة، الحنونة. و جزاكم الله ألف ألف خير

    Thank you all for your kind words, and God bless you all.

  70. Areej 26 August 2010 at 9:52 am #

    im so sorry for ur lost , May Allah Almighty have mercy on him and shower him with blessings
    and may he rest in peace
    your father was really great person . and he will still live amongst us through his writings and work..
    nshallah you will prove to be worthy of his name , and for sure he would be proud of you and your siblings
    may allah be with your mother and give her strength
    again im so sorry for your lost..

  71. Ibrahim Shabaani 26 August 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Dr. Ghazi will stay in our hearts forever.

    My life has changed since day one I read Dr. Ghazi.

    I was decided not to say a single word but good bye my father.

    اللهم اغفر له وارحمه رحمة واسعة في هذا الشهر الفضيل

    Deep consolation to ourselves…

  72. Majed Al Bahiti 26 August 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I am sorry for your loss

    He will be missed and remembered as one of the icons of humanity

    He leaves us with a rich treasure of life experiences and inspirational knowledge that brings out a “Ghazi Algosaibi” in each one of us

    and that is how a man truly lives forever.

  73. Kamel Al Derawy 26 August 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Dear Suhail,

    We are sorry about your loss, no words that I could write can relief your pain. Your father may his soul rest in peace will always be remebered as a great man not only in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain or the Arab world but a loss to the human race.
    Dr. Ghazi Al Gosabi shall always be remembered as a kind and generous, father to all who have cross his path.
    Our hearts bleed with grieve of our loss and pray to god that our father’s souls rest in peace.

  74. maria 26 August 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    لله ما اعطى ولله ما اخذ وانا على فراقه لمحزونون ..غازي القصيبي رحل وترك لكل سعودي ومواطن عربي ميراث ادبي وشعري ..ترك اثر في كل من استفاد من انجازاته .. ترك اثر لكل من قرأ كلماته..ما زال يعيش في كل نفس ومازالت انفاسه تعطر الاجواء واثار اقدامه غرست اساسات بنى عليها صروح لهذا الوطن..مات اخر الفرسان الاحلام واخر المجاهدين لاصلاح هذا الوطن

    ارقد بامان الله وبرحمة الله

    رحمه الله واسكنه فسيح جناته ورفع قدرها بالاخره كرفعته في


    قليله هي الكلمات التي توفيه حقه

  75. Amal Nadhreen 27 August 2010 at 2:13 am #

    May Allah bless him. Everyone loves your father with no exception. He was a treasure.

  76. rana 27 August 2010 at 5:59 am #

    farewell Dr. Ghazi – a big man who died big ! may god bless his soul and his family’s soul although his is still alive between the lines of his books and in the heart of his poems .

  77. Sumaia 27 August 2010 at 7:37 am #

    I can see the sadness in your words.
    May Allah bless his soul. He’s really role-model for many many people.

    May Allah keep you strong and united all.

    My warm regards.

  78. Abdullah 27 August 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    الان يبث برنامج على قناة الكويت الأولى عن سيرة الراحل معالي الدكتور غازي القصيبي

  79. FBM 27 August 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your father. You were truly fortunate to have a man such as your father in your life. He was a great man, and many people here in Saudi Arabia remember him. It was not that long ago that my own father passed away, so I have some idea of what you and your family are going through. No comfort is quite enough to replace the loss.
    Please pass my deepest sympathies on to your family.
    Very sincerely,

  80. ŁoO๔ฮ 27 August 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    رحيل الدكتور غازي القصيبي كان وقعه علينا عظيم
    رغم عدم التقائنا الشخصي به
    ولكن تأثرنا بشخصيته من خلال ابداعاته وصموده واخلاصه وشرفه
    كان مشرف لنا ويدعوا للتفائل بوجود امثاله

