Today I went to a "khatem" (a public memorial ceremony) which was held in a mosque in central Tehran. This is a popular mosque with middle class people of Tehran because it can accommodate large number of people at both its ladies & gentlemen sections.
I went there to pay respects to the family of a dear man whom we all thought would live a long time since we all felt that he had reached that wonderful and scare commodity that I call peace within. My heart goes to his lovely wife who even at such a tough time managed to give a pale smile to the visitors. Her husband, who was an engineer, became ill last month and doctors diagnosed that he had a very malignant brain tumor. His brother and two sisters flew from abroad to be by his bed side. The family had lost their father less than two years ago.
There were many huge baskets of flowers in the mosque. There was also a notebook there for the visitors to sign their names. Several ceiling fans were doing a great job of keeping the place cool, but what I found most surprising and new was a big flat screen which enabled us not only to hear but also to see the speaker who was speaking from the pulpit. The picture was very clear, and towards the end those of us in the ladies section could see the men section as the camera showed the audience behind the curtains!
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