Monday, July 20, 2009

Fare thee well, ye Ancient Mariner

Dear readers,

It is with deep sadness for me to inform you on the passing of the Ancient Mariner. Our father, Capt. Muhammad Yusof b. Haji Ahmad, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday on July 19. He was laid to rest next to his dear mother (and our grandmother) in Linggi yesterday afternoon.

We have read all the postings and condolences conveyed by many in the various blog sites. We extend our most deep gratitude to the many blogger friends who had posted the news earlier. Thank you Rocky Bru, Syed Akbar Ali, Haris Ibrahim, Tok Mommy, Pak Ngah Bakaq, Pasquale, Little Brother Amir Hamizi and A Voice.

Our father took to blogging like fish to water. Even we, were pleasantly surprised of his witty and yet eloquent writing skills. He was an intensely passionate man who loved his family and friends, the sea, Bossa Nova and Keroncong.

He will be deeply missed.

We will be holding tahlil prayers after Maghrib tonight, July 20 (today) and July 23 (Thursday night) at Surau An Nai'mah, near our home.

Once again, thank you for reading our father's blog.


On behalf of our family,

Nurasyikin bt. Muhammad Yusof (eldest daughter)


  1. I met him first in cyberspace and later at blogger functions. The last time was at the Dinner at Sri Melayu where he ask me to send some of the photo I took. I was too happy to do that for a great friend.

    I was in shock when getting the news and am still sadden of his demise.

    Friend may you rest in peace. Alfatihah. Ameen.

  2. Captain... may your soul Blog in Peace
    You are deeply missed...

  3. Salam Takziah. Semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat.


  4. Takziah diucapkan pada Puan sekeluarga. Moga rohnya ditempatkan di kalangan orang beriman, InshaAllah.

    He will be deeply missed. Alfatehah.

  5. I will miss his writing. Al-fatihah...

  6. It's a shock to me to hear of his passing.

    Visiting his site is a daily exercise for me, I will surely miss his writing.

    May you rest in peace, Captain.


  7. Al-Fatihah untuk Allahyarham Capt. Muhammad Yusof b. Haji Ahmad.

    Moga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya dan ditempatkan dalam golongan orang yang soleh. Amin.

  8. Gone too soon.
    My deepest condolences to the family.

  9. Malaysia has lost a good man may he rest in peace.

  10. I am from Singapore. I am one of those silent readers of his blog for long time.

    So sudden. So sad. I bid thee farewell, Captain...

  11. Assalamualaikum Nora,

    Innalillahiwainnailaihirojiuun. AlFatihah. Semuga rohnya dicucuri Rahmat dan dihimpunkan bersama-sama para solihin. Amin.

    I saw my link @ Raden Galoh's (OBB)and "popped up" this post about the passing of your beloved dad.

    Condolences on the demise of your dad, to you and your family.

  12. Dear Nurasyikin,

    This is very very sad indeed for we have lost a great blogger , my deepest condolences to you and your family.
    May the good Captain rest in peace.

  13. May Allah bless his soul..and May he rest in peace.

  14. Rest in peace.. Al Fatihah.
    Your reader - Michelle Chow

  15. To the family of Captain Ahmad

    My deepest condolences.

    I am a regular reader of his posts and will miss his articles very much.

    May Allah be with Captain and may he rest in peace.

  16. Salam, I may not know you father personally but I always come by to read his blog and he was a very knowledgeable man. I was shocked to read about his demise from Haris's blog on Sunday and his passing is so soon after his mother. May peace be with them both and semoga roh keduanya dicucuri rahmat. Al-fatihah.

    Pembaca dari Miri Sarawak.

  17. May you have fair winds and following seas, Captain.

    Crossing the Bar
    by Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea,

    But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
    Too full for sound and foam,
    When that which drew from out the boundless deep
    Turns again home.

    Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
    And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;

    For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crost the bar.

  18. Captain was one fine, witty blogger. Even I who bloghop and roam freely in the blogosphere always drop by once a while.

    My condolonces to Captain's family. I am sure he will be deeply missed, but I am sure he was a great father to you guys.

    Al Fatihah.

  19. al fatihah...

    condolences from me..

  20. Salam Nurasyikin,

    I am very sorry to read about your father's demise, especially right after the death of your grandmother.

    I loved reading The Ancient Mariner, in particular all the old stories and experiences.

    Semuga Allah swt mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh allahyarham.

  21. Alfatihah,,, gua tak kenal dia tapi gua ada baca blog dia,,, lagi pun gua pun org N9... semoga Roh beliau masuk di dalam surga jannatulnaim,,,,,,

  22. Al Fatihah. Amin.

    My deepest condolence to you and your family. May he now rest in peace and may his life before this be blessed by Allah. Amin.

  23. Dear Nurasyikin and the family of Captain Yusof,
    It is with shock and great sadness that I read of Captain Yusof's passing.
    Though regrettably, I do not know him personally, I have been an avid follower of his blog and have always enjoyed the humour, wit and humanity which emanate from his always well-written articles.
    My deepest condolences to you and his family.
    Farewell, Ancient Mariner.
    Tom Lai

  24. dear bereaved family of the late Cap'n Yusuf,

    they say the true mark of a man is the dent left behind after he's gone. judging from the many condolences all over the malaysian blogdom, some accompanied by lovely qur'anic verses and most poignant of poems, the much respected and loved Ancient Mariner has left a huge hole!

    his honest blog cut quite a voyage!


  25. I have neither met him in person or in cyberspace.
    I only read his blog.
    Still I am so sad by his untimely demise.
    He will be sorely missed by all.
    My deepest sympathies.
    Be comforted that his is the Kingdom of GOD.