    اللهم اسكنه فسيح جنانك

  81. bann alhazmi 28 August 2010 at 7:23 am #

    غفر الله له واسكنه فسيح جناته
    ونعم الرجل المخلص

  82. غدير 28 August 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    عزيزي سهيل
    اولا تقبل تعازي التي جاءت متأخرة بسبب ذهولي من الخبر المؤلم . لي رجاء أرجو أن أجد الاجابة اذا كنت لاتمانع ، أتساءل عن شخصية هديل التي جاء ذكرها في القصائد الاخيرة حيث ادعى الكثيرون انها ابنة الشاعر الفقيد . امنياتي الطيبة لكم جميعا

    • Suhail 28 August 2010 at 9:57 pm #

      غدير، لم يكون للمرحوم بنت إسمها هديل، و الشعر الذي انتشر -ماعدا أول بيتين- ليس من تأليف المرحوم.
      مع التحية، سهيل

  83. abdulaziz 29 August 2010 at 5:23 am #

    الله يرحمه ويدخله جنات الفردوس الاعلى , لقد احبه جميع الناس صغارا وكبارا

  84. Hilal 29 August 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Allah yir7amah.. He might have passed away,but hislegacy will go on forever inshaÁllah…
    ps. came accross this blog entry about your father, which i found expressive of what a lot of your father’s fans felt:
    my sincerest condolences,

  85. Lama 29 August 2010 at 10:22 am #

    الله يرحمو يارب و يدخلوو فسيح الجناات انسان جدا رائع وبصراحة و الحق يقال انه لن يتكرر شخص مثله ابداا طول العمر

    الله يرحمه يارب 🙁

  86. غدير 29 August 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    سهيل .. خالص الشكر للرد ، توقعت ذلك لأن في أبيات القصيدة المنتشرة ما لا يناسب اسلوب الفقيد وطريقته في التعبير عن نفسه . والبركة فيكم في المحافظة على تراثه وما ترك من مؤلفات ،

  87. Abdullah Alkhodairy 29 August 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    رحمه الله واسكنه فسيح جناته ..

  88. د.محمد الطلحي الرياض 30 August 2010 at 3:08 am #

    أخي الاستاذ سهيل
    عظم الله أجركم ورحم والدكم العظيم العملاق
    كان ولايزال مثلي الاعلى منذ سمعته لاول مرة وانا طفل في الرابعة الابتدائية منذ خمسة وثلاثون عاما
    كم لك أن تفخر أخي سهيل أنت وأخوتك بهذا العملاق بهذا الرجل النادر رمز النزاهة والتواضع والاخلاص والابداع والتميز
    أخي سهيل والدكم العظيم والد وملهم لملايين المحبين الذين عرفوه عن بعد وأحبوه بصدق
    أعزي نفسي وأعزيكم فيه رحمه الله كم كنت أتمنى مقابلته رحمه الله وبعد قصيدة حديقة الغروب التي كتبها قبل خمسة أعوام شعرت بالحزن والتأثر لنبرة الوداع في تلك القصيدة كتبت له رسالة مطوله ولكني لم أرسلها للاسف ،وحين علمت بمرضه اصابني القلق على قامة شامخة مثل والدكم الكريم
    رحمه الله واسكنه جناته
    هذه الابيات المتواضعه من كتابتي في رثائه حاولت نشرها في الصحف ولم أتمكن
    واغازياه ولف الحزن أعماقي 000 واسترسل الدمع دفاقا بأحداقي
    يافارس الصدق والافعال شاهدة 000 يامنبر المجد في وجداننا باقي
    ياشاغل الناس طبت اليوم مرتحلا 000 ماذا احدث في تأبين عملاق
    أبكي ويبكي كل حرف أسطره 000يستصرخ الدمع مرسوما بأوراقي
    هذا هو الحب يامن كنت منبعه000هذا هو النبض لو يتلوه خفاقي

    د.محمد عبدالله الطلحي الرياض

  89. Norbert Klinger 30 August 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Lieber Suhail,Liebe Familie Aalgosaibi,
    ich kenne deine Familie schon sehr lange. Du wirst dich daran siche nicht erinnern da du noch sehr klein warts,als du mit deiner Mutter Sigrid in Deutschland bei deine Grosseltern warst.Ich habe deinen Vater auch mal kennenlernen dürfen, und er hat damals einen sehr grossen menschlichen Eindruck bei mir hinterlassen. Ich kann euren grossen schmerz gut nachemfinden.Wo ihr in so kurzer Zeit zwei grosse verluste ertragen musstet.Denn deine Großmutter hat uns ja auch verlassen.Ich wünsche euch kraft und liebe über diesen schmerz hinwegzukommen.
    In gedanken bin ich bei euch und deiner Mutter.


