Abdullah and I became a couple while we were both posted to Islamabad, Pakistan with our respective jobs. As we got to know each other better we began to introduce our friends to one another.
We had an active professional and social life in Pakistan which included attending or hosting a variety of events. Although Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country, there would be functions where alcohol was available and served. I mention this to set the backdrop of a friend’s recollection.
My friend is a vivacious, fun and God loving Pakistani woman and married to a beautiful Pakistani man. We’d get together often to enjoy each other’s company.
Following is her brief recollection of a moment with Abdullah that left an imprint on her and illustrated his character.
“At a party I found myself sitting next to a very drunk man – a well known figure of Islamabad society – who kept pestering me with personal questions. It had just reached the point of being uncomfortable when suddenly someone plopped down on the sofa right between us and put one arm around me and the other around the drunk. It was Abdullah. Within a second he had that man up on his feet and was steering him towards where Carol and Gibran were playing Snooker. “See that good looking, very tall, military type man” he said out loud, “that is her husband and he will very much enjoy answering all of your questions!”
This was Gibran and my second or third meeting with Abdullah, but it set the tone of a firm friendship between us. The best way to describe brother Abdullah….he had that Old World chivalry and charm ”
Thank you my dear friend for sharing your memory!