  26. "Sincere Condolences", Sdr brudder Kassim Ahmad and all of AM's beloved: VVe in Blogsworld have truly lost a gentleman and comtted writr for the better of Malyian society He served with me wellA for tw years oranising BM2008 ad BUM2009. Syikin, I will always treasure memories of your Dad wit his perennial smile -- he lived well hlping to promote a truly Malaysian society beyong race, colour and relgion, and that's in everlasting legacy he gifted to those whose lives he touched. odBless Anient Mariner, Fare Thee WellA, YL, Desi

  27. I have not met him in person but I have a couple of time communicated with him via his posting. I have always looked forward for his pearl of wisdoms in his blog.

    May you rest in peace Captain, disisi Allah. Amin, and Alfatihah.

  28. Dear Nur

    I am a classmate of Captain and I wanted you to share the e mails that Usop and me exchanged so that you can understand what happiness he had brought into our lives ...I have sent you a message on - go there and read.He asked me to set up my own blog and the last email he sent me was on the night that he passed away. My condolences to your family and do tell your Uncle Kassim that I send him my condolences too

    Hussein Hamid

  29. setiap yang hidup pasti akan mati. moga arwah bersama orang soleh.

    tokwan ada siar juga berita sedih ini di blog tok.tq

  30. Dear Nurasyikin,
    Sad to hear this but you must be proud for having such a great dad. Stay strong.
    our sincere condolences.
    Michael Ling & family.

  31. salam,

    takziah utk pemergian ayahanda kluarga almarhum. kali prtama membaca tulisan2 almarhum hari ini, kagum dan truja pd pandangan dan pglaman luas almarhum.

    satu kebanggaan bg org2 linggi & selangor, malah kpd watan kita. satu khilangan yg prlu kita sama2 renungkan

    Allah jualah yg merahmati & mgampuni almarhum

  32. Syikin, I still cannot accept that he is not more with us. I am planning to do something for my friend. Please do not bring down his blog.Please.

  33. To the family of Allahyarham Capt. Yusof Ahmad,
    I have never met Ancient Mariner in person but I never fail to read his blog postings. I feel like I know him personally and when I read in another blog site about his passing, I thought the news was all a cruel joke. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. To many of us who have come to identify with the man, he will be greatly missed.
    John (Kuching, Sarawak)

  34. Al-Fatehah...

    You'll be missed by all

  35. Capt,
    May you rest in peace. We will miss you.


  36. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Once again, like most of us we met over the net and then in real life at the Blog House and some other events. I regret not getting to know this giant of a man a little better.

  37. Dear Nurasyikin

    We will all srely miss your dad. In fact, all Malaysians will miss your dad and his writings on his blog. We had lovingly call him our Captain.

    Your dad is among those Malaysians who stood in the fore front championing issues that matters, in particular on social justice and fairplay. He was our focal point on enlightening all of us on the PKFZ scandal.

    We have quoted and reposted his articles on several occasions on our website to ensure more Malaysians know of your dad's views on current issues affecting Malaysians and the country as a whole.

    We ourselves will surely miss him the most.

    Our prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

    May he rest in peace.


    Malaysians Unplugged Uncensored Team

  38. Thru his blog he comes across as a great man full of integrity and sincerity. Eventhough I have never met him .... thru readings of his entries you get a glimmer of an image at what kind a person he was.

    May Allah place him among the mukminin.

    I will miss him.

    Al Fatihah

    Dr Mohammad Iqbal

  39. Dear Cik/Puan Nurasyikin,

    I met your father but once (my picture with him on,now a real treasure for me)and greatly admired him for all his work on this beautiful blog.
    He came across as a gracious ,honest ,seeker of truth and beacon of honesty. For that i am going to miss him dearly.

    Met Your Brother Imran that night for tahlil and to convey my condolence to your family.

    Your loss is shared by many

    Semoga Roh Capt Yusof di cucuri Rahmat adanya.

    Al Fatihah.


  40. Al Fatehah.
    May you rest in peace captain.

    Please let this blog be here forever. In times of longing for this dear friend, we can always pay a visit and read all of his works.

  41. I am saddened by the passing of The Ancient Mariner. Captain Yusof was a kind and concerned Malaysian. He was serious but had a great sense of humour. He will be sadly missed. Al-Fathihah.--Din Merican and Dr. Kamsiah

  42. May you sail on in everlasting peace, dear Ancient Mariner.

  43. I will miss his posts. Al Fatihah. May you continue to receive Allah's blessings.

  44. To the family of Captain Yusof,

    I met him during a mee-rebus session in Aunty Maria's house, just before I left for Canada, and although we were meeting for the first time, he was very kind to me.

    My condolences to you for your (and our) lost. May Captain Yusof's last voyage be a peaceful one, and may he RIP.

    *Hugs* from across the seas...

  45. I followed his blog since he was the whistle blower of the PKFZ issue. Al Fathihah to you Captain. I'm surely gonna miss your brilliant post and thoughts..

  46. Semoga cucuri rahmat ke atas arwah ayahnda saudari.


  47. I met The Man once at Central Market during the Bersih Rally. Before that I have heard about him and read this blog. May he travel in the new territory in peace. He will be missed. I just hope anyone in the family would carry on with this blog and lets the captain's legacy continues. Al Fatihah.

  48. Al fatehah,Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya.

  49. What a beautiful face Capt Yusof Ahmad had. Pity I never got to know the man. Bon Voyage, Sir. I bid you fair winds all the way to the Paradise Isles!


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