  90. sulaiman mohammed 30 August 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    وداعاً أيها الملهم الكبير، رحلت جسداً وسيبقى أثرك بيننا شامخاً وذكراك محلّقةُ في مكانٍ مرصود في ذاكرة وطننا. رحلت جسداً ولكن رقة شعرك في غزله وتغنيه بالحب وصلابته في ثورته على الظلم والطغيان سيبقيان نُصُباً تذكارية لعقلِ حرٍ مرفرفٍ أنتجته ثقافتنا، وسيبقى معها أدبك الفذ وحس دعابتك الذي يضحك العقل والفؤاد ورواياتك وأكاذي…ب أبي شلاخ.. كلها ستبقى ما بقي في الجزيرة إنسان. فارقتنا باكراً يا أبا يارا.


    عندما رأيتك تذكرت بيت شعبي للشاعر خالد الفيصل عندما قال:

    ياشبيه صويحبي حسبي عليك…كل ما شفت زولك قلت ذاك

    وكان يقصد بهذا البيت عندما كان يرى بعيون صاحبه وجه حبيبته التي هي أخت صاحبه..

    فأنا عندما رأيتك كأنني أرى وجه حبيبي وأبي الآخر في عيونك ..

    وداعاً ايُها الأب ..رحلت بجسدك ولكن سوف تضل روحي تعانقني حتى اللقاء عند كرامة ربك..

  91. Chiara 31 August 2010 at 5:31 am #

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your tribute here to your father already says that you are a worthy son.

    I can relate personally to losing one’s father, as mine just passed in February; and professionally, as a psychiatrist who helps with normal grief reactions (almost the same as clinical depression, but for the persistent self condemnation, not just self recrimination), and abnormal ones (longer than 2 years, unusually severe, more than passive suicidal ideation).

    I can well imagine how difficult it must have been to go through these times of loss and mourning with the negative side of fame. Fortuanately it seems the positives outweighed them for you.

    My worst grief came 1 month after my father died. The protective shock of the death had worn off, and I just felt myself sinking into a black hole, despite my awareness and efforts not to. It took me 3 days at the bottom of the well to start to turn it around, and about another 3 to get back to normal grieving–as painful as that is.

    “Anniversary reactions” of new mourning are common, and so are the inevitable sudden reminders, inexplicable feelings of sadness, and non-linear process of grieving.

    I wish you and your family the ease of your memories and shared loss to aid in this most difficult of experiences.

    • Suhail 31 August 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Thank you Chiara and God bless.

  92. Ahmed Zahrani 31 August 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. Our country’s most precious gifts are your father and the oil. I cried twice in my life, the second one was for your father. I understand nothing will make you feel better but at least this will make me feel better.

  93. F 1 September 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Every man dies Suhail, not every man really lives.

  94. Dalia Boudih 3 September 2010 at 3:01 am #

    My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. May God bless him and rest his soul in peace. May your memories comfort you and give you strenght. Dalia

  95. Mashour Trad Al Amri 4 September 2010 at 11:10 am #

    أخي العزيز سهيل

    أحسن الله عزائكم وعظم الله اجركم في وفاة الاب غازي القصيبي . الله يرحمه ويسكنه الجنة انشاء الله . كان والدا للجميع وافضاله على الجميع . كان له الفضل في انتسابي لجامعة الملك فهد للبترول والمعادن عندما كنت ادرس في اكاديمية الملك فهد بلندن . الله يرحمة يارب ويغفر له يارب ويسكنة الجنة..

  96. Sergey 5 September 2010 at 12:51 am #

    I am really sorry to hear about your loss Mr.Suhail
    Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. This is a hard loss i am sure. I never knew your father but i did heard about him allot. i am sure he was a great man and a great father.
    May God bless him and rest his soul in peace.
    My Sincerest condolences

  97. Titus 5 September 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. I read your article. Truly a great man, this blog still inspires all of us !

  98. Hussain Alamri 5 September 2010 at 11:38 am #

    I was, and still, really sorry to hear about his death. Your father is a hero to me. I was 15 when I read his book “hayat fi al edarah”, after my dad gave it to me. I really respect his manners and they way he takes duties seriously, and do such a good job in them. God bless his soul, I always talk about how good he is in time management after I wachted his interview on Alarabiya by Turkei Aldkheel.
    You’re lucky that he’s your dad, I wish I could have some on his personality!

    Beleive me, I always pray for him, and will always do to such a great guy who served this nation.

  99. Farouk Almoayyed 6 September 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Dear Suhail
    Your father was bigger than life. He filled and fully occupied anything he put his mind to. He is a loss to everyone, but especially us who knew him and interacted with him. The great thing about him is that he was such a busy and important man yet always gave everyone his undivided attention, and always made those around feel important, a virtue I have never seen in anyone else. He has left a void in our lives and we will miss him a great deal.

    • Suhail 6 September 2010 at 9:50 pm #

      Thank you very much uncle Farouk for the kind words. God bless you.

  100. Abdulmajeed Albanyan 9 September 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Gazi Algosaibi (without titles as he always liked) was no regular man. The things that he did to his country is not matched with anyone of his time. If I were to list the great things that he did, I would need days.

    For my generation, who are in their 30s, Algosaibi is a God father. We were brought up on his poems and novels. And we learnt a great deal from his other non-fiction books.

    To me, and many others, he represent a true role model, in everything. Not only that is because he was an immensely successful in everything he did, but also because he was a truly honest, caring, and loving gentleman. This positive influence on us will mean that Algosaibi will Inshallah continue to receive good deeds even after his death for a long time.

    Suhail, I have never met your father, but only God knows how we miss him and how saddened we were when we received the news. May his soul rest in peace.

    God bless you and your family.

  101. Zaina 12 September 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Those lines brought me to tears
    God bless his soul..

  102. اعلامي.. 22 September 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    اود اخبارك بأمر ,,, انني شخصيا ..اجبرت على متابعة قصة وفاة والدك خيرت مابين الفصل والمتابعة,,,بالله عليك ماعلي أن افعل…الاحقكم …ام اطرد من وظيفتي

    واعتذر حقا عن ماصدر منناا كاعلام

  103. Barbie Williams 23 September 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Dear Suhail

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the early 80’s when he came to sign the causeway agreement and George has treasured copies of your father’s poetry in his library your father kindly signed and gave to him. Your father was such a well respected man.

    It’s not easy to grieve but remember the good times, his wise and valued guidance which you too will pass onto your children. You will remember him every day in the smallest things you do, and that’s a great thing he will always be at your side.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    With kind regards

  104. aisha 28 October 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Dear Suhail

    Ghazi Alqusaibi is our father to , we miss him like u

    let him be proud of u in his grave

  105. Mohammed 8 November 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Your father is a loss for everyone …
    I want you just to imagine how great father you had … I’m saudi student and I’m studying in London … Every time I pass from the college of London I remember that your father was here someday … And I feel so proud to carry his nationality … I pray for him every time when I read his books and pomes … God forgive him and in jannat alkhold rest him …
    Someday, if god helped me to be an important person in my country, I’ll always use your father approach in dealing with life’s obstacles and I’ll say his name in every occasion … We loved him and we will love him forever

    Sorry for my bad English

  106. Mateen Mirza 17 November 2010 at 6:52 am #

    I have observed your father’s career since the 1980’s and he stood out as a distinguished decent gentleman in an otherwise polluted arena.

    As the great urdu poet Mirza Ghalib said “Huque maghfirat karay ajab ‘Azad’ mard tha” meaning: May Allah grant him “maghfirah” for he was a liberated man…Azad. Azad in his thoughts, in his approach and in his life.


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